Fingal Bay Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Fingal Bay

January 22, 2018 Madelene Haan

Discover the best restaurant in Fingal Bay, Australia including Rock Lobster Restaurant, Mod Thai Food & Noodle Bar, Essence Espresso, Red Neds Gourmet Pies, Sandpipers Restaurant, Pasta Di Porto, Nice Cafe, Sienna's Pizzeria Bar & Restaurant, Ethica Coffee House, The Little Nel Cafe
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1. Rock Lobster Restaurant

D'Albora Marina - 6 Teramby Rd, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +61 2 4981 1813
Excellent
36%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 445 reviews

Rock Lobster Restaurant

Reviewed By lynmore58 - Sydney, Australia

This was an accidental find. Looking for somewhere to eat on a busy Saturday night in Nelson Bay. Ended up at Rock Lobster and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Staff were charming. Shared oysters kilpatrick then had the soft shelled crab while my husband had the steak. Both meals were well prepared - the steak was perfectly cooked to order. Would revisit without hesitation.

2. Mod Thai Food & Noodle Bar

Shp 12 25 Stockton St, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 49844222
Excellent
40%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 315 reviews

Mod Thai Food & Noodle Bar

Reviewed By Richo4321 - Sydney, Australia

Stopped in for thai while in nelsons bay. Food was ok, tasted sweet suger ? Service was ok. Staff friendly.

3. Essence Espresso

47 Donald St, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 2 4981 5646
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Essence Espresso

Great coffee

Reviewed By Culinarykids - Sydney

This is a cafe with Espresso in the name so I can't avoid mentioning the coffee - more a warm milky beverage - definitely needs work. Hopefully, this will improve. Regardless I will return and order food and tap water! The menu is very appealing and offers some interesting choices, the food is fresh and home style. Its funky and fun. Well worth a visit.

4. Red Neds Gourmet Pies

17-19 Stockton St | 3, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Fast Food, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 2 4984 1355
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Red Neds Gourmet Pies

This Is A Almost A Tourist Attraction In Itself For Port Stephens!

Reviewed By theminiaturekitchen

We were passing through Nelson Bay and decided to grab a quick bite at Red Ned's. Walking in you realise there isn't much Seating space, and a wall covered in awards, and news clippings about the small pie shop. With over 50 different varieties, it really is impressive how many types of pies they made right from classic Australian beef, to pork, chicken, vegetarian and sweet pies too. The sheer number of awards is enough to get you ultra excited about what lies ahead. Service here is very friendly, and the ladies were more than happy to help us make our selection. We went all vegetarian, and chose the zucchini and sweet potato pie, the deluxe vegetarian pie and the satay vegetarian pie. My favourite of the all was definitely the zucchini and sweet potato pie which was packed with delicious flavour. The best part of the pies was 100% the delicious flaky and buttery pastry. The satay vegetarian pie unfortunately didn't have much of a satay flavour, and instead had hints of spice and chili. Again the pastry was delicious, but the filling didn't quite do it for me. Similarly with the deluxe vegetarian pie, the filling was a little dry :( By the looks of it there best pies are the beef pies, so ofc go ahead and try those. If you are vegetarian, then I recommend the zucchini and sweet potato pie for sure! Keen to try the sweet pies here too :D

5. Sandpipers Restaurant

81 Magnus St, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Seafood, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$259 +61 2 4984 9990
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 674 reviews

Sandpipers Restaurant

Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5.30pm

Reviewed By Sally S - Sydney, Australia

Another great dinner at Sandpipers. Loved the prawn hotpot, so full of garlicky & chilli flavour. For mains we had the pork belly which was tender & had crispy crackling and the market fish, Mahi Mahi was excellent.
So together with efficient service and BYO, you can't go wrong.

6. Pasta Di Porto

Shop 4/134 | Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2316, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Drinks, Breakfast HK$94 - HK$141 +61 414 482 004
Excellent
94%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 135 reviews

Pasta Di Porto

Pasta Di Porto is to date the most awarded pasta business in Australia as judged by The Sydney Royal Fine Food Shows from 2010 to 2017 inclusive..we are a small boutique family business who produce small batch artisan products such as a vast range of Gourmet Filled Ravioli, traditional sauces, a variety of fresh cut pasta, lasagnes, meatballs , cannelloni and like products. Pasta Di Porto has a strong focus on Domenica’s Southern Italian Heritage ( Reggio Calabria) .Our aim is to give you a fine dining experience in the comfort of your own home by purchasing our products. We supply stores in Newcastle, Gold Coast & Brisbane. You can also enjoy our products in many restaurants from Port Stephens, Hunter Valley Region NSW, Gold Coast & Brisbane. We proudly serve award winning Di Bella Coffee which you can either take away or enjoy in our cafe and pairs perfectly with the traditional sweet treats made daily in house by our own baker.We are a cafe, not a restaurant.Domenica & Peter

Reviewed By Kath2615 - Newcastle, Australia

Another amazing Italian meal at the Pasta Di Porta cafe with wonderful company.
Do your self a favour if your heading to Nelsons Bay or Anna Bay to take your freezer bag and ice packs to fill after you've had the the best coffee and indulged in Vennessa's scrumptious cannoli.
If I remember right they won 19 medals at this years Sydney Royal including Champion at show for their Quattro Formaggi and spring onion ravioli.
You too can serve up an authentic Italian meal in minutes.
They have something for everyone, my favourite ravioli is the Slow cooked Lamb Shanks, fresh rosemary and white wine. Plenty of vegetarian including a wonderful lasagna, a ravioli filled with blue swimmer crab or just their superb spaghetti and linguine kept in the freezer in bundles and thrown in boiling water for several minutes and thrown together with what ever your heart desires.
You will not regret a visit but don't forget to bring the freezer bag and someone strong to lift into the car. May Dom , Peter and family continue to produce these authentic Italian delights for many years. Give them a ring for lunch booking.

7. Nice Cafe

71A Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 2 4981 3001
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 516 reviews

Nice Cafe

Reviewed By caroleo591 - Sydney, Australia

We used to love this place - it really was outstanding. The food is still good but the staff are surly and unfriendly. It makes such a difference to the experience. One of my guests and I were horrified by the single use plastic straws in the water bottles - come on guys, raise your game.

8. Sienna's Pizzeria Bar & Restaurant

85 Magnus St, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner +61 2 4984 4900
Excellent
40%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 273 reviews

Sienna's Pizzeria Bar & Restaurant

Reviewed By n0maDz - Australia

We actually went in to Nelson Bay to have breakfast somewhere else, but couldn’t get a table and then came across Sienna’s.
My eggs Benedict was delicious and my husband thoroughly enjoyed Nonna’s Eggs served with a ragu. Service was good and the coffee great.
Perhaps not as trendy as the place we originally intended to go, but the breakfast was very good and we’d come back again.

9. Ethica Coffee House

Stockton St, | Cascade Walk, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
40%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Ethica Coffee House

Reviewed By ronfromOzNewcastle - Newcastle

I only went for coffee which is sourced from the highest Mountains in New Guinea and the owner has taken the high moral ground (no pun intended ).Observing the poached eggs that others were having for breakfast it all looked yummy . I live nearby but have never visited. That will change.

10. The Little Nel Cafe

3 Government Rd, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$63 - HK$220 +61 2 4916 4600
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 736 reviews

The Little Nel Cafe

A leafy cafe popular with the locals, just off the main street and worth searching out for the best coffee in town.

Reviewed By Dennis T - Asia

We stayed at The Nelson Resort and decided to try the breakfast after Reading the good reviews. We ordered bacon and eggs; we enjoyed the meal and the experience. The bacon is nice but poached eggs not hot, taste like it’s been done and left there for awhile. Other than that coffee was good and staffs very friendly and attentive.

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