If you've got a hankering for a kangaroo sirloin and some crocodile wonton, or you're searching for the best fish 'n' chips on the coast, your luck has come in. But be careful, some of those tourist restaurants could be a bit of a tourist trap! At Cairns Unlimited, we know all the best restaurants, cafes, pubs, and takeaways in Cairns. And we'll share them with you... if you promise not to tell anyone!
THIS PAGE IS FOR CAIRNS CITY DINING ONLY. FOR RESTAURANTS AND CAFES ON THE NORTHERN BEACHES AND OTHER AREAS, PLEASE USE THE MAP IN THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN, OR THE EXPRESS MENU TO VISIT THE PARTICULAR DESTINATIONS.
A relatively small regional city such as Cairns would think itself lucky to have such a wide variety of top quality cuisine. It's no secret that the quality of Cairns restaurants is due largely to the thriving tourist industry, which attracts world class chefs. But of course it's not difficult to prepare delicious food when you're using the freshest seafood from the Coral Sea, and the freshest meats and produce from the Atherton Tablelands.
OCHRE RESTAURANT & CATERING
(formerly Red Ochre Grill)
Harbour Lights Waterfront, 1 Marlin Parade, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4051 0100 / Fax (07) 4051 0025
Modern Australian cuisine - new waterfront location!
The Ochre Restaurant, formerly known as The Red Ochre Grill, has created a whole new Australian Cuisine utilising the abundant and until recently untapped traditional native fruits, berries, game meats, fresh seafood and showcases the best of Australian Wines and Beers.
Cairns Unlimited staff have visited and reviewed Ochre Restaurant. See our RESTAURANT REVIEW.
WATERBAR AND GRILL
Shop G1a, Pier at the Marina, Pierpoint Road, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4031 1199
Multi award winning steakhouse!
Waterbar & Grill is a multi award winning steakhouse situated in The Pier complex with panoramic views of the marina and surrounding hills.
Waterbar & Grill offers you all the essentials of a memorable dining experience; excellent food, friendly staff and an unbeatable location. The locally sourced beef is second to none, the ribs are to die for and there is plenty of seafood, vegetarian and lighter options. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine menu, exciting cocktail list and is very family friendly.
Open 7 days a week from 11.30 am, all major credit cards accepted, bookings advisable.
BUSHFIRE FLAME GRILL
Pacific Hotel, The Esplanade & Spence Street, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4044 1879 / Fax (07) 4051 0210
Thrill of the Grill!
Flavours explode at the Bushfire Flame Grill!
Here guests enjoy an 'all you can eat' Brazilian-inspired, Australian-style barbecue. Metre long skewers of succulent Australian beef, pork, lamb and chicken are seasoned, marinated and gently roasted on the churrasco grill. Waiters circulate slicing sizzling hot roasted meats and warm, sugar & cinnamon encrusted pineapple from skewers directly to your plate.
Bushfire Flame Grill brings the theatre of the kitchen to the guest's table. Carefully selected regional and Australian ingredients are chosen to produce exciting entrees and desserts to complete this unique and exciting dining experience. House-made dessert creations including Spanish churros served with warm chocolate chilli sauce. An a la carte menu is also available and special dietary needs are cheerfully catered to. Bushfire opens for dinner from 5:30pm until late.
423 Mulgrave Road, Earlville (MAP)
Phone (07) 4054 3588
Great steaks... and family friendly dining!
Just five minutes south of the Cairns CBD on Mulgrave Road, the Balaclava Hotel dining room, known as Graziers Steakhouse, is a favourite among locals and visitors to North Queensland. Their menu offers a range of delicious dishes; from burgers, pub classics and a large selection of Grazier steaks.
The Balaclava Hotel cater for all members of the family with a Kids menu destined to please the fussiest little eaters and a delicious Senior's menu on offer. Their indoor playground is sure to keep the kids entertained.
FUSION ART BAR & TAPAS
12 Spence Street, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4051 3888
The challenging and crazy life of an artist!
This simple, yet inviting space was created with YOU in mind!
Fusion Art Bar & Tapas is purely a passion, as the creator is an artist herself, she wanted people to feel welcome and relaxed, enjoy good wines and tasty food, whilst appreciating the works of local artists in a unique atmosphere.
The small details like the upcycled furniture, and handmade cutlery make Fusion Art Bar & Tapas something unique and provocative.
As winemakers and chefs are artisans in their own right, so this is a perfect marriage, therefore this is Fusion.
17 Abbott Street, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4050 2101
Cuisine: A La Carte, Modern Australian, Seafood
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Welcome to Coco's Kitchen and Bar!
We love all good food, but at Coco's we are especially passionate about Tropical North Queensland's wonderful array of local fish and Seafood. Pure, honest and clean flavours are just some of our obsessions!
While you are enjoying our bushfire smoked gin signature cocktail or the contemporary hand crafted high tea menu, from the award winning team of pastry artists. You will also enjoy magical views across our spectacular colonial décor which will evoke nostalgic vibes that echo the region's history.
The drinks are as equally innovative. Alongside fine wines and local craft Beers from the Great Barrier Reef Brewing, you'll also find an excellent selection of dessert wines and ports.
The dessert cocktail selection is sure to appeal to those with a sweet tooth - Ferrero Rocher cocktail anyone?
For further information and bookings please call (07) 4050 2101.
Shop G4A, The Pier Marina Pierpoint Road, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4041 4284
An emphasis on igniting the senses!
Elie Sopas, Restauranteur and Host is back and he is bringing the joy of casual med dining to The Pier in Cairns. Together with Head Chef Kosta this revered talent is ready to wow you! Elie and Kosta have been running restaurants that have been popular with locals for many years in Cairns.
If you’re one that believes that there is more to life than a pinch of salt and wishes to savour the flavours of truly superior home cuisine then.. Welcome to the Piato Experience!
- OUTSIDE AND INDOOR DINING - WATER VIEWS - TABLE SERVICE -
- COCKTAIL BAR - FUNCTIONS - A-LA-CARTE MEZE (SHARING PLATES) -
- COCKTAIL BAR - FUNCTIONS - A-LA-CARTE MEZE (SHARING PLATES) -