Victoria's wild coast, protected bays, calm lakes and big rivers amount to one culinary superstar: super fresh seafood. From water to waiter, beachside and lakeside restaurants and eateries serve up all kinds of local seafood catch – squid, prawns, mussels and crayfish for starters, as well as plenty of fish, including snapper, whiting, kingfish and salmon.

If you're by the water, you're bound to find a fabulous seafood feast. Try a few of our favourites:


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Dine on local seafood right on the jetty at Port Albert Fish & Chip Co, enjoy top-rated seafood dining at SARDINE Dining in Paynesville, or float on the Gippsland Lakes at Sodafish, a ferry converted into a seafood restaurant at Lakes Entrance.

Middle Boat Harbour, The Esplanade
Lakes Entrance

Port Albert Fish & Chip Co
Port Albert Jetty
Port Albert

69 Esplanade

Off The Wharf Fisherman’s Co-op & Café
51 Bullock Island Road
Lakes Entrance

Geelong and the Bellarine

For some of the country's best mussels, watch the haul at Portarlington Pier and try the tasting plate at Advance Mussel Supply's nearby farm gate. In Queenscliff, dine on local octopus and snapper in the Vue Grand's Grand Dining Room. At the waterfront floating restaurant Geelong Boat House, sit on the gangplank and take in views of Corio Bay with your local catch.

White Fisheries
35 Murradoc Road

Fishermen's Pier
1A Yarra Street

Portarlington Mussel Tours
Harding Stree

Advance Mussel Supply
230-250 Portarlington Queenscliff Road

Geelong Boat House
50-52 Western Foreshore Road

Vue Grand
46 Hesse Street

Bellarine Smokehouse
2230 Portarlington Road

Mornington Peninsula

Relax on the waterfront with Port Phillip Bay catch and views at seafood restaurant The Rocks in Mornington.

The Rocks
1 Schnapper Point Drive

Fish Fetish
27 Ocean Beach Road

Mornington Seafoods Fish and Chips
1/234 Main Street

Phillip Island

With the bay on one side and ocean on the other, you won't need to go far in search of fresh seafood on Phillip Island. Watch the boats bringing in their catch at San Remo and eat by the pier at Saltwater. 

San Remo Fisherman's Co-op 
170 Marine Parade
San Remo

Saltwater Phillip Island
On the jetty, 2 Beach Crescent

Beach HQ Restaurant & Bar
17 The Esplanade

Great Ocean Road

Have the experts cook up fresh catch at the Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-operative down by the water. Go high-end Mediterranean at nearby Chris's Beacon Point Restaurant (oh, the views), or on the esplanade at Airey's Inlet at A la Grecque.

A la Grecque
Corner Great Ocean Road and Beach Road,
Aireys Inlet

Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-operative
Trafalgar Street
Apollo Bay

Chris's Beacon Point Restaurant
280 Skenes Creek Road
Apollo Bay

Fisho's Torquay
36 The Esplanade

Ocean Road Abalone
2891 Princes Highway
Port Fairy

Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges

See-food lovers after more pescatarian pleasers can try their hand with a line at Tuki Trout Farm, or head straight to Tuki Restaurant where the chefs take care of the catch from pond to pan.

Tuki Trout Farm and Restaurant
60 Stoney Rises Road