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Ochre Restaurant

43 Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
07 40510100
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Ranked #26 of 420 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We shared the Australian platter and it was delicious and beautifully presented. Wish I could go back again and try more. Great service too.

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed a good dinner at Ochre. Very friendly, helpful and international staff there. The menu offers a wide variety of dishes, both meat and seafood, the choice of quality wines is comprehensive.

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Cairns, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

All the food was great and absolutely 5*, we fought over the pannacotta we had for dessert! It's just a shame that the outside seating isn't more atmospheric, sometimes you do feel like your eating on the pavement with everyone walking round you but this isnt the restaurants fault.

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Melbourne, Australia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We just adore Ochre. First time for our friends who thought it was very special. We haven't yet done the tasting menus rather a la carte. Our friends had the tempura bugs for a starter & they were superb. We had the seafood tasting plate & were jealous.Mains were the Barramundi in coconut leaf, Belly pork as a main (6... More

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97 reviews 97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I have been to Ochre a few times over the years. It has always been a wonderful experience especially as an introduction to native Australian food. This time the menu seemed a little more limited, the service just a bit off and generally mildly disappointing. A review by management of its operations would solve all this

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Adelaide, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very professional operation from start to finish. Excellent front of house personnel with knowledge plus personality!!!! Innovative food & presentation form the kitchen. Sophisticated yet casual. A memorable experience Thank You.

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Oakland, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Had dinner here recently and enjoyed the experience. Overall ambience is really nice, particularly sitting outside. It was my wife and my birthdays, and they served us a complimentary glass of bubblies upon arrival - really nice touch. We had two tasting platters, one bush tucker and one seafood. Interesting tastes with unique flavours, however could have been a bit... More

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We recommend this restaurant for its inventive Aussie cuisine and friendly, perfectly attentive service. We had the tasting menu here with the accompanying wines. It was excellent and a nice touch at the end (it was our anniversary) was that they brought us our dessert with a written "Happy anniversary" in chocolate on the plate - sweet, in more ways... More

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Cairns, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Have dined here twice now. Enjoyed both experiences. Excellent service from all staff. Food was amazing. Food is always fast. No idea how the manage to make food look so good. If you are wanting somewhere to go and haven't been here before I definitely recommend this place.

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Chicago, Illinois
18 reviews 18 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

would recommend this restaurant if you are in Cairns. The food was good.....I had to try some of the local meats, so I got a sample plate they had which had items like Kangaroo tartar, crocodile wonton and Emu pate. It was perfect weather that day for outdoor seating. friendly service. Only downside....it was on the pricier side. Actual trip... More

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