Restaurants in Cairns

The Cairns restaurants below have been grouped into three different pricing categories:
Expensive (over A$50)
Moderate (A$35 to A$49)
Cheap (under A$35)
Prices are for a three-course meal for one without drinks. They include tax but not service.

Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Balinese

When in Rome, eat as the Romans do. This is the spot for authentic, traditional Balinese cuisine, with a heavy emphasis on curry, rice, and spicy grilled fish. Prepare yourself for large and colourful portions, and peppermint tea with dessert.

Address: Gatton Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 4047 7955

Nu Nu Restaurant

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Australian

One of Queensland’s most highly regarded restaurants, Nu Nu’s at Palm Cove serves modern Australian cuisine influenced by fresh local produce in a dreamy beachside setting.

Address: 1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 4059 1880.

Ochre Restaurant

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Australian

Located on the waterfront, this contemporary fine dining restaurant serves inventive dishes that include a wide range of native Australian bush foods, such as acacia seeds, crocodile, wallaby and emu. Check out the lunch specials.

Address: 6/1 Marlin Parade, Harbour Lights, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 4051 0100.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Austrialian

Offering creative and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and a delightful indoors/outdoors setting, Noa is a local favourite. Diners will find themselves only a short pre-/post-dinner walk from the Botanic Gardens.

Address: 1 Pyne Street, Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 4032 3117.

Perrotta's at the Gallery

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Australian

Thanks to their good food and swift service, Perrotta's is a favourite breakfast, lunch and dinner hangout in front of Cairns Regional Gallery. It also has alfresco dining on a raised deck, perfect for people watching.

Address: 38 Abbott Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 4031 5899.

Dundees Restaurant on the Waterfront

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Australian

Going with the 'Aussie Animal' theme is Dundees, a 20-year local success story. Located on the edge of the marina, this waterfront restaurant has an international menu along with Aussie favourites such as seafood, crocodile, emu and kangaroo.

Address: 3/1 Marlin Parade, Cairns Harbour Lights, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 4051 0399.

Bagus Café

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Indonesian

It may have a small, unassuming exterior but this local hotspot serves up traditional and tasty Indonesian food at affordable prices. After ordering at the window, you can grab a seat outside, where your food will be brought out by the friendly and chatty waiting staff.

Address: 149 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 4000 2051.

Ganbaranba Noodle Bar

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Asian

With a simple menu featuring mostly ramen Japanese noodle dishes, Ganbaranba serves up consistently good food at great prices. Be prepared to wait for a table during busy times, though. The fresh homemade gyoza are probably the best in Cairns.

Address: Shop 7, 14 Spence Street, Boland Center, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 4031 2522.

Apex Milk Bar

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Diner

Considered one of the best burger joints in Cairns, food at the Apex Milk Bar is freshly made in front of customers. The burgers come piled high and specials often include perks like a free milkshake with your order. This roadside diner also serves up diner classics like fried chicken, sandwiches, and onion rings.

Address: 24 Hoare Street, Manunda, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 4051 1749.
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