Our Guide to Port Douglas Dining
There are many restaurants in and around Port Douglas catering for a varied range of tastes and budgets. We have put together this list in no particular order to give you an idea of what you can expect when dining out in Port Douglas.
Port Douglas is renowned for its fine cuisine from simple and elegant street side cafes to award winning restaurants and their many famous chefs. With a multitude of famous diners from presidents to pop stars, sports personalities, film stars and TV legends you never quite know whose table might be next to yours when you visit one of Ports top restaurants.
The pick of our favourite Port Douglas Restaurants
Nautilus ~ a unique outdoor dining experience
Nautilus Restaurant, Murphy Street Port Douglas offers 5 star service and 5 star quality. Nautilus is the locals choice for that special occasion and well worth a visit.
Nautilus is situated under the canopy of trees that tower above Macrossan Street and is accessible via an enchanting pathway climbing the hill towards Murphy Street. One of the oldest surviving businesses Nautilus has served visitors and locals for over 50 years gaining the reputation as one of the finest restaurants in Port Douglas today.
Nautilus is accessed from Macrossan Street ~ Phone 4099 5330 ~ www.nautilus-restaurant.com.au
Salsa Bar & Grill ~ a favourite with the locals
Salsa Bar & Grill, Wharf Street Port Douglas. This multi-award winning restaurant has developed a reputation for having amazing food and fantastic service.
A favourite with the locals and deservedly so, Salsa has served many famous celebrities over the years. Check out the signed dinner plates that adorn the ceiling and walls and see who has enjoyed the world famous cuisine of Salsa Bar & Grill. Keep your eyes open too, you never know who you might see.
Salsa is accessed from Wharf Street on the corner of Warner Street ~ Phone 4099 4922 ~ www.salsaportdouglas.com.au
On The Inlet ~ seafood heaven in paradise
On The Inlet Seafood Restaurant, 3 Inlet Street, Port Douglas. On The Inlet is an institution in the village of Port Douglas with stunning views and food to match.
One of only a few Port Douglas restaurants on the shore of Dickson Inlet and home to George the Groper, the 250kg Wrasse that feeds there every afternoon! With million dollar views across the water, this is the perfect place to grab a bucket of prawns and see all the yachts returning from a day on the reef as you watch the sun set on a magical lazy afternoon.
On The Inlet is accessed from Wharf Street next to the Reef Marina ~ Phone 4099 5255 ~ www.portdouglasseafood.com
Bel Cibo ~ outstanding service, beautiful food
bel cibo is situated on the mezzanine level of the Saltwater Building on Macrossan Street. The restaurant is informal yet stylish and offers a classic Italian menu.
With modern influences and top service bel cibo is a contender for Port Douglas’ leading Italian restaurant.
Opened in November 2009, bel cibo is now a favorite Port Douglas restaurant for both locals and visitors and also caters for all forms of Functions and Weddings in Port Douglas.
bel cibo is accessed about half way along Macrossan Street ~ Phone 4099 6330 ~ www.belcibo.com.au
Watergate ~ wine, dine and celebrate
Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar is located in the heart of Port Douglas and the atmospheric lounge and bar are a perfect compliment to the fine dining.
The restaurant offers innovative modern Australian cuisine that reflect contemporary trends in Australian cooking. Watergate also has a fabulous wine and cocktail bar with a large selection of Australian and New Zealand wines to choose from. Perfect for weddings and functions Watergate is a Port Douglas icon.
Watergate is accessed along the flame lit pathway, corner of Macrossan and Grant Streets ~ Phone 4099 5544 ~ www.watergateportdouglas.com.au
Zinc ~ cafe, restaurant and lounge bar
Zinc Restaurant is a combination of café by day and restaurant and lounge bar at night. Located on the corner of Macrossan and Davidson Streets Zinc is open all day from 9am until late. Call in for coffee, cakes, desserts or tapas at any time during opening hours or for dinner from 5:30pm.
In 2011 Zinc received awards for Far North Queensland Best Contemporary Australian Restaurant and Restaurant of the Year. While visiting Zinc be sure to check out the largest privately-owned aquarium on the east coast of Australia!
Zinc is accessed on the corner of Port Douglas Road and Macrossan Street ~ Phone 4099 6260 ~ www.zincportdouglas.com
Harrisons ~ made for romance and fun
Harrisons Restaurant is the only Queensland Good Food Guide One Hat rated establishment in Port Douglas. Located on Wharf Street Harrison’s is open 12:00 till 2:30 for lunch and from 6:00 till 10:00 for dinner every day specialising in classic French, English and European cuisine.
There is also a private dining room for up to 24 guests with one large custom dining table allowing guests to dine together in private for that special occasion. Perfect for intimate wedding groups, cocktail parties or small corporate events.
Harrisons is accessed on Wharf Street ~ Phone 4099 4011 ~ www.harrisonsrestaurant.com.au
The Yachty ~ Relax and dine at The Yachty
The Yachty is a unique waterfront open plan dining experience you’ll not want to miss. Located on Wharf Street at Port Douglas Yacht Club The Yachty is open from 6:00 for dinner every day providing classic Australian, English and Asian cuisine.
Choose an old favorite from the menu board or try one of the scintillating specials off the specials board. The Yachty is also open for lunch on weekends from noon.
The Yachty is accessed off Wharf Street ~ Phone 4099 4386 ~ www.portdouglasyachtclub.com.au
Whichever of the many dining options you choose we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Bon appetit!
It’s no surprise that the far north has so many wonderful places to eat. The laid back tropical lifestyle and the warm weather attract some of the best in the business. The climate of the region also produces much of the fresh produce and fine ingredients that make up the local cuisine.