9 of the best Cairns restaurants to dine at while in town

Discover the absolute best eats that Cairns and Tropical North Queensland have to offer.

When travelling to Tropical North Queensland, you can’t skip the opportunity to taste some of the best and freshest seafood that Queensland is famous for as well as experience some of the amazing outdoor dining that makes Cairns and Tropical North Queensland so inviting.

Take full advantage of the sunny weather and dine alfresco on The Esplanade with everything from modern Australian to the freshest seafood to Asian fusion and more.

Feature: Nu Nu Restaurant

Top Cairns restaurants and places to eat in Tropical North Queensland


Dundee’s Restaurant on the Waterfront

Experience the ultimate in Queensland waterfront dining at Dundee’s.

Amazing steak, seafood and Australian sampler plates of crocodile and kangaroo along with the beautiful waterfront setting all combine to make Dundee’s a must visit.

Harbour Lights, 3/1 Marlin Parade, Cairns


C’est Bon

As the only truly French restaurant in Cairns, C’est Bon prides itself on providing an indulgent journey of the senses, while being authentically French.

This restaurant is the perfect marriage of French sophistication and down-to-earth local charm, blending the two to bring you a taste of France with a North Queensland flare.

20 Lake St, Cairns


Bang and Grind

One of the few specialty cafes offering boutique roasted coffee, gourmet foods prepared to order, crushed juices and homemade cakes, Bang and Grind is definitely a hot-spot in Cairns.

14 Spence St, Cairns


Prawn Star

Offering a one-of-a-kind experience, Prawn Star brings you fresh Australian seafood at the source.

Set in the marina on the Prawn Star boat, dining here means taking in the best the Cairns marina has to offer.

Marlin Marina, E Finder - Berth 31, Pier Point Road


Nu Nu Restaurant

Experience the best in modern Australian cuisine at Nu Nu Restaurant.

Offering spectacular views of the Coral Sea, framed by lush palm trees and with previous recognition from Gourmet Traveller as Regional Restaurant of the Year, Nu Nu is the ultimate tropical beach restaurant destination in Australia.

1 Veivers Rd, Palm Cove


Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant

A popular spot with locals and widely considered a must-visit, the Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant serves authentic Balinese cuisine in an atmospheric and welcoming environment.

Enjoy some of the finest Indonesian food that Australia has to offer.

Gatton St, Cairns North


Nautilus Restaurant

Nestled into Island Point Hill in picturesque Port Douglas amid a beautiful lush tropical garden setting, Nautilus Restaurant creates a unique dining experience.

It combines elements of a tropical paradise with elegant dining to create an overall wonderful outdoor experience.

17 Murphy St, Port Douglas


Spicy Bite

Combining the best of two cuisines, Spicy Bite aims to bring new and refreshing ideas about Indian dining to Cairns.

Spicy Bite has successfully created a fusion of Australian game meats, including kangaroo and crocodile, with Indian cuisine as well as a variety of seafood dishes such as lobster and crab.

Shop 6/53 the Esplanade, Cairns


On The Inlet

On The Inlet seafood restaurant in Port Douglas has an unbeatable location with breathtaking waterfront views of the Coral Sea, Mossman Ranges and Daintree National Park.

A winning combination of the freshest local seafood and a deliciously tropical cocktail list makes On the Inlet a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner.

3 Inlet Rd, Port Douglas

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