On The Inlet Seafood Restaurant
The award winning On The Inlet Restaurant prides itself on offering a modern Australian menu designed to showcase the freshest local seafood and best quality locally grown produce. Open for lunch and dinner. The wine list is impressive. The floor and bar service is friendly and attentive. This restaurant enjoys a long serving staff, which is always a sign of a settled restaurant structure. On The Inlet has an excellent menu with daily specials but it also enjoys two major advantages over almost any other restaurant in Port Douglas. Firstly the setting is spectacular. Under high white shade sails, the main wooden decked dining area overlooks an unrivalled panorama across the Dickson Inlet creating an almost spiritual, certainly tranquil, experience as you sip a cold drink and enjoy Head Chef Dave Parry's exquisite culinary creations. Their second and most unique advantage also comes from the sea. George the 250kg Groper pays a daily visit to the viewing area within the Groper bar as he delights a crowd as he leaps and munches on his favourite tuna frames. A very special place, great food, excellently priced comprehensive wine list, family fun and breathtaking panoramic vistas. Tropical lifestyle dining and some....
No booking necessary for the Groper show but bookings essential for dinner
Zinc Restaurant and lounge
The award winning Zinc Restaurant Port Douglas is located in the Portico building at the Four Mile Beach end of Macrossan Street. Zinc is open all day, every day, from midday until late for lunch and dinner. You can even have coffee and cakes or tapas at any time during opening hours. Zinc is a unique combination of restaurant, cafe and lounge bar....cafe by day, restaurant and sophisticated lounge bar at night, offering casual al fresco all day dining. The menu presents a fine selection of modern Australian cuisine at realistic prices and the excellent wine list boasts 40 different wines by the glass. The owner Marco Piat has created a dining area layout that is both family friendly for lunch and early evening with a children's menu until 6.30pm but as the evening draws in it easily transforms into a more sophisticated and stylish ambience for the quiet romantic dinner or supper party with friends. The restaurant also has the largest privately owned aquarium on the east coast of Australia! Watching this wonderful collection of tropical fish enjoying an environment so close to their natural world is both fascinating and mesmerising and No, none of them are on the menu ! If you want to see the definition of tropical lifestyle dining, then Zinc is a must do for you.
Bookings are recommended
Salsa Restaurant and Bar
This 'Award Winning Restaurant' is located in the heart of Port Douglas' dining district. The Salsa Bar & Grill is one of Port Douglas Premier Dining Restaurants & as the winner of numerous Restaurant & Catering awards including Best Restaurant, Best Alfresco Dining and Best Modern Australian, it is easy to see why Salsa Bar & Grill has developed a reputation for being a must do in Port Douglas. Head Chef Goran Zonai & his team are committed to serving mouth watering and eye-catching dishes. Ingredients are produced in house whenever possible, using only the best and freshest local produce. Situated in a traditional weatherboard Queenslander with louvered windows and table umbrellas creates a unique effect of an al fresco atmosphere whether you're under cover or on the popular outer deck. This relaxed tropical ambience is superbly complemented by a comprehensive modern Australian menu which changes slightly from lunch to dinner plus an assortment of daily specials. This menu has proved so good that owners Rhys and Bill have had to publish their own cookbook which is available from the restaurant or mail order on line or at all good book shops if you don't want to fill up your suitcase. The wine list is almost exclusively Australian and New Zealand and is affordably priced. Adding to the ambience of Salsa is the novel tradition for the rich and famous to sign a dinner plate for exhibition on the walls and ceiling. These autographed plates include sports, television and movie stars but two highlights are of course the Aussie icon, Kylie and the then US President, Bill Clinton.
This restaurant is a favourite for the locals so regardless of the period, booking is essential for both lunch and dinner.
The Treehouse Restaurant at Silky Oaks Lodge
The Treehouse Restaurant is one of the Douglas regions' top dining experiences. It is set in the heart of the Silky Oaks Lodge deep in the hills above Mossman on the edge of the Daintree Rainforest. The long open-sided balcony style restaurant overlooks the Mossman River and welcomes a gentle breeze to naturally cool diners for breakfast (7.00am to 10.00am), lunch ( 12.00 noon to 2.30pm ) and dinner (6.00pm to 9.00pm.). The tropical menu combines the influences of Asia and the Mediterranean, whilst retaining a modern Australian style. The menu proudly showcases the freshest local produce and fine Australian wines. Recently refurbished by new owners Paul and Barbara Van Nim, the restaurant has a very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. The staff are attentive and since the change of ownership seem to have a smile on their face all the time. Surrounded by nature, diners can enjoy a rich varied menu, fine wines and the perfect picturesque panorama to help diners appreciate mother nature's handy work. Special dietary requirements and picnic hampers are available by advance arrangement. For a special occasion or romantic evening, private
riverside dining is available in a secluded setting on the Mossman Riverbank. Enjoy a 3 course menu, with your selection of wines, by the glow of candlelight and with the sounds of the rainforest and river surrounding you. Worth a little extra wouldn't you agree ?
Lure Restaurant and Bar
A true tropical lifestyle experience, Lure's outdoor decking dining area is suspended over the water and is considered one of the best water view dining venues in Port Douglas. It certainly has quite a claim as one of, if not, the 'Best Breakfasts in Port Douglas' Lure Restaurant is open 7 days a week for Breakfast (8am - 11.30am), Lunch (11.30am - 4pm). It achieved the finals of the 2009 Restaurant & Catering Queensland HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence Far North Queensland and with the attentive staff who seem to thoroughly enjoy their role in helping you appreciate the excellent food, wine and setting, it is not hard to see why they were singled out. The backdrop off super yachts and cruisers adds a touch of class to a modern Australian menu that won't let you down. The restaurant is ideally situated for families with a children's menu and a safe environment for the children to play on the marina boardwalk within easy sight of Mum and dad.
Straits Restaurant and Bar
Situated at the very heart of the Rendezvous Resort, the Swish Restaurant and bar has recently undergone a full refurbishment. Once you've come up their front steps through the stylish front portal you realise you've entered a whole different world. This very family friendly restaurant is actually situated poolside on the Resort, offering a relaxed and chilled vibe with a great atmosphere for alfresco dining. The restaurant serves breakfast from 7.30am to 10am seven days a week, with Tapas, cocktails and full bar service from 4:00pm daily. Dinner is served from 6pm and last orders at 9:00pm, 7 days during the season. Since refurbishment, Swish Restaurant and Bar has a new menu presenting an infusion of traditional and tropical flavours created by Executive Chef Lloyd Johnson including a speciality of the house - Paella of local seafood, smoked crocodile, chorizo and saffron. You really shouldn't leave town without that experience !
There is a children's menu and with pool and recreational areas just outside the restaurant, Mums and Dads can relax with the kids quite safely within view.
The Beach Shack
This award winning family restaurant is open for dinner only everyday. Many visitors to Port Douglas dream of enjoying a great meal on Four Mile Beach. Well at the Beach Shack that's exactly what you can have, almost! The floor of this al fresco style venue has a rich covering layer of soft sand to give you that beach experience. The kids love it and with a children's menu available, Mum and Dad reckon it's pretty good too. With Pool table and traditional bar available, it has a welcoming 'locals' feel. The shade sails protect diners from the elements but don't detract from the cool and airy atmosphere of the sandy dining area. The Beach shack is tucked away out of town on the corner of Triton Close and Barrier Street near Four Mile shops opposite Four Mile Beach. But the short journey from town is well worth it. The menu is a varied mix of seafood, meat and poultry and they have a sensational pizza section with a great selection of daily specials to ensure you can choose just what you fancy. The Pizza's are also available as take away. The wine list has a nice selection of affordable Australian and New Zealand wines. Staff are attentive and efficient.
Booking is suggested but essential on Fridays and at weekends 'cos the locals like this one and it can get quite crowded, but hey, that's a good sign !