The best fish and chips on the Gold Coast is a hotly-debated topic, and it comes as no surprise. Out on the Gold Coast, there’s a fairly well-established way to spend your days. When it’s not being ferried to private island music festivals, its hanging out in the sun, bronzing up and floating amongst the salty waves. And there’s nothing quite like finishing it up with a solid fish and chip feed. Salt on the outside, salt on the in, as this writer’s Dad used to say. (He never said it, not once).
When you name a city after the beach it’s on, there’s a fairly sure chance that the beach will be, at worst, ok. Luckily for those on the Gold Coast, the beaches are more than alright. They’re paradise. Helping you sort the soggy batter from the crispy chips, we put ourselves through the wringer to work out where the absolute best spots are for a fishy feed. Here’s our list of the 13 best fish and chip restaurants on the Gold Coast.
1. The Inky Squid, Terranora Fish & Chippery
The Inky Squid has battered its way to the top of the Good Food guide, and intends to stay there. Opening in 2018, it’s since won back to back ‘reader’s choice awards’ in 2019 and 2020. The readers love it, you will too.
Address: Shop 5, The Pavillions Marketplace, 2-14 Henry Lawson Dr, NSW
Phone: (07) 5590 4323
Hours: Tues – Wed 5 – 8pm, Thus – Sat 12 – 8pm, Sun 12 – 7.30pm
2. Hunky Dory Fish & Chips Palm Beach
Classic name for a classic spot. Only problem might be convincing the kids it’s not Dory they’ve found in their baskets. One of three locations Australia-wide Hunky Dory is a known and loved entity at this point. Get it in ya!
Address: Corner 4th Avenue and, Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD
Phone: (07) 5607 4143
Hours: Mon – Sun 11am – Late
3. Red Hot Cod
Red Hot Cod is Burleigh Heads’ number one Fish and Chippery. Which is made only more impressive when seeing the absolute stacks of places all along the Burleigh Heads Beach. Number one only means something if you’ve beat someone right? Well, they’ve beat everyone.
Address: 1716 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD
Phone: (07) 5607 0084
Hours: Mon – Sun 11am – 7:30pm
4. The Fish Emporium
An education in class, The Fish Emporium is a smart-casual eating experience. Adding Sashimi into the mix as well as a stunning riverside dining view, here you’ll be able to while an evening away as the sun sets over the Nerang. Where else can you coconut your prawns?
Address: Shop 4, G7, Capri on Via Roma, Surfers Paradise QLD
Phone: (07) 5539 9257
Hours: Mon – Sun 11am – 8pm
5. Two Wise Fish
In the perfectly named Mermaid Waters, you can find Two Wise Fish. Honing the craft of a good fish feed over three generations, this wife and husband pairing are the titular two wise fish to head to for all your good food needs. Expect to see fish that’ve only left the water that morning battered up in gorgeous fish salad sangas. A healthy offering for fish and chips on the Gold Coast.
Address: Waterway Village, shop 1/64 Karbunya St, Mermaid Waters QLD
Phone: (07) 5578 6566
Hours: Wed – Sun 11am – 8pm
6. Millie Weirs Fish & Chippery
Looking for a healthy solution to your fish and chips craving? Millie Weirs Fish & Chips are the place to hit on Paradise Point. Working with a one-of-a-kind secret recipe prepare yourself for flavours you’ll find nowhere else. Taking big strides into modernity they also offer gluten and dairy free takes on your battered favourites.
Address: 3/38 The Esplanade, Paradise Point QLD
Phone: (07) 5577 1266
Hours: Sun – Thurs 10am – 7pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 7:30pm
7. Burleigh Heads Fishmongers
Burleigh Heads Fishmongers provide the quintessential fish and chip experience. No fif-faffery, just some of the best fish and chips the Gold Coast has to offer. Placed just a bee’s dick from the water you can take everything you love about the ocean just a tiny bit out of it, then get it battered, fried and served on a plate for you.
Address: 7/9 James St, Burleigh Heads QLD 422
Phone: (07) 5535 2927
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10:30am-7:30pm
8. The Jolly Roger Fish and Chips
You wouldn’t steal a car, luckily you can leave the piracy to Jolly Roger Fish and Chips. Based in Miami, don’t expect to see palm fronds but do prepare yourself to swashbuckle in for fish friends, crab burgers and keto chips. Doubling up on the good times, they’ve got a solid range of beers on tap to quench your grog thirst.
Address: 1A McCauley St, Thirroul NSW 2515
Phone: (02) 4268 2421
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11am-6:30pm, Fri – Sat: 11am-7pm, Sun: 11am-6:30pm
9. Chevron Island Seafoods
Working on giving you a great feed since 1995, Chevron Island Seafoods have worked out exactly what they’re doing. They provide a gorgeously simple menu at awesome prices to give you exactly what you need to crush your fried fish cravings. A pretty perfect fish and chip shop.
Address: 48-50 Thomas Dr, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Phone: (07) 5592 0027
Hours: Mon – Sun 10am-8pm
10. Peters Fish Market
Looking for scrumptious seafood on Main Beach? Look no further, Peter’s Fish Market has you covered. Here you’ll find simple salty snacks done right. They’ll even do one up on a few of the others you’ll find by parting ways with their recipes, just remember to ask nicely.
Address: 120 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD
Phone: (07) 5591 7747
Hours: Mon – Thurs 9am – 7pm, Fri – Sun 9am – 7:30pm
11. The Fish Shak
The Fish Shak couldn’t get closer to the Coral Sea without getting in it. You can find the full range of sea snaks at the shak, up to and including lobster. If you’re feeling less fancy, they’ll do you a dagwood dog no trouble too. Rounding out the menu, they’ve got a full list of beer and wines to help the good times go down.
Address: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport QLD
Phone: (07) 5532 0109
Hours: Mon – Sun 11am – 6pm
12. Charis Seafoods
Charis Seafoods does its bit in providing the people of Gold Coast with great fish and chips, where they’re a step above is how they feed the wildlife too. If you can make it down for 1:30, on any day, you can witness the one of a kind event that is the pelican feeding. An awesome sight to behold, and inspiration for your next speed eating competition all in one.
Address: 371 Marine Parade, Labrador QLD
Phone: (07) 5527 1100
Hours: Mon – Sun 7am – 7pm
13. Captain Hook’s Seafood
Captain Hook’s Seafood is the nostalgic fish and chip shop for Gold Coast locals to dive into. Every aspect of this place seems crafted to scream fish and chippery. From the Powerade signs up front to the red border round the menu this place is right out of your childhood. You couldn’t craft more of a Queensland icon if you tried.
Address: 451A Golden Four Dr, Tugun QLD
Phone: (07) 5534 7600
Hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 7:30pm
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Where is the best fish and chips restaurant on the Gold Coast?
We made a list of the best fish and chip restaurants for you. The best on this list? The one closest to you.
What is the best spot for fish and chips near Surfers Paradise?
Chevron Island Seafoods is an absolute belter of a fish and chip shop.