Kota Kinabalu a Seafood Paradise

cascading aquariums

Sabah, also known as The Land Below The Wind, is the northern most state of Malaysia. Situated at the northern part of the Borneo Island, two third of Sabah’s border is made up of coastal land. The west coast of Sabah is washed by the waters of South China Sea, and the north-Sulu Sea and while the east coast-the Celebes Sea.

With its unique geographical location and the many islands surrounding Sabah, corals and a vast ecosystem of wetlands have enriched it surrounding with abundant of marine life. With all this natural element in place, fishermen in Sabah are constantly supplying the local markets with plenty of fresh seafood.

Kota Kinabalu is the capitol city of Sabah, and also the most well connected city in Borneo with its international airport and sea port. Live sea creatures from Kudat, Sandakan, and Tawau have to pass through Kota Kinabalu before they are exported to Hong Kong and Taipei, two major cities of this region.

With the major seafood suppliers in Kota Kinabalu, restaurant owners have made use of this opportunity to set up many seafood restaurants in the past decades. Today it is not surprised that seafood is one of the most popular food in Kota Kinabalu.

white-blotched snapper

One of the beauty of having seafood in Kota Kinabalu is that the freshness of the crab, fish, lobster, prawn, and sea shells is ensured. Customers can choose from the many cascading aquariums that fill with many variety of lively sea creatures, especially the ocean fish.

Once identified, they are quickly killed, prepared, and served on the dinning tables in no time. Many customers who have tried the seafood in Kota Kinabalu always boast about how tasty the seafood is, especially the freshness of the fish, with meat that are so elastic.

salt water and fresh water fish

Common seawater fish at KK seafood restaurant are coral grouper, marble grouper, red snapper, white blotched snapper, and blue-spotted seabass. For lobster there are King Lobster, green lobster and red lobster. Variety of sea shells on display are osyters, green mussle, geoduck shell, and white shell. Prawns- tiger prawn, mantis prawn, and the small prawn.

Most of Kota Kinabalu seafood restaurants are located right in the city centre, and many are within walking distance from the hotels. Popular dishes at the seafood restaurants are steamed fish, steamed prawns, butter prawns, deep fried crabs, and sweet and sour crabs, just to name a few. Most of the restaurants will have their own speciality, do ask the captian for recommendation.

sedco complex

The sedco complex open air food court is a popular venue both for locals and tourists. The price here are mid range and as many as five seafood restaurants are doing business here. Check out the many aquariums that stock a vast variety of sea creatures. Apart from the common dishes which are priced commonly, one can get a bargain with the rare seafood. Live free culture shows are performed at the centre stage on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Business Hours at Sedco Complex is from 4pm to 2am.

A simple price guide on the different classes of seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu. Top end seafood restaurants have 1kg of steam fresh prawn at RM 70 to RM 80 onward plus 15% services and tax charges. While the mid-range has 1 kg of steamed fresh prawn at RM 70 nett. And the budget seafood restaurant charge around RM 45 to RM 50 nett for 1 kg of steamed fresh prawn.

Top End

There are about 3 top end restaurants in the city and a few at the suburbs. Port View Seafood Village is at the Waterfront Kota Kinabalu, and Ocean Village is just beside Promenade Hotel. While Grand Port View Seafood Restaurant is near to Jesselton Point, and is also popular venue for wedding and anniversary function.

Port View Seafood Village
The Waterfront, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Tel: 6088 221 753 / 242 875 / 252 813
Fax: 6088 252 812
Email: portview@hotmail.com
Website: www.portview.com.my

Ocean Seafood Village
No.4, Lorong Api-Api Centre, Api-Api Centre,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: 6088 264 701 / 269 701 Fax: 6088 265 701
Email: sabahocean@gmail.com

Grand Port View Seafood Restaurant
Lot 16 & 17, Jalan Haji Saman,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Tel: 6088 538 178 / 538 179
Fax: 6088 538 170

Garden Seafood Restaurant
Off Jalan Mat Salleh, Tanjung Aru,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: 6088 442 222 / 215 555 Fax: 6088 215 718

Garden Seafood Restaurant is located at the end of the international airport run way. A good place to have seafood after one has just arrived or planning to go to the airport.

Built at the entrance of Tun Fuad Stephen Park, Fishermen Village serves seafood and steamboat plus free cultural show in the evening.

Fishermen Village (Kampung Nelayan)
Floating Seafood Market Restaurant
Taman Tun Fuad Stephen
Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia

tel: 6088 231 003 or 6088 231 005
fax: 6088 269 995
email: silverr@streamyx.com
website: www.kampungnelayan.com


A few of the mid-range seafood restaurant is located at the sedco complex, and a few are scattered around the city.

Sedco Complex

Old Village Seafood Restaurant
Lot 8, Block A, Sedco Complex, Jalan Kampung Air,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel/Fax: 6088 268 262

Sri Mutiara Seafood Restaurant
Lot 9, 10 & 11, Block A, Sedco Complex, Jalan Kampung Air,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: 6088 267 207 Fax: 6088 469 994

Twin-Sky Seafood Restaurant
Lot 12, Block A, Jalan Kampung Air, Sedco Complex,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: 6088 223 080 Fax: 6088 259 673

Wa Heng Seafood Restaurant
Lot 4, Block B, Sedco Complex, Jalan Kampung Air,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: 6088 231 668


The budget seafood restaurants are normally located away from the city centre, about 20 to 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu. One of the most popular is Salut Seafood Restaurant, while Gayang Seafood Restaurant and New Gaya Seafood Restaurant are just as good. For toursist who choose to stay at Nexus Resort Karambunai and Rasa Ria Resort, then Salut and Gayang are an ideal choice as they are only 10 to 15 minutes away from the resorts.

Salut Seafood Restaurant
Salut, Jalan Sulaman,
Kota Kinabalu.

6° 6’14.12″N 116° 9’37.03″E (GPS position)
Tel: +6088 228 301 Fax: +6088 780 301

Gayang Seafood Restaurant
Kampung Baharu, Jalan Sulaman,
Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.
tel: +6088 229 066

New Gaya Seafood Restaurant
Lot A & B, Wisma Lucky Centre, Jalan Kianson,
88450 Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: +6088 426 075/76/77 (3 lines)

“There is a saying that visiting Kota Kinabalu is not complete without tasting its wonderful Seafood”

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