The Great Southern boasts some of the world’s finest produce, so it’s no surprise their eateries are pulling no punches.
Whether you’re looking for classic fish and chips, a pub feed or a sexy date night destination, we’ve found eight of Albany’s best restaurants for your next trip down south.
Set in the corner bar of the heritage-listed London Hotel, Liberté is très, très cool – offering an excellent wine and craft beer selection, paired with an enticing mix of French and Vietnamese bar food. You’ll need it once you’ve dabbled in a few choice selections from their delectable cocktail offerings.
160-162 Stirling Terrace, Albany
Another Albany heavy hitter is Garrison, with an incredibly varied (and tasty) menu that features such treats as Jerusalem artichokes served with truffle butter, honey and feta, or cold smoked Kinjarling Akoya oyster with native finger lime. There’s a food for every mood, and you’ll be ready to indulge after all the exploring you’ll have been doing.
7 Forts Road, Mount Clarence
Sometimes a place has so many new fantastic recent reviews they simply cannot be ignored, and Rock Salt is exactly that! Similar to many of Albany’s best spots, Rock Salt know their way around the seafood of the region, showcasing delicious Albany rock oysters, sardines, squid and super-fresh fish across a variety of dishes. If we can go against the grain though, can we give you a hot little tip and encourage you to pop in for lunch to grab the Pit Master’s Cowboy Coffee slow-smoked Texas brisket burger – unreal! They’re also fond a few sneaky cocktail concoctions, so maybe leave the car at home.
65 Frenchman Bay Road, Albany
Ocean & Paddock
There are plenty of excellent fish and chip options around town, but it’s hard to go past the multi-award winning Ocean & Paddock, voted WA’s best by the WA Fisheries Industry Council Awards for three years running! Their seasonal menu features plenty of traditional fish and chip shop fare, as well as more inventive uses of the local seafood – think seafood tom yum, seared local bluefin tuna with warm udon salad, or even a Louisiana seafood boil.
116 Middleton Road, Middleton Beach
If it’s big, honest meals you’re after then head Due South, where you’ll find huge portion sizes and spectacular views of the Princess Royal Harbour. They do a mean steak, but we reckon their rotating specials are really where it’s at – especially if you can get your hands on their spicy Korean-style chilli marron.
6 Toll Place, Albany
Earl Of Spencer
If you like your pub feed and pints steeped in history, the Earl of Spencer is a must-visit. The owners have worked hard in the past couple of years to really scrub the place up – no mean feat given it’s one of the oldest pubs in Australia. If you’ve got little ones in tow they have a nice enclosed outdoor play area, too.
60 Earl Street, Albany
Sultry and inviting, Majuba Bistro is the perfect spot for a cosy Albany dinner date. This multi-level bistro dabbles in both French and Spanish classic bites – although you’ll taste hints from all over the Continent. Spanish-style duck rillettes, sage crusted pork belly, mussels with pommes frites… It’s a little slice of Europe in our Great Southern.
132 York Street, Albany
One of the Great Southern’s finest wine producers, Monty’s Leap boasts a restaurant just as good. Highlighting the region’s finest produce, you can fresh local produce alongside scrumptious in-house baked bread, Green Range lamb, and more.
45821 South Coast Highway, Kalgan
Wilson Brewing Company
If it’s a crafty brew you’re chasing, make sure you visit Matty and Jessica Wilson at Wilson Brewing Company, who have been doing the amber ale proud since 2016. They’ll happily chat you through the process while offering a tasting of whatever latest beer they’ve been experimenting with, while the Wilson Food Van will keep you well fed with burgers, wings and plenty more beer-friendly food.
47768 South Coast Highway, Albany
Header image: Garrison