A guide to dining in Cairns...


As locals that live in Cairns, we are very lucky to have the widest range of restaurant cuisines in a regional country area of Australia, yes that’s right, there are over 38 different types of cuisine here so whether you want a big steak grown locally or you want Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese or Vietnamese it’s all here plus more. The reason is that the Cairns community attracts many creative and artistic groups and with that over many years, we seem to have had lots of small boutique cafes and restaurants start up. What’s even better is that due to our backpacker visitors that Cairns, restaurants range widely in price from very good value to too expensive.

So as locals that live here, we’re happy to recommend this list below of Cairns Restaurants that we have eaten at many times. There is fine dining, breakfast, cafes and a spread of different nationality cuisines, so we hope you enjoy eating where we eat.

  • Offering a local produce with a different view available for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, also featuring a cafe for lighter casual get togethers. Mesmerizing views of the 70K L saltwater aquarium from your table...

  • Tamarind Restaurant    Tamarind is an award winning restaurant offering a contemporary fusion of asian and western cuisine. Their exciting menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons and embracing the freshest of regional produce. A carefully selected Australian wine…

  • Open 7 days for coffee & cake, Lunch and Dinner, Dundee's Restaurant has a tropical, relaxed atmosphere. One of the best “Cairns Waterfront Dining” spots is Dundee's Restaurant on the waterfront in Cairns. We serve the finest steaks from the grill, seafood, pasta's and…

  • It is like a virtual tour through the culinary delights of Australia in a amazing location right on the inlet. With a dedication to local produce and experience like no other in crafting Native ingredients into modern exciting cuisine, Ochre Restaurant offers a range of…

  • Barbecue, Brazilian, Modern Australian. For a unique and exciting dining experience in Cairns dine at the Bushfire Flame Grill, it's open 7 days a week for dinner. The Bushfire Flame Grill has skewers of meats that are slow roasted on a triple decker open flame churrasco grill.…

  • Modern Australian, Seafood, Tapas. Salt House offers a space that is glamorous, funky, chilled-out, progressive, stylish, calming, lively and welcoming all at once. Features an outdoor cocktail bar surrounded by flowing ponds and fire features and a glowing bar which showcases…

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