Food and Wine in Port Stephens

Enjoy oysters from a waterside restaurant, a seafood dinner on a sunset cruise or a beachy picnic lunch in Port Stephens. With incredible seafood caught fresh from the ocean, locally grown macadamias, avocados and fruits, along with fantastic restaurants, a visit to Port Stephens is a joy for the senses.

The Galley Kitchen - Port Stephens


Dotted along the stunning waterfront are charming places to eat and drink. Dine alfresco on the deck above lapping waters at the Little Beach Boathouse in Nelson Bay, indulge in seafood at Rick Stein at Bannisters or fresh fish at the Cookabarra Restaurant.

For stone-baked pizza head to Cheeky Dog on Soldiers Point, where you’ll also find the award-winning Point Restaurant, a fantastic spot to watch the sun go down. Throughout the area you’ll find delicious takeaway fish and chips as well as fish shops selling the catch of the day and other local delicacies.

Rick Stein at Bannisters, Port Stephens


Browse fresh local seafood at the Nelson Bay Fish Market and then head to the gorgeous beaches nearby for picnic tables and BBQ facilities. Make sure you try the delicious local oysters at Holbert's Oyster Farm, where the Holbert family have been growing and distributing their award-winning oysters for over five generations.

Lemon squeezed on a freshly shucked oyster harvested in Port Stephens

Local produce

Other local produce harvested in the region includes macadamias, avocados, stone fruits and wine grapes. Try various homemade macadamia products at Medowie Macadamia, a nut farm with an enchanting cafe.

Dinner cruises

A twilight dinner cruise is a great way to enjoy the fine food and natural beauty of Port Stephens. Both Moonshadow-TQC Cruises and Imagine Cruises offer sunset dinner cruises on the calm estuary, home to bottlenose dolphins.

Wine and beer

Wine lovers can visit Wonganella Estate Winery’s cellar door and restaurant. Murray’s Brewery makes craft beers – Whale Ale, East Coast Lager and Dark Knight Porter, to name just a few – and shares its home with the Port Stephens Winery, the oldest vineyard in the region. The Brewery Restaurant onsite fires up its smoker and wood-fired oven to create moreish delights.

Food festivals and events

The Love Seafood Tastes Port Stephens festival in August celebrates the local seafood harvest. Check out the events calendar for more festivals and bustling markets.

Port Stephens Restaurants and Cafes