Your ultimate restaurant guide to Cairns and Port Douglas

Your ultimate restaurant guide to Cairns and Port Douglas

From gourmet tasting menus to romantic beach-front dining- you will be spoilt for choice with these delicious restaurant selections in Queensland’s Tropical North.


For distinct and sustainable regional cuisine, Ochre stands confidently on top of the Cairns restaurant pyramid. The six-course tasting menu is faultless. While Asian influences are definitely there, this menu is Modern Australian territory, with national staples such chargrilled kangaroo sirloin, wallaby topside and emu carpaccio featured.

Sassi Cucina e Bar

This one is a favourite with visiting celebs and public figures such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Clooney and Tom Hanks. The appeal is in the simple but simultaneously sophisticated cooking, which draws on the culinary traditions of Pescara. The squid ink tagliatelle is amazing as is the huge selection of beautifully cooked seafood on offer. You simply cannot go wrong with this one.

Waterbar and Grill

Located on the waterfront, this prominent and popular steakhouse is famous for its prime cut of tenderloin and huge 500g rump. The atmosphere is light and social with amazing views of Cairns’ Marlin Marina. The cocktails are also amazing!

Nu Nu Restaurant

This award wining restaurant is one of Palm Cove’s finest, and has taken home the gold medal many times for its modern, dynamic menu, which currently includes everything from spanner crab brioche buns to wok-fried north Queensland mud crab with ginger broth. If you’re there during dinner, enjoy the view across the Coral Sea while indulging in one of their beautiful degustation menus.

Blackbird Espresso by Coffee NQ

Come straight to this little gem of a cafe for the best coffee in Cairns. Pair your morning beverage with their irresistible banana bread or another delicious treat. The wholesome and positive atmosphere that Blackbird Espresso by Coffee NQ presents is truly a perfect way to start your day.

Betty’s Bohemian Beach Café

This very central Port Douglas café features a stunning colourful interior complimented with eclectic furnishings. Now this one is the very best place to come for coffee in Port Douglas. The cafe offers lots of wholesome, healthy options, including a gluten-free breakfast and tasty wraps for lunch.

Salsa Bar and Grill

The friendly and local Salsa Bar and Grill is your perfect all rounder. Try the mountain pepper leaf rubbed kangaroo and the Creole jambalaya with prawns, yabbies, squid, smoked chicken and crocodile sausage. The dessert menu is also an absolute delight with many unique and special sweet treats. There’s an impressive kids menu to make sure the little ones stay engaged and entertained.