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Saltwater Restaurant Fingal Bay

5.0  ( 22 reviews ) · Level 1, 3 Marine Drive, Fingal Bay, New South Wales (View Map) · Show Phone
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Situated in sunny Port Stephens, Saltwater Restaurant Fingal Bay is a stunning, beachfront wedding venue, boasting an idyllic setting, mouthwatering catering, and tasty cocktails. Complete with a sun-soaked balcony overlooking the bay, this modern, stylish venue offers a contemporary, light-filled wedding reception space. We guarantee you'll fall in love with this beautiful venue at first sight.

“My partner and I had our wedding at Saltwater last October and all our family and friends are still talking about how amazing the food and staff were. Thank you so much Saltwater for everything you did for us, such an amazing day. You guys made it perfect xx” Lee

What you can expect when working with Saltwater Restaurant Fingal Bay for your wedding:

  • Beautiful venue. Saltwater Restaurant is a stylish, modern wedding venue, complete with a sun-soaked balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Fingal Bay, and a light, bright aesthetic - think, creams and elegant white. The contemporary reception area receives plenty of natural light, has stylish, suspended lights and plants, and offers an incredible view for wedding guests.
  • Waterfront location. This stunning wedding venue is situated on the shore of Fingal Bay, in fact, it’s so close to the water that you can hear the waves crashing from the reception area, not to mention you can see them from the extensive floor-to-ceiling windows… This venue is a must if you love the beach.
  • Impressive beach views. Port Stephens’ Fingal Bay is absolutely beautiful, and luckily, you can soak up the view from this gorgeous beach wedding venue. Your guests will love the calming sea view and smell of the ocean.
  • Delectable catering. Well, the delicious catering is definitely a highlight of this beautiful venue! From mouthwatering oysters to tasty meat dishes, Saltwater Restaurant delivers some seriously tasty culinary offerings. The flavours and dishes are mostly modern Australian cuisine but they have a delightful Asian twist. Lest we forget to mention the delicious desserts. Lemongrass and lime brulee, anyone?
  • Ceremony options. You’re more than welcome to host a lovely, beach wedding down on Fingal Bay Beach, but if you’re after something a little more private, might we suggest the on-site, outdoor ceremony location overlooking the beach? This area boasts extensive views and ensures no passersby stumble on your ceremony.

“We just felt that Saltwater was perfect in every way. There were so many things that you and your staff did for us which we didn’t expect, and everything was just so organised and relaxed. We are recommending you so highly to anyone who will listen!” Bryte

Here’s what else you need to know about Saltwater Restaurant Fingal Bay:

  • Attentive staff. The customer service at Saltwater Restaurant is second to none. From your first tour to your booking and beyond, the staff at this stylish restaurant will take good care of you - we guarantee, no question or request will be too small for this lovely team!
  • Modern decor. This stunning waterfront venue has plenty of modern decor in neutral tones, it’s oh-so-refreshing - so whether you’re looking to decorate the sophisticated venue with flowers or go for a beachy theme, the venue’s decor won’t look out of place. Use some beach themed table numbers or shells in your DIY centrepieces to complement the sea theme.
  • Incredible cocktails. Did we forget to mention that Saltwater Restaurant makes some absolutely delicious cocktails? Well, they do! Our pick is the coconut margaritas - delish! Your guests can sip on tasty cocktails on the balcony overlooking the beach.
  • Balcony. Speaking of, Saltwater Restaurant’s large alfresco balcony area is perfect for mingling and cocktail-style canapes. While you take wedding photos on the beach, your guests can soak up the area with a tasty culinary treat and drink in hand on this elevated platform.

“We still cannot thank you guys enough for what you did. Absolutely everyone has expressed how fantastic the venue was, the food to die for and how wonderful the staff were. For Steve and I, the whole thing was perfect, and you were a massive part of that.” Marie


With over ten years experience you are in good hands. Together we will leave no stone unturned and make sure your day goes off without a hitch.

Katie Nicholas

Wedding Manager

Venue Features

Indoor / Outdoor Ceremony

Min 60 / Max 250 Reception guests

Price per head: Low $100 / High $ 185

Min 60 / Max 250 Ceremony Guests

In-house catering

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Level 1, 3 Marine Drive, Fingal Bay, New South Wales

Port Stephens
Port Stephens

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Yes, our venue's wedding coordinator has 10 years experience planning weddings and will connect you with all of the great suppliers in our area as welll as help you with your timline and floor plan

We can comfortably seat 150 guests for your sit down wedding

Close!! You can see and hear the beach from our balcony and our glass windows throughout the restaurant gives you unobstructed views until the sun goes down.

Yes, complimentary wedding tastings are all part of the service once you have booked your date.

Saltwater is a restaurant open seven days a week, so you can always pop in for a meal and take a look around. Making an apppointment with our wedding coordinator is definately reccommended if you wish to find out what we offer for weddings, how it works and available dates.

22 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

March 2021

Wow! Katie from Saltwater handled all communication from the onset with such understanding and guidance. Nothing was ever an issue even my many questions and changes! Kylie and Dave have such an impeccable team representing them and it shows with the very kind words their staff would say about them. The food was to die for and the venue setup, even though we had to resort to an inside ceremony was just as perfect! Our guests could not stop commenting on the venue and the inclusions which xome from choosing to have your special day with them. Im so glad my wedding plans were affected by COVID last year and that we were able to secure our date at Saltwater and have all our family and friends join in the celebrations with no restrictions. To any bride wondering if she should choose Saltwater, absolutely!! You will not regret your decision!

Jessi O.

December 2020

From the moment we stepped into Saltwater Restaurant, we knew it was the perfect place for our special day. All communication was easy and nothing was ever too much to ask. The food was absolutely sensational along with the service from staff. Their attention to detail in ensuring everything ran smooth was a priority and the view is spectacular for a wedding. Our guests fell in love with Saltwater just as we did on our first visit. We cannot recommend the venue enough and this hidden gem is one of a kind.

Alex B.

December 2020

We had our wedding at saltwater and only have wonderful things to say, and believe everyone should book there if they want the best wedding experience. After having our wedding at another venue cancelled due to covid, Katie the wedding coordinator went above and beyond to help us replan our wedding in 3-4 months. She made the process so much easier then the previous venue providing us with super helpful checklist and run sheet taking away so much of planning stress. Katie was so easy to get a hold of and answered all of our questions promptly. She helped coordinate with chef to ensure all food was safely prepared to account for myself and guests food allergies. On the day Dave and Kylie (owners) were wonderful and went above and beyond to ensure we had the best day. They coordinated with our suppliers on the day so we didn’t have

Abbey B.

March 2024

Such great communication & fast responses! Nothing was ever an issue or to big of an ask!! Our day was perfect, we did not have to worry about anything! It was all ready and sorted when we arrived!

Rachel F.

March 2024

We had our wedding at Saltwater Restaurant at Fingal Bay on the 1st of March and it was more than we could ever dreamed of. From the beginning, Katie and Jordan at Wedding Road the staff at Saltwater were so professional and communicative. My husband and I had complete trust in the team which meant we were able to relax and enjoy our day. The guest raved about how delicious the food was, how beautiful the set up was and how great the staff was. Thank you so much Saltwater staff! We will remember this forever!

Maddy W.

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What happens if Covid forces lockdown on the week of our wedding?

Saltwater Restaurant Fingal Bay

Saltwater will work with you to find another suitable date for your wedding.

Who sits on what tables at a reception?

Hi there. Can we get a basic idea of who goes on what tables at the reception? Is there an “order” to who sits closest to the front and the bridal table? Would love some ideas for groupings. Thanks.

Saltwater Restaurant Fingal Bay

Keep your family members close so they feel special on the day. Then fan out from your bridal table from extended family, friends and then colleagues. Where you seat your guests within a room will reflect your relationship to some of your guests so think about who is important to you and place them accordingly. 

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