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AU$13 - AU$46
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was next to the Cairns Aquarium which we spent the afternoon visiting. The day was hot but we were comfortable with overhead fans and the large aquarium of reef fish next to our table. The wraps had fresh produce with a nice chili...sauce and service of attentive. We went on a Monday and did not serve dinner that day.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking for a light supper. Dundee was conveniently close so I went in. They had a lot of reservations but made a table available for me. The popular tables are next to the floor to ceiling tank with tropical fish. As I just...finished a scuba trip, I felt no need to get close, though I appreciate the species in the tank. I asked the waitress if she recommended the octopus salad. She did. It was delicious with micro greens, feta cheese, olives, and caramelized onions. The small octopus were tender without being mushy. I found the salad the right proportion for a dinner salad and went well with the pale ale on tap. I wanted dessert and tried the passion fruit creme brulee. I would have liked a little more of the fruit flavor but the creme was velvety and the crust on top was perfect. I paid Aus$54 for the meal. I could have gone elsewhere for a less expensive meal, but I would not have had this quality.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a week in Cairns, had lunch at Dundee's twice... I ordered the kangaroo and also had the pork belly. Delicious food and good, prompt service.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 January 2024

We were in at the aquarium and thought we would go in for lunch. We turned up on announced. However, the hosts were more than accommodating for a family of five, they moved around a couple of tables and chairs on the outside area, which...was brilliant. Even though the restaurant was at capacity, the still found the time to accommodate us. Great service, food was fresh, lots of flavours. We didn't even have to wait long, great selections of cocktails, waitress very knowledgeable and very friendly and I liked that the Bar staff brought the drinks and explained in detail also very friendly. Overall experience for a family highly recommended and we will certainly be back again next trip.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 January 2024

Dundee's at the Cairns Aquarium was the best restaurant we went to in Cairns. Great service, great drink, great food and great atmosphere. When making your booking, ask for a table near the aquarium.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

Our visit to the Dundee Aquarium fell short of expectations, despite its glowing recommendations. While the menu offered a diverse selection and the food itself was satisfying, the overall experience was marred by painfully slow and disorganized service. When the dishes finally made their appearance,...they were all served simultaneously, leaving us to decipher the jumble on the table. The potential for a delightful dining experience was hindered by this lackluster attention to service details.More

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Reviewed 1 January 2024

We had New Year's Eve dinner here last minute. We had just arrived in Cairns and didn't realize we needed reservations. We had walked all over the town earlier in the day and were exhausted. Tina was SO sweet to let us sit outdoors at...the very last table and have a lovely meal!! We were beyond grateful. Service from Sally was wonderful and the food was amazing. Thank you for making our New Year's meal! We will be back for sure!!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 November 2023 via mobile

We visited this restaurant all three days we were in Cairns. We had made dinner reservations two weeks ahead of leaving home for our third evening in Cairns. On arrival day we were able to partake in their "two bite" afternoon menu which was wonderful....Ash, the bar manager, spent time with us figuring out which of his creative cocktails would suit our tastes. He made sure we had a nice table for the night of our reservation, which was more wonderful food and drink. Ash and the staff have us memorable visits and we highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 2 November 2023 via mobile

The location, ambience and food make this restaurant a must to visit. The service started a little slow, but picked up and our waiter was attentive to detail and charasmatic. The food was all delicious - no long wait times and cooked to perfection.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023 via mobile

We followed on from a twilight aquarium tour with a meal at Dundees. The menu was extensive and offered loads of options especially for people who had allergies or specific dietary requirements. The staff were fantastic and the food was delicious.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

We went on Sunday for the Sunday sessions for a seafood platter and a bottle of champagne.. fantastic..

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023 via mobile

Really lovely food, cool atmosphere and staff were very attentive. Good service. Location is awesome and great place for lunch after a morning checking out the aquarium. Definitely on the pricier side but all of our meals were lovely. Great seafood options.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2023 via mobile

I have been here before this time came as part of a tour great food superb service provided by ash restaurant supervisor @his team of highly trained staff all atttended to us great food all delivered with personalized service being my second visit this place...still exceeds all aspects service thank you @keep up the great work don't miss thisMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Dundees Restaurant, Owner at Dundee's At The Cairns Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2023

Hi Y9976NNdavidw, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and share your dining experience. We're over the moon to hear that Ash and the team made your visit exceptional, once again. Your continued support and acknowledgment mean the world to...More

Reviewed 13 September 2023

My mum, partner and I went for dinner last night, we booked in advance and we’re able to book a table tank side which was awesome and highly recommended if you love the aquarium side of things. We had Brendan as our waiter who we...all agreed was the best waiter any of us have ever had at a restaurant. He was very knowledgeable, funny and just a great bloke. The food was perfection we had the tasting plate for a entree, char sui duck (recommended by Brendan) pork belly and a seafood plate for main and each had a dessert everything was 10/10 and cooked to perfection. Would highly recommend this restaurant it is a must do if you are in cairns and wanting quality food and service.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023

I was graced with three piece of fresh oysters. $6 for a single oyster As an appetizer, a reasonable rule of thumb is to order three oysters per person. Moscato wine is sweet, it balances perfectly with spicy foods like curries or spiced chicken wings...but I choices for oyster pairings a glass of wine for $10More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Response from Dundees R | Property representative |
Hi Dana, a few people have already answered here, but just to confirm, you do not have to pay to get into the restaurant, it is separate from the Aquarium. Tina Dundee's at the Cairns Aquarium GM
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Dundee's At The Cairns Aquarium is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5