Great Barrier Reef Restaurants

Typically, restaurants on Barrier Reef islands are part of each island's main resort, so many resorts' rates include some or all meals. Some larger resorts have a range of restaurants, with formal dining rooms, outdoor barbecues, and seafood buffets; some have premium dining options for which you pay extra. Dress is generally "island casual." Some upscale restaurants—such as those on Hayman Island—require men to wear jackets for dinner and frown on flip-flop sandals. On the mainland you'll find plenty of casual, open-air restaurants, serving mainly Modern Australian–style meals that showcase seafood and regional produce. With a few notable exceptions, Cairns, Palm Cove, and Port Douglas are your best bets for upscale dining.

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  • 1. Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant

    $ | CBD | Indonesian

    Dining in the open-sided restaurant or alfresco under the light of tiki torches, you can enjoy some of the most delicious, innovative cuisine...Read More

  • 2. Ochre Restaurant

    $ | CBD | Australian

    Local seafood and native ingredients take top billing at this upscale yet relaxed Cairns institution that specializes in bush dining. Try the...Read More

  • 3. Barnacle Bill's Seafood Inn

    $ | CBD | Seafood

    Complete with netting and mounted, shellacked fish on the walls, Barnacle Bill's is an Esplanade institution, serving fresh, mainly local seafood...Read More

  • 4. Cairns Night Markets Food Court

    $ | CBD | Fast Food

    The food court in these lively, night owl–friendly markets offers something for every palate, from Korean BBQ to sweet-and-sour chicken, sushi...Read More

  • 5. Perrotta's at the Gallery

    $ | CBD | Australian

    This outdoor café and wine bar at Cairns Regional Gallery serves sumptuous breakfasts and brunches. Lunch fare includes warm duck and roast...Read More

  • 6. Restaurant M Yogo

    $$ | French

    Occupying a prime pier-front position, Restaurant M Yogo offers refined dining in relaxed environs. Chef Masa puts a deft, modern-Japanese spin...Read More

  • 7. Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse

    $$ | CBD | Seafood

    At this busy waterfront eatery, you can gaze at Cairns's bustling marina while chowing down on a locally sourced, chargrilled steak. The steaks...Read More

  • 8. Hanuman Cairns

    $$$ | CBD | Asian

    A flavorful addition to Cairns's dining scene, this restaurant in the Hilton Cairns does wonders with tropical produce and South-East Asian...Read More

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