Eating Out

Restaurants & Cafes in Port Macquarie, NSW

Perfectly located between a fertile hinterland and the bountiful ocean, Port Macquarie prides itself on its abundance and variety of fresh country produce, to be enjoyed at indoor and outdoor, formal and casual locations in our wonderful climate. Many of our producers and restaurants boast fine food awards. A wide range of ethnic cuisine may also be found around our shopping and tourism precincts. Here is just a selection:

THE STUNNED MULLET

It's a name you won't forget and an equally memorable, unique and friendly dining experience, just 100m east of your accommodation at The Observatory Resort Hotel. Indoor and alfresco day-night dining from nourishing, relaxed breakfasts to start your day, through delectable lunch selections and candlelit suppers, just across from the sands of Town Beach. Features fresh local produce; top flight menu; superb wine selection.
In the Sandcastle Building, on William Street, opp. Town Beach, Port Macquarie.
Open: daily.
Tel: 6584 7757; fully licensed; bookings preferred but not essential.


WHALEBONE WHARF SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Take a short journey westwards on Hastings River Drive to this relaxed, nautical-themed waterside venue for seafood specialities. Select crustaceans fresh from the tank, enjoy dining with daytime river views and as the sun goes down in the evenings.
On: Hastings River Drive, just past the Port Macquarie Airport turnoff travelling from the CBD.
Tel: 6583 2334.

 

RIVERMARK CAFE

Close by to Whalebone Wharf - this pretty riverside cafe offers breakfast and lunchtime casual dining in an outdoors garden setting sheltered by cool umbrellas. BYO.
261 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie.
Open: 7 days.
Tel: 6584 4660.

 

PANCAKE PLACE 

A children's and family delight, Pancake Place in the central CBD is noted for its charming, colourful quirky decor and easy-eating pancakes, sweet and savoury crepes and pizza. Full breakfast menu; kids meals; healthy selections; TV screens; kiddies' play corner. Easy walking distance from accommodation, beach, shopping and Town Green.
Corner Clarence & Hay Streets, Port Macquarie.
Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days.
Tel: 6583 4544.

 

THAI DINING

Thai food tempts most palates and Port Macquarie boasts numerous outlets offering authentic Thai selections. Along them: Spicy Yahmorthai, close to Pancake Place, offers dine-in, takeaway and delivery. Other venues include Thai House and Thai Orchid. For alternative suggestions, see the comprehensive brochure display next to Reception at The Observatory or in-room guides.
Spicy Yahmorthai:
Corner Clarence & Hay Sts, Port Macquarie. Tel: 6583 9043.

Thai House:
14 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie. Tel: 6583 8053.

Thai Orchid:
On Park Street next to McDonald's, Settlement City precinct, Port Macquarie. Tel: 6584 9049.


CHINESE & JAPANESE DINING

The comprehensive menu at Whar Hing Restaurant, in the centre of town, is typical of familiar, satisfying Chinese cuisine available at a number of Port Macquarie oriental restaurants. Whar Hing was Port's first Chinese restaurant and continues to offer dine-in, fast takeaway and home delivery service. Air-conditioned; fully licensed; adjacent to Commonwealth Bank.
The delicate flavours of Japanese cuisine also await your pleasure. Try Sushiko for lunch, dinner or Tuesday's sushi/sashimi takeaway night. Instant, economical sushi to go or in party/picnic platters can be picked up at Go Sushi in Port Central shopping centre.
Ask at Reception at The Observatory Resort Hotel for alternative outlets.

Whar Hing: 67 Horton Street.
Open: 7 days for lunch and dinner.
Tel: 6583 1800.

Sun Hing, 114 William Street near Hay Street, for dine-in, BYO, banquets, fast takeaway and delivery service.
Open 7 days for lunch and dinner; tel: 6583 5667.

Wall of China, 68 Clarence Street, air-conditioned dine-in, BYO, takeaway and delivery. Open for lunch Tues-Sat; dinner 7 nights from 5pm; tel: 6584 1669.

Sushiko: 21 Short Street. Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Wed-Sat; Tuesday takeaway sushi/sashimi 5-7pm. Tel: 6583 3333. Go Sushi: Port Central Shopping Centre in the CBD; open during shopping hours.

 

OTHER EATING OPTIONS

INDIAN

Dine indoors or on the terrace from a list of typical Indian fare at Maharaja Tandoori-Indian Restaurant, at the river end of Short Street just down from Clarence Street. 
Open 7 nights 5.30 till late; lunchtime specials 11.30 to 2. Tel: 6584 7377.
Or select from a changing daily takeaway menu at Sara's Kitchen, on Clarence Street near the Munster Street intersection. Look for Sara's latest menu in brochure display racks at your hotel.


ITALIAN - CAFE 66

All your favourite familiar dishes from Australia's adopted national cuisine feature on the menu at this upstairs-downstairs, indoors-outdoors cafe handily located in central Clarence Street. Breads, pastas, sauces and substantial salads and vegetable dishes for to cater also to vegetarian palates. Modest prices; BYO and licensed; takeaway evening menu.
66 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie.
Open: Day and night except Monday nights.
Tel: 6583 2484.


MEXICAN

Poco Loco features authentic Mexican dishes for in-house, BYO dining as well as gourmet wood-fired takeaway pizza with a choice of exotic toppings. 
Kids menu
Open 7 days.
At the pedestrian crossing, Pacific Drive, Flynns Beach, Port Macquarie
Tel: 6584 9136 - Website

 

PIZZA

Port Macquarie is home to all the national names - Domino's, Eagle Boys and Pizza Hut - or sample Port's own home-grown gourmet pizzas from Pasta Place at Flynn's Beach. Pasta Place serves a wide range of pasta dishes for dining in, takeaway or delivery. Kids menu; early bird meal deals.
Open 7 nights from 5pm;
Tel: 6583 2679 for takeaway orders; reservations appreciated.

 

FISH 'N' CHIPS

A holiday must-do, standby or fast food choice - whatever the reason, seaside Port Macquarie invites the visitor to enjoy fish and chips at casual outdoor seating or to take away and enjoy on your balcony or as you watch the river or waves roll by. A fresh, fast wholesome meal of various fish varieties that satisfies the appetite and sets you up for more exploring. Don't forget the calamari, prawn cutlets and maybe a side salad!
Central locations include:
Macquarie Seafoods at the western end of Clarence Street, corner of Short Street.
Off The Hook - near the pub at the edge of Town Green.
Mike's Seafood - at the river end of Hay Street
and numerous other outlets including eat-in at modest prices at licensed clubs.

 

ESPRESSO AND CASUAL CAFES

A lesser known Port Macquarie claim to fame is its own deeply aromatic locally-roasted Peak coffee, one of many fine blends to be had at coffee shops and casual eateries found on almost every corner. Peak has trained many fine baristas who create great coffee at numerous local restaurants and cafes.

Look for:
Lush - at the corner of Clarence and Short Streets.
Cafe Buzz at three locations.
Peleton - at the corner of Gordon Street & Hastings River Drive - a favourite gathering spot for Port Macquarie's big cycling fraternity, it also offers healthy wraps, sushi, lavish cakes and Turkish toasties.

 

STEAKS

For a hearty steak, ribs and all the trimmings, well-known names SSS BBQ Barns and Hogs Breath Cafe both await you at the river end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie. Both venues feature licensed bars and operate 7 days.
SSS BBQ Barns: 74 Clarence Street - tel: 6583 2239.
Hogs Breath Cafe: 65 Clarence Street - tel: 6583 2252.
Also:
Tommy's by the Beach Seafood & Steak Restaurant - at Port Macquarie's central Flynns Beach offers air-conditioned or alfresco, fully licensed, dinner from 6pm Mon-Sat.
4 Flynn Street, Port Macquarie.
Tel: 6583 5477

 

RESTAURANT SPLASH

Enjoy fresh, inventive Australian cuisine indoors or out, close to the river and Port Macquarie's central leisure precinct, Town Green. 
2 Horton Street.
Open for lunch Mon-Fri - dinner 7 nights except Sundays during winter. Fully licensed, BYO wine only.
Tel: 6584 4027.

 

THE CORNER

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all-day coffee are available 7 days from 7am at this airy, open indoors-outdoors cafe-restaurant at the corner of Clarence and Munster Streets, Port Macquarie. Licensed.
Tel: 6583 3300.

 

PUB GRUB & CLUBS

Social and sporting clubs and a range of vibrant pubs all warmly welcome visitors to Port Macquarie. Excellent bistro food is on offer at all venues. For information, ask at your Reception Desk, call Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on 1300 303 155 ... or just ask a friendly local.


JUST OUT OF TOWN ...

If you fancy a short drive and new horizons, a number of attractive dining spots await you close by to Port Macquarie. Enjoy vineyard dining at Little Fish Café at Innes Lake Vineyard and at Ca Marche, among the vines at the region's renowned Cassegrain Winery.

You'll find Little Fish on The Ruins Way, Port Macquarie - Tel: 6581 1332 for opening hours.
Or combine a Cassegrain cellar door experience - entry free - with morning or afternoon tea or lunch 7 days at Ca Marche, overlooking the vineyard's vast, perfumed rose gardens and lawns.
Tel: 6582 8320.
Also open Fridays for dinner, 6-9pm.

Nearby, visit a working fruit farm and enjoy daytime treats made with farm-fresh tomatoes and strawberries at casual, country-style Cafe Red, at Ricardoes Tomatoes fruit and strawberry farm on Blackmans Point Road, just off the Pacific Highway 3km north of Port Macquarie.
Open 7 days, 9 to 3; BYO.
Tel: 6585 0663.

Further afield, look for details of the following rural dining venues within a comfortable day-out drive from Port Macquarie:
To the south - Lorne Valley Macadamia Farm near the village of Kendall offers morning and afternoon tea and delicious lunches in a lovely open-air cafe set among the macadamia nut orchard.
Tel: 6556 9653.
Westwards - via Wauchope, Blue Poles Cafe and art gallery in the village of Byabarra hosts breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea amid panoramic mountain views.
Tel: 6587 1167.
Heading north - Bliss in the Bush cafe, via Kempsey, is a fine food experience visitors universally commend.
Tel: 6561 7559.


Call these venues for opening hours.