5 best restaurants in Cairns
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Probably the best meal of your life
It is seldom you come across a restaurant where diners report it as being one of the best meals of their lives. Hyperbole? We think not. This is a spectacular destination eatery. An intimate atmosphere comes courtesy of the Coral Sea islands, the reefs and the mountain ranges. And the prolific bird life tweets muusic from the treetops. Menu-wise, it’s equally sublime, with a creative kitchen crafting Australia's seasonal, gourmet produce.
Private Road, Oak Beach (Thala Beach Lodge)
Tel: +61 7 4098 5700 www.thala.com
A true Cairns experience
Formerly known as the Naked Nut, thanks to pictures of famous, balding people on its walls, it was time for a new broom. But obviously not a new comb, as those pictures are still on the walls. What you will love about Linga Longa is some the finest hospitality in town with international cuisine and a unique atmosphere. Just 15 minutes’ drive from the city, it’s a magnet for the who’s who in grand old Cairns!
120 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill
Tel: +61 7 4032 2136
Tel: +61 7 4051 0100 www.ochrerestaurant.com.au
All the attractions of Cairns – in a restaurant
You came to Queensland for the marine life, native game, bush and local flora. But whys stop at just admiring them? Why not eat them? This is exactly what you can do in Cairns’ most highly awarded restaurant. Their philosophy towards food is simple: the freshest seasonal ingredients, produced in the lush environment of the tropics. So stop spotting crocs, octopuses and roos, and start digesting them They are done to perfection here!
43 Shields St
The Raw Prawn
Setting the scene for local dining
Did you hear about the shrimp that went to the prawn’s cocktail party? He pulled a mussel. Ha! You’ll be relieved to know that this Raw Prawn is far too elegant for corny jokes. It’s just great Aussie-Asian fused food, fine wine and friendly service. It enjoys a wonderful location on the Cairn esplanade, overlooking the tropical waters of Trinity Inlet. And it’s run by a husband and wife team, so you’ll love the personal touch.
The Esplanade Centre, Esplanade
Tel: +61 7 40315 400 www.rawprawnrestaurant.com.au
Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum
A Japanese-shouted welcome and exotic food
Being in the (gorgeous) back of beyond, Cairns is not known for culinary opulence. Yes, there are many wonderful (upmarket and down) where good food is impeccably prepared. But the best - and the best value way - to work your way to a great plate of food is to go Japanese. In this city, that means a visit to this excellent ramen eatery. Our recommendations are the broths – to die for – and served at unbeatable prices.
12-20 Spence St
Tel: +61 7 4031 2522