Five must-visit restaurants in Cairns
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie, Cairns is a great choice for a holiday destination as it's packed with restaurants to tempt your tastebuds!
Whether you love to tuck into classic and hearty Australian fare or you like to be a bit more inventive with unusual gourmet dishes, Cairns does it all, with a veritable smorgasbord of cuisines and culinary styles to suit everyone on your family holiday in Queensland.
If you're wondering where to grab a bite in Cairns, here are some of the top must-visit restaurants in the city.
Specialising in fresh local seafood, classic Australian game, native bush foods and regional Australian cuisine, Ochre Restaurant is an award-winning establishment known for its delicious menu selections.
Perfect for adventurous eaters, at Ochre Restaurant you can find everything from beautiful fresh oysters to crocodile wonton, Gulf bugs with banana prawn mousseline and char grilled kangaroo - ideal for a night of unconventional fine dining, bold flavours and inventive dishes.
Located at 43 Shields Street, Ochre Restaurant is situated within walking distance of Mantra Esplanade - an ideal dinner option that won't take you too far from your holiday accommodation.
The Pier Bar & Grill
Open everyday from 11.30am until late, The Pier is known for its warm hospitality and delicious food in a great location with great views of the waterfront.
The Pier offers affordable food that doesn't skimp on taste, with a range of delectable salads, wood fired pizzas, pastas and mains that include well-cooked classics like calamari, fish and chips and ribs in a great atmosphere.
There's plenty to do at The Pier as well, with a free entry pool competition every Monday night, live music on Sundays and 'Pier Pong' Thursdays.
"Whether you love to tuck into classic and hearty Australian fare or you like to be a bit more inventive with unusual gourmet dishes, Cairns does it all, with a veritable smorgasbord of cuisines and culinary styles to suit everyone on your family holiday in Queensland."
Located at Yorkeys Knob, a beach suburb just 15 minutes north of Cairns, Krokodillos have a range of menus designed to cater to a variety of tastes - so whether you need gluten-free options or dishes designed for children's appetites, Krokodillos have you covered.
Offering a range of mouthwatering salads, calzones, pizzas, pastas and delicious mains such as Balinese chicken or garlic prawn risotto, Krokodillos is sure to have something for everyone.
If you're a wine enthusiast, you'll also enjoy the excellent selection of beverages (which range from local and international wines, beers and 'kroktails') available to complement your meal.
Perrotta's at The Gallery
Located at the corner of Shields and Abbott streets just outside the Cairns Regional Gallery, Perrotta's at the Gallery is very popular with the locals for brunch and lunch, especially in the weekends!
If you're planning a visit to the Regional Gallery, it's the perfect opportunity to stop by and have a bite to eat at Perrotta's.
Coffee enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that Perrotta's serves Genovese coffee and also lays claim to serving some of the best in Cairns - and if that wasn't enough to tempt you, they also offer an inventive and tasty Mediterranean-inspired menu for lunch and dinner.
The Raw Prawn Restaurant
Don't let the name deter you - the Raw Prawn is renowned for delivering great wine, tasty food and great service with a focus on contemporary Australian cuisine - with a bit of an Asian twist.
Locally owned and operated, the Raw Prawn is located at the Esplanade Centre in Cairns and offers a range of seafood, steak, pasta and game dishes to enjoy throughout the day.
There are also a few options for anyone with specific dietary requirements (such as gluten-free or dairy-free) so you can feel confident that everyone can tuck in with gusto at the Raw Prawn.