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Overlooking Trinity Inlet at the Waterfront Harbour Lights, Dundee's Restaurant on the Waterfront captures three ingredients -- great food, great location and perfect ambience. Dundees has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which couples, parties and families can all feel welcome at any time of the day. Dundee's specialises in Australian beef, fresh seafood, pasta and salads, there is a dish to cater for every tastebud. Dundees is the perfect place to Kickstart your day with a coffee and snacks on the waterfront.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, Australian, Grill
FEATURES
Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We headed to this Restuarant, specifically for the Seafood Tower, and it did not disappoint. Opted for lunch, and made sure we booked so we could sit in the air con section, in the usual Cairns heat. The seafood was fresh and delicious, and we...opted to add half a lobster to ours. Loved the selection on the tower, with the plate at the bottom for the hot selection, and the top for the cold. The menu list did not include chips in the list so we ordered separately, only to find there were some on the tower. Ordered Gluten free as the side, but the tower still had gluten covered chips which was a shame. The selection was great for two, not overfilling, and nothing wasted. We said we would see what’s for dessert, and they bring round a tray with samples on it, which is great if you are unsure what to choose. My only tiny gripe, is for a formal restaurant they don’t bring your bill over to pay at the table, you have to go and stand by a desk on the way out and wait for someone to come and take your money. No one came for a while and in the end the waiter came and did it. Just dropped on service in my view. We went on a very wet day, but would be lovely on a bright sunny day by the harbour.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed my visit to this place, Very good location since it shares the space next to the Aquarium where there are a lot of visitors that would stop by,

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It took a while for them to acknowledge us at reception. They eventually took us to a table in the area we wanted but never came back. The staff didn't care less when we told them we were leaving because they had ignored us. The...menu looked interesting but the staff's appalling failures meant we didn't get so much as a glass of water.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All food was absolutely incredible. We dined with a party of 7 and not one person had a bad thing to say about their meal. Highly recommend the seafood chowder however everything was amazing!

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

So disappointing!! I was really looking forward To Returning to this restaurant as my Last Experience was Brilliant. However This Time it Felt Like a Tourist restaurant rushed meals. Yea they were still ok except my steak which no one had seasoned. So Was Quite...bland. Not everything bad desser was great as Were the cocktailsMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With the size of the restaurant, the location and the prices they charge, you would expect Dundees to be one of the best places in Cairns. Having lived in Cairns for 8 years, this was our first experience at Dundees and sadly it will be...our last. Four out of five of us were really disappointed with our meal. And not a veggie in sight! For me, mash potato will always swing a choice - this was the first time I didn't eat it! Seriously, did it come from a packet or maybe it had been in the freezer for a while? I even pointed out to the waitress that it was disappointing - apart from saying she would let the kitchen know, nothing happens - I don't think they even care! In a big tourist town like this, local businesses need to remember that it is the locals who will keep them in business when times are tough! The only saving grace was the desert - though it would have been nice to see something on the menu advising that two of the dishes take 25min to cook! If you want the best restaurants in Cairns, you won't be disappointed with Coco Mojo (Clifton Beach), or Tha Fish and The Salthouse on the Waterfront. Dundees...... sorry, you just didn't make the grade!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 January 2024

Our experience last night was excepcional, starting with Sophie finding a table when we arrived 1/2 hr earlier from our booking, then Tiphani did an great job explaining to us the menu and checking with the cheff if she wasn't sure, and Fran that serve...our drinks, great personality and engagement with customers. Thanks to all of you. We will recommend this restaurant to everyone. Food was delicious and stuff outstanding.👏👏👏More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 25 December 2023 via mobile

We had the Christmas lunch set menu which was fabulous We are now back outside for dinner A couple of cocktails, a bottle of wine and a dozen of the chefs special oysters. Sensational

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

Six book club friends met to discuss our latest book. We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening- service, food, atmosphere were all terrific! Thank you for turning off the flashing Christmas tree lights- migraine inducing for one of our members! We chose a variety of dishes...but I think we all had ‘mussels in white wine’ envy! They were delicious! We will be back!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 4 November 2023

We went to watch the ship come and decided to have lunch and watch it come in. The service was very good and the food was fresh and excellent will be back. Thank you Dundee’s on the Waterfront.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2023

We dined at Dundee’s in October 2023. We were a table of 11 people. The staff were delightful and ensured everyone’s needs were met, including allergies. The food was fresh and cooked perfectly. Would highly recommend and would absolutely return.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

Terrible! Living worm (parasite) on the oyster served. Overall seafood is not fresh enough. Sauce is very heavy. I don’t even know what I am eating without looking at my plate.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023 via mobile

Amazing yet again! My first time back in Cairns since 2011. I dined here 3 times during that trip it was so good. Glad to see the food and service are as great as they were last time! Quality and consistency!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023 via mobile

Just fabulous. Suggested to us by a local very late in our trip so rang to make a booking for that night. Lady didn’t have anything until 8.30pm which was too late for us so I said we’d leave it. She suggested we come back...however said we were only holidaying and left Cairns the next day. She said she couldn’t have us leave Cairns without going to Dundees so she slotted us in to an already extremely booked out night (large cruise ship had docked that night). Service was absolutely exceptional. Laid back vibe but still exceptional food and service! Not overpriced at all considering location and experience all round being wonderful. Owners are obviously very proud and continue to strive for perfection as one of the owners was there welcoming people people, clearing tables, etc. as if he was any other staff member!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 10 October 2023 via mobile

This is a busy restaurant that provided an excellent level of service and cleanliness with a wide ranging menu. We enjoyed a 3 course meal having being found a good table despite not having pre-booked, we were allowed 90 minutes but ran over with no...problems. The cocktails weren’t quite as alcoholic as the description on the menu suggested but the seafood was great and we will go back again.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Hi Tonkin1, there is absolutely no need to pay in advance - you order whatever you want when you get here and pay when you are finished 😀
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Speak to owners They would not tolerate this behavior.
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Hi, Our dress code is Tidy Casual
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Dundee's Restaurant on the Waterfront is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4