As its name suggests, the Central Coast is home to a lot of Coast.
There’s about 80 kilometres of coastline between Patonga in the south and Budgewoi in the north.
So it’s the perfect place to enjoy the fruits of the sea.
In recent years, a bunch of new seafood restaurants have opened, casting the net wider for foodies wanting to enjoy a fresh catch with a view.
Here are a few of our fave places to enjoy seafood by the sea.
Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf was the Coast’s original seafood restaurant and more than 40 years down the track, it’s still one of the best.
The recently renovated restaurant doesn’t just offer incredible views of Brisbane Water, it’s built over the water making for a memorable seafood dining experience.
The iconic seafood establishment has a long, proud fishmonger heritage, so you can be assured of a fresh catch that has been sourced sustainably.
In a nod to the area’s fishing and aquaculture past and the venue’s sustainable seafood ethos, you’ll find a giant traditional fish trap from East Arnhem Land hanging from the ceiling.
The menu covers off everything from fish’n’chips and salt and pepper squid to local oysters and spicy pippies.
Topping it all off is the chance to watch a raft of ducks or a pelican paddle by while you’re devouring the freshest seafood on the Peninsula.
Just like they do in Sardinia, an Ettalong restaurant named after the Mediterranean island is all about preparing fresh and simple seafood.
Located on Ocean View Rd at Ettalong Markets, Sardinia is a casual eatery by day, offering Sardinian-style seafood including crab cakes, semolina lemon and pepper baby squid and polenta dusted shark bites, which have been designed to take away and enjoy by the sea just a short stroll from the restaurant.
By night, the glasses are polished and the white tablecloths are smoothed out as the restaurant transforms into a trattoria serving up Italian-inspired seafood.
The menu is packed with sustainable seafood including what’s in season and what’s available locally.
Try Sardinian classics with a modern Australian twist such as pan seared sardines with orange and kale, octopus with potatoes, spanner crab pasta, and seafood bisque.
At Terrigal’s contemporary seafood restaurant Yellowtail, diners are treated to local, seasonal produce created with exotic flavours.
Nestled in a small venue on Campbell Crescent, just down the road from Terrigal Beach, this unassuming restaurant is churning out some classy and creative seafood dishes.
Chef Scott Price prides himself on two things – making each dish sing with worldly flavours and sourcing food locally with the aim of offering the freshest possible produce.
From the John Dory with almond romesco to the snapper with potato dashi, expect a little bit of spice and flavour from the Mediterranean to Asia.
It’s an intimate, close knit experience with only around 30 seats in the small space.