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Saltwater Restaurant Fingal Bay

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I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published September 26th 2019
For special occasions or to make an occasion special

Fingal Bay, views, lunch, beach, wine, family, waterfront, Port Stephens
Right above Fingal Bay beach (image JW)

Location is the key here and Saltwater has it in spades with its location on the first floor of Fingal Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. A wall of windows overlooks the ever-changing scenes of bay and beach. A lift provides access for those who can't manage stairs and there is ample free parking adjacent to the surf club.

Views, lunch, food, drinks, family, party, waterfront, specials, Fingal Bay, beachfront, Port Stephens
With a view to dine (image JW)

The dining area is light and bright and the simple white furniture and slashes of green complement the vista. Saltwater is open all week for a 11am to 3pm lunch service with a range of weekday food and drink specials.
The pumpkin and brown rice bowl ($15) was tasty with a spicy harissa sauce, grilled halloumi and charred broccolini and the addition of succulent prawns ($7) added some extra protein

Lunch, views, waterfront, special, Fingal Bay, salad, healthy, seafood
Pumpkin and brown rice salad bowl (image JW)

The 300g steak was perfectly cooked to order and the accompanying chips were not at all greasy, it was served with coleslaw and a garden salad. Although there were no children when we dined, they are catered for with $10 meals which include fries, salad and a paddle pop. Some of the menu options are gluten-free and/or suitable for those with vegetarian or vegan diets.

Steak, salad, lunch, special, waterfront, beachside, restaurant, Fingal Bay, food, wine, views
The 'lunch special' steak (image JW)

The restaurant is fully licensed and the bar staff make a mean cocktail. Between 5pm and 6pm they serve a $10 cocktail of the week and $5 beers and wines and it would be a very happy hour on the outdoor terrace. Although it can be fairly quiet early in the week, it is best to make a booking if your group is big or you want to secure window seats. On weekends they do a roaring trade and at times close for private functions such as weddings, so it is essential to make a reservation.

Al fresco, outdoor, views, beachfront, lunch, food, drinks, Fingal Bay, nature
The outdoor terrace (image JW)

Saltwater At Fingal Bay is a relaxed but special place to enjoy spectacular views, great meals and drinks.
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Why? An enjoyable meal in a great setting
When: Monday - Sunday lunch 11am - 3pm, Tuesday - Saturday dinner 5pm - 9pm
Phone: 02 4024 2650
Where: Level 1, 3 Marine Parade Fingal Bay
Cost: Starters $8 - $14, mains $18 - $36, desserts $11, children's meals $10
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