A complete guide to Cairns Restaurants

Cairns Al fresco Seafood Restaurants

Barnacle Bills

103 The Esplanade, Cairns
(07) 4051 2241

Fantastic location and quality seafood has made this locally owned restaurant very popular. Foreign language menus are available in Japanese, German, French, and Italian.

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Bel Paese

45 Spence Street, Cairns
(07) 4051 6165

A cute Italian restaurant with a warm friendly atmosphere and genuine, tasty cuisine. The kind of trattoria you'd expect to discover accidently tucked away in a quaint alleyway in Sardinia. Great location for people watching, al fresco dinners and casual romance.

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Cafe Thailand

7/93 The Esplanade, Cairns
(07) 4041 2624

Fast paced friendly restaurant, with beautiful Thai decor. Extensive menu with many traditional Thai dishes not seen at other restaurants in Cairns, but also many dishes using local produce such as barramundi and coral trout. 10% discount on take away orders.

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223-227 The Esplanade, Cairns (Acacia Court Hotel)
(07) 40515011

One of Cairns' favourite restaurants, Charlies has a seafood and hot food buffet that offers tremendous value for money. Look for the discount vouchers in the Cairns Post each day.

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Jardines Restaurant

18-26 Cannon Street, Manunda
(07) 4053 8805

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Mondo on the Waterfront

34 Esplanade,, Cairns, Queensland, 4870
(07) 4052 6780

Locals know where to find the best bites, and that’s why you’ll find the locals here. The award-winning Mondo on the Waterfront is a unique al fresco dining experience that encapsulates everything great about North Queensland, with stunning views of Trinity Inlet. Whether it’s a casual coffee, a family gathering, business lunch or cocktail, indulge in flavours from around the world, with signature dishes like Mondo barbeque and sizzling fajitas!

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Mother India Restaurant

2/80 Sheridan Street, Cairns
(07) 40411000

Great exotic tastes that exhibit the richness of a glorious past and the luxury of a colourful present. Mother India Restaurant serve many innovative dishes not found at other Indian restaurants and prepare your food exactly the way you like: mild, medium, hot or Indian hot - or anywhere in between!

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North Food + Wine

PierPoint Rd, Cairns
(07) 4031 1411

With million dollar views across the Cairns harbour, Tides Restaurant is superbly positioned for a special meal. Tides utilises their buffet in sohpistocated way for breakfast with extensive hot and cold dishes available as well as an egg chef. Lunch features an authentic curry bar with a range of interesting Indian delights. Dinner is contemporary Australiasian a la carte cuisine. Shangri-La formerly had Sirocco Restaurant in a similar location.

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Ochre Restaurant @ Harbour Lights

Neoteric Australian cuisine is the focus of Ochre Restaurant's sensational menu, incorporating Australian bush foods in innovative, exciting dishes. Menu changes seasonally, as different fresh produce become available. A must try!

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Pesci's On The Water

Pierpoint Rd, Cairns (Pier Marketplace)
(07) 4041 1133

Cairns' only seafood restaurant overlooking the famous Marlin Marina, specialising in fresh local and southern seafood and modern Australian cuisine. The menu is not limited to seafood though, with an extensive meat and pasta selection - all pasta is made on premises daily. Gorgeous location with magnificent waterfront views, Pesci's won the Restaurant and Caterers award for Queensland in 2003 for a la carte dining. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Tha Fish

The Pier, Pier Point Rd, Cairns
07 4041 5350

Situated on the boardwalk at The Pier overlooking the marine, Tha Fish is a popular seafood restaurant open for lunch and dinner.

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The Raw Prawn

103 The Esplanade, Cairns
(07) 40315400

Another of Cairns' excellent seafood restaurants located on the esplanade, the standout feature of The Raw Prawn is the great name. But we can assure you this restaurant doesn't literally live up to the name 'Raw Prawn', because all seafood is cooked with delicacy and precision. Aside from the name, don't forget the excellent views of the Coral Sea, efficient service, relaxing atmosphere and of course, great food.

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