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Ochre Restaurant

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Seafood, Australian
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43 Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4051 0100
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Celebrating its 20th birthday in April 2014, Ochre Restaurant is a local...
Celebrating its 20th birthday in April 2014, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious dining with attentive service

Enjoyed a business lunch at this great restaurant with a large group of ladies. The food was superb and the presentation outstanding. The service was great and being such a large group on a time limit, we really appreciated being looked after so well. Highly recommend this establishment.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Cairns Region, Australia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary here. We were not disappointed!! Attentive staff, food to die for and fabulous wine!! We will be back..definitely well before our next anniversary!! Love Love Loved Ochre Restaurant!! Thank you!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Although the menu is very enticing and the dishes beautifully plated, the eating experience was overpriced and rather bland. The tastier dishes included the salt and pepper quail and chicken breast stuffed with kangaroo tail jam. However, they were unwilling to cook many meats beyond medium rare, claiming they cannot make it tender, which is odd because most lower cost... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My fiance and I dined at Ochre to celebrate our engagement after a day at the Reef. I was excited to try the Australian Game Platter, which included an appetizer ("entree") of crocodile, grilled kangaroo, and wallaby, with a side of potatoes and a sweet potato fritter. Everything was delicious, and the perfect way to sample things we cannot get... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

It is not about the venue but about the food. Often the attention to the restaurant has been given priority over the food. The menu here is excellent, the little things have counted in making sure that each element of the dish has been coked perfectly. From entree to dessert I could not pick anything that was wrong. An extensive... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Me and my boyfriend visited here, we found it pretty expensive, and a small menu range and was left pretty disappointed and still full after the meals. We were more disappointed with service, the fact that it took 15-20 mins to come and get our first drink order and then again when our meals came were left with empty drinks... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Enjoyed a business lunch at this great restaurant with a large group of ladies. The food was superb and the presentation outstanding. The service was great and being such a large group on a time limit, we really appreciated being looked after so well. Highly recommend this establishment.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Our waitress suggested how to structure our lunch dishes to sample the gourmet ingredients we wanted to taste, and it was all perfect. We did not need the extra special spicy fries ...but still a few were eaten! Would definitely recommend.

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

Great atmosphere, service was of high standard, meat cooked to perfection, music was soothing, highly recommended by friends. Meals are very filling but not over the top proportions

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Ochre is one of many restaurants set back from the Cairns Esplanade that offer a casual meal. But this is serious Australian cuisine, a cut above the very good ethnic (Vietnamese, Korean, Lebanese) restaurants that we enjoyed in Sydney. The Sydney restaurants tapped excellent Australian produce and meats. Ochre puts Queensland's great resources to imaginative use and is post-ethnic. With... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Amazing restaurant, beautiful food, excellent staff. Also wanted to say, what really made the night stand out besides the great food was Karlie! She was amazing! Thanks Karlie!

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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: +61 7 4051 0100

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

Celebrating its 20th birthday in April 2014, 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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