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Vivo Bar & Grill

This highly acclaimed restaurant just added another award to its long list with the 2008 Restaurant and Catering Award for best Breakfast Restaurant.

Superb service, great quality food and an impressive cocktail and wine list. Enjoy all of this whilst relaxing on the balcony and looking through the palm trees to the beach.


Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Vegetarian, Vegan, Contemporary, European


Visa, Al fresco, Family Friendly, EFTPOS, A la carte, Licensed, Mastercard, JCB, Amex, Diners Club, Disabled Access, Non-Smoking, Northern Beaches

Price Guide



7 days: 7:00am - late (9:30pm or later)


Palm Cove


(07) 4059 0944
49 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Australia, Palm Cove

What people are saying...

20 Sep 2012

I dine here a lot and have never had a bad experience - breakfast lunch or dinner. Fabulously fresh food, served with panache, awesome cocktails and staff that I consider to be the best I have encountered in Cairns. It is laid-back, but the attention by the staff goes above and beyond the norm. We bring visitors here all the time - for food service and value, a lot of the so-called upmarket restaurants in Palm Cove and Cairns CBD could learn a lot. And the location - orgasmic! I'll be back - again and again and again and.......

9 Jun 2011

This Restaurant strives to be the best at everything and in most cases it succeeds. Their Breakfasts are the best around as evidenced by how packed they are on Sundays. Lunch is just right and they have definitely taken steps to improve the service at night. Christmas Day Lunch is absolutely the best.
I like the service which is casual but attentive.
I would not hesitate to recommend them.

26 Apr 2011

My partner & I dined there a couple of nights ago. Lovely atmosphere and it had been very busy due to the easter long weekend. We were asked to wait to be seated despite the fact that there were several tables available, and we were dining quite late. But anyway, we were not to be deterred, since we had seen how busy it was.

I have to say I was really disappointed at the food. I ordered the swimmer crab linguine, and whilst the linguine was clearly freshly made, there was no flavour to this dish at all. Priced at nearly $30 for a pasta main, I would have expected much better. I wouldn't go back there. Overpriced for the quality of the food. Unfortunate, because the surroundings were absolutely amazing.

Peter Senior
12 Apr 2009

My wife and I visited Vivos yesterday, Easter Saturday, to cocktails and tapas. It was quite full. After 15 minutes sitting waiting to be served, or at least acknowledged, we walked out. The several waiters appeared indifferent. What a shame, particularly when Cairns is crying out to retain or attract more visitors - the life-blood of the region.

13 Jul 2007

Vivo Bar and Grill was without a doubt one of the best restaurants i have ever been to! I just got back from palm cove recently and i had dinner there 3 times in 12 days, and i had the same main every time - the Al Maccheroni pasta with white wine and cream sauce and peas it was delicious. The staff are all super friendly and every day i would pop in to grab a Chai Latte (the best chai lattes in the world!) The hand cut paprika chips are delicious and so is all the desserts -chocolate souffle- yumm! Also the garlic bread is so cool it is toasted ciabatta and then there is pieces of garlic warmed so you can spread tehm yourself then you get to add your cheese (SO MUCH FUN!!) on one particular day i went into this restaurant 6 times for food and drinks! All i can say is that this restaurant was amazing and if your in palm cove you would be crazy not to go there!

11 May 2006

This place is GREAT! Probably the best place to chose if you want dinner on Williams Esplanade. I mean come on, it's right on the beach! I loved the food, location, style, the lot! I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5! They cater well for kids.

4 May 2006

I've dined at Palm Cove and Cairns restaurants many times but I'd have to say Vivo is by far the best. The food is delicious and the service is fantastic. An amazing restaurant with an unbeatable view! When in Cairns you simply cannot go past a night or two at Vivo.

3 May 2006

I dined there in a small group last night. I found the food to be well to the fore compared with other Cairns establishments, (I'm a local) with a very innovative menu. It was attractively presented and reasonably priced. Great mussels and wagyu beef. I thought the service was a bit hit and miss and too informal for my liking. You can get away with informal if it's also professional. The setting is great and the building is a very attractive modern interpretation of a traditional Queenslander. All up, impressive and I'd return.

14 Jan 2006

The service was great. Very friendly staff who catered to our requests. Meal was fantastic, the cocktails were deliciously freshing. And I definately will be back next time i am on hoildays here!!! Highly recommend.

12 Jan 2006

I have eaten at some great resturants in WA TAS QLD NSW VIC and NT... would have to say this is in the top 2% of great meals I have enjoyed... Service was in the top 2% as well job well done THANKS.

Shelley Carney
27 Oct 2005

My husband were on our honeymoon and dined at Vivo twice because it was totally fantastic the first time.. the service was absolutely excellent and the food was to die for not to mention the wine list... you just can not go past this restaraunt if you're in Palm Cove... ;-)

Andy Cooper
19 Oct 2005

A great restaurant. Buzzing, contemporary and I loved the Architecture, a modern twist to classic FNQ. The atmosphere is young and vibrant and service is attentive and friendly. Cocktails to die for, food is delish. A general taste sensation. Best I found at Palm Cove. Good luck Vivo!! See u next time!!

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