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Dine in at The Best Restaurants in Port Stephens

Wine and dine waterside at the best restaurants in Port Stephens.

Shoal Bay Country Club

Locals and long weekenders are spoiled for choice for dining in and around Port Stephens as an ever-growing list of trendy new eateries swing open their doors. This coastal haven is a seafood mecca and the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail by the water. 

Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite with craft beers or a beautiful long lunch with a waterside vantage point, we’ve whittled down the best restaurants in Port Stephens that are guaranteed to impress. 

The Poyer's

The Poyer's

A hidden gem in Port Stephens, The Poyer's is an award-winning seafood restaurant sitting by the water in the tranquil Lemon Tree Passage. 

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, pop into the Poyer's where exceptional customer service and a relaxing ambience welcome you.

Whether you are fueling up for a day of adventure (the Stockton sand dunes are calling!), enjoying a leisurely lunch by the water or unwinding with a delightful dinner of freshly shucked oysters and chilli crab fettuccine with an expertly shaken cocktail, The Poyer's will not disappoint. 

6/44 Cook Parade, Lemon Tree Passage

Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Murray's Craft Brewing Co

Brewing beers since 2006, Murray's Craft Brewing Co. at Bobs Farm is Port Stephens laidback, well-loved local. Sharing its home with Port Stephens Winery, this is the perfect spot to visit for an afternoon sampling the finest beer, wine and spirits in the area.

You're covered for food, too, with dining options to suit every taste. Dine in at Murray's Bar & Kitchen for casual eats like woodfired pizzas by the vineyard, or opt for an evening of fine dining at Restaurant William. You can have a spot of High Tea, or stop in for pastries and coffee.  

Oh, and did we mention you can join a brewery tour, and the grass area is dog-friendly? This is a venue the whole family is bound to love.

3443 Nelson Bay Road, Bobs Farm

Rick Stein at Bannisters Port Stephens

Rick Stein at Bannisters Port Stephens

Inspired by their renowned Mollymook restaurant, Bannisters Port Stephens is also home to Rick Stein at Bannisters – the celebrity chef’s signature restaurant. Working closely with executive chef Mitchell Turner, Rick Stein heroes locally sourced seafood and pairs his delicacies with his wine, created in collaboration with Hunter Valley winery Brokenwood. 

Their menu is a seafood-lovers dream. In signature Stein style, the fresh, quality produce sings when expertly paired with simple ‘no fuss’ combinations that burst with flavour when they hit the plate. The perfect place to make some memories on your trip to Port Stephens! 

147 Soldiers Point Road, Soldiers Point 

Shoal Bay Country Club

Shoal Bay Country Club

The Shoal Bay Country Club is a gathering spot that is as beautiful as it is iconic. From the stylishly laidback interiors to the spectacular views across the bay, to the food that this multi-purpose venue serves, everything about the Country Club is easy to love.

Mermaid's Café is the spot for breakfast with muesli, eggs, toast and a loaded brekkie bowl on the menu. The Kitchen & Patio is the go-to for cocktails and seasonal dishes of premium meat and seafood, while Atmos is a Greek-inspired dining experience that you'll want to find time in your schedule to visit.

35-45 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay

Little Beach Boathouse Restaurant and Bar

Little Beach Boathouse Restaurant and Bar

One of the best restaurants in Port Stephens thanks to its prime position on the water's edge, light-filled, coastal interiors and stunning views overlooking Little Beach and the bay, Little Beach Boathouse Restaurant and Bar is the pick of the bunch.

The cuisine is modern and fresh, with an emphasis on seafood that is synonymous with the Port Stephens culinary offerings - think scallops, prawns, salmon and squid. There is a menu for vegetarians and vegans, too, so no one has to miss out on an evening at Little Beach Boathouse. 

4 Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay

The Galley Kitchen

The Galley Kitchen 

Located within boutique waterfront hotel The Anchorage, The Galley is the perfect place to indulge in an epic seafood feast. Kick off the evening with a drink at Moby's Bar, then make your way to the restaurant, boasting pared-back nautical-inspired interiors and a menu that hones in on seasonal, local produce, where you can dine indoors or by the pool.

If you're feeling extra fancy, or want a fabulous afternoon activity, opt for The Galley's High Tea by the Sea, available every day of the week and complete with sweet treats and Australian sparkling wine.  

26 Corlette Point Road, Corlette 

Cheeky Dog

Cheeky Dog 

Cheeky Dog guarantees to amp up the holiday feel with a relaxed vibe, tropical cocktails and easy eats in the sun-drenched beer garden.

The space is open plan, big screens have sports fans covered and a solid live music lineup keeps the good times rolling. As for drinks, they've got all your usuals in stock, alongside a Mediterranean-inspired food menu. Add the Cheeky Dog to your Port Stephens hit list and you'll be a regular in no time! 

147 Soldiers Point Road, Soldiers Point 

Crest Birubi Beach

Crest Birubi Beach

With uninterrupted views of the coastline and seasonal menus made of fresh, local produce, Crest is more than a bistro; it's a destination.

Set back from the beach and overlooking the ocean, watch surfers vie for the perfect wave from the open-air terrace while grazing share plates. Open for breakfast and lunch every day of the week with easy eats, the venue being fully licensed is just a bonus at this point.

73 James Paterson Street, Anna Bay

Loving our pick of the best restaurants in Port Stephens and looking for more food inspo a little further south? Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Newcastle or keep it light with the best Newcastle bars and pubs

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