A complete guide to Cairns Restaurants

Bistro Restaurants


A bistro is a small bar, tavern, or informal restaurant that serves alcoholic drinks and food. The atmosphere in a bistro is usually more relaxed and informal than a restaurant, and some bistros have poker machines on the premises.

Bistros can be loud places where young people congregate to have a fun time, a cheap meal, and a few drinks. If you are looking for a romantic hideaway, avoid a bistro. If you are looking for a great time with friends where you can laugh out loud, head for your nearest bistro.

Antonios Bistro Carvery

75 Lake Street, Cairns
(07) 4051 9401

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Apres Beach Bar & Grill Palm Cove

119 - 121 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
(07) 4059 2000

Prime beach location overlooking Palm Cove, Apres Beach Bar & Grill serve a wide variety of food at very reasonable prices - which is sometimes hard to find in trendy Palm Cove.

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Barassi's Bistro

344 Mulgrave Road, Westcourt (Cazalys)
(07) 4054 1464

Informal dining well suited to families looking for a social restaurant with reasonably priced food. Extensive children's menu and entertainment on selected evenings. Good quality bistro food with buffet and dessert.

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Barrier Reef Hotel

Cnr Abbott St & Wharf Sts, Cairns
(07) 4051 4245

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Barron River Hotel

36 Stratford Parade, Stratford
(07) 4055 1213

The colourful Rivers Restaurant, with its choice of indoor or verandah dining, has always been popular, offering a great value dining option to the area.

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87-109 Port Douglas Rd, 4877
07 4099 8900

BAZAAR – An Interactive Marketplace. Smart casual dress suitable.

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Beacons Bistro

145-147 Pease Street, Manoora (Newmarket Hotel)
(07) 4053 4811

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1 Pacific Drive, Mission Beach, 4852
(07) 4068 7444

Spectacular absolute beachfront location on Mission Beach. On a fabulous day this is the *best* place to have food in Far North Queensland.

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Blue Sky Brewery

Cairns' own boutique brewery serving large portioned pub food with an abundance of friendly hospitality.

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Cock & Bull Restaurant

6 Grove Street, Cairns North
(07) 40311160

A very funky restaurant that is popular with young people. The meals are huge yet cheap - this is a great venue for special occasions or if you want a group dinner before a night on the town.

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Coffee Shotz Cafe

139 Collins Ave
07 4032 0222

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Court House Bistro

Macrossan Street, Port Douglas
(07) 40994471

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Dunwoody's Tavern

317 Sheridan Street, Cairns North
(07) 40312212

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E Bar

Nice location for kicking back with a drink and snacking on their tasty bar food.

Bar menu includes chips, wedges, pizza, antipasto, fish, burgers and salads

Also features a pool table and live jazz music on Fridays (between 6-10pm).

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Grafton Hotel

Bruce Highway, Edmonton
(07) 40554202

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Hog's Breath Cafe Cairns

64 Spence Street, Cairns
(07) 40317711

With fantastic steaks slowly cooked to perfection, and curly pig-tail fries that make my mouth water just thinking of them, Hog's Breath Cafe is a top spot for a lunch or dinner with friends. Grab a beer from the bar and tuck into a hefty meal fit for a king.

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Hog's Breath Cafe Port Douglas

Wharf Street (Marina Mirage), Port Douglas
(07) 40994222

With fantastic steaks slowly cooked to perfection, and curly pig-tail fries that make my mouth water just thinking of them, Hog's Breath Cafe is a top spot for a lunch or dinner with friends. Grab a beer from the bar and tuck into a hefty meal fit for a king.

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5 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas
(07) 40994776

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Lake Eacham Hotel

29 Gordonvale Road, Yungaburra
(07) 40953515

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Mountain View Hotel

Gillies Hwy, Gordonvale 4865, Gordonvale
(07) 40561723

A great old pub located on the Gillies Highway just before you hit the range.

Experience a true Queenslander pub, sipping on a pot of beer, watching the Rugby League and playing a round of FREE pool.

The Mountain View is the perfect stop after your Sunday drive/ride for a hearty counter meal.

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Peeramon Hotel

Main Street, Peeramon, Peeramon
(07) 40965873

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Port O'Call Bar & Bistro

Port Street, Port Douglas
(07) 40995422

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Rattle and Hum

67 Esplanade, Cairns
(07) 40313011

Very funky dining on the Cairns Esplanade. A great place to grab lunch, a beer, and have a great time with friends or family.

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Scotty's Bar & Grill

Gorgeous spot just across the road from the beach, Scotty's takes advantage of it's position with much alfresco dining. Friendly staff and a cool, casual atmosphere make it a perfect venue for afternoon drinks or a cruisy meal.

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Seagulls Bistro

Reservoir Road, Manunda
(07) 40325366

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Stag Tavern

48 Munro St, Babinda
(07) 4067 1111

Babinda now has a restaurant that is something worth making a fuss over .... Stag Tavern. "It's a destination in itself." As one of their diners from Cairns was quoted as saying over lunch.

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The Deck @ Red Beret Hotel

411 Kamerunga Rd, Redlynch
(07) 4055 1249

The perfect place to relax, grab a cold beer, wine or softdrink, and tuck into a hearty meal. Very cheap prices, and fantastic family value.

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The Little Larder

40 Macrossan St, 4877 (Shop 2)

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Trinity Beach Tavern

77 Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach
(07) 4057 2900

Amazing views across Trinity Beach from an elevated position. Popular local watering hole with residents.

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Twelve Bar Cafe (Twelve BC)

Cnr Lake and Shields Street, Cairns (City Place)
(07) 4031 2912

An eclectic cafe in the heart of Cairns CBD serving rich, dark roast Genovese coffee and large hearty breakfasts.

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Vibe Bar

39 Lake St, 4870
07 4052 1494

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Westcourt Tavern

200 Aumuller Street, Westcourt
(07) 4051 3277

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Lake St, 4870 (Oceana Walk)
07 4051 4637

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