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Join us at The Backyard to experience the very best of Tropical North Queensland dining. Dine on the spacious deck and relax in the ocean breeze, losing yourself in the sites of the glimmering Marlin Marina nestled by a lush mountain backdrop. Experience our genuine hospitality and true Far North Queensland cuisine inspired by the modern Australian table. Executive Head Chef, Aaron Habgood sources some of the best local produce from the reef to the rainforest and the bountiful tablelands to ensure you experience our very own backyard
PRICE RANGE
AU$10 - AU$80
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Australian
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Buffet, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Thank you Kanohkun @Pool Bar!!! Fantastic service & friendly attitude :) Try the “Frozen Margarita” - Five Stars!!!!!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our server - G - was amazing! She made the entire dining experience relaxed, fun and enjoyable. She offered suggestions that proved perfect. The restaurant is lucky to have her!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious buffet with heaps of variety. Something to please all the fussy eaters in the family. Thank you so much to our wonderful host Pearl.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend The Backyard Cairns. After our charter fishing trip our fish caught were prepared by Darryn and Chloe. It was amazing. Thank you Gabriele and to all the friendly staff.

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

We had the best time. The hotel was well located next to the Reef Fleet. Making the visit to the Great Barrier Reef easy. The restaurants all surrounding the hotel where beautiful and tasty. Our server Gabriele at The Backyard restaurant was great and friendly...and knowledgeable about food and wine. We recommend Shangri-La if you come to Cairns.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gabriele greeted us with a friendly smile upon arrival and although we had not made a reservation, he efficiently lead us to a table. He was attentive, courteous & efficient which made our dinning experience a pleasant one. Thank you Gabriele for such wonderful service.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff are lovely and friendly I go so regularly now. Show is fantastic and shows so much kindness and has even remembered my order after just a couple of coffee visits

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place, I have invited friends here and they have the same experience, absolutely amazing.. The food is so rich and tasty and there is something new each time I go. Catering to Vegans/gluten free as well. The main reason I come here...is because of Show one of the staff members. She goes above and beyond for guests. It’s truly an experience, I come with my children and they love coming here! Show remembers us and bring the kids colouring in and makes all of us feel welcome. I will keep coming back and recommending the backyard !More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024

Compliments to the chefs, amazing food and staff were very friendly, Gabriele especially was attentive and enthusiastic! Wasn’t going to have dessert but dinner was so delicious I knew the dessert would be just as tasty!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 March 2024

Andrea and her team were lovely and coffee was great experience ! The Shangri la is a lovely place to visit. Great place for breakfast!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 March 2024

Excellent service by Andrea a great host and she makes fantastic coffee. Andrea and her team were lovely. The atmosphere was great and relaxed and

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 March 2024

We had lunch and drinks here on Saturday. Our favourite waitress, Show, took great care of us as always,nothing was too much trouble. Great food and service all round.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 28 February 2024

The restaurant is amazing, very good location and excellent food. Gabriele served us tonight and the service was absolutely impeccable, he was attentive, nice and kind. We highly recommend it and if we come back to cairns we will definitely pass by to the Backyard...restaurant for a nice dinner and to say hi To Gabriele.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

Beautiful atmosphere and scenic views :) Even though it was raining, we stayed dry. Fully open with cooling breezes and a beautiful waitress 🌺

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 16 February 2024 via mobile

Chef Kata made us a wonderful feast from fish caught a day earlier on a charter trip. The food presentation and our meal were exceptional. We were seated at a table with a nice Mariner view and enjoyed great service from Gabriele. Easily our best...dinner in Cairns! This was a 10/10 experience that we will remember.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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The Backyard Cairns is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5