New Brunswick is famous for its fresh seafood, hauled straight from the Atlantic Ocean, and that’s doubly true in Moncton, NB. Nestled between Cap-Pelé and the Bay of Fundy, the catch of the day is more than just a special in this maritime city, it’s a way of life. 

So next time you’re in town, you owe it to yourself to try some fresh lobster and mouthwatering Surf & Turf at the best seafood restaurants in Moncton, NB.

Catch 22 of Moncton

Featured in the hit Food Network Canada show You Gotta Eat Here!, Catch22 is a stylish lobster bar located right by the scenic Petitcodiac River. Great for casual lunches or when you’re looking for fancy restaurants in Moncton, NB to impress dinner dates, Catch22 has an extensive menu featuring seafood medleys, stir-frys and AAA steaks.

Catch22 Moncton also offers some very Canadian twists on old favourites, including its maple marinated salmon fillet and bacon wrapped scallops served in maple syrup. 

Of course, the stars of the show are Catch22 Moncton’s lobster dishes, like their Lobster Thermidor featuring a luscious white wine sauce with a tomato base and a broiled Swiss cheese crust.

Little Louis Seafood Restaurant Moncton NB

Little Louis in Moncton, NB

Looking to impress family or business associates? Then visit Little Louis in Moncton, NB. This renowned oyster bar is not only one of the most fancy restaurants in Moncton, NB, but also one of the best with accolades ranging from the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Four Diamond Status from AAA/CAA.

Under the guidance of Red Seal certified head chef Pierre A. Richard, Little Louis in Moncton, NB features seasonal menus with fresh local ingredients and herbs that Chef Richard sources himself. In addition to its delectable oysters topped with garnishes like herbs, spinach and bacon, Little Louis offers entrées like fois gras with cranberry sauce and cocoa butter seared venison served with walnut-bacon crumble and poached pears, to say nothing of its extensive wine list.

Considering Chef Richard’s first-place finish in the 2019 Canadian Plate Challenge, Little Louis isn’t just one of the best seafood restaurants in Moncton, NB, but one of the best in the whole province!

Moncton Tide and Boar Gastropub

For a more casual experience, you can enjoy the intersection of surf and suds at the Tide and Boar Gastropub. From its fresh beer-battered cod to its savoury lobster mac n’cheese, Moncton’s Tide and Boar specializes in adding a maritime twist to your pub favourites.

In addition to great seafood, Moncton’s Tide and Boar also features frequent live music, welcoming hip local bands as well as touring acts from across Canada. Be sure to try out some of the Tide and Boar’s own microbrews, as wells craft beers from noted New Brunswick breweries like Celtic Knot and Grimross.

St. James Gate in Moncton

With two locations in the Moncton area and one in nearby Shediac, this combination bar & bistro is one of the best seafood restaurants in Moncton, NB for those who want to enjoy cocktails and Irish hospitality alongside their mussels.

With a diverse menu featuring everything from pub classics to souvlaki and jerk chicken, St. James Gate Moncton truly stands out for its seafood, including delectable PEI mussels drizzled with garlic and white wine sauce and blue pearl oysters from New Brunswick. 

In terms of entrées, be sure to try their seafood risotto with lobster, shrimp, scallops alongside shiitake mushrooms and lemon leeks.

Skipper Jack’s Maritime Restaurant

For downhome cooking with a maritime flair, nothing beats Skipper Jack’s Maritime Restaurant. A fixture in Moncton, Skipper Jack’s Maritime Restaurant specializes in offering hungry guests crunchy, fried bounties of the sea. In addition to their famous fried clams, be sure to try their golden Bay of Fundy scallops and fresh lobsters rolls, sourced locally and shucked in-house. 

For a truly indulgent meal, try out their delectable lobster poutine, topped with cheese curds and a creamy green onion sauce, the Skipper’s secret recipe. 

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Special thanks to the Quality Inn Airport in Dieppe, NB for contributing to this piece.

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