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Dinner from 5pm - Yaya’s is family & locally owned, wih traditional Greek & Mediterranean food & a beautiful balcony overlooking the Esplanade with great views. Private functions with no charge for the space, are available for Lunch & Dinner celebrations/meetings etc, please check conditions/menus with Manager.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Greek
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have to agree with the majority of previous reviews, a really positive experience, nice food, nice people and good value. We had the fixed $55 PP meal, a good assortment of starters, mains and desert.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was highly rated but we were disappointed. Food and menu seemed geared towards small plates. Service was slow.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a Cairns local I frequent many restaurants. My third time to yayas and was excellent once again. Attentive waiters,good atmosphere and beautiful food. Costa is an excellent host and as we were there late we had a bit of a chat with him about...the gumtree liquor made in Greece which he recommended after our meal. He also gave us a taste of a Greek wine which my lady friend really enjoyed. It really made our night. As someone who works in the tour industry I'll definitely recommend this restaurant to my customers.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love my Mediterranean cuisine and dinner at Yia Yias was delicious, superb value (greek banquet ) 6 of us + wine...Service was great but the dessert (Bougatsa) superb.. Highly recommended...

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wow Wow Wow, the best meal I’ve had in a long time! Yaya’s is one of those rare places where you don’t care what the food costs because the experience is so good. We were greeted by the Friendly Costa at the door and were...extremely well looked after by the staff throughout the night. I had the Special slow cooked lamb and my god it fell off the bone and was perfectly balanced with a zingy sauce. My parter had the lamb kebabs which was paired with a delicious fresh salad and tziki dip. It was so refreshing to have a meal at a restaurant where the staff were clearly passionate and that was clearly reflected in the quality of the food. YAYA’s is a Cairns must!More

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

Had dinner here on a busy & Wet Monday night. Fabulous service by friendly, attentive staff. We all had the $55 11 course meal. Everything was delicious. Highly recommend

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

They say you get what you pay for, but at this place you get even more! The food is authentic and the serving is plentiful, you will not walk out hungry! The service was wonderful, especialy by Kosta who appears to run the place. Definitely...going back before returning home.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 January 2024

A wonderful authentic Greek restaurant. The owner was very welcoming - very Greek! The food was tasty, good sized portions and authentically Greek. Service was excellent - all the staff seemed happy in their work. Excellent with food allergies

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024

Excellent place. Very welcoming. Staff are very attentive but not in your face. Food was great. Good sized portions. Value for money. Thanks to the owner / manager for getting my 7 yr old a special strawberry cocktail on the house. She was delighted. First...time downing a couple of shots of Ouzo. The potatoes a bit too lemony or maybe that is how they are supposed to be. Overall I would recommend Yaya if you want a taste of Greece in CairnsMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024 via mobile

Went two nights in a row it was so good. Good food, tasty and reasonable prices. Also a good wine menu. Service by all staff attentive and friendly. Overall it was the food we wanted so happy with the experience!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 11 January 2024 via mobile

Costa and the team were so inviting and warm. The food was amazing and the ambience really good Don’t miss if you are in Cairns

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024

Phenomenal! Truly outstanding food all around. I have family that lives in Greece and this tasted extremely authentic. We literally overstuffed ourselves from the mixed dips, grilled haloumi cheese, & fried calamari to start to the chicken souvlaki platter with baked potatoes, authentic greek salad...& moussaka. Extremely Delish! Would give this place 10 stars if I could.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 December 2023 via mobile

We visited this restaurant for dinner and they were happy to accommodate a large party. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was incredible, some of the best Greek food I have ever eaten. It is hard to pick a favourite dish, but the...moussaka was outstanding.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 November 2023

I went twice over a 3 day period due to the impeccable service and food they had. Kosta and his fellow team members have been extremely friendly and hospitable, I will miss Yaya's and their staff dearly as I return to the Middle East.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 November 2023

Fabulous food and great service. The best authentic Greek food outside Greece. We loved it and recommended it to other people in our travelling group who loved it too! Highly recommend the grilled calamari, Greek salad, tzatziki and lemon roasted potatoes - and of course...the Greek wine.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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