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The pinnacle of dining at The Reef Hotel Casino is the world renowned Tamarind Restaurant. With a coveted Chef Hat award and a recipient of the World Luxury Restaurant Awards continent winner for Fusion Cuisine in Australia and Oceania, Tamarind is celebrated as Cairns’ most awarded restaurant. Treasured by locals for special occasions, Tamarind is elegant and exceptional with its exquisite dishes handcrafted from the freshest local produce. The setting, a low-lit dining room with crisp white linen tablecloths, the gentle glow of light reflecting on the timber walls, creates a sophisticated, enchanting ambience for any evening celebration. Tamarind offer a delectable menu of ‘Australian Freestyle’
PRICE RANGE
AU$30 - AU$200
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Contemporary, Fusion
FEATURES
Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tamarind excelled itself again with a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner menu. Champagne and oysters on arrival, an entree smorgasbord, a great choice of mains and another smorgasbord of desserts made for a memorable night for two. My Penang Duck curry has to be Tamarind’s signature...dish; rich and wonderful! Service was attentive without being intrusive, and the set price of $99 was excellent value for money. This has to be one of Cairns’ outstanding restaurants!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Lyn, Thank you for your glowing review! We're delighted to hear that you had a memorable Valentine's Day dinner with us. It's fantastic to know that you enjoyed the romantic atmosphere, the diverse menu offerings, and especially our Penang Duck curry. We're thrilled that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If this review came down to a question of ‘….how good was the whole barramundi dish?…’ it’d probably be 5/5 ….or perhaps 4/5 given the occupational hazards of dissecting a boney but lovely fish yourselves!! But this ‘special restaurant’ for Cairns was not a ‘special...restaurant’ for us by a long shot. We felt we purely ticked the ‘fine dining box’, handed over the requisite cash, and left scratching our heads what on earth we’d done to deserve that!!! On arrival, we were led to a completely dingy table at the back of the restaurant. We’d made a request in advance for a table with a nice outlook. Sure, not everyone gets their wish for good tables but there were several unoccupied at least ‘slightly’ nicer tables available than the one they tried to give us (that no one should be subjected to!) …..so we were granted one of those ‘slightly’ better tables but still expressed our displeasure about it all, and then a few minutes later we were moved to a window table after all - thank you!! However, that satisfied feeling then fell through the floor again when a) an awful looking and soggy little pair of (supermarket packet!!!!) Melba toasts with lacklustre chicken liver pate on them arrived on the table as appetisers and b) the BOTTLE of bubbles that we ordered was poured as just two glasses from an already open bottle …. and then c) to add to the mess, the entrees landed on the table even before we’d had the chance to think about touching those soggy Melba toasts as we were occupied sorting the bottle vs glass issue. It felt like it was going to be a loooooooong evening in only the first 30 minutes!!!!!! Essentially, for the price point, we couldn’t get excited about the dishes - taste, presentation, service or originality wise - other than that good ol’ whole Barra, that we had to pull to bits….. So nothing much more to add here :( Go somewhere else!!!!!! Tamarind has not grasped the concept of ‘fine dining’.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Lisa, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you experienced during your recent visit to Tamarind. It's disheartening to hear that your dining experience did not meet your expectations, and we appreciate you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely, friendly service and a beautiful understated elegant dining room. Food was delicious and creative in taste and presentation.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Ninny, Thank you for your kind words! We're delighted you enjoyed our friendly service and creative food. We appreciate your support and looking forward to serving you again soon. Sincerely Miki Cugini Food and Beverage Manager PULLMAN REEF HOTEL CASINO

Reviewed 3 January 2024

Ate there 3 times in 2018 and 2020 with good experiences. This review is for Christmas night 2023. 2 people had degustation menu and 1 had matching wines. Lost 1 star for saltless and tasteless food. Dessert was too rich and too large. Lost 1...star for being overpriced ($170 per person, $60 for matching wines per person). Lost 1 star for lack of Christmas atmosphere and overly loud music. Lost 1 star for unresponsive staff. For a bill of ~$400 AUD for 2 people, we would not repeat or recommend the experience.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2024

Dear Eater, Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback about your recent Christmas night experience at Tamarind. We genuinely appreciate your past visits and are grateful for your continued patronage. We're disheartened to learn that your recent visit did not meet the high standards we...More

Reviewed 2 January 2024

Amazing set menu package delivered excellent value and full flavour - great service too, we will definitely be back soonMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2024

Dear Modavep, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our set menu package, found it to be excellent value, and appreciated the full flavors. It's fantastic to know that the...More

Reviewed 2 January 2024

Sensational service and amazing food. Highly recommend you tantalise your taste buds here. All 3 courses were just amazingMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2024

Dear Trish, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful feedback with us! We're thrilled to hear that you had a sensational experience with our service and found the food to be amazing. It's always our goal to tantalize our guests' taste buds,...More

Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

I've broken up with Tamarind and am a little heartbroken. We have not eaten at Tamarind in around three years so were really excited to dine here again. We once called Tamarind ‘our restaurant’ as we just loved it so much. Unfortunately, after dining here...last week, we won't be back in a hurry. The service was great but the food just let the whole experience down. Whilst nothing was terrible, all of our four dishes just lacked love. From the entrees to our mains, it was like the detail, time, flavour and care that once set Tamarind high above the rest of establishments in Cairns is now gone. My husband ordered the coral trout (has eaten this many times) and it was just meh whilst I ordered the pork hoping it would be similar to the pork dish that used to be on the menu. Unfortunately, it was as though it was thrown on the plate after being reheated in the microwave. It was really disappointing when you are paying top dollar. Bye for now Tamarind. You were once so special.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2024

Dear Jill, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your recent visit to Tamarind. We genuinely appreciate your candid feedback, and we're truly sorry to hear that your experience did not meet the high standards you once associated with our restaurant....More

Reviewed 26 November 2023

Tamarind was my choice for a special birthday dinner (you only turn 70 once!). This was our 4 visit over many years, but ... I don't know that it was the right choice. The food was expertly prepared and beautifully presented (but for one choice)....The prawn entree was a delicious and generous serve, as was my husband's choice of the lamb. One day I will move past the Penang Duck Curry, but I love it, and it was as good as my expectation. The Kingfish was perfectly cooked. The Macadamia & Coffee dessert was a balanced indulgence. But the cheese, ironically called "Australia's Finest Cheese Platter" was a major fail. Delivered to the table with no information : no provenance (what? where?) was given for the "local and southern sourced cheeses"; the crackers were 3 retro pieces of commercial melba toast and 5 wafers; the dried fruit was ??? a strawberry and a couple of raisins (?) and the nuts were mainly peanuts. It was the cheese platter you put together when someone unexpectedly calls by. The service was slick and professionally polished but lacking in friendly attentiveness ... rather AI Robotic. And given that the 70th had been mentioned when making the booking, maybe I expected a little more welcome than the perfunctory, arms length service we were given. Too slick for it to be a warm experience. Also re service, I have to say, I super appreciated being asked as we were being shown to our table by the personable front-of-house if the seating was appropriate for my mobility impaired husband ... thank you, that was excellent consideration!!! Yes, we will no doubt return when/if we are in Cairns but with lowered expectations of a fine dining experienceMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2023

Dear Julnol, Thank you for taking the time to write, we appreciate greatly the information provided in order to better our offerings. You are absolutely right, an explanation on the cheeses provenience and flavor profile should have been provided. Please rest assured we will take...More

Reviewed 4 November 2023 via mobile

One of the few fine dining choices in Cairns. The service and the decor is in keeping with a fine dining restaurant. So it is a pleasant experience. The menu is interesting, however the food itself is good but not great… I felt the menu...and the food was confused and seemed to be trying to be interesting and different but didn’t really hit the mark. There are other restaurants in Cairns who have simpler menus but they stay in their lane and hit the mark everytime, I just didn’t feel Tamarind did this (was my second visit as I thought maybe the first time was a one off). Great wine list is a plus. Overpriced in my mind based on the eating experience, however in terms of a fine dining experience and the service it is ticking some boxes there. I won’t be going back as their is much tastier and nicer food available for less money.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2023

Dear Jason, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, at Tamarind we pride ourselves with good food, service and atmosphere and I apologize for having missed the mark on the occasion. I would love to learn more about your experience if you...More

Reviewed 22 October 2023

We went to Tamarind as it was recommended by a friend. Great food, service, location and value. I would definitely go back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2023

Dear Jdonnac, Thank you for taking the time to review Tamarind, we are thankful you choose to spend your occasion with us, and proud that it was a memorable one and that the team took such good care of you. I will pass your comments...More

Reviewed 15 October 2023

Delicious food served by friendly staff that went out their way to make sure everything was perfect. The decor was tasteful and the restaurant was comfortable and immaculate. The menu had lots of options and everything we tried was great including the extensive wine list.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2023

Dear Roz, Thank you for taking the time to review Tamarind, we are thankful you choose to spend your occasion with us, and proud that it was a memorable one and that the team took such good care of you. I will pass your comments...More

Reviewed 11 October 2023 via mobile

This restaurant is worthy of the hype. Service is A+. Menu delightful incredible value for money with a 2 course or 3 course option. We opted for a 2 course and wow the pork belly was spectacular and the duck fat potatoes soooo good. We...had the signature dessert and cheese platter again flavour plus. Thanks for a wonderful experience.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2023

Dear Julia, Thank you for taking the time to review Tamarind, we are thankful you choose to spend your occasion with us, and proud that it was a memorable one and that the team took such good care of you. I will pass your comments...More

Reviewed 3 October 2023 via mobile

Nicolas was amazing. We asked him to pair our wine dinner and it was flawless! Thank you so much and a wonderful special treat to myself and fiancè, who’s birthday it was. Very special. Thank you Nicolas and teamMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2023

Dear Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, we could not be happier and will pass the lovely note to Nicolas and the team. Looking forward serving you again. Kind Regards Miki Cugini Food and Beverage Manager PULLMAN REEF HOTEL &...More

Reviewed 2 October 2023

Very dissapointing. We made reservations online. On arrival they wanted to seat us in the very drab entrance hall where you had a view of the lovely restaurant down the corridor ! WTF why be so greedy to seat more people in this inferior area?...After the waiter first had to go away and consult the manager, we were seated at a lovely table by the window. Lovely interior, friendly waitress, although a bit awkard and very unsure at times. The food needed seasoning. Halfway through our mains a random waiter came and asked our table and tables around us if the food needed salt and gave us two grinders ??? The food was overall boring, lacking much flavour. The chicken & shitake dumplings had no shitake flavour served in packet miso broth. The steaks were okay but not presented well with dangling bits of sinew and fat and the bone marrow bones still pieces of dried sinew stuck to it. So strange for the standard this restaurant claims. The tarragon hash was oily and did not taste of any tarragon. The dessert….Macadamia & Coffee- was almost as if there was nothing on the plate, just small piping spots. I have no idea why this restaurant has any awards and many positive reviews on here.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2023

Dear JudgeDreadd, Thank you for the detailed review of Tamarind Restaurant, rest assured I have shared with the rest of the team in regards to food and service and we will utilize your words of advice to improve our service and offering. On a positive...More

Reviewed 18 September 2023

My recent visit to Tamarind was absolutely sensational! I can't say enough about the scallops; they were downright fantastic. And that Angus steak? Pure perfection, so buttery and obviously of the highest quality. Even the sides, like the duck fat potatoes and greens, were so...abundant that we couldn't possibly finish them all – what a treat! But what truly warmed my heart was the personal touch they added to our celebration. I had mentioned it was a birthday in the note on my booking and when dessert arrived, they had "happy birthday" written on the plate. The dessert itself was a masterpiece of delicate flavours. The dessert menu has been exceptionally curated. I'm beyond impressed with Tamarind, and after this recent visit, it's hands-down my only choice for top-quality cuisine. If you want to be blown away by culinary excellence, make Tamarind your next dining destination.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2023

Dear Waw, Thank you for taking the time to review Tamarind, we are thankful you choose to spend your special occasion with us, and proud that it was a memorable one and that the team took such good care of you. I will pass your...More

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Hi Linda, Thank you for taking the time to send your feedback. I have attached below a link to the menu which has the extra 15 for the steak next to the menu item. I have reviewed all of our menus and they all are up to... More
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Not really kid food. No doubt they would take your booking and find seating, but I think that there are better family friendly restaurants in Cairns.
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Valet parking is not necessary as there is an underground parking station with lifts to the foyer close to the restaurant, the parking station is opposite the restaurant in Abbott st. great restaurant.
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Tamarind is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5