Where to find the best fish and chips on the Gold Coast
Name a more iconic duo than fish and chips and the beach. We’ll wait. To help you hit peak holiday-mode, we’ve rounded up our list of the best Gold Coast fish and chips so you don’t have to ‘fish’ around the internet.
We hope you’re hungry!
North – straight from the trawlers
1. Peter’s Fish Market, Main Beach
Kicking off our list of the best Gold Coast fish and chips is a staple of the scene – Peter’s Fish Market. Situated near the trawlers docked on Main Beach, Peter’s is brimming with fresh local seafood, from snapper fillets to king prawns or a dozen oysters if you’re wanting to one-up your lunch menu.
Local’s tip: Grab a bag of prawns to compliment your fish and chips before heading to either the Broadwater or a little further down SeaWorld Drive to The Spit to enjoy with water views.
2. Charis Seafood, Labrador
On the other side of the Broadwater lies Charis Seafood in Labrador, which is renowned for off-the-trawler seafood.
Serving up the largest supply of fresh seafood on the Gold Coast, the ever-busy restaurant will test the theory that your eyes are bigger than your stomach. Expect mounds of fresh crays, crabs, oysters and fish on offer.
Local’s tip: Located on the edge of Harley Park, Charis Seafood is the perfect location for a seafood-inspired family picnic.
Central – Challenging the Fish and Chip norm
3. Wild Fish and Chips, Broadbeach
Historically fish and chips have been a heavy, batter-covered meal that made you feel so guilty you went for a conscious-cleansing run.
Those days are thankfully in the rear-view, spearheaded by restaurants like Wild Fish and Chips in Broadbeach. Armed with knowledge passed down from a whopping five generations of fishmongers, these guys know how to serve delicious, sustainable, fuss-free seafood.
Local’s tip: Play to their strengths and order a lifestyle pack (the grilled salmon is amazing!) or the grilled-prawn poke bowl. Skipping the chips means you can wash the meal down with a local craft beer right?
4. The Fish Emporium, Surfers Paradise (Isle of Capri)
Far from classic takeaway, The Fish Emporium in Surfers Paradise is the definition of a modern seafood restaurant – waterfront views, an onus on seasonal menus using local produce and options from the classics like crumbed whiting to freshly shucked oysters or cut-to-order sashimi.
Local’s tip: Located on the canals at Capri on Via Roma (Isle of Capri) means you can rock up in absolute style by arriving by boat (why not?!).
Burleigh Heads – Burleigh, not burley
5. Red Hot Cod, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Heads is #blessed in general – epic beaches for both swimming and surfing, one of the best sunrise vantage points on the Coast (courtesy of Burleigh Hill), walking tracks and on top of all that, restaurants and bars galore, including a bevvy of places serving some of the best Gold Coast fish and chips.
When chatting to a few Gold Coast locals about the best fish and chips, Red Hot Cod kept popping up in conversation. The vibe is a bit old-school, but the food is not stuck in the past, with light crispy seafood and vibrant sides.
Local’s tip: Go for the takeaway option and head up to Burleigh Hill, overlooking the beach with the Surfers Paradise skyline in the foreground.
6. The Fish House, Burleigh Heads
Okay, I’ll be honest, I’m stretching the concept of ‘fish and chips’ a little far by adding The Fish House, one of the Gold Coast’s premier restaurants to the list. But, they have ‘chips’ and ‘fish’ on their menu so they pass my very stringent testing.
Overlooking Burleigh Beach with a menu that changes daily (due to seasonal and weather conditions) it’s a serious seafood-lovers paradise.
Local’s tip: The Fish House isn’t the place to do dining lightly – would you like matching wines? Yes please. Are you interested in adding the caviar course? Definitely!
7. Fish Mongers, Burleigh Heads
If a restaurant has been serving the same meal since 1948, there’s a really good chance they know what they’re doing. That’s exactly what you get at the Fish Mongers in Burleigh Heads.
The specialty; Snapper. Fresh, lightly crumbed snapper served with a generous portion of chunky chips making it the perfect post-swim meal.
Local’s tip: Grab a juice from the fruit shop connected to the fish monger to wash down the deliciousness.
South – would you like a side of ‘views’ with that?
8. Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club, Currumbin
Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club aka Vikings has always nailed the view – an unspoiled vista across the Coral Sea or down the sandy straight that is the Gold Coast coastline.
But the true test of a restaurant is creating a meal that compliments the sensory feeling of the view. Vikings deliver this in spades with their seafood platter for two (or four).
Prawns, oysters, spanner crab, calamari. Do I need say anymore?
Local’s tip: If a platter isn’t your thing, they do a classic fish and chips for the traditionalists.
9. Captain Hooks Seafood, Tugun
I have it on very good authority that Captain Hooks in Tugun serves the best chips on the Coast. It’s a big call, but after one bite of extra-crunchy goodness you’ll be hooked.
Combine the chips with a lashing of calamari and you have a crunchy feast fit for Poseidon.
Local’s tip: Pack the picnic blanket and umbrella and enjoy your meal on Tugun Beach.