Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical Queensland, has plenty to offer holidaymakers, from stunning scenery to adrenaline-pumping adventure. However, did you know that Cairns also has some delightful culinary experiences to sample?

Here are some of the top local eateries to try on your next tropical getaway!

Salt House

For dining with a view, book yourselves a table at Salt House. Set on the marina, you can soak up the surrounding vistas of Trinity Inlet, the ocean and mountains as you enjoy a drink from the bar. Recline on the daybeds nestled by the pond and fireplace as you nibble on a selection from the tapas menu.

The casual-style dining allows you to focus on the delicious dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal produce, as well as meat cooked to perfection on an Argentinean wood fire grill.


For a true taste of Australian cuisine, head to the award-winning Ochre. Renowned for their innovative menu featuring native Australian ingredients, Ochre’s signature dishes include grilled kangaroo, crocodile and a range of bush ingredients interpreted in a contemporary theme.

Positioned on the waterfront, you can gaze out to sea while you tuck into a wallaby topside, a Morganbury pork fillet or Tasmanian salmon. Perhaps you can even follow it up with a wattleseed pavlova, or quandong brulee as the sun sets on a perfect end to the day.

C’est Bon Cairns

With one bite of the Franco-inspired dishes at C’est Bon Cairns, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were dining at a Parisian bistro. This charming restaurant in the heart of Cairns offers an authentic taste of France in both decor and menu.

Whether you’re seated in the round dining room, or people-watching out on the balcony, you can enjoy sipping on French champagne or a Kir Royale before sampling escargot, beef cheek or confit duck leg to name but a few options. Bon appetit!

Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse

Sometimes, you just get a hankering for a good, juicy steak (sorry, vegetarians!). If you find yourself craving a good sirloin, look no further than the Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse.

While the restaurant’s menu boasts a range of delicious offerings from fish to pork ribs and lush salads, their specialty is their selection of steaks from the Morganbury Meat Co. Choose from a 200g sirloin all the way to a mouthwatering ‘Lazy Aged’ 500g rump steak, accompanied by your favourite sauce for a seriously hearty meal.

M Yogo

Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, or feel like treating yourselves to something a little different, M Yogo at the pier offers a memorable dining experience in its chic dining room with a 180 degree view of the harbour.

Under the steady stewardship of the Kuramochi family, M Yogo’s chefs Toshihiko Takahashi and Tsubasa Murakami execute their menu with attention to detail and plenty of flavour. Marrying modern French cuisine with Australian seafood, M Yogo delivers a delectable menu featuring Tasmanian oysters with champagne cream gratin, roast duck breast as well as Wagyu steak, not to mention a host of delicious accompanying produce.

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