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Ochre Restaurant

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Seafood, Australian
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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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  • 285
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  • 138
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Got to try something new

We chose this restaurant specifically to try some of the game meat in Australia. We chose the game platter to split, which included crocodile, kangaroo, and wallaby. Wallaby wasn't our favorite, but the crocodile and kangaroo were very good. The service was excellent and we had a very enjoyable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
JennJohns
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Dayton, Ohio
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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521 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Dayton, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We chose this restaurant specifically to try some of the game meat in Australia. We chose the game platter to split, which included crocodile, kangaroo, and wallaby. Wallaby wasn't our favorite, but the crocodile and kangaroo were very good. The service was excellent and we had a very enjoyable night. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This seems to me to be a restaurant that is trying to be something but not quite making it. Beautifully decorated and attentive staff but I felt the food didn't quite hit the mark. We shared a platter to start which included a terrine. We waited for the bread that we assumed would accompany our starter. Nothing arrived so we... More 

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Cairns, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful food, amazing service and wonderful atmosphere. I was here for my husband's birthday and they even surprised us with a birthday platter when our desserts came out. So lovely!! We had the bay Bugs and Pork Belly to start...delicious! and the local beef and wild barramundi were not only cooked perfectly but served in huge portions! Will definitely... More 

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Melborne, victoria
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It was okay. The staff may require bit more training as one main Italian man, i think his name was Andre? He had such fantastic attention to detail skill as well as noticing little thing and come to our table whenever we needed something. However, other staff memebers were lacking this skill so i hope they improve.... but i will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Super nice people. Great wine advice! Great food. We put it in our top 3 restaurants in Australia. "The belgian dude" Thanks again for the herbs.

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Huntington Beach, California
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36 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We were with a group so have no opinion on the price but the food was very good and the service was so well run it was amazing. There were 43 people at three tables and they handled it perfectly. We had a choice of three entrees. I had the Barramundi which was excellent. I'm not sure what others preferred... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

So so so overpriced!! Ochre was an extremely disappointing experience! Don't get me wrong, the food is good. I just honestly believe you can get so much better for your money. The portions are so small you need to order at least 5 courses to feel full. The wine is 3 times more expensive then everywhere else. I don't mind... More 

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I went to this restaurant three years ago and wanted to try some 'local' food and I ordered the tasting dish, which was not delicious but wasn't bad. Then as my brother came to visit and I wanted to take him to the GBR he was interested in trying crocodile and we skimmed through trip advisor and found that this... More 

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Port Douglas, Australia
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Had gone to a function some 8 months ago when in Cairns that Ochre catered...the food was fantastic. Arrived in Cairns again.....once again the food was faultless. Fantastic medley of tastes and smells welcomes you on entry, and the atmosphere is perfect. Prices suit all and the friendly staff will always go out of their way. Well done Ochre.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Had the special salad from the lunch and 'light meal' menu with crispy fried chicken. Nice dressing but very light on some ingredients (e.g. one olive, two little bits of feta cheese, one tiny bit of sun dried tomatoe) and some of the salad greens not fresh. Chicken very plain like it had been rolled in seasoned flour and deep... More 

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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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