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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Tropical North Queensland

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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!

A photo of Bam Pow QLD restaurant
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 on Jun 9, 2024
Couldn’t be better - relaxed atmosphere, lovely service, exceptional tastes and hard to believe it was all vegan
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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 on Jun 13, 2024
Wonderful as always. Service, vibe and food was excellent.
A photo of Eastwoods Dining & Bar restaurant
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Food was delicious. We got the banquet and the serves were very generous. The staff are friendly, attentive and always smiling. All around it was a great experience
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 on Jun 10, 2024
Great food. Waiters could do with some training. We were generally very happy with our lunch.
A photo of Bridgewater Restaurant + Botaniq Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (804)
$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
JoshuaC
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food, always love the food if celebrating a special occasion.
A photo of Zinc Port Douglas restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1672)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Port Douglas
About the restaurant
Zinc is the perfect combination of restaurant & cocktail lounge…relaxed lunch and lounge by day, restaurant and cocktail hotspot by night.

Alfresco or indoor dining offers a sophisticated tropical dining experience, an elegant venue for a romantic dinner or casual catch up with friends. The menu presents fine, contemporary Australian cuisine with a hint of French & Italian flare, utilizing the abundance of fresh local seafood, through to locally grown tropical fruit & vegetables.

With an excellent wine list of over 100 wines, combined with a cocktail & beverage menu which includes 8 beers on tap and some outstanding new age cocktails, there’s something for everyone.

Located just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Four Mile Beach.

Join us from 12pm daily for lunch, dinner & late night lounge.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Just incredible. These guys know what they’re doing. Beautiful experience ✨
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4.4
4.4 (913)
$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 4 days ago
I have to say that the oyster Kirkpatrick was the best I have ever had absolutely loved it
A photo of Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1789)
$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 2 days ago
Very pleasant great food but no deserts reasonable prices with some specials. Would go back
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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 7 days ago
Always amazing. Matt and Angela and the whole team are exceptional at their job.
A photo of Rockpool Pavilion restaurant
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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