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Portside Seafood Restaurant

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by Wayne Black (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, living in the Mooloolaba area, and enjoying the chance to promote its attractions.
Published December 10th 2012
Seafood with harbour views
Portside Outside
Portside's veranda at the marina


Portside: A restaurant with good food at reasonable prices, and where every table has a marina view. This little restaurant has experienced a few incarnations over the years, and karma being what it is, the current one shows enlightenment.

The full name is Portside Seafood Restaurant which complements its location. In fact, it has a fish and chips takeaway section, but separate from the restaurant dining area. Happily, 'takeaways' can be 'taken away' to the restaurant area. What a great idea.

Portside Entrance
Portside - restaurant ahead, takeaway right


Portside' describes well the restaurant's unusual dining area. It is a covered wooden veranda, open to and overlooking Lawries (ne: Kawana Waters) marina. Every table has an open view of the pontoon walkways, boats and water channels.

Portside - Lawries Marina
Every table has a view


The nautical context sees the veranda decorated with motifs like lifebuoy rings, ropes and oars. Overall, there's a sense of balmy spaciousness, where luncheoners get the vibrant colours of day, and evening diners, the intriguing allure of harbour lights twinkling from a mysterious dark.

Portside Decore
Nautical scenes everywhere


Now, about the "good food". Portside's menu is a one page affair, offering the popular in seafood, chicken and steak meals. Whiteboard specials extend choices and provide things more exotic. The chef is willing to modify dishes, and can accommodate gluten free and vegetarian needs. Portside is fully licenced, and has a modest selection of beverages.

And "reasonable prices"? Every meal is under $20. Lunch or dinner, doesn't matter: every meal is below the red bill, often by a few dollars, and whatever the dish, you won't walk away hungry or disappointed with taste. Indeed, one finds 'enlightened' understanding about dining and value for money and service.

Portside tables
Portside veranda and tables


This incarnation can accommodate 50 diners. Most times, unexpected patrons of 2 to 4 can get a table; however, management prefers bookings to provide for suitable table and service needs. Bigger groups should book ahead to check availability. A semi-secluded alcove allows for a little private party.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, for lunch (11-2) and Dinner (5-8), Portside is easily seen at Lawries (ne: Kawana Waters) Marina, Orana Street, Buddina.

Portside: Good karma: Good food, good price, good site.

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Why? Reservations
When: Wednesday to Saturday
Phone: 0754443939
Where: Kawana Waters, Queensland. 4575
Cost: Everything under $20
Your Comment
Are Carol and David Hicks still the owners?

I would like to make contact if they are.

Arnold Millett
by arnol (score: 0|3) 1901 days ago
Hi Rimas, Thank you for the feedback. I did talk to the restaurant's owner, and she was much pleased with the review as she says that getting the 'news' out is not an easy task.
Regards, Wayne
by Wayne Black (score: 1|16) 2243 days ago
Hi Wayne,
After reading your review of The Portside Restaraunt it is now on my go to list next time I am in the area. Looks like great value for the money. If I were the owner of this Restaraunt I would be ecstatic with the review. Anyway I won't butter your butt and call you a biscuit for any longer (an old saying from the farming area I grew up in) so I will just sign off and say another enjoyable article.
Rimas
by rvitk (score: 0|4) 2244 days ago
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