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Travellers' Choice2023
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Bringing the joy of casual med dining to The Pier in Cairns, welcome to Piato! Piato, named after the Italian word for "plate", has a "big emphasis" on entrees and sharing good food with good friends and family! Three well respected hospitality veterans have blended their skills to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to Cairns' waterfront.
PRICE RANGE
AU$10 - AU$48
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, International, Mediterranean, European, Greek
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The most delicious food in Cairns. Came back 2 nights in a row. Staff so friendly and Beverly is so lovely. Amazing chefs. So glad we found this place during our trip. 🤩

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we went to pianos for a birthday celebration and were really impressed by the food and the service. Great seafood with friendly and attentive service. Really loved the char grilled prawns and the baklava.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Beverly Sariman, General Manager at Piato, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you J6356KTcraigs for your fabulous review. We are pleased to hear of your experience and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. With thanks, Team Piato

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the few marina restaurants opened for lunch on a Tuesday. Most folks were on reef tours. The grilled swordfish was superb; fresh; appropriately seasoned. The beef souvalka was tender and pungent with Greek yogurt. Both entrees came with drinks for $25...Au/each.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 January 2024

The service was incredible as was the dinner. Beverley the manager in particular was one of the nicest hosts I’ve ever had. A beautiful meal which will be remembered for a long time

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 January 2024 via mobile

Well..the food was less than wonderful. We had an assortment of appetizers. The mussels were decent with a tasty garlic cream sauce. The mezz platter not bad. The steamed assorted greens were unappealing - just a plate of beans & bok choy. The overcooked octopus...salad was on some green indistinguishable paste with chopped radicchio and tomato relish.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Vivek Ponugoti, Owner at Piato, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2024

Dear Ajoy2b, We thank you for your patronage and constructive critizism. The selection of your order are of the most populars menu on our menu. The french style mussels being one of our original classics as well as the mediterranean style tender grilled octopus is...More

Reviewed 31 December 2023

This was the best meal in Cairns. The services was very attentive. I had the char-grilled bugs with garlic butter. They were sensational. My wife had the fish & chips which she was was very good. We would definitely eat here again if in Cairns.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 24 December 2023 via mobile

Great service for a average looking restaurant. Some plates were good. The sea platter had a good fried barracuda but very bad grilled octopus and swordfish (I think that the grill was dirty because of the taste). Plate size was pretty right. Desserts menu poor...(just 4 choices). I would not suggest it. I am surprised by so many good reviews of this restaurant.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 20 December 2023 via mobile

Honestly, the best fish and chips I think I have ever had. Incredibly good value lunch special. Wonderful service from multiple team members. And my mother says the best coffee she has had in a long time. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2023

Been here about 1 year ago and not the best...BUT now wow, staff were excellent food cooked by Chef Terry amazing!!! Oh and the coffee was brilliant. Just a luxury experience and worth every cent.. visit here and you will not be disappointed 🙂

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 December 2023

Service was top notch. Food was very good. Went here after seeing the reviews in Trip Advisor. Was well worth it. Had a great time and would highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 1 December 2023 via mobile

This was an easy walk for us while we were staying in Cairns. I was craving seafood and wanted to try Moreton Bay Bugs and this place did not disappoint. The saganaki appetizer was incredibly crispy on the outside with a creamy inside that was...just delicious. The seafood platter had a little of everything me was superb, I enjoyed the Moreton Bay Bugs, the swordfish filet, and the grilled prawns the most. My husband has the steak, which was done perfectly and had roasted vegetables with it. The date sticky pudding was a perfect dessert. I also must mention that our service was excellent. Our waiter was from France and was extremely attentive and polite. He made sure our champagne and water glasses were full and checked in on us frequently. This is a top notch place.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

This pace is AMAZING you don’t get service like this anymore.All the wait staff we prompt courteous I can not fault them at all. The food WOW. Delicious . Chef MORGAN you are the best. We will definitely be back .

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023 via mobile

Fantastic location on the water below the Shangri-La Hotel . $20 lunch specials also a large selection of delicious food in the menu . We loved it so much we came for lunch and dinner on the same day . Amazing staff .Adrien / Adrian...? was a stand out and his service and conversation were above all expectations. Beverly and other staff were fantastic as well .More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023 via mobile

Cairns local dining with friends. Beautiful setting, wonderful staff, sensational seafood. We will be back! Highly recommended

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023 via mobile

We did not get the chance to eat here. We were waiting to be seated, no one showed up! Another couple with us, left! We got fed up waiting, so went elsewhere to eat dinner last night. After leaving, we saw 2 more groups that...left after waiting. Not a good way to run a business. Your waitress served dinner to a table right near us and ignored us. Not even a "I'll be with you in a moment". Then we saw her chatting to someone in the restaurant and trying to get some attention, but no, nothing. Your restaurant missed out on a over $200 dinner from usvand your competition did. Very disappointing.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Vivek Ponugoti, Owner at Piato, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2023

Dear Rose, I must express our concern regarding your review, as it does not reflect the standard of service we diligently uphold. Our records and surveillance from that evening show no instances of guests being unattended for an extended period and we pride ourselves on...More

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Hi Steve, Sorry I'm not sure. Maybe give them a call, the staff are very helpful.
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Piato is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5