Are you looking for somewhere romantic to spend Valentine's Day in the Nelson Bay area? Or perhaps you are celebrating an anniversary and want to go somewhere special? The Nelson Bay region has many quality, scenic restaurants that overlook the water, so there are a wide range of options to celebrate the special day. If you like seafood, you are also in luck, with many restaurants specialising in modern Australian cuisine specialising in fresh, Port Stephens seafood. Nothing spells romance more than a platter of fresh prawns and oysters!
These are some of our favourite restaurants that we have discovered in the area - where is your favourite place to celebrate Valentine's Day or a special occasion? If you have a top spot, or a romantic place you like to go for a special meal, please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your ideas. If you are looking for views, delicious food and romance, look no further - these places have it all...
Cocktails overlooking the water at Little Beach Boathouse. Image: Little Beach Boathouse Facebook (photo credit Leanne Naber)
Little Beach Boathouse is located right on the water at Little Beach, just a short drive from Nelson Bay. Book a table overlooking the water and enjoy sumptuous seafood and delicacies of the region. As the sun goes down, order a cocktail and relax as the last rays of the day softens everything it touches. Although you may be looking in each other's eyes on your romantic meal, also look out for dolphins just off the shore. See here for details.
Rick Stein at Bannisters Port Stephens is a restaurant that opened up in 2018, much to the delight of seafood lovers all of the region - and beyond. Rick Stein, a popular UK celebrity chef, has a seafood restaurant in Mollymook on the South Coast and thought it was time to open one in Port Stephens, due to its abundance of seafood off its shores. The result is a relaxing, modern and romantic venue to share a bottle of crisp, white wine with expertly-made seafood cuisines. See here for details.
Seafood and wine at Rick Stein at Bannisters Port Stephens. Image: Bannisters Facebook
The Point and The Deck are two restaurants located at the Soldiers Point Marina, less than 15 minutes from Nelson Bay. The Deck is downstairs and The Point upstairs and both have scenic views over the water, dolphins swimming metres from the tables and delicious food options on their menu. The Point upstairs is a more fine dining experience which specialises in seafood, whereas The Deck is a more relaxed, family friendly atmosphere specialising in Mediterranean cuisine and seafood dishes. See The Point and The Deck websites for details.
Water views, romance and seafood from both The Point or The Deck, at Soldiers Point Marina
Bay Harbour Café is a casual, budget-friendly seafood venue, located at the end of the Nelson Bay Breakwall, where the fishing trawlers come into the bay. It is a popular venue for lunch, however they also open for dinner between 5pm - 7:30pm for a beautiful seafood feast with a sunset. This scenic eatery is also licensed, so you can also enjoy a wine or a cold beer with your meal. Call 02) 4981 5017 to confirm the nights they are open, as it can change seasonally. See here for details and here for a full article.
Lastly, if you don't feel like going out for dinner, but would like to enjoy a romantic seafood feast for two, why not pick up some fresh prawns and oysters from the local seafood shops and eat them on the shores of Port Stephens. Romance is different for every couple - where do you like to go for a romantic seafood dinner for two?
Casual seafood options at the Nelson Bay Breakwall, at the end of Teramby Road