Located in Kota Tinggi, Johor, Desaru is well-known for its pristine beaches beside the South China Sea. Along the coast, it offers numerous fantastic spots while surrounded by lush greeneries. It is the perfect destination for beach staycation for family, couple and friends.
While you are here, you must try Desaru’s best seafood eateries. Prepare to gorge on the freshest seafood, as you don’t have to go far from the coastal resort area. Check out our list of the 7 best seafood restaurants in Desaru.
Lotus Seafood Restaurant
Located within the compound of Lotus Desaru Beach Resort, this seafood restaurant is an open chalet-style structure that faces the ocean. It features a variety of cuisines with affordable price, including Malay, Thai, Western and Korean cuisine. Enjoy the sound of wave crashing and feel the sea breeze while dining here.
Lotus Seafood Restaurant is divided into four sections to cater your taste buds;
- Rhu Bar
- Teratai Coffee House
- Shoreline Hut
Address: Lotus Desaru Beach Resort, Jalan Desaru, Bandar Penawar, 81930 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Contact: +607-884 2800
Opening Hours: Daily, 8.00 am – 11.00 pm
Nelayan Seafood by The Coast
Near Tunamaya Beach and Spa Resort, Nelayan Seafood by The Coast offers a casual environment with plenty of seating, both indoor and outdoor. Loosely translated as Fisherman by locals, it offers the freshest catch right from the shore and serves the best seafood.
Just a minute walk to the beach, the environment here is lovely and breezy for you to enjoy the best seafood in Desaru.
Address: Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort, Desaru Coast 81930 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Contact: +607-833 8803
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
Super Lobster Restaurant
One of Desaru’s best seafood restaurants, Super Lobster Restaurant is not your typical traditional Chinese restaurant. Twenty minutes away from the shoreline, its freshest seafood is completely worth the trouble. Don’t miss out to try its specialty dish, herbal lobster. The price tag may be a little high, but that’s value for money!
Besides lobsters and crabs, there is plenty of other fresh seafood here, including shrimp, sea bream, and squid.
Address: 7, Jalan Jenahak, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81600 Bandar Penawar, Johor
Contact: +607-824 6108
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
Jade Garden Seafood Corner
If you are a fan of fresh lobsters, this is the place for you. Jade Garden Seafood Corner features a lobster pond as well as other aquariums of live seafood that you can choose from! Located a bit farther from the shoreline, this seafood restaurant offers fresh seafood dishes at a reasonable price.
Lala cooked with sambal and scaled-down lobster are among its signature dishes that you must try.
Address: 1, Jalan Siakap, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81620 Bandar Penawar, Johor
Contact: +607-826 5460
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 am – 10.00 pm (Closed on Monday)
Sengat Seafood Restaurant
Teluk Sengat is a rustic, small fishing village located between Desaru and Kota Tinggi. A thirty-minute drive from Desaru, Sengat Seafood Restaurant is a gem in the remote town. This kampung-style restaurant offers fresh seafood, which makes it worth the drive.
If you are on a road trip or on your way to visit the crocodile farm nearby, don’t forget to have your lunch here. You must try its signature dishes such as chili crab and salted egg yolk crab.
Address: 58, Jalan Belanak, Teluk Sengat, 81900 Ayer Tawar, Johor
Contact: +6019-729 0303
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Monday, 11.30 am – 9.30 pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Restoran Terapung Seafood Bujang Firefly
Placed on a makeshift platform, this floating restaurant is a serene place to dine in. Restoran Terapung Seafood Bujang Firefly offers a wide selection of seafood dishes in Malay-style cuisine. Among its signature dishes are fish head curry, Tomyam, and sweet and sour fish.
If you are up for an adventure, you can hop on for a short boat ride in the evening to see fireflies in the mangroves!
Address: Bandar Penawar, 82200 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Contact: +6012-759 3468
Opening Hours: Daily, 12.00 pm – 12.00 am
Nakon Thai Boat Noodle Restaurant
Located right at Desaru shoreline, you can find this quaint restaurant at the exit of Tunamaya Beach and Spa Resort. Nakon Thai Restaurant serves authentic Thai boat noodles and street food.
Even though it has limited choices of menu, it is worth to try its signature dish of Tomyam glass noodle and lemongrass chicken wing. The serving is pretty small with RM1.90 per net, but you can try all of it in a small portion.
Address: Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor
Contact: +607-833 8888
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
There you go; a complete list of top seafood restaurants in Desaru. Looking for a place to stay in Desaru? If you fancy an accommodation right on the coast, check out Westin Desaru Coast Resort and book your stay here. While you are here, why not go for an adventure at Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark? Get your ticket now and enjoy a splashing fun weekend!