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Vivo Palm Cove

Italian 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Diners at this classy beachside eatery enjoy Coral Sea views framed by palms and melaleucas to go along with tropical cocktails and Mod-Oz-meets-Mediterranean dishes. — Fodor's

For a relaxing time before of after seeing the reef, try Palm Cove. They have world class spas and restaurants and, yes, nice beaches. — Afar Magazine

White-painted colonial style, complete with wooden shutters and a wide veranda, this is an inviting choice, looking through the palm trees to the water — Frommer's

The most beautiful-looking restaurant on the Esplanade is also one of the finest. — Lonely Planet

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Ochre Restaurant

91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Local seafood and native ingredients take top billing at this upscale yet relaxed Carins institution that specializes in bush dining. — Fodor's

he menu at this innovative restaurant utilises native Aussie fauna and flora. — Lonely Planet

Renowned for its innovative handling of bush tucker and native species; expect smoked wild kangaroo and emu pâté. — Insight Guides

If you’ve always wanted to taste crocodile or kangaroo, this is the place to come. — Frommer's

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Perrotta's at the Gallery

Cafés 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This chic spot adjoining the Cairns Regional Gallery tempts you onto its covered deck's wrought-iron furniture for tasty breakfasts, superb coffees, and an inventive Med-inspired menu at lunch and dinner. — Lonely Planet

This outdoor café with an attached wine bar at the Cairns Regional Gallery serves sumptuous breakfasts and brunches. — Fodor's

The locals flock here for brunch and lunch, particularly on weekends, and you can team a meal here with a visit to the Cairns Regional Art Gallery next door — Frommer's

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Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant

Thai 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's completely unexceptional from the outside, but the Balinese food created inside by specialist chefs is outrageously good and wholly authentic. — Lonely Planet

Dining in the open-sided restaurant or alfresco under the light of tiki torches, you can enjoy some of the most delicious, innovative cuisine in North Queensland — Fodor's

The long, narrow dining room at this Indian restaurant is plainly lined with wooden tables on tiled floor, with a few tacky paintings decorating the wall. — New York Magazine

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Candy

Cafés 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This quirky, licensed cafe has some seriously swoon-worthy treats on the menu. Breakfasts (try the eggs Benedict with light, fluffy hollandaise sauce) are served all day. — Lonely Planet

Green plastic hedges mark the outdoor area at Candy, but head inside for the full impact of this quirky little cafe/bar. — Frommer's

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Salsa Bar & Grill

83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This trendy restaurant, in a timber Queenslander with wraparound verandas, has seriously good food, great prices, and lively, fun service — Frommer's

Rub shoulders with local foodies and visitors-in-the-know on the deck of this lively waterside institution. — Fodor's

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Nu Nu Restaurant

Asian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sexy suede lounges, intimate banquettes, and unbroken views of the Coral Sea make lingering easy at this Palm Cove eatery — Fodor's

With one of the highest profiles on the coast, you’ll need to book way ahead at the designer Nu Nu — Lonely Planet

Dining fare includes some bold choices, such as “bunny a bunch of ways,” or the pricey Queensland mud crab with a chili tamarind sauce. — Frommer's

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L'Unico Trattoria Seafood Restaurant

Italian 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Ask for a table on the veranda, overlooking Trinity Beach’s esplanade and the sea — Frommer's

Opening to a wrap-around, beachfront deck, upscale L'Unico Trattoria serves stylish Italian cuisine. — Lonely Planet

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Caffiend

Cafés 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Terrines, salads, soups, a big BLT, croque monsieur, and other delicious eats are on a menu that changes monthly. And don’t forget to check the specials board. — Frommer's

Follow your nose down the Melbourne-esque graffitied alleyway to this cosy cafe for superb barista coffee, all-day breakfast, gourmet lunches, art, beer and the occasional live gig. — Lonely Planet

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Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse

Pizza 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Cairns' award-winning steakhouse doesn't fail to deliver on its promise of succulent, juicy steaks, tender burgers and delectable starters (hello, blue-cheese buffalo wings!). — Lonely Planet

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Beach Almond Beach House

Seafood 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This low-key eatery's simple beach-shack setting on Palm Cove's seafront underplays the freshness and flavor of its Modern Asian food. — Fodor's

Awesome and unmissable – the rustic, ramshackle, beach-house-on-sticks exterior belies the fine dining experience that awaits within. — Lonely Planet

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