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Ochre Restaurant

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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
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Just what we needed...

We were looking for a lightish meal and running out of time (it appears most restaurants stop food at 9!). The waitress suggested we have a main as an entree size, which was great. We ended up having a shared platter of Australian meats, including ostrich and kangaroo terrine and the 'House... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Mornington, Australia
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  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed every bit of our dinning experience. Food, service and atmosphere...fantastic. I wouldn't let my daughter ask the waiter for the dessert she wanted. I chose to order it for her instead. Reason for this was its name. A chocolate s..... Had a giggle with the waiter over this. Locals that will certainly recommend Ochre.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

When we holiday again in Cairns, this restaurant will be first on the list to revisit. We had a trio of sliders (eye fillet, smoked ocean trout and crocodile), and a share plate including smoked crocodile, emu carpaccio and kangaroo terrine among others and I believe the food was absolutely gorgeous. The price was also no more than restaurants around... More 

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Mornington, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We were looking for a lightish meal and running out of time (it appears most restaurants stop food at 9!). The waitress suggested we have a main as an entree size, which was great. We ended up having a shared platter of Australian meats, including ostrich and kangaroo terrine and the 'House' Ochre Salad which was superb. It was just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We took our overseas visitors to Ochre and dined there on a Saturday night. We ordered mains of wallaby, kangaroo and duck and all six of us were happy with our meals. The flavour of the sauce with the kangaroo was delicious. For dessert we ordered the tasting platter for 5 people. This was a spectacular tray of various desserts... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

this restaurant show cases unusual food as in crocodile emu and kangaroo if you are in to that it is nice food small sizes but very nice to experance close to all area of interest like the famous rusty market of all local product and people

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We went to Ochre as part of a large group. I had the soup to start which was delicious. For a main I had Barramundi with potatoes and salad, it was the best I had had, very moist and tasty with a mango and herb crust. The dessert was small serve of chocolate cake with ice cream, also delicious and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I went to Ochre Friday night in a group of 10. Service was good as they had several large groups to handle. All of our group enjoyed their meals,I had the pork belly entrée which was very nice and for the main the beef with roasted bone marrow.It came served with a plain potato cut in half which wasn't that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

There were many high reviews for Ochre and we were delighted that we got a table so easily. We ordered the Ochre seafood platter for $70 AUD/person. They served raw oysters that smelled old and pungent. We returned them and to their credit, they called the manager and she replaced it with their signature pork and scallops entrée which was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This restaurant is recommended by many (Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor etc.). Expectations were therefore high. The restaurant was quite full, possibly overbooked as I had to wait approx. 75 minutes before main meal was served. Never experienced this before. The waiters, however, were friendly and did a good job. Will not come back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Definitely get the quail- you can rely on Vee for wonderful recommendations. The Moreton bugs were excellent done perfectly in a light sauce. We would have liked to return for dinner. Lots of uniques dishes available.

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Additional Information about Ochre Restaurant

Address: 43 Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4051 0100
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 29
Cuisine: Seafood, Australian

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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 15 - 29
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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