The Best Restaurants and Cafés in Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Port Macquarie, NSW, has a number of first-rate restaurants
Port Macquarie, NSW, has a number of first-rate restaurants | © Paul Lovelace / Alamy Stock Photo
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17 November 2020

More than a town of friendly folks and coastal breezes, Port Macquarie, in Australia, offers an impressive array of dining options. Nothing is too stuffy, but don’t be fooled: the food is first-rate. With the inviting South Pacific on its doorstep, Port boasts a rich tradition in seafood, while its outdoors lifestyle lends itself to locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Here are some of the best restaurants in Port Macquarie.

Social Grounds Café

Cafe, Australian, $$$
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Top among locals for breakfast and brunch, Social Ground’s coffee is cracking and its meals are hearty. Welcoming staff ensure you’re taken care of, and it’s dog friendly, too. With a fresh herb garden at hand, planted up in a vintage metal tub, the care that goes into every dish is visible. Tired carousers can shake off the night before with one of their famed virgin marys.

LV’s on Clarence

Cafe, Healthy, $$$
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LV’s on Clarence is true paddock-to-plate dining, with an ever-changing menu based on what’s growing at the time. That squid on offer? Caught this morning. Eggs? Gathered from the owners’ farm, where around 500 laying hens live their best lives. The casual café offers seating within its muted interior or outside with views over the Hastings River. Tables fill up quickly, so make a reservation.

Port’s Sacred Pizza

Pizzeria, Italian
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Locals rave about the dough here – there’s nary a crust left when a table clears. But the pasta and parmigiana dishes also deserve a mention. Whatever you choose, it’ll be made on-site that day from locally sourced ingredients. The menu’s variety will please everyone from the most ardent traditionalist to those with a more adventurous palate.

Bill’s Fishhouse and Bar

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Bill’s is a Port Macquarie institution. The impeccable menu focusses on fresh seafood – locally sourced and sustainably caught, of course. The relaxed dining atmosphere is casual and modern. To one side sits a well-stocked bar and, at the back, an open kitchen. The green roof overhead overflows with plants, while outside seating is also available. Ask what’s on the board that day – everything is super-fresh.

The Corner Restaurant

Restaurant, Australian, $$$
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Known for its fast service and out-of-this-world bacon, this low-key café has been a standout in the area for years. The focus is on fresh ingredients from regional producers; the modern Australian food produced here isn’t fussy, but it is flavoursome. The staff are especially proud of their Tinder Creek duck. The restaurant’s location, with a view over the Hastings River, adds to its charm.

The Stunned Mullet

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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The Stunned Mullet is the top choice for a special occasion. Here, eye-catching modern Australian dishes, created from local and fresh ingredients, are served in an exquisitely chic setting. From your table, enjoy views of Town Beach stretching all the way to Point Plomer. Book a seat by the window for views unobstructed by other diners.

These recommendations were updated on November 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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