Known for its interchangeable weather conditions, the city is home to many sporting events, entertainment experiences including shows and concerts, the Arts, and some may argue some of the best food and drink in Australia with seafood buffets Melbourne, share plates and platters amongst the most popular foods to sample.
Melbourne, VIC incorporates many contemporary and modern suburbs both coastal and within the hinterland from Port Phillip Bay to Southbank, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, and is also steeped in history. As such, there are a wealth of regions and suburbs to explore and your food journey is vast. The Yarra River, together with the coastal location, lends itself to fresh seafood to enjoy, but where do you begin?
We have put together a list of some of the seafood options available in and around Melbourne for you to sample and decide on which is your ultimate favourite, whether you are taking in a show and fancy a quick bite to eat en route or which to indulge in the more traditional all you can eat buffet, there is something here for everyone!
The Best 22 Seafood Buffets in Melbourne
New Quay Buffet Docklands
Located within the Docklands area, this popular venue satisfies those who love a traditional seafood style buffet. From oysters, scallops, lobster, sushi, Asian roasts, salads and soups, there is something here for everyone.
Children are very welcome, and a one-off price of $25 per child for those aged 3-8 (under 3s are free) is applicable. Adults prices are $73 (commencing 1 June), but you can feel safe in the knowledge that you can completely indulge in so much food with over 70 dishes to choose from at the last count! That the price is extremely reasonable.
The venue is fitted with floor to ceiling windows to make the most of the Docklands view, so both the taste buds coupled with a feast for your eyes is pretty much guaranteed!
They face the Docklands Wharf along New Quay Promenade, panoramas of the harbour from inside New Quay International Buffet. Fresh seafood, sushi and sashimi are the stars of the 70-item spread laid out everyday for lunch and dinner.
Popular selections include baked crab shells, crumbed scallops and steamed prawn dumplings. The buffet is more than 50 per cent discount for children under 8. Afterwards, treat them to a spin on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, less than a 10 minutes' walk away.
- Hours: Lunch Fri to Sun 12-3 pm; Dinner Wed to Sun 6 – 10.15 pm
- Address: 4/6 NewQuay Promenade, Docklands
Melba Restaurant Southbank
Located within the 5-star hotel entitled ‘The Langham’ within the busy Southbank area is this beautiful restaurant.
It has spectacular views of the Yarra River and the city’s skyline. It provides a range of international cuisine to try including various food stations such as sushi, Chinese, Italian, Indian. A chocolate fountain to finish off your meal is a must!
Due to its location, it is ideal as a pre-theatre starter or as an intimate dinner for two or even as a banquet for family and friends. Prices differ per person and depend on the day of the week that you visit. Seafood, in particular, is a big favourite here with prawns, sea urchins, salmon, mussels, oysters and crabs, to name but a few.
Take in the city skyline and Yarra River views from the sleek Melba restaurant in the Langham Hotel on Southbank. Start at the sushi section for super fresh Tasman Sea oysters, crab claws and tuna sashimi at a buffet that's open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Chefs create special pescatarian buffet dinners, and the Seafood Altar special is a seasonal summer buffet with eel, ceviche, trout, Australian yabbies and more. Save room for the chocolate dessert fountain.
- Hours: Lunch Sat and Sun 12.30-3.30 pm; Dinner 7 days per week, times vary (as do prices). Also, open for breakfast
- Address: 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
The Conservatory Restaurant & Buffet
The Conservatory Restaurant & Buffet Starting from $99 per adult ($49.50 per child), this opulent venue with its marble floors and very lavish décor allows you to escape – you could be forgiven for thinking you are dining within the French capital of Paris.
This very regally and sumptuously decorated location is set within the Crown in the Southbank district. Views of the Yarra Valley and a spectacular array of food throughout the venue makes this a real treat to behold.
Lunch buffets (from $65) are also available between 12 and 2.30 pm, so why not break up your day and enjoy a visit (but you may have to sleep off the rest of the day after all that seafood!!).
With carvery options also available, there is something to satisfy all tastes at this exquisite venue.
- Hours: Buffet Dinners Thursday to Sunday from 5.30/6.00 pm onwards. (Other menus available for the rest of the week).
- Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Miss Katie’s Crab Shack Fitzroy
Misskaties Situated 3 km northeast of the CBD is this straightforward establishment that provides crab, oysters and appetisers/sides for you to enjoy.
The food is simplistic but delicious, choices are pretty easy, and the vibe is very relaxed. So if you enjoy a straightforward, simplistic way to eat delicious food and are a seafood lover, then this location is ideal for you!!
Food is reasonably priced starting from $4 for an oyster, but various options apply and, with a licensed bar on-site, this can all be washed down with a beer or wine!!
Maryland meets Melbourne, where American chef Katie Marron drops anchor. Her casual place in the Fitzroy district does a local version of the Chesapeake's beloved crab.
While Miss Katie's Crab Shack is not a seafood buffet in the traditional self-serve sense, they manage to bring out more food from the kitchen than anyone could collect from a buffet.
Every menu has a primer on "How to Eat Crab." Not to miss giant shrimp and king crab clinging to the rim of a bloody Mary.
- Hours: Thursday to Sun (Thurs/Fri 5-late; Sat 12 til late, Sun 12 til 7).
- Address: 325 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Lobster Cave Beaumaris
20 km South-East of the CBD is this lovely restaurant situated in Beaumaris, a Bayside suburb. With 30 years of experience in the seafood industry, you can trust the staff here to take very good care of you with dishes including Moreton Bay bugs, lobster, oysters, to name but a few.
Takeaway options are also available. Seafood Restaurant Melbourne People travel miles to enjoy this delicious food, such is the reputation of the chefs within, so take a stroll around the Bayside and enjoy a great feast in this popular place.
Nobody leaves hungry. The two-tiered signature seafood platters are so large at Lobster Cave that they'll be served rather than presented as a buffet. Named for the owner, Bill Ferg, the Ultimate Fergination meal for two persons has two grilled whole-rock lobsters, Pacific oysters, Queensland king prawns, Tokyo crumb fried soft shell crab, South African premium cold-smoked Atlantic salmon, Alaskan king crab, Moreton bay bugs, grilled Patagonian toothfish, Russian caviar and more. Bring your wine; there's no corkage fee.
- Hours: Dinner Wed to Sun 5.30-11.30 pm (Lunch available on Sunday 11.30 am – 3.30 pm)
- Address: 16-18 North Concourse, Beaumaris
Box Seafood Restaurant CBD
Box Seafood Restaurant Conveniently located within the hustle and bustle of the CBD, you will find this seafood giant. Offering three different share platters, this is a twist on the seafood buffet tradition.
Platters available include both hot and cold and offer a range of favourites from their main menu.
The main menu, meanwhile, is vast and includes favourites such as oysters, Moreton Bay bugs served in a variety of ways, prawns, to name but a few.
Prices are wide-ranging, so there is something for all budget types here. If you are visiting the city, you can’t go too far wrong with a visit to this location if you love your seafood.
- Hours: Wed-Sat 11.30 am – 9 pm
- Address: 189 Collins Street, Melbourne
Claypots Barbarossa CBD
Claypots CBD location, live music, great food, what is not to love! Seafood platter options are available, but also small plates, large plates, children's menu – everyone here is catered for (including vegetarian options).
Sardines, prawns, scallops, crabs and mussels, salmon belly, stingray – and the list goes on. There is such a wide choice at this location!!
If you are looking for a relaxed vibe for the family (or friends) with live entertainment in the middle of the CBD, this is one to try!
- Hours: Open daily from 11.00
- Address: 79 Hardware Lane, Melbourne (other venues in St Kilda and South Melbourne)
The Atlantic Southbank
The Atlantic, Another restaurant with the Crown resort in Melbourne, this beautiful venue boasts views of the Yarra Valley and the city skyline.
The menu is not a traditional seafood buffet. However, the seafood on offer is vast. If you are struggling to choose, why not try a tasting menu available at $165 per person and offers many treats to try (and share).
Sashimi meals are available, as well as meals from the grill, and prices are very reasonable, starting from $24. You can even sample delicacies such as caviar.
- Hours: Wed to Sun 12 noon to 10 pm
- Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Argo Fishop Fitzroy North
ArgoFishop Seafood baskets, poke bowls, and favourites such as prawns and mussels, fish curries, to name but a few, are all available at this location.
This trendy looking and relaxed venue offers a vast range of seafood. The option of sharing seafood baskets makes for a nice twist and allows you to order a varying amount of food to trial!
Prices are extremely reasonable (less than $20 in some cases), and there are options for children. A family favourite located just 4 km northeast of the CBD, it is a favourite for tourists and locals alike. Takeaway options are also available.
- Hours: Open daily from 11. am (Sundays from noon).
- Address: 318-320 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North
Richmond Seafood Tavern (RST) North Fitzroy
Seafood Restaurant Located some 4 km from the CBD, this venue specialises in a vast seafood menu. Although some non-seafood options are available, seafood is showcased here, and the options are vast.
Prices start from $35 for mains and offer such treats as seafood chowder, bugs, prawns, crabs and then treat yourself to a dessert (if you have room!). All ages are welcome, and the vibe is very relaxed.
- Hours: Lunch Tues-Fri 12 noon till 3 pm and Dinner Tues to Sat 6 pm till late.
- Address: 5 Rae Street, North Fitzroy
It's an all-you-can-eat affair at Conservatory, an upscale restaurant in Southbank's Crown Entertainment Complex, where 29 restaurants are found.
Floor-to-ceiling windows, chandeliers and plush décor make this an attractive space for special occasions. There are three or more seatings every day for a buffet stocked with locally sourced seafood.
Also, inside the Crown Entertainment Complex, Mesh has a seafood buffet with live music every Sunday afternoon that offers one free buffet for a child (age 12 and under) with every adult buffet purchased.
Four hours of free parking is also provided with this family-friendly Sunday deal. The seafood buffet operates on Saturday and Sunday nights, too, featuring oysters, prawns and a wide assortment of fish.
Gaijin Japanese Fusion
Crunchy spicy salmon special and prawn tempura roll are two of the seafood items featured in the extensive all-you-can-eat menu at Gaijin available on Mondays through Thursdays. Combo meals come with miso soup and allow guests to choose a mix-and-match platter of nigiri, sashimi and sushi.
Located in the popular Prahran district, Gaijin is only 12 minutes on a tram from the heart of the downtown (known as the CBD) at Flinders Street Railway Station.
A Melbourne fish and chips institution with a London East End pedigree, Hooked has three prime locations in the city: Hawthorn, Fitzroy and Windsor near the Prahran district. Take a seat in the backyard of this fancied up chip shop to enjoy some high protein brainfood (the batter is gluten-free). Or place an order to take away so you can set up a seafood buffet in your backyard.
FOF Rotary Hotpot
Instead of strolling up to the buffet for food, FOF Rotary Hotspot brings the food to the guests. The conveyor belt service is kuru sushi, or "sushi goes round," a fun way to see seafood dishes roll by while trying not to have eyes bigger than the stomach. The ice cream buffet is unlimited. Check out two locations on Victoria Street and in Southbank.
CHINA Bar Asian Buffet
Melbourne's largest Asian buffet serves plenty of sushi, sashimi, fresh oysters and a wide variety of seafood. On Burwood Highway, about a 15 minutes drive from Melbourne's Monash University and east of the CBD, chefs from China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Hong Kong prepare dishes such as teriyaki eel, walnut prawns, and salmon and avocado sushi. The dining room is casual and family-friendly.
You might not expect to find some of Melbourne’s best seafood on the ground level of a chunky apartment building, but this is Dear Liza’s home.
Frustratingly hidden behind foliage that seems determined to delay your access to Moreton Bay bugs with chilli, parsley, lemon and crusty bread or popcorn salt and pepper calamari – persist with your search for Dear Liza, is so worth it.
Dish selection is left to the experts at Kappo – menus are designed in five, seven or nine-course omakase (chef’s selection). The menus feature Kappo’s dairy ingredients which may include salmon roe, swordfish belly, yuzu or spaghetti squash.
It’s all about close, intimate dining at Kappo with warm timber tables and a communal bar bench ideal for chatting with (or up) the chef. Meals can be paired with matching drinks if you’re there with someone a lil’ special.
Meat Fish Wine
If you’re looking for a place that will seriously dazzle the socks off your guest, Meat Fish Wine is the (literal) sparkling restaurant you need in your life. Whether it’s for your (potential) business partner, (possible) employee or (future) wife, Meat Fish Wine serves beautifully rich seafood with over 500 wines to match. Hot tip: we know how much you love ceviche, but if your buddy is willing to share and care, try their local Wagyu too.
Only locally sourced fish makes it into Sweet Salt – because this isn’t your standard greasy fish ‘n chips store. Boasting all your expected fishy options (although some are exclusively grilled instead of battered), Sweet Salt is also home to soft shell crab buns, barramundi and prawn spring rolls, and blue swimmer crab dummies.
YES, CRAB DIM SIMS – there must be heaven on earth! Featuring chic wooden bar stools, perforated whitewashed walls, and an exposed concrete floor, Sweet Salt’s interior is just as refreshing and bright as the menu itself.
Making a strong case for some of the best oysters in Melbourne, skimming past the seafood platters at Richmond Oysters is a big no-no.
There are creamy risottos and spiced pasta to choose from, but as any seafood fan knows, nothing beats the fresh stuff. From perfectly cooked scallops to mornay lobster, if you’re going to share with someone, maybe pick a seafood-lover who doesn’t eat that much if those people exist.
City, South Yarra
A small or large seafood platter – a simple decision, we think! Featuring spanner crab, scampi, prawns, oysters, seashells and sea urchin, Entrecote's feast is fit for the finest sea king.
If you think going to a steakhouse for seafood sounds lame, go anyway. If you think steak sounds way better than an oversized seafood platter, leave now.
FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants
It sounds like a pretty good deal, but how do these restaurants make any money? The way buffets typically work is each person pays the same fixed price for access to a line of self-serve dishes. You grab a plate, fill it with food, eat, and repeat—as many times as you want.
Keep Hot Foods HOT, Cold Foods COLD
Reheat hot foods to 165°F. Hot foods should be held at 140°F or warmer. On the buffet table, keep hot foods hot with chafing dishes, slow cookers and warming trays. Cold foods should be held at 40°F or colder.
Cover all food items with lids (whenever possible). Use sneeze guards over buffet areas to prevent bacteria from sneezing or saliva from reaching the food. Ensure that the handles of serving utensils don't touch food items, as bacteria from customers' hands can get into them.
Many restaurants usually have a policy that states that food cannot be taken out when dining on food from the buffet — and understandably so, because they could potentially lose money if patrons were permitted to take food home.
If it has been out for more than four hours, it should be thrown away. If you do take food out of chilled storage to display it, remember not to mix the new food with the food that is already on display. This could lead to the older food being left out for too long.