6 incredible restaurants for waterfront dining In Newcastle

This coastal city has thrown off its industrial tag to become a thriving cosmopolitan culinary hub. Here's where to go for food with a (ocean) view.

Surfhouse is enjoys a prime location on Newcastle's beautiful coastline.
  • Michelle Meehan
  • August 2019

With a harbour and beautiful beaches, Newcastle is spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options with a water view. Here are our picks for the central coast city’s waterfront wonders.

Surfhouse Restaurant by Lesley Taylor

Perched at the top of a three-level architectural masterpiece with views over Merewether Beach’s famed surf breaks, this restaurant from local chef Lesley Taylor offers a masterful menu to match. Start with a seafood entrée with a difference, such as the spanner crab omelette with clams and indulge in their main made for two – the Cote de Beouf served with Parisienne potato, brussels sprouts, bacon and candied walnuts, finished with a bearnaise and red wine jus.

The Landing Bar and Kitchen

Wander east from The Kingfish to find this expansive outdoor dining venue. Boasting a menu stacked with share plates, it’s the perfect spot to gather some friends and try them all. Don’t miss the roasted pumpkin, feta and fresh basil arancini or the salt and pepper squid.

The Kingfish

Overlooking the harbour in the Honeysuckle foreshore precinct, this industrial-chic restaurant is the latest contender for the crown of Newcastle’s best seafood specialist. With fresh and inspired flavours, there’s plenty to get diners hooked, including their impressive range of cold, fried, grilled and mixed platters. The chef’s current top pick is oven-baked whole roasted New Zealand snapper with Balkan-inspired red peppers, chilli flakes and kalamata olives, which oozes authentic and wholesome flavours.


Built on a former ferry terminal site, Scratchleys is an iconic destination for seafood lovers and offers the ultimate over-water dining experience, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors overlooking the busy harbour. It’s hard to go past their two-tiered hot and cold platters featuring the freshest local king prawns, Balmain bugs, blue swimmer crabs and “A” grade oysters, alongside a selection of chargrilled seafood antipasto.


Come to Rustica for the views of the horizon off Newcastle Beach and stay for the menu inspired by Mediterranean flavours and spices of North African cuisine. Try the slow braised lamb shoulder with oregano potatoes and sautéed greens for melt-in-your-mouth perfection to be shared by two.


Take a bow, Nagisa. The Winner of Restaurant and Catering Australia’s 2018 Awards for Excellence offers traditional Japanese food with a modern edge.