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Qld’s top 10 seafood restaurants

FROM spanner crab plucked fresh from the waters off Fraser Island to king fish caught off the shores of Mooloolaba, seafood is one of our favourite restaurant fares.

But what are Queensland's best seafood restaurants?

As our team of reviewers travelled the length and breadth of the state for the annual delicious.100 - the 100 best restaurants in Queensland - here are their picks for where you'll find everything from the perfect prawn to a sensational scallop.

 

 

Crab pasta at Arc Dining
Crab pasta at Arc Dining

Arc Dining

Arc, with its quasi-horticultural architecture, a giant potted fig as its centrepiece and a gabled glass front wall facing the river to capture stunning Story Bridge and City views, is making its presence felt in the booming Howard Smith Wharves precinct.

Kritharaki (orzo pasta with spanner crab) at Hellenika at the Calile
Kritharaki (orzo pasta with spanner crab) at Hellenika at the Calile

Hellenika at the Calile

Owner Simon Gloftis is a stickler for quality, which means only the best ingredients end up in his Greek salad, transforming a simple dish into something remarkable. The same goes for seafood - the finest flown in from across Australia for dishes such as butter-soft grilled calamari splashed with olive oil and oregano.

Cured mullet roe, white peach, pickled beetroot and witlof at Labart
Cured mullet roe, white peach, pickled beetroot and witlof at Labart

Restaurant Labart

It's landlocked amid a strip of shops at the back of the Burleigh Heads business centre, but make no mistake, Labart deserves star billing.

The interior has an elegant, faintly Parisian bistro vibe fashioned from sage green and taupe walls, a tan leather banquette and a mirror-backed bar adjoining the open kitchen.

The food is seriously delicious and the service is exceptional.

The view from Ricky’s River Bar & Restaurant
The view from Ricky’s River Bar & Restaurant

Ricky's

A stalwart of the Noosa dining scene, the contemporary eatery has a hyper-local approach to food, growing much of its produce at its own farm in the nearby hinterland and sourcing the rest from local farmers and fishermen.

View from The Tropic, Burleigh Pavilion
View from The Tropic, Burleigh Pavilion

The Tropic

Right on the beach at Burleigh Heads in the freshly revamped Burleigh Pavilion, The Tropic boasts a jaw-dropping view past surfers to the saw-toothed Surfers Paradise skyline.

The 200-seater opened in January with Guillaume Zika, former head chef of London's Michelin-starred Hibiscus and Sydney's Cottage Point Inn, at the helm.

The menu is as relaxed as the sunbaking locals pegged out on the nearby sand, and there's an evident decision to take good produce and let it speak for itself.

 

 

Orzo pasta with spanner crab at Hellenika, Nobby Beach
Orzo pasta with spanner crab at Hellenika, Nobby Beach

Hellenika, Nobby Beach

With its textured white walls and heavy timber tables, the sophisticated taverna is buzzy and loud like a lively Greek wedding when busy and surprisingly intimate, despite its great scale, when quiet.

But it's the food that holds the most appeal here, with classic Greek dishes elevated by only the best of produce.

 

Blue eye trevalla at The Fish House
Blue eye trevalla at The Fish House

The Fish House

As the first restaurant to put Burleigh Heads on the culinary map six years ago, this Gold Coast beachside icon continues to make waves.

Therer's the far-reaching, tome-like global wine list heavy with champagne for celebrations; and the always obliging and highly knowledgeable staff.

Then there's the signature seafood menu, built around a commitment to only using the best quality product from across the country - and sometimes over the ditch.

Moreton Bay Bugs with saffron potato and artichoke, tomato and olive salad at Gambaro Seafood
Moreton Bay Bugs with saffron potato and artichoke, tomato and olive salad at Gambaro Seafood

Gambaro Seafood

Along with a major revamp of the building and an elegant new fit-out for the restaurant a couple of years ago, the menu has also kept abreast of the times, with the selection now including starters such spanner crab and ricotta ravioli with bisque and tomato, grilled scallops with porchetta, apple and hazelnuts.

Baked Noosa scallops, tomato, wattle seed, lemon and herb crumbs dish at Thomas Corner Eatery
Baked Noosa scallops, tomato, wattle seed, lemon and herb crumbs dish at Thomas Corner Eatery

Thomas Corner Eatery

Chef and owner David Rayner's modern, breezy corner eatery makes the most of its esplanade location and the pick of the seating is the front veranda.

However large bi-fold doors ensure even those dining inside on high wooden tables are guaranteed ample views of the Noosa River across the road.

Relaxed, friendly staff put diners at ease and know their way around the refined menu as well as the decent-enough wine list. Nine years on, this remains a top choice in the area, particularly at lunch to take in the views.

Food and view at Sails, Noosa
Food and view at Sails, Noosa

Sails

At this stalwart of Noosa's Hastings St, executive chef Paul Leete has a commitment to showcasing high-quality Australian produce on every seasonal dish that leaves his kitchen.

This assurance, paired with knowledgeable waitstaff, an outstanding wine list that befits its backdrop (the restaurant boasts four cellars) and handsomely executed dishes, can only form an attractive combination. Then there's the view



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