We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bel Paese

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Italian, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Vegetarian
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
45 Spence Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
0740516165
Website
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 152 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best Bruschetta, Ever!

We happened upon this Italian restaurant because another was closed. It was quiet and the staff were friendly. We weren't in a hurry which was good because it was a relaxed atmosphere. The Bruschetta was the best we've had but mostly because their bread is homemade and not crunchy hard! We shared a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Dawn W
,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

152 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We happened upon this Italian restaurant because another was closed. It was quiet and the staff were friendly. We weren't in a hurry which was good because it was a relaxed atmosphere. The Bruschetta was the best we've had but mostly because their bread is homemade and not crunchy hard! We shared a pasta dish and were pleased overall. Very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Have been here twice, both time with 6 or more people. first time was Okay, second time not so Okay. of the 6 order, 3 people order one dish the same then 2 other ordered a dish the same then i was the odd one out, i Spaghetti Carbonara. all meals came out together......except 1. i sat politely waiting, thinking... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Very Disapointed because Was closed at 1 pm...!! You Waste my time! The information is: from 11.30 till 14.00 do why was closed?

Was this review helpful? Yes
Castlemaine
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I found this restaurant online after a quick search for a simple reasonably priced Italian. We were in Cairns for the Australia Day long-weekend and had not made a booking, so we headed off to the restaurant early in the hope of securing a table before it got busy for Saturday night service. I was amazed to find the restaurant... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cairns, Australia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The food was nice with fairly generous portions. Our waitress was friendly & attentive. There is nothing outstanding about the restaurant though and it isn't cheap. $130 for 2 garlic breads, 2 pastas, 1 salad, 1 veal, 2 soft drinks & 2 glasses of wine.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Adelaide, Australia
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Bel Paese is a no frills homely Italian restaurant. After many nights out it was great to eat some food which tasted like the food at home (even if we were away). The pizza was nice and the pasta amatriciana and cotletta were generous in size and flavoursome. We finished with a nice serving of Tiramisu and thoroughly enjoyed the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cairns, Australia
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Another great night, no reservation, just walked in. The service was spot on, the girls know what ' hospitality' means. The food was wonderful, the garlic bread, was very tasty, just melts in the mouth. The calamari, was very tender, and tasty. The main course was Veal scallopini, served in a white wine sauce, we had a choice of salad... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We knew there was an Italian Restaurant in Spence Street, so we decided to try it. My partner had a veal main course; I had fettucine and some sauce not unlike carbonara. This was huge. A glass of wine each, too: I had the red from Great Southern (WA). Waitress came back and back: I was still eating. Finally I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I recommend the whole experience, there guys make an effort and it shows. It's very WYSIG, no frills, clean, true to type, full of love for fine food and simply good food at its best. Service is genuine and sincere, Bel Pease hits the spot! Nick's Mussels for Entrée or Main are a great choice and just marvellous.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cairns, Australia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Went to dinner the other night, wife felt like pasta. What a great choice Bel Paese was. Wife had slag bol, she loved it, what a serve she could not eat it all which was great because I ate the last bit of it.Was going to lick the plate but people were watching. I had the chilli prawns and penne.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Bel Paese also viewed

Cairns, Cairns Region
Cairns, Cairns Region
 
Cairns, Cairns Region
 

Been to Bel Paese? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45 Spence Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: 0740516165

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 22
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bel Paese staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?