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Kota Kinabalu Seafood Restaurant Food Guide

The city of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah is known for its iconic tourist attractions and vibrant culinary scene. While many of the visitors often miss out dining at an upscale restaurant here, they can never miss to explore the seafood choices offered at many of the Kota Kinabalu’s locally renowned restaurants.

Instead of trying western or fusion food in Kota Kinabalu, you should try the local cuisine and seafood dishes. The town is popular for some uniquely flavored seafood dishes and sides.

Buttery delicious tiger prawn, flavorful drunken noodle soup loaded with seafood and steamed elephant trunk clams are some of those dishes that you will only find in this town.

Although there are close to endless choices of seafood eateries in Kota Kinabalu, there are some restaurants that always stand atop the list of best seafood restaurants in the town. In this article, our experts have a list of must-try seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu.

1. Welcome Seafood Restaurant

Ranked at the top in the list of best seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu is the Welcome Seafood Restaurant. What makes the restaurant so popular is its simple and delicious seafood dishes and the restaurant’s friendly atmosphere.

Some of the most popular dishes offered here include a wide variety of fresh fish, lobsters and shrimps, prawns and crabs all available in sauté, fried and steamed options. Apart from that, the restaurant also serves some flavorful seafood soups, side dishes made from fresh local produce and locally flavored seafood dishes.

You can also pick your seafood if you want, because the restaurant has a small aquarium with live seafood display. Those who don’t want to eat anything from the menu can place a special request and the chef can cook the seafood dish in various styles as per the customer’s choice. The service is fast and quick. Just order what you want to eat, wait for ten minutes and enjoy freshly cooked seafood with your loved ones.


Lot G 15-16, GF
Kompleks Asia City,
Jalan Asia City, Kota Kinabalu

Price range: Affordable (RM145.30 for 4 people)

This small scale restaurant offers a scrumptious seafood menu at affordable prices.

Is it Halal certified?
Yes, this is a Halal certified restaurant.

2. Gayang Seafood Restaurant

If you want to visit a friendly yet sophisticated seafood restaurant in Sabah, then we recommend the Gayang Seafood Restaurant. Here, you will find tantalizing seafood dishes, fresh and wholesome seafood made-to-order dishes and a dining setting overlooking the gorgeous coastline.

This is one of those few seafood restaurants that locals highly recommend. You will witness a designated area featuring live seafood displays here at Gayang.

Menu features some tasty seafood and a variety of sides made from fresh local vegetables. Guests can choose the seafood, sides and the cooking style with spice preference as per their choice.


Jalan Sulaman,
89200 Tuaran, Sabah

Price Range: Affordable

Is it Halal certified?

3. Salut Seafood Restaurant

To fulfill your seafood desire, we have another awesome seafood restaurant choice for you. Salut Seafood Restaurant popular lake-view restaurant in Sabah offers an elaborate menu with endless options of locally flavored seafood dishes.

Although the travel time to this restaurant is more, you will not regret when you will see this beautiful restaurant and enjoy the dishes served here.

Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include steamed fresh prawns, butter prawns, mushroom and mixed vegetables, kam hiong crabs and baked salted crabs.

Customers can order seafood per kg and get them cooked just the way they want. If you are looking for a restaurant with a stunning romantic view, then Salut Seafood Restaurant is a highly recommended choice.


Kamping Salut,
Jalan Sulaman,
Kota Kinabalu

Price Range: Affordable
1kg of prawn (cooked) – from RM 45 to RM 50

Is it Halal certified?

4. Kampung Nelayan Restaurant

If experiencing a luxurious dining is what you want, then we highly recommend the Kampung Nelayan Restaurant. Known for its unique floating restaurant setting, the Kampung restaurant boasts a welcoming and upscale setting for guests to indulge in, enjoy food and watch cultural shows.

Every night, there is a nightly cultural dance show of indigenous groups of Kota Kinabalu at the restaurant from 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM.

The highlight of Kampung, however, is its unique and elaborate menu. They have five unique degustation menu, including breakfast and lunch menu, Puteri room set menu, steamboat and open-sir set menu and an extensive a-la-carte menu.

Sit back, relax and enjoy VIP style service at the restaurant’s Puteri room while enjoying their multi-course pre-fix menu featuring a wide range of seafood, meat and vegetable dishes.

Apart from the best seafood dishes, the restaurant is known for some great-quality meat and poultry dishes such as ostrich meat in black pepper sauce, salted prawn chicken wing and beef in satay style.

Bukit Padang, 88790,
Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia

Price: Pricey (RM 25 to RM 1100)

Is it Halal certified?

5. Grand Port View

If you want to include another restaurant in your list of must-eat seafood restaurants in Sabah, then include the Grand Port View restaurant.

Patrons keep coming back to this restaurant to savor their most popular salted egg squid, Sabah chai, Shark’s fin and steamed mussels.

The restaurant has a waterfront venue too. You will be pleased to see big portions of tiger prawns, shellfish and other seafood on your plate.

While you may find some of the dishes a bit over-priced, they serve some of the best and fresh seafood dishes in the town.


No. 16, Ground Floor,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia.

Price Range: Pricey

Is it Halal certified?

6. Port View Seafood Village Restaurant:

Located in the vibrant waterfront Kota Kinabalu is the Port View Seafood Village where you will find some of the fresh assortment of seafood choices.

Watch the chefs in action, enjoy some cultural shows and savor the seafood dish of your choice here at the Port View Seafood Village restaurant.

The restaurant has a live seafood display arena where guests can hand pick live prawns, clams, crabs and lobsters for their meal.

After you choose your seafood, the chef will create the dish based on your preference and choice.

Some of their most popular dishes include signature fried noodles, deep fried Garoupa, crispy fried soft shell crab and Sabah’s unique lobster sashimi.

After enjoying a hearty meal at the restaurant, go for a leisurely stroll on the scenic boardwalk. If you are here for dinner, then come little early so that you can enjoy the gorgeous sunset view.

Lot 18, Ground Floor, Anjung Samudera (The Waterfront)
Tun Fuad Stephens Road
88000 Kota Kinabalu, SabahLot 18 Waterfront Esplanade
Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Price range: pricey

Is it Halal certified?

7. Luyang Seafood Restaurant

Located just a few minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu is this locally popular seafood restaurant. The restaurant is quite known for its signature fish and crab dishes.

If you want to try some spicy sour crabs, braised garoupa served in a claypot and flavorful sour noodles, then you are at the right place. The restaurant, however, doesn’t have a wide option of shell fish and fresh steamed clams and mussel options.

The restaurant is quite popular among locals. Therefore, the restaurant runs out of most seafood dishes of prawn and clams by late evening.

Shop 1, Jalan Kolam,
Luyang Phase 1,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Price: Affordable

Is it Halal certified?

Because of the availability of abundant seafood and fresh produce, the restaurant scene in this town is dominated by local seafood cuisine.

Let it be the spicy sambal flavored meaty seafood soups or crispy fried crabs and shellfish, the restaurants in Kota Kinabalu serve some of the freshest and the best seafood dishes for foodies.

Next time when you are in Kota Kinabalu, take out some time to visit these restaurants for some great seafood meal.

Hope you find this seafood guide useful.

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