Seafood dining takes on new meaning when integrity, sustainability and proximity to the marine environment are also on the menu. Eating fish has never felt so close to the source.
An assortment of Japanese-inspired delights – driven by Margaret River ingredients – at Miki’s Open Kitchen.
Miki’s Open Kitchen
Chef Miki’s unique handling of seafood sees its union in a Japanese born and trained chef whose romance with the Margaret River region is going on two decades, and counting. At Miki’s Open Kitchen, watch from your seat at the bar and see how Japanese technique lifts the known flavours of local seafood into a new and unique culinary expression.
Howard Park Wines
A private chef. Wild-caught Indian Ocean seafood. Premium Howard Park wines. Take to the private space of the Wine Chapel on the grounds of Howard Park for a seafood experience that pairs some of the Margaret River region’s best ocean produce with wine at a long table lunch.
Cape Cultural Tours
A Djiljit fishing experience with Wadandi custodian, Josh Whiteland, will catch you more than the end of day barbecue lunch (though that is a highlight!). With Cape Cultural Tours, you’ll learn about the relationship of local Aboriginal custodians to the land, how to forage, and the workings of the relationship between the Wadandi people and the ocean – the art of fishing by the phases of the moon. Barbecue lunch is served with regional beer and wines, and all equipment is included.
Cape Lodge executive chef, Tony Howell, is not just a born and bred Western Australian whose credentials include WA Ambassador and Fresh TV presenter, he’s also a natural teacher and entertainer. Needless to say, an afternoon spent learning to cook seafood with Chef Tone at the Cape Lodge seafood cookery demonstration and lunch is guaranteed to be as full of laughs as it is full of delicious food.
Seafood made to share at Equinox.
The Geographe Bay view of Equinox restaurant is undisturbed. So beautiful. At the foot of the Busselton Jetty, seafood is naturally on offer for both lunch and dinner. A salmon summer salad. Classic fish and chips. Oysters, of course. And then a couple of surprise elements – tune in daily for fresh-caught market fish, or the chef’s seafood crepe of the day.
Chris’ Sea To You Seafood
The local fishmonger is a community institution, providing accessibility to the best seafood the Margaret River Region – and the broader coastline of Western Australia – has to offer. At Chris’ Sea To You Seafood, buy everything from dhu fish, to goldband snapper, to Shark Bay prawns. Fish comes whole or filleted, shiny-scaled and glossy-eyed.
Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough
Clancy’s Fish Pub is a classic family pub with a serious seafood focus, tucked beneath the tall gums that are signatures of the Margaret River region. Think spice-rubbed Kimberley whole bream, a classic beer battered fish and chips, the must-do seafood platter, or Chinese-style crispy skinned barramundi. Seafood here is sourced from local and Australian waters.
Blue Manna Bistro
Spice and seafood form a happy marriage at Blue Manna Bistro, where chef and co-owner, Coby Cockburn, cooks up a punchy roster of local fish and shellfish driven by his romance with South East Asian spice. The fact that Cockburn’s business partner is a fishmonger means this menu is, quite literally, coming to you straight off the boat.
Blue Ocean Fish & Chips
You might feel as if you have entered the set of an iconic Australian soap opera (namely Home and Away) when you step inside the Blue Ocean Fish & Chip shop in Augusta. This is the anti-establishment fast-food of a small fishing town and comes with a long list of accolades. Owners Dave and Linda have won Trip Advisor Excellence Awards four years in a row, and it’s the light and crispy batter they say that puts their fish ahead of the rest. Try the local dhu fish, whiting or salt-water barramundi. Tip: Grab take-away and head to Flinders Bay overlooking migrating whales and pristine waters for full attention to flavour.
Locally sourced seafood is always on the menu at Rustico.
Augusta whiting, Victorian Rainbow trout, Abrolhos octopus, Abrolhos island scallops and Fresh shucked Australian oysters all year round. Rustico at Hay Shed Hill’s mix of locally and nationally sourced seafood is a commitment to presenting a taste of the ocean between the vines.
The Colony Concept
Marron is a specialty within the kitchens of The Colony Concept. Always on the menu, this freshwater shellfish endemic to the Margaret River region is served up whole, in open sandwiches… you get the picture. In keeping with the local produce theme, Nannup trout can also often be found on the menu.
Squidlips Margaret River
Classic fish and chips with a twist is the Squidlips ethos. Battered gummy shark – that old Aussie classic isn’t off the menu, but plenty of sustainably fished, West Australian caught fish nudges in for those looking for something different. Whiting. Goldband snapper. Even Barramundi. Squid is dressed how you like it.
Respect for the Margaret River region environment is behind the seriously sustainable ethos at Arimia. Chef, Evan Hayter, commits to literally cooking from his own pond – trout and marron farmed in their dam are prepared simply, and with dedication to zero-waste: bones are used in stocks, ensuring no part of the flavour (or the animal) is lost.
The River Hotel
Great pub grub with a tapas-style approach is The River’s trademark. Fish tacos take on a little bit of Mexican-style zing, famed Fremantle sardines are given simple treatment with use of quality oil and a pop of preserved lemon. Larger seafood dishes will take you from Japan (squid okonomiyaki), to Italy (prawn spaghetti), and then back again with a classic south west fish of the day.
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Mikis Open KitchenTuesday - Saturday (some public holiday weekend exceptions) 6-10pmGreat For: Dine In,Takeaway
131 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Howard Park & MadFish WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Indoor Play Area,Seated Tastings
543 Miamup Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284
Koomal DreamingMonday to Sunday 9-5pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Sunny Day,Walking & Hiking
Yallingup Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
4.8 From $1375
Cape LodgeGreat For: WiFi
3341 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Equinox Restaurant & BarMonday - Sunday: 8:30 AM until 9:00 PMGreat For: Dine In
1 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280
Chris's Sea To You SeafoodMonday: Closed
Tuesday - Wednesday: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Thursday - Friday: 9:00 AM until 5:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Sunday: ClosedGreat For: Takeaway
129 Bussell Hwy, West Busselton WA 6280
Clancys Fish Pub DunsboroughMonday: 12:00 until 8:30 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Sunday: 12:00 until 8:30 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground,Takeaway
1710 Caves Rd, Dunsborough WA 6281
Blue Manna BistroMonday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00 until 9:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 until 9:00 PM
Sunday: ClosedGreat For: Dine In,Disabled Access,Takeaway
1/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough WA 6281
4.6 From $175
Rustico at Hay Shed HillMonday: 11:30 AM until 4:00 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00 until 4:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly
511 Harmans Mill Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280
The Colony ConceptMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 4:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground
62 Harman's Mill Road, Metricup WA 6280
Squidlips Margaret RiverMonday - Sunday: 12:00 until 7:30 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Takeaway
118 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Arimia EstateThursday to Monday, 10am to 5pmGreat For: Cellar Sales,Dine In,Disabled Access
242 Quininup Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280
Higgins Lane MotelMonday: 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM until 7:00 PMGreat For: WiFi
55 Willmott Ave, Margaret River WA 6285
Blue Ocean Fish and Chips AugustaMonday to Sunday; Lunch 11:30-2pm & Dinner 5-8pm
Great For: Takeaway
73 Blackwood Ave, Augusta WA 6290