Have you found yourself in Cairns wanting to sample all that fresh North Queensland grub?  Explore the city’s now “legit food scene” through its best restaurants NOW! Stick with us  through this list of some of the best places to eat in Cairns, and your stomach will thank us later.

…you’re welcome.

Ochre Cairns
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For innovative modern Australian dishes, visit Ochre restaurant. They creatively use a lot of native ingredients such as crocodile, native peppers, and wattleseed to name a few. Beyond the delicious “bush food”, you should come for sweeping views of the inlet, mountains beyond and bustle of the reef fleet.

1 Marlin Parade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Ganbaranba Cairns
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This place is another popular choice for some of the best ramen in town. While long queues are the norm for this Japanese restaurant, it’s definitely worth the wait.

7/12-20 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Perrotta's Cairns
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Craving gourmet Mediterranean? Perrotta’s is an unmissable eatery connected to the Cairns Regional Gallery featuring a delectable menu perfect for brunch. Pro tip: Try their Acai bowls!

38 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Tamarind Cairns
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If Asian Fusion is what you’re looking for, try Tamarind, found at The Reef Hotel Casino. The multi-awarded restaurant’s  signature dishes include Mt. Uncle Botanic Gin and Tonic Salmon, Organic Tablelands Pork, and Penang Duck Curry. Yum!

35-41 Wharf St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Fusion Art Bar & Tapas Cairns
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Fusion Art Bar & Tapas

Just over three years old, this place has already earned an excellent rep for their fantastic menu of tapas, cured meats and cheeses. ¡Olé!

5/12 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Prawn Star Cairns
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Prawn Star

This is a must-visit for seafood-lovers with its fresh seafood the likes of prawns, mud crabs, and oysters. Climb aboard the trawler restaurant and experience tropical dining on a boat!

Pier Point Road, Marlin Marina, E31 Berth, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

C'est Bon Cairns
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C’est Bon

Looking for authentic French food? C’est Bon is the place to be. They offer two- and three-course menus as well a la carte options with seasonal lunch and dinner fare. Try their snails, baked barramundi, black angus beef eye fillet, and confit duck leg.

20 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse Cairns
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Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse

For some of the best steaks in the area, visit Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse. This restaurant prides itself on its African and Portuguese flavors, and their grain-fed and aged organic beef, which is sourced locally from the Morganbury Meat Company in the Atherton Tablelands.

1 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Spicy Bite Cairns
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Spicy Bite

While there are plenty of good Indian restaurants to choose from in Cairns, Spicy Bite is known for its creative Indian fusion dishes like crocodile masala and kangaroo tikka. They also have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options for the squeamish!

Shop 6/53 the Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant Cairns
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Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant

Another direction to go would be Indonesian at Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant. The unassuming place has exceptional and authentic Balinese food best for sharing with friends and family.

Gatton St, Cairns North QLD 4870, Australia

Meldrum's Pies in Paradise Cairns
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Meldrum’s Pies in Paradise

Yet another multi award-winning place is Meldrum’s Pies in Paradise. Open since 1972, this long standing bakery sticks to classic Aussie pie recipes that are abso-lutely delicious!

97 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Dundee's Cairns
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Dundee’s on the Waterfront

Want even more seafood? Dundee’s is a classic favorite. This waterfront restaurant has friendly ambiance, generous portions, and excellent service. Throw in their mouth watering catch of the day and you have a sure winner!

1 Marlin Parade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

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Which of these awesome eateries have you tried? Do you have any other places to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below!

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