Darwin's Unique Seafood Scene And Where To Find It

Seafood is seen as a healthier protein option available on the market and holds many health benefits.  Lower in cholesterol, rich in minerals and vitamins such as zinc, vitamin B, Iodine and potassium.  Seafood is also known as a major source of Omega-3 fatty acids with less fat than other animal protein sources. Good seafood cooked the right way can also be tastier than typical animal proteins. You don’t have to look far in Darwin to find the freshest seafood on the menu. Whatever your reason for chasing down the perfect fish or crustaceans, we’ve looked around Darwin and found some local favourite seafood restaurants and cafes for you to check out.

Stokes Hill Wharf

As the name implies, this restaurant shares spectacular views overlooking the ocean at a reasonable cost.  An alfresco setting on a small working wharf, you won’t be able to resist the smell of the delicious fish and chips with extra dipping sauces.  Also on the menu is calamari or battered prawns with chips. Whatever you decide to eat, just sit back and relax in this family-friendly casual dining café.


If you wanted something a little more upmarket, with views over the open ocean, look no further than Crustaceans.  Located on Stokes Hill Wharf, this dining delight shares open-air tables, perfect with Darwin’s balmy tropical weather. If you are a prawn or crab fanatic, you will find signature dishes include chilli crab, Cajun barramundi with prawn and chilli mango salsa and of course a selection of fresh oysters.  With vegetarian and children’s meals on the menu, you will find something for the whole family to enjoy.

Curve Cafe & Bar

With Alberto Pindot as head chef, hailing from exotic locations around the globe you can’t go wrong at Curve’s Café & Bar. With a big kitchen and a sizable team behind him, Alberto has carefully created a menu to suit the fussiest diet.  Serving fresh Australian flavours in a vibrant, open restaurant, including a row of comfy sofas to sit back, relax and be pampered during your meal. Using the freshest ingredients and making everything by hand including the warm fresh bread served with dukkha and dips. With fresh scallops, prawns, barramundi and chilli crab along with Atlantic salmon on the menu, this restaurant has it all.  Catering for all dietary types, and well known for spectacular functions with an extensive wine list, this restaurant needs to be checked off your must-visit list. Curve Cafe & Bar is located next to Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Wharf One Food & Wine

Overlooking the Darwin Convention Centre and Stokes Hill Wharf, this fine-dining restaurant will leave you wanting to come back for more. With sweeping views of the Harbour, the ambience alone will have you feeling you are in dining heaven. Using a wood grill to prepare dishes in the open-air kitchen, the mouth-watering meals will ensure you leave satisfied. Serving raw, cured and wood-fired dishes, be prepared for Prawn fettuccine, cured NT barramundi and gin-cured Atlantic salmon.  Well known for their vegetarian, gluten-free, kids menu and housing a good variety of wines, be prepared to spend hours dining on Wharf One with great food, company and views.

Seafood on Cullen

Looking for an all you can eat venue? Look no further than this seafood buffet restaurant. Sharing views of the Darwin Harbour, this restaurant is enjoyable particularly during sunset. With hot and cold seafood on offer, from chilli crab, fresh prawns and Oysters Kilpatrick you won’t know where to start. Coupled with a nice sparkling bottle of wine, and a sweet refreshing dessert to finish, no one leaves this restaurant hungry.

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