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Tamarind Restaurant

An intimate and exclusive restaurant, it is advised you book ahead to experience Tamarind due to its popularity. And well founded too, Tamarind restaurant is an exquisite dining experience incorporating the exciting tastes and textures of Asian cuisine in an innovative menu incorporating Western culture. The signature restaurant of the Sofitel Reef Casino, this a dining 'must do' while in Cairns.


Thai, Continental, Japanese, Asian, Seafood, Vegetarian, Contemporary, International


Visa, EFTPOS, A la carte, Licensed, Mastercard, Hotel, Non-Smoking

Price Guide



Tuesday: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Wednesday: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Thursday: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Friday: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Saturday: 6:00pm – 10:30pm




(07) 4030 8888
35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns (Reef Casino)

What people are saying...

7 Jul 2012

Had dinner there with a large group on a week night, restaurant wasn't busy. Had great service and lovely food. Nobody was disappointed.

18 Jun 2009

We found Tamarind by chance when we visted the Sebel across the road for a drink. So glad we did - the meal was absolutely superb, the staff engaging and friendly without being too 'in your face'.

Definitely worth a revisit!

Meredith, Sydney

11 Aug 2008

When recently visiting cairns Tamarind was recommended to us, we were lucky enough to get a table and were not dissapointed. The service was second to none, whilst being very professional still managed to be friendly. The food was fantastic with such an array of flavours and i would recommend the barramundi to anyone who doesnt mind a little bit of Chilli ;) No wonder they have won several awards already this year. Highly recommended

Chris Namaste
24 Jan 2008

Beautiful Asian Cuisine,

Only the most hard to please palette would be disappointed eating at Tamarind, the food is truly exceptional with a regularly changing menu to keep you coming back again and again. One thing the other reviews have not mentioned is the marvelous modern asian decor and setting. Overhead spotlights add ambiance and compliment the overall feel of opulence.

The service is also worth noting as being quite a few tiers up on your average restaurant even by fine dining standards. Overall it is an excellent establishment and my favorite restaurant in Cairns. Inevitably I do eat at Tamarind regularly.

5 out of 5.

22 Aug 2007

I was visting the Cairns area recently from Sydney and had dinner at Tamarind. Whilst the entrees were ok (some were a little too salty), the mains were not so good. Our group had the beef, salmon, lamb shanks and seafood curry? The flavours of both the beef and salmon were far too complicated. It was as if the chef wanted to use every herb, spice, sauce, etc in the one dish. The flavours were overpowering. For me a good food is food that keeps you guessing as to what the ingredients are....Unfortunetly Tamarind just did not know how quite to achieve this.

Having commented on the food, I must say the service was exceptional. Overall, I would not return for another meal

Charlotte Hales
12 May 2007

When I want to dine out in Cairns Tamarind is my first choice. The food is exquisit with a large variety of flavours for even the fussist diner. They are open all week now due to its increasing popularity, and their supervisor Ashley Carter makes sure that your every need is catered for. I just love the intimate ambience too.
Well done Tamarind.

Nicky Jurd
4 Sep 2006

Very deserving of their 2006 Restaurant of the Year award from the Restaurant & Caterers association, Tamarind Restaurant suprises me with every visit. Consistantly innovative and delicious cuisine with impeccable service. Manager Gillian trains her staff well and runs a busy but efficient restaurant. The ocean trout was described by a member of my party as the best fish they'd eaten in their life!

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