Cairns restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Cairns

Prawn Star

Trawler restaurant Prawn Star is tropical dining perfection: clamber aboard and fill yourself with prawns, mud crabs, oysters and whatever else was caught that day, while taking in equally delicious harbour views. A…
Top Choice Indian in Cairns

Spicy Bite

Cairns has plenty of good Indian restaurants, but none are quite as innovative as this unassuming place, where fusion food and curries have been turned into an experience: where else could you try crocodile masala o…
Top Choice Balinese in Cairns

Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant

One of Cairns' best restaurants isn't along the waterfront or in the lobby of a flash hotel, but attached to a midrange apartment complex. It's unexceptional from the outside, but the Balinese food created inside by…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Cairns

Perrotta's at the Gallery

This unmissable eatery, attached to the Cairns Art Gallery, tempts you onto its covered deck with splendid gourmet breakfasts (6.30am to 3pm), fresh juices, barista coffees and an inventive Mediterranean-inspired lu…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Cairns

Ochre

The menu at this innovative waterfront restaurant utilises native Aussie fauna (such as salt and native pepper-leaf crocodile and prawns or wallaby fillet) and flora (wattle-seed, lemon myrtle or Davidson plum glaze…
Top Choice Tapas in Cairns

Fusion Art Bar & Tapas

Everything in this crazy cool cafe is a piece of art and there's a real eclectic charm to everything from the furniture to the thoughtfully designed tapas menu of cured kangaroo tartare or pumpkin ravioli. Share pla…
Top Choice Japanese in Cairns

Ganbaranba

Ganbaranba is a cult joint, and without a doubt the best place for ramen noodles and gyoza in Cairns. Slurpers can watch the chefs making noodles; if the view proves too tempting, you can ask for a refill for a mere…
Steak in Cairns

Bushfire Flame Grill

Carnivores, sharpen your fangs. This superb Brazilian steakhouse offers beef (and token lamb, fish and chicken dishes) by the bucket load. The steaks are splendid, of course, but it's the all-you-can-eat 'Churrasco …
Bakery in Cairns

Meldrum's Pies in Paradise

Multi-award-winning Meldrum’s deserves the accolades bestowed upon its seemingly innumerable renditions of the humble Aussie pie; it's been at it since 1972, an achievement that speaks volumes in a transient tourist…
Modern Australian in Cairns

Dundees

This tried-and-true waterfront seafood and steak restaurant comes up trumps for ambience, generous portions and friendly service. The varied menu of appealing appetisers includes chunky seafood chowder, tempura soft…