Auckland’s harbourside location has made for a long and interesting tradition of high quality seafood in the city. With options for quick eats and sit down dining, Auckland central restaurants boast their proximity to the source in the best way possible with fresh seafood available daily. As Auckland has evolved so has its cuisine: the city celebrates seafood prepared through traditional processes from across the globe, with sushi being a lunchtime favorite. Here are our picks for the best seafood in town, for all types of occasion and appetite. 

Family friendly:

Auckland Fish Market | 22 Jellicoe Street 

As the pearl of Wynyard Quarter, the Auckland Fish Market is a hub for traders and sightseers alike. The historic building houses a combination of open fresh fish stalls, take away seafood focused restaurants as well as offering classic style sit down dining experiences. Neighbouring the family-friendly Silo park, the Auckland Fish Market welcomes families and groups to come down and explore the re-energised site.

The Seafood Kitchen | Elliott Stables

Amongst the many great offering of Elliot Stables, The Seafood Kitchen is a fusion restaurant storefront, taking inspiration from Europe and the Islands to present high quality, casual seafood lunch and dinner options. Their famous Surf and Turf, a combination of grilled scotch fillet, prawn and seared scallops makes for a hearty, not to mention delicious seafood experience.

Quick Bites:

Ika Bowl | Snickel Lane 

Ika bowl is Auckland’s homegrown, healthy fast food alternative serving up a modern take on the Polynesian poke bowl. Ika Bowl combines fresh fish and speciality salad to give you the long lasting energy you need to get through the work day.

&Sushi | City Works Depot 

No ordinary sushi establishment, &Sushi offers one of Auckland's highest quality sushi experiences, in both taste and presentation. Head down to City Works Depot and visit this Auckland favourite. With an exceptional cabinet and made-to-order dishes, &Sushi prides itself on delivering a seafood experience which leaves guests feeling satisfied and re-energised.

Long lunch:

The Crab Shack | Princes Wharf 

Looking for a Seafood option the whole family can enjoy? The Crab Shack located at the Quay St end of Princes Wharf offers a huge variety of delicious Sea food from fresh Crab to fresh Oysters along with the classic Kiwi Fish and Chips. With their spacious interior dining setting The Crab Shack is the perfect place to bring friends and family to get into the spirit of the Oyster Festival, suitable for people of all ages and experiences.

Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill | 99 Quay Street 

In the mood for an exceptional fine dining experience? Harbourside has been perfecting their cuisine since 1994 and offer seafood of only the highest quality. A setting at Harbourside might see live crayfish from Fiordland or classic whitebait fritters along with seasonal delicacies. Located within the historical Auckland ferry building harbourside offers sheltered harbour views along with long interior table settings.  

Special Occasions:

Oyster & Chop | Market Square, The Viaduct 

Oyster & Chop is a seafood specialist restaurant offering an atmospheric, viaduct-facing casual fine dining experience. Enjoy their carefully curated selection of wine and oysters specials during their daily happy hour between 4 and 6pm. With oysters at just $2.50 each during this time, an afternoon dining at Oyster & Chop is one well spent! 

Euro Bar and Grill | Princes Wharf 

Is Bluff oyster season a priority on your calendar? Euro Bar and Restaurant can satisfy your oyster cravings and much more. Located in Shed 22 on Princes Wharf, Euro is the perfect place to enjoy a special occasion and with the Princes Wharf Oyster Festival taking place in March, head down and experience the excellent service and calming setting one of Auckland's best seafood restaurants.

Last updated: 28 June 2019