Whether you headed back into the city after a day of snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef or are looking for the perfect power breakfast before exploring the Atherton Tablelands, you’re bound to work up an appetite while exploring the greater Cairns area. Get a taste of some of the best cuisine that Queensland has to offer at one of these local Cairns restaurants – we have included the telephone numbers and highly recommend that you make a reservation.


Tamarind Restaurant

is an intimate and exclusive restaurant a the Reef Casino in Cairns.  Tamarind Restaurant offers exciting taste of Asian Cuisine.  Tamarind Restaurant is a must do dining experience when visiting Cairns

(07) 4030 8888www.reefcasino.com.au/tamarind

Fetta’s Greek Taverna

if you love good Greek food  you will love Fetta’s Greek Taverna in Cairns  – the Zorba’s feast lets you try a whole lot of dishes in one visit – the atmosphere at Fetta’s is great lots of broken plates and Greek belly dancing – George & Helena are great hosts this is a terrific restaurant for a fun and memorable evening

(07) 4051 6966www.fettasgreektaverna.com.au

Beach Almond

Set in the picturesque Palm Cove in a rustic beach house, Beach Almond offers an inspired Asian fusion menu. Dishes incorporate flavors from Bali, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore, resulting in some truly unique concoctions. Highlights include the banana leaf barramundi and the mud crab cooked in either a Singaporean chili or a Malay black pepper. With ample outdoor seating and stunning waterfront views the vista is just as inspired as the menu.

(07) 4059 1908www.beachalmond.com

Piccolo Cucina

Is our favorite Italian restaurant,   locally owned and operated Piccolo Cucina serves the best fresh pasta in Cairns – be sure to leave room for the homemade Italian desserts

(07) 4051 5137www.piccolocucina.com.au/


While the locale might not be fancy the food is absolutely spectacular at this modest waterfront joint.  You can’t go wrong with the smoked crocodile salad.

(07) 4051 0399www.dundees.com.au

Fusion Organics

Situated in the picturesque courtyard of a historic, early 20th century red brick building that was once the Cairns ambulance station, this quaint café boasts a vast array of organic, allergy-free dishes. The buckwheat waffles with a detox juice make the perfect power breakfast before a long day of Cairns exploring.

(07) 4051 1388http://www.fusionorganics.com.au

Nu Nu

Named Regional Restaurant of the Year by Gourmet Traveller in 2008, Nu Nu serves up some of the best cuisine that Queensland has to offer. Here, the chefs draw inspiration from Australia’s numerous multiethnic communities to add unique twists to traditional Australian meals. Nu Nu is committed to using local, organic produce and offers vegetarian, vegan, and coeliac menus. A word to the wise: you will need to book well in advance to get a seat at this high-profile place.  Nu Nu’s is at Palm Cove

(07) 4059 1880www.nunu.com.au

Barnacle Bills

One of the best fine dining establishments in Cairns, the elegant Barnacle Bills is renowned for its seafood platters. Situated right on the Cairns waterfront, Barnacle Bills boasts beautiful views of the Trinity Inlet. Locally owned and operated by husband and wife team Tony and Margaret. Barnacle Bills is famous for delicious fresh seafood.  You can’t go wrong with the succulent mud crab.

(07) 4051 2241www.barnaclebills.com.au

Yorkeys Knob Boating Club

This gem serves up some of the best seafood in all of Queensland. You can’t go wrong with the cod or the calamari.

(07) 4055 7711www.ykbc.com.au