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Published March 15th 2019
Modern Australian Cuisine, with a view
Saltwater Restaurant is a scenic, beach-side restaurant located inside Fingal Bay Surf Club, in the scenic Port Stephens region. It is one of the most picturesque restaurants in the region, with sweeping views of Fingal Bay as soon as you walk in the door. Due to its location, it is a popular venue for weddings, however, it is also a romantic restaurant for lunch and dinner, for locals and visitors alike.
We visited this restaurant after receiving a flyer in the letterbox advertising a Monday to Friday $15 lunch deal (current as of March, 2019), which included Barramundi & chips, Vegetarian Lasagne & salad, Beef Burger with chips and a Roasted Pumpkin & Brown Rice Bowl. Saltwater restaurant has always been on our list of places to visit, since locals recommended it to us when we first moved to the area (see here for more recommendations). We picked a perfect, blue-sky day to visit the restaurant and walked into a vision of colour, style and views that took our breath away...
View back to the restaurant, from our table by the window
The inside of the restaurant was spacious, with tables for two and four along the window, with the best views of the bay. It was light, beachy, leafy and welcoming, creating a sense of calm as soon as you sat down. Although we had a look at the usual lunch menu on our visit, we couldn't go past the $15 lunch deal, so we ordered the Barramundi & Chips and Burger & Chips.
After we ordered, it didn't take long before our meals were presented before us, looking fresh, bright and attractive. The meals were generous for the price, with the Barramundi in particular beautifully-crispy on the outside and had soft, moist flesh in the middle. The burger had a delicious cheesy sauce that oozed out of the bun, however, the patty itself was a little plain, in our opinion. Both however, were well received and quickly devoured, with a scenic view of the water that took all the cares away...
Although Saltwater Restaurant is on the upper end of restaurant prices in the area, the food is delicious, the staff are friendly and the views are some of the best along the coastline. This Modern Australian restaurant is popular for weddings, so if you are going to visit for lunch or dinner on the weekend, check their Facebook to ensure that they are open. Although we arrived early for lunch and had the place to ourselves, by the time we left it was filling up quickly. To ensure a table by the window, book ahead by calling 02 4024 2650. Lunch is served between 11am - 3pm and dinner is between 5pm - 9pm.
Whether you have a special family celebration, or just want a romantic lunch for two, Saltwater Restaurant is a special venue which will impress everyone, every time.
Take in the beauty from the floor to ceiling windows