Harbourfront Restaurant

⭐ One of Newcastle Harbour’s most iconic and popular seafood restaurants, Scratchleys on the Wharf, and our newest edition Battlesticks Bar, offers the best food, cocktails and the best wine in the region. Visit one of Newcastle’s favourite places to eat today to enjoy a delicious meal while looking over the busy port of Newcastle Harbour.

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Scratchleys is here to delight even the most discerning diner. Our harbour front restaurant boasts a menu that is selected by premier chefs who work hard to produce delicious seafood specialties, outstanding seasonal dishes and unique daily specials.

Our newly opened Battlesticks Bar also features a beautiful harbour view , delicious tapas food, cocktails, premium spirits and live music every night! No matter what your taste you won’t be disappointed and that’s why Scratchleys is one of the best places to eat in the Newcastle!

About Scratchley’s

Scratchley’s Restaurant began in 1989 with the reuse of The Old Stockton Ferry Terminal. Donna and Neil worked extraordinary hours, something our wonderful industry demands. They traded for 10 years in a building built with love, desire and very little money. Although they had worked in the industry for 15 years prior, there was still so much to learn. Over the time we had various side projects – a tender won at Sheppard’s Cottage “The Terrace” (lost DA), Paymasters Cafe (a win), The Hunters Ark Nobby Beach (a loss). Throughout this time, we built a loyal clientele and effective systems, enabling us to run the bigger, more environmentally-friendly modern Scratchley’s in 1999.

In 1999, we built a real restaurant with many features that we could have only dreamt of ten years previously. Our floor to ceiling glass folding doors enable our guests to truly interact with the fabulous working Newcastle Harbour.

We were able to refine our environmental initiative in waste management and energy usage.

We continuously refine our food around our guests’ expectations. Although the menu is predominately seafood, we also cater to non-seafood lovers and all other dietary requirements. Our extensive wine list has been a labour of love with many aged wines available at very reasonable prices. We know our place in the social fabric of Newcastle and aim always to please visitors and locals alike.

In November 2016 we opened our latest edition to the western end of our iconic building, Battlesticks Bar, and gave the existing restaurant a new look.

Community engagement, environmental excellence and guest comfort are the cornerstones of our business. We trust that you can enjoy the experience for another 25 years and beyond! The Good Life Dolce a Vita by Scratchley’s!

The Most Iconic Place in Newcastle Harbour

The most iconic, beautiful waterfront restaurant in Newcastle Harbour, Scratchleys on the Wharf takes pride in providing delicious meals for lunch and dinner, as well as special events and functions. Seafood is our specialty, but don’t worry: we have plenty of options to please your palate. We have been proudly serving Newcastle since 1989.

Whether you’re coming to us for a romantic dinner for two, relax and enjoy some tapas food with live music, a group get-together or a quick meal before some evening entertainment, you won’t be disappointed by all that we have to offer. Stop by and relax with a drink while you watch the ships come in, or grab something from our takeaway window and enjoy a picnic on the foreshore.

We are also available to host a wide variety of functions, from wedding receptions and cocktail parties to business conferences and charity events. Once you witness our dramatic views of Newcastle Harbour, we know you won’t be able to wait to book with us.


Like the views of Newcastle Harbour, the food at Scratchleys on the Wharf can be described in just two words – simply stunning! We are renowned for our seafood dishes, but even if you’re not a fish lover, you’ll find plenty to please your palate. We offer a wide variety of meat, chicken, vegetarian and even gluten-free options. Once you visit the best restaurant in Newcastle, we will instantly become one of your favourite places to eat!

Have a look below at the different menus we have available to get a sense of what you can enjoy when you come in to the restaurant – and don’t forget to ask for our daily specials!

We also urge you to have a close look at our Functions Menu. Scratchleys on the Wharf has a number of different function rooms available, capable of handling anything from 10 to 130 guests. We would love the opportunity to make your next special dinner, business luncheon or family event one to remember.

Wine List

We are proud to have the most comprehensive range of quality wines to accompany your meal. Whether you’d rather sample a bottle of red, white, rosé or another variety, we have something to impress every palate and every guest. In addition to our wines, we also have a range of top shelf spirits and the best imported and domestic beers.

Whether you are enjoying a meal or just looking for a refreshing drink after a hard week of work, we have the right glass of wine or shot of spirit for you! Come to us and enjoy the best view in town. Let us take your drink order today.

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Contact Us

200 Wharf Road, Newcastle NSW Australia

Email: info@scratchleys.com.au

Scratchley’s: 02 4929 1111

Battlesticks: 02 4929 6989