Port Douglas Restaurants
DINING EXPERIENCES IN AND AROUND PORT DOUGLAS
Port Douglas is a town which boasts some of the finest restaurants in far north Queensland -a centre of culinary excellence. For travellers wanting to sample gastronomic delights there are so many choices.
Most eateries in Port take full advantage of our wonderful tropical climate with the minimum average temperature during winter of 15 degrees, most restaurants have few or no walls. Open air dining is also common.
Our most awarded and consistent restaurant in terms of service and sumptuous food is Salsa Bar & Grill – this traditional white timber Queenslander style building with French doors and louvred terrace never fails to amaze and delight with signature dishes such as Thai Chicken Spring rolls with Banana Mayo, Linguini Pepperincino with Garlic Yabbies and Jambalaya. Owner/ chefs Bill Conway and Rhys Bawden have operated for the past 14 years along with many loyal staff and have perfected their product – think Cajun, Moroccan, Creole , Tandoori and Mexican and a touch of asia - it is no wonder you have to book 5-6 days in advance in the high season.
Harrisons has been operating in Port Douglas for the past 4 years and has established a reputation for fine food and service. This is a small restaurant set in beautiful tropical gardens with a canopy of large trees where you can partake in a pre-dinner cocktail. The dining areas are spacious open verandas and perfect for a quiet intimate dinner. The star of the menu is the Chateaubriand, a beef tenderloin for two.
Tucked away overlooking the park on the corner of Grant and Macrossan St is Watergate restaurant. If you follow the bamboo lanterns you will be pleasantly surprised by the ambience, food and cocktails available in this secluded tropical inspired hide away.
Dining in open planned pavilions surrounded by tropical gardens is available in town at Zinc restaurant . The menu is diverse and caters well for those with special dietary requirements. The rest rooms are also an attraction worthy of mention – you will have to pay a visit to discover why.
UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCES PORT DOUGLAS
Visitors to Port Douglas need only stroll down the main street to experience rainforest dining under the stars at the NAUTILUS restaurant . The restaurant established in the late 1980’s by the Max and Diana Bowden on Flagstaff hill has hosted celebrities from around the world who come to dine on the candlelit decks which appear to be suspended in the tropical rainforest garden.
Ten minutes from Port Douglas in the Mowbray Valley is a unique dining and cultural experience in a rainforest setting. At Flames Of The Forest be treated to set six course tasting menu in a silk lined marque complete with chandeliers candles. The evenings entertainment features local Aboriginal brothers sharing their culture, stories, playing didgeridoos and singing.
If you ever wanted the perfect place to propose or to celebrate a special anniversary, the intimate beach dining experience at Kewarra Beach Resort is unequalled. You are your partner have a private table complete with white linen, candle light and silverware on the beach over-looking the Coral Sea. The totally exclusivity of the dining experience is truly romantic with discrete and personalised service and beautiful food. This resort is approximately 30 minutes south of Port Douglas and offers accommodation in deluxe bungalows or suites.
For a long decadent lunch with spectacular views, there are 2 properties within 20 minutes of Port Douglas which are a must to visit. Silky Oaks Lodge offers a two course lunch package which includes a glass of wine and transfers to and from the resort. Set high on the bank above the Mossman River, the veranda restaurant overlooks the pristine river and rainforest.
If a view of the ocean whilst dining in a veranda restaurant is more to your liking Thala Beach Lodge offers spectacular views of the coast and the Coral Sea to the east and the mountain range and rainforest to the west. The resort is set high on a rise near Pebbly beach, just 15 minutes drive from Port Douglas. The menu offers a selection of local seafood complimented with local produce.
Both Silky Oaks Lodge and Thala Beach Lodge welcome guests for a very generous afternoon tea or cold drinks from the bar – a perfect way to spend an afternoon.