Banksia Seafood and Grill

4.4
99 reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
Situated on the Charlton Esplanade of Hervey bay, Banksia Seafood and Grill enjoys gentle sea breezes in a modern seaside venue. While crisp wines, icy beers and fresh cocktails are served by a professional team, our award-winning Head Chef and owner, Saul Collins has created a menu filled with perfectly cooked local Seafood and Steaks which are the stars of the show...

Experiences

  • Melbourne Cup Event

    A$200.00 per personPrepaid

    Nov 2, 2021 only

    JOIN THE CELEBRATION FOR THE RACE THAT STOPS THE NATION 2 November 2021 Join us to Celebrate in style, beautiful food, delicious drinks and fantastic company... Arrive 11.30am - Event concludes 2.45pm Included in Event - 3hr drinks package, 2hr Canapes Served, Live Music, Sweeps, Prizes

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 99 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.3
Service
3.9
Ambience
4.0
Value
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DeniseS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely wonderful food and very quick service, we will be back and will also recommend to family and friends

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BillC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came with two best mates this time and pigged out with nibbles, 4 entres and a main each with cocktails and 2 bottles of wine. As usual it was all just fantastic. We especially loved the prawns harissa, the lamb ribs and of course our favorite bugs. Can't wait for the next visit.

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PetraD
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were so happy with our experience, we will definitely be back. The staff were incredible and the food was amazing. Thank you for making my mums birthday so memorable

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MargaretW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was lovely to dine in this restaurant great food and lovely service Would definitely recommend

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved everything about banksia and love supporting local businesses to see them succeed in the bay.

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MariaG
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have dined here a number of times and we have enjoyed all meals. Great place to dine

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Cindyn
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Seafood chowder is the best I’ve ever had absolutely delicious.

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Enzo
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and amazing service.
Definitely will recommend.

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HelenA
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is by far the best in the Bay, combined with the great service and atmosphere. Congratulations Banksia on making Our dining experience so memorable.

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Life
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing night with Amazing food quiet atmosphere recommended to anyone.

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VickiW
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good on all counts, thoroughly enjoyed. Service and Food exceptional.

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Everything was yum.
Needs more craft beer options on tap.

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BrianK
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The online reservation process is very user friendly with follow up emails to confirm and remind the customer.

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SamanthaP
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Disappointing.
Bugs were tasteless & rubbery (and over $50 a serve). Seafood chowder also bland.
Rocket salad had nice dressing but the rocket was all stalk & no leaves…
Mackerel pate & scallop entree were delicious.
Service was friendly but not attentive; poured our own drinks all night & had to wave for attention to get salt for our table.
A shame really - nicely decorated; good wine list - has such potential.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal meals and desserts. Again!

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CarolW
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

What a great night out. Our group of 6 enjoyed our night with good food and great service. We'll be back!

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Banksia seafood & Grill was a wonderful dining experience. The food was amazing. It’s my second time there & it won’t be my last.

Banksia Seafood and Grill
Responded on 22 July 2021

Hello KarenB, We very much appreciate the feedback and we LOVE to see our regulars, looking forward to seeing you again soon! Kind regards Aleeca and Saul

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Banksia. Food and service alike were outstanding. Will definitely go back.

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Teresav
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time to Banksia and totally loved it. Everything was very well cooked and the service was outstanding.
The price is up there but with the quality of the food, we didn’t mind at all.
Thank you again

Banksia Seafood and Grill
Responded on 4 July 2021

Thank you Teresav for your lovely feedback, we are delighted you enjoyed and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Kind regards The Banksia Team

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LynM
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have dined at this restaurant several times since opening and we have never been disappointed. Outstanding 10/10 all round. We recommend Banksia to all our friends and guests.

Banksia Seafood and Grill
Responded on 4 July 2021

Greetings LynM, Thank you for the amazing recommendation, we will always strive to continue this for you! Kind regards The Banksia Team

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Mick
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great experience, a little noisy but this was overshadowed by great food, service and value.

Banksia Seafood and Grill
Responded on 4 July 2021

Hello Mick, Thank you for the review, and we hope to assure you we are working to rectify the noise issue soon! Cannot wait to see you again! Kind regards The Banksia Team

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KarlK
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great seafood, The oysters and scallops were fantastic

Banksia Seafood and Grill
Responded on 4 July 2021

Hello KarlK, Thank you for your lovely review, we work hard to serve fresh local seafood which we think is just great! Very happy you enjoyed it too! Kind regards The Banksia Team

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Minnie
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service, great decor.
We had lunch, sunny light & bright.

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ShaneL
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food quality was quite good, Oysters fresh, Chowder lovely, steak was fantastic. Service was patchy. Staff were supper friendly but badly trained for a fine dining establishment charging this much.

Behind the bar was terrible, badly organized run off there feet, food came before a simple bottle of wine! Forgotten drinks order etc.

Worst of all was the waitress came and just put our bottle of $100 wine we ordered, on the table with out opening it or pouring it and just walked off??? never had to serve my own drinks at a venue where I paid $80 for a main...........

Overall I would go back, but this is feedback to watch foe the service behind the bar.

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VickiF
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Seafood chowder was amazing
Service was great not intrusive
Mains, we all had the spatchcock were ok
Going back for sure

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JackiM
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good and service was on point. Would definitely recommend and go back.

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Jenny
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

It would help if there were partitioned areas as noise level was high and everyone I know who has visited have said the same.

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JaneneV
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Absolutely delicious 😋
All are meals were incredible, by far the best in the bay 😊

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TammyF
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Banksia with a group of friends. The food was amazing. We had starters mains and dessert and could not fault any of it.

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BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Really great menu
Banksia brew tank was empty so disappointed. Could only drink water!
I enjoyed Zucchini Flowers and my friend had the scallops yum
Dessert frangipani and rhubarb were fantastic
Finally found my favourite Hervey Bay chef after COVID closure
But the acoustics are so bad
Best option would be to sit outside

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Nicola
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful open space - feels crisp and modern. Food was excellent as was the service.

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Meredith
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for lunch with friend this time. Had seafood chowder entree as main meal. It was superb, close to the best I have ever had. And it was big enough as the main meal. Loving this restaurant!!

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HelenA
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service. A great place for ver special occasions

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Molpentil
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

All excellent! ...............................................,,,,....,.....................................................

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JazzF
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and good service will be going back !

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ScottM
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food and exceptional service. Because of the large room, the noise from larger tables makes it difficult to hear if you are out in a small group. This is the second time we have been since it opened. I love it, but the noise levels put me off for an intimate/small party of people who actually just want to talk. Both times, we have been close to a table of young women celebrating something, however they screeched through the whole experience and for us this is very off-putting.

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AbigailT
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most delicious food I have found in Hervey Bay. Perfectly cooked, adventurous flavours, really lovely staff, I think I'm going to be a regular customer.

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BillT
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The staff here are very well trained, which shows in their attention to the customers and their knowledge. They were attentive, but did not intrude. The service was of a very high standard, as was the food.
The ambience is airy and pleasant - the white decor is just right for this restaurant.

Unfortunately the acoustics are not good, however that has been a feature of this building for many years. There is probably little that can be done without significant expense.

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LesleyP
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Meals were very delicious and well presented. Pricewise - a little expensive, but for a special occasion worth it.

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shez636
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Banksia has a calm ambience and the staff have remarkable fine dining service. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend this venue.

FAQs

Banksia Seafood and Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 99 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.