Stanley’s on the Bay
This fine-dining restaurant is housed in a wharfside bond store, built from the stone and ballast brought to the port in the holds of sailing ships. Its nautical-themed interior is warm and inviting, with tables set between huge timber beams. The menu includes excellent steaks but the main attraction is their fantastic seafood platter. If you love seafood, and you’ve come with a healthy appetite, you’ll enjoy working your way through the platter’s generous pile of oysters, scallops, salmon, octopus and scalefish, all local and just-plucked from their briny home. Crayfish is cooked to order, just as it should be. An excellent wine list and impressive desserts complete the picture.
Stanley Village, 15 Wharf Rd; (03) 6458 1404; open Mon–Sat for dinner; closed July–Aug