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. Fire

    $$$$ | Australian

    This elegant restaurant, refurbished in rich ruby hues, is the resort's culinary showpiece. Its imaginative dishes are built around premium...Read More

  • 2. Manta Ray

    $ | Eclectic

    This could be the island's best all-round dining establishment. It's great for breezy alfresco lunches, sunset drinks on the deck, and wood...Read More

  • 3. Mariners

    $$ | Seafood

    This breezy, upscale eatery turns the local catch into fresh contemporary dishes: artfully arranged sashimi, house-made tagliatelle marinara...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Bamboo

    $ | Asian

    This lovely pan-Asian establishment overlooks a tranquil Japanese garden with rock pools, waterfalls, and a teahouse. Menu choices include Thai...Read More

  • 6. Bommie Restaurant

    $$$ | Australian

    With sail-shaped tables, chic Eames chairs, and marina views, Bommie has a sophisticated, upmarket ambience and smart-casual dress code (collared...Read More

  • 7. coca chu

    $ | Asian

    Hamilton Island's only Asian eatery, coca chu appeals to all comers with its relaxed vibe, Catseye Beach views, busy Sunday yum chas, and a...Read More

  • 8. Easy Cafe

    $ | Australian

    Tucked away in an arcade off the main strip, Easy Cafe whips up relaxed breakfasts, brunches, and light lunches, drawing a sociable mix of travelers...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Romano's

    $$ | Italian

    The full-frontal marina views from the broad balconies of this two-level waterfront eatery make it a favorite for family celebrations and romantic...Read More

  • 12. Sails Steak and Seafood Grill

    $$ | Australian

    With beachfront and poolside tables and all-day service, this beach-shack bistro lures families with a kids' menu and giant chess set, and grown...Read More

  • 13. Sunset Cruise & Dine on the Denison Star

    $$$$ | Australian

    The Denison Star, a magnificent 107-foot motor cruiser hewn from Tasmanian Huon pine, glides out of Hamilton Island Marina most evenings for...Read More

  • 14. TAKO

    $ | Mexican

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

  • 15. Déjà Vu Restaurant

    $$$ | Australian

    Alfresco tables and Balinese-style dining pavilions flank an infinity-edge pool at this classy Airlie eatery,open for leisurely dining–and daytime...Read More

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