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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Tropical North Queensland

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 (129)
$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 4 days ago
Simply outstanding. The best Vietnamese we have had outside Vietnam, and we have tried just about all options we could find in Sydney and surrounds. Everything we tried here was amazing. As a meat-eater, I didn’t even realise that everything was plant-based. I don’t do reviews. Ever. This is the first place that has inspired it. Outstanding. Do not miss Bam Pow if in Port Douglas.
A photo of A Touch of Salt restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2521)
$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
Alex
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent experience all round! Would like to try everything on the menu!
A photo of Eastwoods Dining & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (224)
$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 3 days ago
Great restaurant, staff were friendly, service was 👌 food was tasty and quick to come out. Would definitely recommend
A photo of Bridgewater Restaurant + Botaniq Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (812)
$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
Foodandwinelover22
Dined 3 days ago
Absolutely fantastic food very well priced and exceptional staff
A photo of Jam Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (931)
$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 which 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 dinner we recommend requesting one of the private booths. Try the Shared Experience a delicious and generous selection, great for 2 or more.

Our wine list offers a generous selection of 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
JohnG
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
The young lady who was serving was spot on not once did the lady write anything down remember everything that we ordered and there were 5 of us very impressed
A photo of Zinc Port Douglas restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1687)
$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
Jules
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Food was excellent! We were kept waiting a few times and we were dining with a toddler where every second counts so perhaps were a bit more aware but we had to ask for the bill to come.
A photo of The Pub restaurant
4.4
4.4 (930)
$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
The menus seemed a little expensive. Once receiving the food, the price wasn’t too bad as the food was great & quick! Service was amazing! Only thing was the tables are a little jammed, needs a bit more space. But overall was very good and the place looks so nice!
A photo of Lichi Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (29)
$41 to $100
Fusion / Eclectic
Port Douglas
About the restaurant
Lichi - Restaurant + Cocktail Bar
Lichi Restaurant is a sophisticated dining experience located in the heart of Port Douglas.
Enjoy alfresco dining or air-conditioned comfort in restaurant and cocktail bar spaces with panoramic views of St. Mary's Church, the Sugar Wharf and the Coral Sea.

Top review
MichaelC
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent food and great value. Meals large. Service exceptional
A photo of Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1811)
$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 5 days ago
Great service and food. If we are back at Airlie beach will go again.
A photo of Brothers Cairns restaurant
4.2
4.2 (116)
$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
PhilipN
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Had the India curry special very nice and good size serve. The others also enjoyed their selections.
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