Wine & Dine

Port Douglas, or Port as it is known locally, has been a shining beacon on Australia’s food map for many years, made famous by Nautilus Restaurant which is an iconic fine dining experience with exceptional food served in superb rainforest setting.

Chefs are particularly drawn to the area because of its fine local produce from succulent seafood to tropical fruit and there are cuisines of all kinds, with plenty of Asian, French and Mediterranean influences fused with the tastes of the tropics. There’s great coffee of course, with many sidewalk cafes to sit and watch the world go. There’s casual, all-day dining, plenty of options for families with children well catered for and fine dining to suit even the most discerning of palates.

What to look for on the menu? Local seafood incorporated into all kinds of fusion dishes or simply starring in its own right; the best steaks and meats from our Queensland producers, tropical fruits incorporated into a stunning array of dishes both sweet and savoury, local cheeses and dairy products, spices, herbs nuts and honey.

Naturally our self-catering properties feature gourmet kitchens and appliances and we have many celebrated chefs and dedicated cooks who love to holiday here and cook for (or be cooked for!) family and friends using our wonderful local ingredients.

Celebrities, executives and anyone who wants to relax in secure surroundings in complete privacy often bring their own people with them, but we can also arrange local chefs for anyone for in-house catering either full-time, for certain meals or for special occasion lunches and dinners. An exciting option is a teppanyaki dinner cooked in your house or apartment.

There are numerous restaurants to enjoy whilst on holiday in our region. Here is a selection of our favourite dining experiences and we highly recommend dinner reservations.

(In alphabetical order)

Port Douglas

Wrasse & Roe is one of Port Douglas’ newest offerings in stylish, modern seafood cuisine. Andy Grey is the head chef of this fine establishment, which takes advantage of the sustainably harvested local seafood to create dishes of unparalleled sophistication. While away a lazy afternoon or evening here, listening to the sounds of the open kitchen and enjoying the airy ambience.
Tel: (07) 4099 5219
9-11/56-64 Macrossan St, Port Douglas
Harrison's Restaurant Harrison’s is fronted by Spencer Patrick, a UK trained and Michelin star rated chef. Bistro H offers a range of French influenced dishes. The restaurant takes full advantage of the sultry climate with a canopy-covered alfresco courtyard. Inside, there’s a chef’s table where up to six people can tuck into a decadent degustation surrounded by the action of the kitchen.
Tel: (07) 4099 0852
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Melaleuca is run by Award Winning Head Chef Adam Ion and his wife Namhee. Boasting a fabulous alfresco courtyard with three giant mango trees forming a canopy above diners, as well as a chic indoor restaurant space, this fine diner combines relaxed and casual service with a Modern Australian menu to set the mood for a memorable meal.
Tel: (07) 4099 5167
22 Wharf St, Port Douglas
Dining Hi Tide Hi Tide faces directly onto the Coral Sea from the Esplanade. Their café/bistro style menu, where traditional offerings sit nearly alongside Mod Oz, Asian, Indian and Mediterranean dishes have a simple, approachable cuisine with a contemporary edge and it is delivered in a classic ‘esplanade’ setting.
Tel: (07) 4099 9100
9 Esplanade, Port Douglas
Dining Lure Lure Restaurant & Bar offers waterside dinning; it is as easy on the eyes as it is pleasing to the palate. Gorgeous, relaxing marina water views make for a dreamy start to the day. Lures breakfast, lunch and afternoon tapas menu really offers a taste for the whole family. If you want the marina experience the Lure Restaurant & Bar is a must.
Tel: (07) 4099 5201
15-16 Marina Mirage, Port Douglas
Dining Nautilus Nautilus restaurant is nestled into Island Point Hill amid a beautiful lush tropical garden setting. The restaurant is truly unique; combining the wonderful elements of a tropical paradise with elegant dining to create the ultimate outdoor dining experience. The menu has been developed around natural flavours of the tropics, prepared & presented to compliment the restaurant’s location and fine dining experience.
Tel: (07) 4099 5330
17 Murphy St, Port Douglas
On the Inlet On the Inlet offers modern Australian cuisine with a menu showcasing the freshest local seafood with sunset views.the Inlet offers a Happy Hour Special from 3.30pm to 5:30pm daily.
Tel: (07) 4099 5255
7/18-20 Wharf St, Port Douglas
Dining Salsa Salsa Bar & Grill is situated in a traditional weatherboard Queenslander with louvered windows and a unique balance of outside meets in. Salsa itself seems to spring to life during service. Dine with views across to St. Mary’s by the Sea and Dickson’s inlet. Be moved by the energy that exudes from the venue itself, the staff, the food and the experience.
Tel: (07) 4099 4922
26 Wharf St, Port Douglas
Sassi Cucina Sassi La Cucina + Bar is now in the heart of town down off the main street. If you are looking for a cool cocktail or a special wine, the long white Chillago marble bar offers you the perfect spot. You can choose from a great list of Spuntini (Italian for tapas) or indulge in one of our special gourmet pizzas. It is also a great place for informal get togethers or pre-dinner drinks.
Tel: (07) 4099 6744
Cnr Wharf St. & Macrossan Sts, Port Douglas
Dining Seabean Sea Bean Café Restaurant dine or relax in contemporary beach chic sampling our Mediterranean style cuisine with a modern Australian twist, featuring delicious local seafood, pasta, perfect paellas and the not to be missed coconut bruleé (served in the coconut) dessert.
Tel: (07) 4099 5558
3/28 Wharf St, Port Douglas
Star of Siam Star of Siam located in Macrossan St, this authentic Thai cuisine is set in a beautiful timber restaurant with dining available in- and outside. With fantastic service, cheap prices and delicious meals which are sure to please. The menu covers an array of meals such as various stir-fries, curries, seafood and vegetable dishes as well as choices of rice or noodles. MSG free. Star of Siam is BYO.
Tel: (07) 4099 4707
1/12 Macrossan St, Port Douglas
Dining Zinc Zinc is a unique combination of restaurant, café & lounge bar. Café by day, restaurant & lounge bar by night, offering al fresco dining serving fine modern Australian cuisine. Children’s menus are available and we guarantee they will be kept amused by the largest privately owned aquarium on the east coast of Australia.
Tel: (07) 4099 6260
53-61 Macrossan St, Port Douglas


Dining Silky Oaks Lodge Silky Oaks Treehouse Restaurant – the ultimate in tropical Dining. Enjoy the best at Silky Oaks Treehouse Restaurant; the best location with uninterrupted rainforest and river views, the freshest local produce and fine Australian wines. Choose from The Treehouse Restaurant, or private riverside dining, just for you.
Open for lunch. Bookings are essential.
Tel: (07) 4098 1666
Finlayvale Road, Mossman

Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches

The city of Cairns and the surrounding regions are renowned for quality cuisine with influences from around the world.

Cairns Dining

Cairns restaurants rank among the best in Australia. Considering our small population and status as a regional centre in Queensland, we are lucky to have such a wide variety of quality cuisine at our doorstep.

Dining in Cairns is unique because we have access to outstanding fresh local produce (especially seafood), and also because the thriving tourism industry attracts world-renowned chefs to the region.

Locals and tourists must take advantage of the flourishing dining establishments in Cairns. But for some people, the selection of quality restaurants is so large that choosing a special place to have a meal has been more trouble than it’s worth.

Cairns Dining is here to save you. Designed with the diner in mind, this service allows you to find the restaurant that best suits your taste, budget, atmosphere requirements and location — all with the click of a mouse.

To find your next restaurant, choose a region or cuisine from above, type something into the search box, or just start browsing all restaurants in Cairns.

Executive Retreats is proud to offer an in-house chef experience for your stay. Relax and surrender your tastebuds to the culinary creations of one of our seasoned professionals, using the best fresh produce the region has to offer. All ingredients, shopping, and preparations will be taken care of – all you need to do is sit back and be treated to this fine experience! Please contact us for more information and bookings. Tel: (07) 4098 1418