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14 Places To Get Your Holiday Season Seafood Fix In Melbourne

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1. Hunky Dory, Various Locations

Instagram: @hunkydoryfish

With seven Melbourne locations and counting, this fast fish and chips shop has had a menu refresh just in time for summer. The salt and pepper calamari shouldn't be missed.

2. The Builder’s Arms, Fitzroy

Instagram: @fundamentally_flawed

The Builder’s Arms famous fish pie with smoked trout, prawns, rockling, and sorrel is seriously next level.

3. Dr Morse, Abbotsford

Instagram: @drmorsebar

Abbotsford gem Dr Morse doesn't just do some of the city’s best Sunday sessions, it also blows your regular pub grub out of the water with its weekly mussel nights.

4. Mr Miyagi, Windsor

The nori taco with grilled salmon belly, sushi rice, spicy napa cabbage, Japanese mayo, and chilli oil at this Windsor Japanese joint has a cult following for good reason.

5. Tommy Ruff, Elsternwick and Mordialloc

Instagram: @tommyrufffishbar

Owner John Stamoulis has a bunch of seafood establishments but this one does the classics exceptionally well. The fish tacos are also crazy popular with every Mexican-crazy Melburnians.

6. The Atlantic, Southbank

Instagram: @ttttthao

If you haven't already blown your holiday budget buying presents, you can’t beat The Atlantic for their fine dining "ocean to plate" philosophy and river views.

7. Hooked Fish and Chipper, Various Locations

Instagram: @hookedfishandchipper

If you have champagne taste on a beer budget, you’ll fall hook, line, and sinker for Hooked Fish and Chipper. With three locations, there are lots of healthy options on offer, but it’s really all about that panko crumbed fish burger.

8. Claypots, St Kilda

Instagram: @melissa_tatyana

Claypots is a super chill St Kilda institution that dishes up an amazing array of fresher-than-fresh seafood. The best seats are in the charming courtyard, and their Elvis-themed Sundays are the stuff of local legend.

9. Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne

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The other hawker-style offering from the Claypots gang is situated on the outer edge of the South Melbourne Market. It’s the perfect spot for refuelling after your weekly shop with a big bowl of marinara, a glass of pinot gris, and live jazz.

10. Richmond Oysters, Richmond

Instagram: @richmondoysters

Doing a roaring trade since 1959, Richmond Oysters definitely hasn’t jumped the shark. The Richmond-based wholesaler, retailer, and laid-back restaurant does, in fact, do more than just oysters. The seafood platter is simply epic.

11. Lobster Cave, Beaumaris

Instagram: @lobster_cave

If you’re craving crayfish, bayside fave Lobster Cave will fix you right up.

12. Fish Tank, Brighton

Instagram: @keropokman

This bayside fish shop offers a good mix of crumbed classics, as well as lighter grilled options and killer salads.

13. Cerberus Beach House, Black Rock

Instagram: @samiges

Located in the stunning surrounds of Half Moon Bay is Cerberus Beach House. Below the restaurant is the super-popular kiosk, which serves up an amazing sweet potato cake.

14. Fish On High, Thornbury

Instagram: @fishonhigh

It’s not all about the bayside ‘burbs when it comes to Melbourne’s best seafood. The fine folk of Thornbury know what they're doing. Fish On High is a no frills, old school fish and chipper with a heart of gold.