Winter warmers dining Sea Port Macquarie

Winter Bucket List: Where to eat when you can’t feel your feet

Whilst we’d love to be dipping our toes in at Town Beach, the cool winter air is having us reconsidering boardies. We’re ditching salads for warming winter meals and we’ve got dibs on the best spots to snuggle up and see out the cold change. It’s heating up in Port Mac and we’ve got the dishes you need to add to your winter dining bucket list.

The Boathouse

We’re craving meaty, moreish meals and Boathouse Bar & Restaurant have just what our heart desires. The new winter menu is chocked full of favourites including lamb rump with smoky eggplant (perfectly matched with a cheeky Coonawarra Shiraz), and barramundi cutlet with king prawns, mussels and spiced fennel and tomato. Set up shop next to the fire table and finish your night with a boozy coffee and house made gelato. Who says ice-cream is just for summer?

Tacking Point Tavern

Want to get some pork on your fork? Get stuck into roast pork knuckle with potato mash, beer jus and sauerkraut from Tacking Point. Need some extra warmth? Cosy up next to the fireplace with a glass of red after your meal. Heaven.

The Corner Restaurant 

Duck into The Corner Restaurant and spice up your night with a fragrant red Thai curry: confit duck leg, baby bokchoy and crunchy shallots with roti bread and jasmine rice. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate pudding afterwards – you deserve it.

Zebu Bar + Grill 

It’s too cold for a beachside campfire, but Zebu Bar & Grill have the next best thing with warm fires and waterfront views. Sip your way through the winter wine list, settle in for dinner and enjoy a glass or two over plates of perfectly cooked gnocchi, or slip in a cheeky extended Happy Hour from 6pm-8pm every Saturday night with $12 cocktails.


Udon want to be left out in the cold! MakiMoto have the cure for frostbite with spicy soups and wholesome hotpots. Slurp your way to salvation with a steaming hot bowl of seafood udon soup from MakiMoto, or devour a spicy sukiyaki hotpot with veggies, beef and egg.

Porto Bistro

Looking to really impress? Head straight to Porto Bistro – PRONTO! Dive into plates of crisp confit duck leg with mung bean, burnt onion, smoked plum and glazed carrot, or devour lamb shoulder with Jerusalem artichoke, beetroot and fetta. Just make sure you leave room for dessert!

The Beach House

Baby it’s cold outside, but you don’t have to miss a sunset just because you’ve forgotten how to dress for winter. Stay warm AND enjoy the seaview at the Beachy. Roaring firepits, pimped out parmies and ice-cold beer (because we like to live on the edge) are here to keep you cosy all winter long.

Glasshouse Thai

Our secret to heating up in June? Chilli. And lots of it. We’ve met our match at Glasshouse Thai, so while classics like pad thai are always a winner we recommend delving into their house signature dishes: King Prawn hot pot, chilli and basil pork belly and soft shell crab. Last tip? Order all three for yourself, because hibernation.

Bust out the blankets and forget about bikini bodies, we’re getting winter ready!