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Travellers' Choice2023
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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
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Welcome to Australia’s most extraordinary dining experience, where the rich Flavours of Australia come alive, with a 70,000-litre saltwater marine aquarium as your dining backdrop. Well-known for its scrumptious seafood, steak, and pasta dishes, Dundee’s at the Cairns Aquarium provides a contemporary and innovative dining choice for those looking for a romantic dining experience, a venue for your next event or to celebrate a special occasion. Complimenting the incredible sea life inside the Aquarium is our delicious food & wine served up by Executive Chef James Wort. Cocktail events. Sit down functions Gala Dinners. Seafood restaurant Cairns. Fine dining Cairns. Christmas lunch Cairns. As Cairns'
PRICE RANGE
AU$13 - AU$46
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Australian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dined here last in 2018 on our Cairns to Darwin 4wd adventure and remembered the culinary experience. Lots of waiters and waitresses so you will be over attended. We had a wee wait for our courses but this a place with a good view...of the marina and marina walk and nice cold beers, so what's the rush and the food is worth the wait. We started with an Antipasto Platter which was probably a meal on its own, meats, breads, olives, dried tomato and a selection of sauces. For the Main, we shared the Australian Sampler, Lobster, Yabby, Crocodile, Kangaroo, Beef, Lamb Chops, Prawns, Vegetables and Sweet Potato. For Dessert, we had 3 cheeses and crackers. Enough to say we didn't leave hungry. This on one of our favorite restaurants in Cairns.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service and so welcoming thank you for an awesome night. We loved the giant fish tank and curious George. What a lovely place to dine!

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

If you want to enjoy a fabulous meal at a reasonable price, then Dundees is the place to visit! The waiting staff are attentive and knowledgeable , the ambiance is calming with a huge wall of reef fish, the food is delicious! Can recommend the...seafood which is fresh and plentiful. A fabulous experience. Probably best to book beforehand if you would like an indoor table near to the aquarium.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 7 February 2024

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 4 February 2024

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 February 2024

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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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