Eat & Drink

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.

  • Cafe China

    Café China is an internationally acclaimed Chinese restaurant in Cairns, well known for its authentic Peking and Hong Kong Cuisine, Yum Cha and Seafood.   After delighting diners for over 18 years in Cairns, owner and food artist Mr Harry Sou calls The Reef Hotel Casino home and welcomes guests to his award-winning restaurant and […]

  • Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant

    Cairns Golden Boat Chinese restaurant specialising in traditional and modern Cantonese and Peking style cuisine, with renowned for serving mouth- watering oriental food to frequently returned locals and visitors from all over the world.   Yum Cha Lunch combines traditional and new trend dim sims, with over 100 varieties to choose from are made in […]

  • Tha Fish

    From the mild to the wild dining experience, for seafood beginners to connoisseurs Tha Fish is the restaurant for you. (Meat lovers need not fear we have what you want too!)   On your own, with friends or have a large group Tha Fish caters for all. Look at our daily fish list in the […]

  • Ochre Restaurant

    Ochre is the most highly awarded restaurant and catering company in Cairns. Ochre Catering delivers quality functions throughout North Queensland for conferences, corporate events, wedding and special occasions around cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove.   While some restaurants create a new dish for which they become renowned, the chefs at Ochre Restaurant have created […]

  • Dundee’s Waterfront Dining

    Dundee’s Restaurant is waterfront dining at it’s best! Dundee’s has been one of the very few dining establishments in the Cairns region to continue to provide outstanding quality and service for over 30 years in one of the most competitive markets in Australia.   Dundee’s specializes in sumptuous creations of tender Australian grilled Beef, the […]

  • Spirit of Cairns

    If the sea is calling you, book a dinner cruise with the Spirit of Cairns and enjoy the panoramic mountain and city views on the clam waters of Trinity Inlet.   While you are experiencing the calm, sapphire waters of the cairns harbour it is easy to feel like you’ve stumbled upon paradise. This is […]

  • The Reef Hotel Casino

    The Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns offers a wide range of facilities, so you can play, stay and dine. Guest Services staff at the Reef Rewards Desk can assist you with details of all their services.   After dark, choose a lively bar for drinks taste local seafood at an award- winning restaurant or party on […]