Restaurants & Dining

Cairns Restaurants & Dining

Cairns is smack bang between the Coral Sea and the wonderful grazing lands and tropical fruit orchards in the Cairns Hinterland. This means that the produce you'll find in cafes and restaurants is the highest quality with the freshest seafood Australia has to offer, premium beef and an amazing assortment of fruits that you won't find in other places. You might also get to try some local delicacies like Kangaroo, Crocodile and local Barramundi.

There's a range of dining options in Cairns and you can even dine next to the water or head out on a yacht so you can catch the sunset before your evening meal. There are relaxed cafes offering fish'n'chips, hamburgers and a wide range of cuisines like Japanese, Thai, Italian and Indian to keep your tastebuds busy.

Cairns Dining Experiences

Cairns Sunset Dinner Cruise

Book  Cairns Sunset Dinner Cruise NowSee the best that the waterways of Cairns have to offer as the sun descends from the tropical sky with this Cairns sunset dinner cruise experience in one of the most popular destinations in north Queensland. Over the course of one and a half hours, you'll be able to admire the spectacular Cairns scenery while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or beer and snacking on some savoury nibbles aboard the cruise.

Flames of the Forest

Book  Flames of the Forest NowFlames of the Forest near Port Douglas transports you into a world beyond your imagination with a rainforest dining experience so relaxing and uplifting that you will never want to leave! Escape the ordinary with this amazing tropical dining experience like no other in Australia. While dining, guests can enjoy the soothing sounds of local indigenous musicians and storytellers, learning the ancient ways of the Aboriginal people and their fascinating culture form two local brothers. Or enjoy a quiet and intimate dinner in this magical romantic setting.

Food Wine and Rainforest Tour

Book  Food Wine and Rainforest Tour NowGet a combined dose of Cairns delights for both your eyes and tastebuds on this full day food and wine tour through the Atherton Tablelands and rainforest. Departing at 8am, you'll be picked up from your Cairns area accommodation in preparation for a day of sightseeing and culinary adventure, boarding a comfortable coach and heading off the main tourist tracks to visit a range of local secrets that provide a range of exotic tastes - fruit wines, macadamias, rich cheeses, chocolates, seafood and more are all on the menu here!

Cairns Dining Areas

There are obviously far more areas around Cairns than this and if you’re willing to travel a little there are some quaint spots up in the Tablelands too. These are just a few of the main areas central to Cairns. If you chat to some of the local food lovers they’ll be able to direct you to their favourites, which may be new and unknown or simply a local secret.

Cairns CBD

Dining in Cairns is such a wonderful experience thanks to the city having access to such a variety of fresh produce. Take a walk along the esplanade and even down the main mall area to discover a huge number of restaurants, cafes and pubs serving some amazing food.

Trinity Beach

Head out to the Trinity beach area and go for a stroll along Vasey Esplanade and on to Trinity Beach rd. Around here you’ll find some lovely holiday restaurants ranging from Italian, Thai, takeaway and everything in between, all of which make the most of the delicious local seafood.

Yorkeys Knob

There are a number of cafes and restaurants around here with beautiful views of the beach and beyond. The more popular dining venue around here though is simply the beach. There are a number of takeaway stores where you can get yourself a great fisherman’s basket to take down and sit on the shore while you munch away.


While there are dining options around this area most are centred in or near the Smithfield Shopping Centre. The centre has your typical food court of takeaway chains, but it is also home to a number of cafes and even a few Japanese Sushi restaurants.

More Cairns Restaurants

If you need somewhere nearby to grab lunch or would like to go out and enjoy the nightlife of Cairns after a delicious seafood dinner or traditional pub meal then check out the Cairns restaurants listed here.