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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Tropical North Queensland

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 (118)
$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
SequeiraA
Dined on May 12, 2024
Bam Pow never disappoints. Wonderful fresh and tasty food and great service . It's a regular place to eat for us. We love it!
A photo of Eastwoods Dining & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (189)
$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
ElleA
Dined 6 days ago
The banquet is really good, beef tartar 10/10! Staff are fantastic and food is awesome.
A photo of THE DISPENSARY Coffee Kitchen Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (190)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Mackay City Center
About the restaurant
THE DISPENSARY Coffee · Kitchen · Bar is open from 6am til late. Whether you’re after a morning coffee, breakfast, long lunch or delicious dinner, we’ve got you covered.
Established in 2013, THE DISPENSARY would not be out of place in downtown Manhattan or inner-city Melbourne. Boasting Mackay’s largest wine and whisky collection, and a great selection of boutique beers and cocktails you are sure to find the perfect beverage to suit.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Excellent food and great service. Plenty to choose to from off the menu and attentive but discrete waitstaff.
A photo of Zinc Port Douglas restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1657)
$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
RobertR
Dined 4 days ago
Always, always exceptional food and service. Love it!
A photo of The Pub restaurant
4.4
4.4 (905)
$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
JennyL
Dined 6 days ago
Great food,nice staff & wonderful entertainment.Definitely recommend.
A photo of Chico Rio Townsville restaurant
4.4
4.4 (78)
$41 to $100
Brazilian
Townsville CBD
About the restaurant
Indulge in the vibrant flavors of Brazil at Chico Rio Townsville, where our diverse menu of delicious dishes is sure to satisfy any craving.

With a colorful and welcoming atmosphere, our restaurant is the perfect spot for a romantic date, family dinner, or night out with friends.

Whether you're in the mood for our famous Brazilian Churrasco or one of our seafood or vegetarian options, our friendly staff and excellent service will make you feel right at home.

We also offer convenient takeout and delivery options through Uber Eats and Menulog. Come experience the taste of Brazil at Chico Rio Townsville - you won't be disappointed!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I love everything about this place, its always a lovely environment to visit. Food is always spectacular and amazing service! I must admit they haven't changed up the sides in a while. They really went the extra mile, my daughter who loved a certain dish and even made sure some was cooked for her on request when she wanted more. Well done, you certainly are still living up to your standards that we truly love about your restaurant.
A photo of Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1780)
$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
HelenT
Dined 4 days ago
Fabulous ambiance and amazing views. So glad we added this to our list of things to do.
A photo of Fratelli’s Café, Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.3
4.3 (67)
$40 and under
Mediterranean
Manunda
About the restaurant
Serving brunch and all-day dining, Fratelli’s offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu that will delight your senses. Our all day menu is available 7 days a week. We also offer a variety of light meal options prepared onsite by our talented team of chefs. Plus, our barista-made coffee and premium beverage selections provide the perfect accompaniment to a delicious cake or sweet treat.
We’re firing up the pizza oven to prepare a selection of Mediterranean-style gourmet pizzas, using fresh ingredients on our hand-stretched house-made pizza dough and cooked in a custom-made stone hearth oven.
Fratelli’s dinner menu features a range of freshly prepared pasta, seafood and our signature Middle Eastern Style Braised Lamb that has been cooked for over four hours in our secret spices. You’ll also be tempted by a range of starters and desserts. Available 7 days a week from 5.30pm 'till 8:30pm. We can't wait to see you!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Amazing every time we go - food is lovely and very affordable
A photo of Brothers Cairns restaurant
4.1
4.1 (108)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Manunda
About the restaurant
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Bistro 26 features a selection of club classics including succulent steaks, crispy schnitzels, fresh salads and mouth watering pizzas.

Bistro 26 is the perfect venue for the whole family offering a range of kids meals and desserts.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Went there for a low key Birthday dinner with Family and Friends, the staff are friendly, especially the young First Nations Lady at the counter, she checked that we had cutlery and even remembered our table number when we ordered desert later, top service.
A photo of Rockpool Pavilion restaurant
3.8
3.8 (341)
$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 6 days ago
Great atmosphere, very accommodating and very friendly staff Great food and even better views
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