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Best Restaurants in Cairns

Updated: Dec 12, 2021

It's no secret that Cairns is the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, and its eating scene reflects that. Cairns' most incredible restaurants range from ethical cafés to traditional Balinese and sophisticated fine dining.


Port Douglas, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Daintree have long been considered gateways to Townsville. It's becoming a destination in itself as new hotels and infrastructure are built. Here are some of Cairns' most fantastic eateries.



Salt House

Salt House is Cairns' most prominent waterfront facility, with views spanning the waterfront and Marina Point. Their kitchen revolves around our Argentinian wood-fired barbecue and local Fish. Unique to the Salt House.


Ochre Bistro

Seafood is usually a hit in Ochre's contemporary Australian cuisine. The award-winning Tempura Gulf Bugs are skewered on lemongrass with green papaya salad and sweet chile, lemon myrtle dressing. With a continually changing menu, there's always something new to try.


C'est Bon

With its hardwood floors, bentwood chairs, and white-clothed tables, C'est Bon evokes the sense of a French restaurant. They are known for their traditional French food, including cassoulet, confit, and souffle. You can choose from fine wines and French champagne. Locals love C'est Bon for business lunches, birthday parties, romantic dinners, and more.


Their cuisine is based on French cuisine with a modern touch to adapt to our tropical climate and foreign clients. Chef/owner Nicolas and his team will prepare your order with attention and dedication.


Pawn Stars

Prawn Star's pleasant ambiance lets clients unwind after a long day. All year-round, the cheerful service team welcomes you. The beautiful decor will draw more guests. According to Google users, this location deserved 4.4. Prawn Star has the most exciting position, with two boat decks directly on the water at the marina. It's entertaining, savory, and fantastic for those warm tropical days with their Jumbo Platter with fresh oysters, prawns, sashimi, and bugs.


Tha Fish

Cairns seafood restaurant with views of the mountains, lagoon, and boats. In addition to outstanding cuisine and drinks, Tha Fish is a locally owned and operated business. Tha Fish specializes in Fish with five distinct cooking ways to choose from. The a la carte menu offers Fish, beef, and vegetarian options.


There is the ultimate mix-and-match Fish List at Tha Fish. You can choose from five fish varieties and five cooking methods. The Fish List changes weekly, with battered, pan-seared, chargrilled, baked, and crusted options. The hardest part will be deciding.


Tamarind Bistro

Tamarind Restaurant has won the coveted Chef Hat Award in Cairns. Tamarind's Australian freestyle cuisine is handcrafted from the finest local produce and delivered perfectly. Perfect experience. There is an exceptional Australian wine selection, local and imported beers and spirits, and an exciting cocktail menu around Tamarind's seasonal cuisine.


Tamarind's Whole Crispy Baby Barramundi is a taste explosion smothered in sticky Tamarind, chile, and garlic sauce. Tamarind's menu also includes exceptional seafood entrées and mains. Many locals and guests enjoy good meals here because of the relaxed atmosphere.

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