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Ochre Restaurant

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43 Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
07 40510100
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6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Celebrating its 15th birthday in March 2009, Ochre Restaurant is a local...
Celebrating its 15th birthday in March 2009, Ochre Restaurant is a local dining institution. Imaginative native food including emu, kangaroo and crocodile as well as a good sampling of Pacific rim-inspired dishes can be found here. An excellent wine list and efficient service. Ochre Restaurant makes dining out a sensory adventure.
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 293
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    Very good
  • 49
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  • 28
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  • 22
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Anniversary dinner

My wife and I celebrated an anniversary with dinner at Ochre. When I booked online, I explained it was an anniversary, and asked for a nice, quiet table for 2. On arrival, we were shown immediately to just that - a table for 2 by the window, with quiet, pleasant, non-intrusive background music. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Bob S
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Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a pork filet that was delicious. Also had a green beans dish that had pe pods and asparagus mixed in. Also outstanding. Service was excellent. Only thing we would not reorder was the focaccia bread which was more like grilled thick bread rather than the Italian/Rosemary type bread we know as foccacia. Many other interesting dishes. Like crocodile... More 

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Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I celebrated an anniversary with dinner at Ochre. When I booked online, I explained it was an anniversary, and asked for a nice, quiet table for 2. On arrival, we were shown immediately to just that - a table for 2 by the window, with quiet, pleasant, non-intrusive background music. The decor was nice, with subdued lighting... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I was recommended by Josh at Barefoot Tours. It was the perfect end to the perfect day. The wine was incredible and the food was cooked and seasoned perfect. Quality ingredients and friendly service. There was a large group booked inside but the waiter kept us informed and happy. Worth the wait lovely experience.

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Townsville
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123 reviews 123 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

All of the staff were lovely. I really enjoyed the food. My only criticisms I was expecting the damper to be like damper and the churros sweeter. Otherwise I loved all my choices.

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Just finished lunch here and I couldn't be happier. Stopped in for a quick lunch, so we both decided to get a quick and easy steak sandwich. What we received surpassed any expectations! It was the best steak sandwich we have ever had. On top of that the service was lovely, fast and really reasonable pricing. We're from Brisbane, but... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

I had heard mixed reviews but went with girlfriends for a night out. I am so glad I did. I had a great night out. So many options on menu and the service was second to none. I would definitely go back as it took over half hr to choose the first time. Yum yum yum

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Not only is the food amazing the service was excellent as well. I thought the menu was going to be crocodile and kangaroo, very pleasantly surprised with the 'standard' choices too. Perfectly presented and a nice amount - not too much and definitely not small servings. The waiters choice of wine was perfect too. Looking around at the meals others... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

On first view I liked the look of this restaurant, modern contemporary design well lit, the kind of place you could spend an evening. The menu was inventive, a combination of classic cooking with local ingredients and on reading the menu the head chef seemed to have his own twist on every dish. The wine list was also good as... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Love this place. Have been a number of times now and always enjoy each visit. It had been a year since we last visited and 2 of the waiters remembered us, which made us feel very special.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

On holiday we like to go for at least one slightly special meal and this definitely did that. Great food and fantastic service plus we were able to try something new (crocodile, wallaby and kangaroo) as well. It wasn't cheap but I would say very resonable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 43 Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: 07 40510100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 29
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Celebrating its 15th birthday in March 2009, Ochre Restaurant is a local dining institution. Imaginative native food including emu, kangaroo and crocodile as well as a good sampling of Pacific rim-inspired dishes can be found here. An excellent wine list and efficient service. Ochre Restaurant makes dining out a sensory adventure.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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