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Ochre Restaurant

43 Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
07 40510100
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Ranked #25 of 409 restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $29
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went for dinner to introduce some international guests to proper Australian food. All the staff we spoke to were from countries other than Australia, but they had a pretty good knowledge about the food they were serving. For every Australian influence there was something multicultural (Damper with Dukka, Kangaroo with pak choi, Pavlova with sorbet) which was interesting variation for... More

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went there for son's 15th birthday. We were 15 + 1 highchair. The service was good even though they had an extra 50 pop in on them. The extensive menu made choosing difficult. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Couple of small gripes, not enough sauce (Manu style) with the chicken breast, wallaby a little tough on bits of the fillets but... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I visited this restaurant on my birthday and was not disappointed! We ordered the mixed entrée platter (divine), the salt leaf crocodile, kangaroo and wallaby platter and two desserts (the quandong crème brûlée and the wattle seed pavlova). The food was remarkable; it was cooked well, with vibrant flavours and interesting Australian ingredients. The wine list was excellent too, while... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

A local recommended Ochre for an Australian food experience. The menu provided a nice variety. I chose the shrimp and crocodile. The food was prepared perfectly. Our waitress (as well as the entire crew) was exceptional. They are located on the main roadway so no waterfront views but great sidewalk dining.

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Missouri City, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My wife and I got the Australian Game platter and a couple drinks. The game plate was $50/person and had 3 meats and a side. The meets were crocodile, which was good, kangaroo, which was great, and wallaby, which was ok, It was too expensive, but cool experience.

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Perth
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Our first dining experience in Cairns was lunch at Ochre. My husband had the house salad with salmon and I had steak sandwich. All excellent.

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Ochre has excellent food. Locally sourced, imaginatively prepared, nicely served. Salads, bush meats and fish were particularly good.

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Miami, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We went here for a special occasion, I was a vegetarian so I was a little apprehensive but it was well worth the try. The atmosphere and service was great but it's the high quality food and interesting menu that stands out here. The flavours are unusual, different and very Australian. I found it a little pricey and would save... More

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Cairns, Australia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Once again I have visited Ochre restaurant as we all like this place including my mother who is from Japan. Ochre restaurant has got very stable chef and quality of food. Their creativity continue and keep the standard very high. The staff are well train although they can be bit more friendly, but nothing to complain. I had a lamb,... More

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18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

I went to Ochre for a work lunch earlier this month. The service was excellent, I couldn't fault it. The decor of the restaurant is modern and inviting. There are many restaurants in cairns that have outstanding views but it seems some of the very best restaurants are in the city and create there own atmosphere. The food was outstanding.... More

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