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 "i
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 d
Typically, restaurants on Barrier Reef islands are part of each island's main resort, so many resorts' rates include som

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. On The Inlet Seafood Restaurant

    $ | Seafood

    Choose your own live mud crab from holding tanks at this much-lauded seafood restaurant fronting Dickson Inlet. Watch yachts dock as you sit...Read More

  • 2. Salsa Bar & Grill

    $ | Australian

    Rub shoulders with local foodies on the deck of this lively waterside institution that serves tropical Modern Australian fare. The large wooden...Read More

  • 3. Amici

    $$ | Italian

    A classic Italian-style eatery with a crowd-pleasing menu of antipasto, pasta, seafood, and traditional dishes, family-friendly Amici also whips...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Fish D'Vine and Rum Bar

    $ | Seafood

    The menu here showcases seafood in all its forms—from beer-battered fish-and-chips to seafood chowder and wild-caught barramundi (the chef will...Read More

  • 6. Mr Bones

    $ | Spanish

    Red plastic bar stools line the open front of this well-run Airlie café/bar overlooking the water. Three big attractions here are thin-crust...Read More

  • 7. TAKO

    $ | Mexican

    Hamilton Island’s latest concept restaurant, TAKO, mixes Mexican regional cuisine with Japanese and Korean flavors. The exciting menu features...Read More

  • 8. The Australian Hotel

    $ | Australian

    An atmospheric beer garden, live music, big-screen sports games, and pub-style meals are the main draws at this lively refurbed colonial-era...Read More

  • 9. Dragonfly Gallery Café

    $$ | Café

    Constructed by local craftspeople from native timber and stone, this gallery sits among rain-forest gardens and overlooks natural barramundi...Read More

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