Planning a getaway to Port Stephens in New South Wales? This stunning area, just 2.5 hours outside of Sydney, is filled with beautiful bays, nature activities (including opportunities for whale watching and dolphin spotting) and some of Australia’s most delicious food.

Because no escape is complete without gourmet dining, we bring you the top five places to eat in the Port Stephens area.


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Bannisters Port Stephens, Soldiers Point

This luxury hotel only opened in September 2018 but it’s already making a name for itself as one of the area’s best dining destinations. Nestled into Soldiers Point, it offers a restaurant by celebrity chef Rick Stein, serving up spectacular seafood, including Diemar oysters, salmon sashimi and Basque country-style snapper. At Bannisters you’ll also find Terrace Bar, a poolside venue with gorgeous views and a sharing menu with light bites such as fish tacos, bao buns and halloumi salad.

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Pasta Di Porto, Anna Bay

This small family business is run by husband-and-wife duo Peter and Domenca, who are all about bringing fresh Italian flavours to Port Stephen. The homemade pasta at Pasta Di Porto has received an incredible 56 awards, including three at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. Their range of gourmet ravioli is not to be missed.

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The Point Restaurant, Soldiers Point

Located a short drive from Nelson Bay is The Point, an award-winning restaurant with 180-degree views of the surrounding waterways. The emphasis here is on the local seafood, with their delicious oysters a longtime favourite. Soft shell crab, seasonal seafood chowder and mussels are all on the menu, while meat lovers will enjoy the beef cheeks and duck leg.

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Little Beach Boathouse, Nelson Bay

The beachside setting is a huge draw for diners at the Little Beach Boathouse. However, it doesn’t stop at the stunning sunset views. You’ll also be won over by their delicious seafood dishes, which include Harvey Bay scallops, miso-glazed salmon and saltwater barramundi, and their extensive list of beers and wines. For veggies, there’s a delicious mushroom and roast garlic ravioli.

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Evviva Café & Bar, Nelson Bay

Evviva’s European vibe is perfect for those searching for something a little different in Port Stephens. The breakfast, brunch and lunch menu offers casual dining and great coffee for daytime guests, while Thursday and Friday nights see Evviva turn into a buzzing tapas bar, with a great selection of wines and cocktails. Vegans and veggies are well catered for here, as are those avoiding gluten.

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