Romantic Water-View Restaurants in Cairns

Gorgeous Cairns is a coastal city in tropical Northern Queensland. It enjoys mild weather with sunshine all year round. This, of course, bodes well for everyone to appreciate the water views and activities abound. Consequently, dates can take on a more aquatic nature in Cairns. Similarly, dinner dates can be enhanced dining to the sight and sound of the waves. We have listed some of the more romantic water-view restaurants in Cairns for you to consider.

Dundee’s Waterfront Dining

Dine on the boardwalk right by the water - KKDay Romantic Water-View Restaurants in Cairns
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Dundee’s is known in Cairns for their superb seafood and service. The restaurant offers a wide range of modern Australian cuisine, including the unique such as emu, and crocodile.

You can either choose to dine inside or right on the boardwalk, steps from the water. Enjoy the sound of the lapping waves as you slurp fresh oysters from their shells. Furthermore, enjoy the sunset with your partner, as you fill up on fresh seafood. Dundee’s Waterfront Dining is certainly one of the  quintessential romantic water-view restaurants in Cairns.


Ochre Restaurant and Catering

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Located right next to Dundee’s on the boardwalk, Ochre enjoys the same beautiful water views and inviting sunsets. Chefs Craig and Luis have taken fresh Australian produce and the modern Australian cuisine and spun it on its head. Ochre’s menu takes inspiration from Australia’s multi-cultural background and offers delicious dishes such as kangaroo satays to scallops in prosciutto.

Delight in dinner at dusk by the calm waters or take tea time to another level with their extraordinary tapas menu. Whenever you choose to dine at Ochre, you cannot beat the fantastic water views and the fine food offered. Ochre is indeed one of the more unique romantic water-view restaurants in Cairns.

Waterbar and Grill Steakhouse

Dining at the Marina has never been better at Waterbar and Grill - KKDay Romantic Water-View Restaurants in Cairns
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If you and your date are in the mood for steak, look no further than Waterbar and Grill Steakhouse. Prepared with influences from Africa and Portugal, using prime beef from Australia’s Atherton Tablelands, the steaks and beef dishes will tickle your tastebuds.

Dine on succulent meats while boat watching on the marina right next door. Moreover, enjoy the calm waves and cool breeze wafting in from the water. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just taking a night out, Waterbar and Grill Steakhouse will surely satisfy your carnivorous cravings. Make a date at one of the most steak-mastic romantic water-view restaurants in Cairns.

Salt House

Spectacular views and ambience at Salt House - KKDay Romantic Water-View Restaurants in Cairns
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Experience Cairns most iconic waterfront restaurant at Salt House. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city, ocean and marina. Additionally, catch the changing sky over the mountains that border the city. The establishment has been designed as one fluid space to maximise the views of the surrounds.

The chefs focus their efforts on supporting the local growers and farmers in Cairns. Consequently, the menu is filled with the freshest produce, seafood and meats. After filling your stomach, take a stroll around the property and appreciate fire features and glistening ponds.  Have your dinner date at a venue with a difference and let Salt House make it a night to remember.

Tha Fish

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Satisfy your hankering for succulent seafood and delicate fish with a trip to Tha Fish on the marina.  The venue has a relaxed atmosphere with open windows and veranda to take full advantage of the amazing marina views.

You can try their signature octopus or share a seafood plate with your date. What better excuse to get closer to your better half than to share your dinner! Take in the gorgeous sunset as you sip on a cocktail or sample their specialty fish cooked in the way of your choice. If you are looking for one of the fishiest romantic water-view restaurants in Cairns, look no further than Tha Fish.


Mediterranean food by the water at Piato - KKDay Romantic Water-View Restaurants in Cairns
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Delicious Mediterranean food has arrived in Cairns in the form on Piato. The venue celebrates all that is Greek with their authentic food and share plates. So bring a date, sip on your cocktail then share some delectable food. What better way to make a bond than to split your meal and then dessert?

All this bonding is only enhanced by the beautiful surrounds. Enjoy your meal while listening to the gentle lapping of the waves at the marina. Subsequently, take a break from gazing into each other’s eyes and appreciate the view of the water, boats, and luscious mountains beyond. The casual and friendly atmosphere makes Piato one of the warmest romantic water-view restaurants in Cairns.


Cairns might be small but they are not short on good food and intimate settings. Their coastal location certainly allows for beautiful water views, which truly adds something special to the romance of any date. Make sure you head to KKDay for more interesting date ideas!