Our guide to the best spots for eating oysters in our region
In Newcastle, we're lucky to be in close proximity to some of the best fresh seafood that the east coast has to offer, including oysters. Plenty of local restaurants are serving up these salty, oceanic gems au naturale or with an array of delicious dressings and toppings.
Are you an oyster fan? Keep reading for our guide to the best spots for eating oysters in Newcastle, Port Stephens, the Hunter Valley, and the Central Coast.
While the menu at 8 at Trinity is huge and comprehensive, the seafood offering is a highlight. Craving oysters? 8 at Trinity serves them natural, with a mignonette, and with pickled cucumber, salmon caviar, and chardonnay vinegar.
Where: 81 Trinity Point Dr, Morisset Park
While you can’t eat oysters in Dawson’s retail space in Warners Bay, you can certainly buy as many as your heart desires to take away and eat as you please. Sourced primarily from local oyster farmers, all of Dawson’s oysters are shucked on site, so they’re as fresh as can be.
Where: 67 King St, Warners Bay
Gin tends to go quite well with oysters, so luckily Earp Distilling Co. serves up both. Sip a gin and tonic made with Earp gin while you enjoy oysters with toppings like nahm jim and mango, or ponzu and wakame.
Where: 41 Darling St, Carrington
Although their toppings are typically changed when Flotilla switches up its menu seasonally, you can often find oysters as an option at Flotilla. This summer, try Appellation oysters with hot sauce.
Where: 9 Albert St, Wickham
Served in a gorgeous bowl atop smooth pebbles, oysters with lime leaf granita at Jana Restaurant & Bar are a perfect way to start an indulgent dinner.
Where: 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Grab a dozen oysters for $35 at Larrie’s, squeeze some lemon over them, and eat them as the sun sets over Merewether Beach. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Where: 99 Frederick St, Merewether
Eating seafood right on the water at Lake Macquarie is an ideal way to while away an afternoon or evening – at Martha, order your oysters natural, with a gin, mint, and cucumber granita, or with grilled chorizo and sherry butter.
Where: Level 1 Belmont 16s, The Parade, Belmont
We’re calling it – Mrs Jones Oyster Bar has the biggest selection of oyster toppings in Newcastle, with a whopping nine options to choose from. I mean, tequila, chilli, and shallot? Yes please.
Where: 91 Young St, Carrington
Nagisa’s menu changes up every so often, but you’ll always find Sydney rock oysters on offer. At the moment, try them with a cucumber and pickled ginger mignonette.
Where: 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Sitting outside at Scottie’s on a balmy summer’s evening is a quintessential Newcastle dining experience. Best paired with a dozen oysters, natural wine, and friends.
Where: 36 Scott St, Newcastle East
A stalwart of the Newcastle dining scene, Scratchleys is beloved for its seafood offering. Enjoy your oysters natural, Kilpatrick, or with nahm jim, wasabi, and lime.
Where: 200 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
At The Kingfish, order your oysters to enjoy on their own or as part of a seafood platter. Choose from fresh with a house-made vinaigrette, Kilpatrick, or Mornay.
Where: Unit 19/15-17 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
The Oak Tighes Hill is no ordinary pub. While you'll find typical pub dishes like a chicken schnitzel, cheeseburger, and steak, there's also a snacks menu more akin to something you'd find at a trendy inner city wine bar. Grab some oysters and ask the team about a wine pairing from the list curated by Vera Wine.
Where: 207 Maitland Rd, Tighes Hill
With views of the water from every table, Thermidor is a dreamy spot for dining on fresh, coastal cuisine. With four types of oysters available at the oyster bar, you’re spoilt for choice, but why not try them all?
Where: Shop 1/7 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Holberts Oyster Supplies
The leading oyster grower and processor in Port Stephens, Holberts Oyster Supplies have been in the oyster industry for more than five generations. Head into its Diemars Road location to eat fresh oysters outside overlooking Cromarty Bay.
Where: Lot 52 Diemars Rd, Salamander Bay
With four toppings available on fresh, local Holberts oysters, Little Beach Boathouse is an ideal spot to enjoy this Port Stephens staple. Eat them upstairs in the restaurant or downstairs – Below Deck – for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Where: 4 Victoria Pde, Nelson Bay
Pair Restaurant 2317’s excellent location on the water at Soldiers Point with a dozen oysters, and you’ve got yourself a classic Port Stephens afternoon. Try the restaurant’s take on Kilpatrick with a bacon jam, or keep it zesty with a pink grapefruit granita.
Where: 2D Sunset Blvd, Soldiers Point
Rick Stein at Bannisters is all about fresh, local seafood, and it doesn’t get much fresher, or more local, than freshly-shucked Stella Maris oysters on ice. There’s also the option to add hot, spicy charentaise sausage – eat an oyster, take a bite of the sausage, and follow it with white wine.
Where: 147 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point
Located in Lemon Tree Passage, The Poyer's is a family-owned cafe and restaurant serving up some of the most interesting seafood in Port Stephens. Think four flavours of oysters including truffle oil, cream, and parmesan or sweet white wasabi balsamic and rockmelon.
Where: 42 Cook Pde, Lemon Tree Passage
With a super spacious interior and outdoor area, Jimmy Joans is ideal for a relaxed meal in wine country. If you're heading in for dinner, try half a dozen Sydney rock oysters with a finger lime vinaigrette for a super fresh take on a classic oyster dressing.
Where: 84 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale
Two-hatted Muse Restaurant is known for its creative takes on contemporary Australian cuisine, and oysters are no exception. Start your meal off with freshly-shucked Appellation oysters, either natural with lemon, topped with ginger, cucumber, and wakame, or woodfired with katsuobushi butter.
Where: 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Bubbles and oysters are a match made in heaven, so it’s no wonder Restaurant Cuvee at Peterson House, renowned for its premium sparkling wines, serves up oysters both natural and Kilpatrick.
Where: Cnr Broke Rd & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin
Salt, Chilli and Lime is a restaurant and bar, although it has the heart of a classic fish and chip shop. Slurp your oysters fresh with a lemon and shallot mignonette while you sip cocktails and enjoy this unique East Maitland joint.
Where: 80 Melbourne St, East Maitland
Located at the acclaimed Brokenwood Wines, The Wood Restaurant features a raw bar with Smoky Bay Pacific oysters on offer, either natural or with a seasonal dressing. Pair them with a Brokenwood Semillon and you can’t go wrong.
Where: Brokenwood Wines, 401-427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
Avoca Beach House
Located just a few steps from Avoca Beach, Avoca Beach House is all about fresh seafood in a relaxed space. Breathe in the sea air as you enjoy oysters with a yuzu dressing or Kilpatrick. Find them on the restaurant’s seafood platters too.
Where: 3/85 Avoca Dr, Avoca Beach
Hawkesbury River Oyster Shed has to be one of the most idyllic spots to eat oysters on the Central Coast. Sit outside and eat oysters straight from the source, with plenty of toppings to choose from and even the option to BYO wine and beer.
Where: 6 Kowan St, Mooney Mooney
Serving up a blend of traditional and modern Greek dishes, Kefi offers seafood aplenty, including freshly-shucked local Brisbane Water rock oysters with pickled cucumber mignonette.
Where: Koolewong Marina, 19 Brisbane Water Dr, Koolewong
Serving fresh oysters and prawns plus the catch of the day, Skinner’s Seafood in Ettalong Beach does it all from a no frills, hole-in-the-wall location. Note – it’s cash only!
Where: Picnic Pde, Ettalong Beach
Sydney Oyster Farm Tours
Touring a working oyster farm and learning how to shuck these little gems might just be the ultimate way to enjoy oysters. Sydney Oyster Farm Tours takes you out onto the Hawkesbury River, and don’t worry – there’s plenty of time for eating fresh oysters.
Where: 1420 Pacific Hwy, Brooklyn
Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf is both a seafood market and restaurant, with the restaurant serving up the best of the day’s catch. Keep it simple with Sydney rock oysters or Pacific oysters – au naturale.
Where: The Boulevarde, Woy Woy