Cairns restaurants are among the best in Australia and have a great variety of dining experiences for you to enjoy. For a memorable evening of tasty food and fine wines, Cairns is the place to be.
Take advantage of Cairns’ weather and dine al fresco. Due to Cairns’ location by the sea, many restaurants offer waterfront dining, where you can sit back relax and enjoy your meal on the water’s edge of The Esplanade overlooking the Coral Sea.
Cairns Esplanade restaurants and cafes are as diverse as the people strolling along the promenade. Whether you are looking for a quick takeaway meal to satisfy your cravings at lunch or a fine dining restaurant that spoils your palette, Cairns Esplanade is a diners’ delight.
If you love seafood you are in for an unforgettable culinary experience. The rich Great Barrier Reef waters are filled with fish, prawns, crayfish and crabs. Seafood is featured prominently on many menus and you can be assured that it has just been caught, guaranteeing freshness, quality and taste.
Reef fish such as Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Parrot Fish and Spanish Mackeral are the most sought after. Fishing boats bring fresh catches of these highly-prized species into Cairns every day. This is where the local restaurants take over, offering these magnificent reef fish in a hundred different dishes.
Restaurants, bars, cafes and bistros line the esplanade from its starting point at the Cairns Hilton, all the way north, to the cluster of mangroves at the end.