6 Best Restaurants in Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef


$$ Fodor's choice

A classic "Queenslander" with a lovely outdoor cocktails area shaded by century-old mango trees and fine dining inside, Harrisons impresses with deftly executed dishes that showcase fresh seafood and small-batch ingredients, sourced locally. There's a six-course tasting menu at A$95 per person, A$145 with matched wines, and on the wine list, you'll find plenty of good mid-priced antipodean drops and a smattering of French ones.

22 Wharf St., Port Douglas, QLD, 4877, Australia
Known For
  • has won multiple awards for its dining experience
  • North Queensland crayfish with truffled hollandaise
  • Modern Australian menu with a British twist
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

On The Inlet Seafood Restaurant

$ Fodor's choice

At this much-lauded seafood restaurant, modern Australian dishes put the focus on fresh North Queensland produce and seafood, which is delivered direct from local fishing boats. You can choose your own live mud crab from holding tanks, or down the sunset special---a generous bucket of prawns and a choice of Aussie beer or wine.

18–20 Wharf St, Port Douglas, QLD, 4877, Australia
Known For
  • <PRO>dining on the deck</PRO>
  • <PRO>terrific wine and cocktail list</PRO>
  • <PRO>family-friendly atmosphere and kids menu</PRO>
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Salsa Bar & Grill

$$ Fodor's choice

Rub shoulders with local foodies and enjoy intimate dining after sunset on the large wooden deck of this lively waterside institution that serves tropical Modern Australian fare. The dinner menu offers something for everyone, from kingfish ceviche to herb-crusted wild barramundi, to a seafood laksa that utilizes plenty of the local produce.

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Sassi La Cucina + Bar


Those craving traditional Italian cuisine utilizing fresh North Queensland ingredients should make themselves a booking at Sassi, a lively, friendly eatery with plenty of outdoor dining space on the main drag. The menu here has all of the hits---spaghetti con le vongole, seafood linguine, and the like---along with a solid wine list featuring plenty of Italian varietals.

4 Macrossan St., Port Douglas, QLD, 4877, Australia
Known For
  • Italian favorites done well
  • spaghetti with clams
  • excellent wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues., Reservations recommended

Sparrow Coffee


Sparrow is all about good coffee. There's very little else on sale here except Port Douglas's best flat white or espresso, with an excellent range of alternative milks for those who can't do dairy. Couple that with friendly service and you have the perfect morning pit-stop.

Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar


Atmospheric indoor-outdoor dining, attentive service, and a well-stocked bar are nice, but the primary draw at this relaxed restaurant is the food, which highlights the freshest local ingredients. Enjoy reef fish and prawns straight off Port Douglas's fishing boats, and seasonal fruit, vegetables, and herbs from the Atherton Tableland.