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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Tropical North Queensland

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Tropical North Queensland? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (124)
$40 and under
Contemporary Asian
Port Douglas
About the restaurant
BAR + KITCHEN serving Asian-inspired street food that just so happens to be 100% plant-based.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Couldn’t be better - relaxed atmosphere, lovely service, exceptional tastes and hard to believe it was all vegan
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4.3
4.3 (221)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Airlie Beach
About the restaurant
Coral Sea Pavilion - Coastal Cuisine - Boutique Wine and Cocktail Bar – is located poolside at Coral Sea Resort.

Come and soak in the extraordinary views and enjoy the best seafood in town! Coral Sea Pavilion is open every day, all day to everyone for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Boutique Wine and Cocktail Bar is open daily from 10am

Social Club (Happy Hour) daily from 3pm to 5pm

Bottomless Mimosas daily from 11:30am to 2pm

Live music every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

New chef, new menu, new vibe. See you at The Pav!
Top review
OlgaA
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Not crowded, well cooked food. Highly recommended for a special event. We went on a Friday night to watch the sunset. Spectacular. Yummy cocktails. We'll definitely return whenever we're back in town.
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3.8
3.8 (343)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
North Ward
About the restaurant
Rockpool Pavilion focuses on modern, casual and family friendly dining, located on Townsville's iconic 'Strand'.
On the plate and in the glass, we foster a menu using fresh local produce inspired by the ocean on our doorstep.
Our team create memorable experiences through our commitment to celebrate every occasion.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Lovely venue, will book the company xmas party there this year!
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4.8
4.8 (2494)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Townsville CBD
About the restaurant
Enjoy the breathtaking waterfront views, sparkling starry night skies, and refreshing breezes of our outdoor balcony, or opt for indoor air-conditioned seating to beat the heat (which can be a must in North Queensland!).

Our restaurant's name, A Touch of Salt, is a play on our family name, Brine. In 2005, we started as a family business, and our family-style approach of offering genuine hospitality and meals designed for conversation has always been the heart of A Touch of Salt. Over the years, we have perfected our restaurant to become one of the best casual fine-dining restaurants in the North.

We take pride in being appreciated by the locals of Townsville as well as travellers from all over Australia.
Top review
KellieS
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful as always. Service, vibe and food was excellent.
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4.7
4.7 (802)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Townsville CBD
About the restaurant
Bridgewater Restaurant's 1st floor dining room offers a river and city view unsurpassed in Townsville

The modern Australian open plan coastal design creates a stylish, relaxed atmosphere inviting you to linger over a lazy lunch or an intimate dinner with family and friends.

Our carefully crafted menu highlights local, seasonal produce with premium quality, authentic ingredients. Combined they form a diverse, modern and flavour focused dining experience.

Botaniq Wine, Gin and Cocktail Bar evolved to share our love of wines and spirits from Australia and around the world.
Wines by the glass are a feature with a wide selection between Bridgewater and Botaniq Bar. Drop in for a Gin before dinner or make a night of it with grazing bar food to share.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We had a lovely meal and enjoyed the experience. The staff were excellent and helpful. I would recommend to anyone who's looking for a fine dining experience. Thank you to the Chef and his team.
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4.4
4.4 (911)
$40 and under
Pub
Airlie Beach
About the restaurant
‘Where you need to be’
‘The Pub’ at Airlie Beach Hotel is now open and brings a new and exciting entertainment and dining venue to Airlie Beach. Located on the Esplanade, overlooking the newly landscaped parklands and the beach, the new facilities include;
Bar & Bistro | Al fresco dining | Live entertainment | TAB & Sports bar | Gaming Lounge with a brand new fleet of the latest machines | Courtesy Bus
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Had a great time, and the food and entertainment were fantastic!
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4.3
4.3 (1787)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Airlie Beach
About the restaurant
Set right on the water, Northerlies is Airlie’s favourite beach bar offering a unique experience filled with island vibes, casual brasserie-style dining, spacious event areas, creative cocktails, and plenty of beach for the kids to explore. Their free courtesy bus runs 7 days a week offering private pick-ups from Airlie Beach, Cannonvale & Jubilee Pocket. Book your next event and celebrate beach-side.

The Brasserie kitchen is open 7 days. Lunch is served from 12:00pm- 2:30pm and dinner from 5:00pm-8:30pm, with our 'smalll bites' options available all day. The weekend Beach Kitchen is open on for dinner on Fridays, lunch & dinner on Saturdays, plus lunch on Sundays. Unfortunately, no dogs allowed as we are located on a wildlife reserve.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Love the relaxed atmosphere. Friendly staff. Awesome delicious food with great selection drinks where reasonable prices.
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4.8
4.8 (205)
$41 to $100
Southeast Asian
Airlie Beach
About the restaurant

inspired by the traditional tastes & textures of south east asia.
our menu brings you a unique blend of aromats & fresh flavours with the intention to share.
sample a collection of dishes that will excite your senses & arrive at your table as prepared.
Top review
RobW
Dined 1 day ago
Food was fantastic. Loved it. Highly recommend. Service was top notch too.
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4.5
4.5 (925)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Townsville CBD
About the restaurant
Welcome to JAM ,
Enjoy a warm and relaxed dining experience indulging in the tastes of North Queensland . We like to explore our region's seasonal produce and create contemporary cuisine without compromising the purity of flavour.

The JAM menu offers quick bites for a catch up through to our full a la carte selection. We also have a great special luncheon menu that is always popular.

As the sun sets over the CBD and Castle Hill sit back and relax over dinner at one of the window tables or enjoy the views of the river and CBD lights on the terrace. For a romantic degustation dinner we recommend one of the private booths,


Our wine list offers over 100 wines ranging from small Australian producers through to stunning international champagne and wines.

Matt and the team look forward to welcoming you soon.
Top review
JessieWvip
Dined 1 day ago
Always amazing. Matt and Angela and the whole team are exceptional at their job.
A photo of Ban-Na Thai Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (59)
$41 to $100
Thai
Mackay City Center
About the restaurant
Ban Na Thai is a small family owned business since 1996. Located in corner of Victoria & MaCalister Streets.
Our Chefs have over 30 years of experiences in Thai cuisine. We are fully licensed, and have varieties of Thai dishes for you to try such as Massaman Curry, Tom Yum Soup, Thai Basil and much more.
Top review
WendyC
Dined 5 days ago
Great food. Waiters could do with some training. We were generally very happy with our lunch.
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