We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ochre Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Seafood, Australian
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
43 Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4051 0100
Website
Today
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, 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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 581 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 320
    Excellent
  • 154
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 23
    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
Good for something different

We really like the native options on the menu. We've enjoyed the wallaby and kangaroo in the past, although on this visit it wasn't quite up to its previous standard. Service was really slow due to a large booking and the kitchen struggled to keep up. However they discounted our bill without being... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Ebony71
,
Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
Add Photo Write a Review

581 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
79 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We really like the native options on the menu. We've enjoyed the wallaby and kangaroo in the past, although on this visit it wasn't quite up to its previous standard. Service was really slow due to a large booking and the kitchen struggled to keep up. However they discounted our bill without being asked which was a nice touch. Still... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cairns Australia
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My husband & I took a couple of foodie cousins from Brisbane to Ochre for dinner and we were completely blown away with the food.. Salt & Pepper Quail and whole crisp baby barramundi were standouts of some stellar dishes .. Very clever way of serving whole fish - we demolished the lot - leaving a pile of bones.. I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Food and service were very good. We got the Australian antipasto which gives a good taste of different typical ingredients. Then tastes the scallops&2ce cooked pork, kangaroo and wallabi. All were very good! We will come back when next time in town!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
124 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We have eaten at the Ochre a number of times and I think that this was one of our best meals. I started with tempura Gulf bugs which were great and my only concern was that the serve of two bugs was rather large and I would share this next time. No such concern with the wild barramundi and crab... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Darwin, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

what you want and when you want it this Restaurant would be one of my top 10 restaurants in OZ loved the food, taste of Australia was amazing great service and wine list could not find fault with anything will be back

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The food was so good. My girlfriend and I decided to go somewhere nice for a meal and yes its expensive but it was such a nice meal we would recommend going. We both had the chocolate desert which we were raving about.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I have nothing bad to say about this restaurant - I loved everything. The food, drinks and service were great and I will 100% be going again when I'm back in Cairns. Went for a special occasion and was not disappointed!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
48 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Nice location but a fair walk from our hotel and esplanade. Appetizer of scallops were excellent. One of best I tasted. Accompanying pork belly was not great. Fried to perfection but meat did not seem entirely fresh. The main course was forgettable. Crime brûlée was v good. Service super slow. Staff were around but did not seem to eager to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Drysdale, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Just returned to our resort after a sumptuous meal at Ochre Restaurant in Cairns...amazing menu..tasting plate with local products..smoked croc..emu...kangaroo and salmon..totally Deelish..good Mornington Peninsula wine to accompany..mains were melt in your mouth good..Duck Comfit..Chargrilled Kanga Sirloin and Grilled Wallaby...finally a shared dessert..share plate of three chocolate confections which tasted far better than their name suggests..overall a terrific dining experience... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Delhi
Level Contributor
64 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Recommended by a young French lady working for a travel agent, we found our way to this restaurant under a searing sun. The Italian waiter recommended the $30 lunch platter but we wanted to demolish some Australian wildlife and placed the following order: Australian Antipasto: Kangaroo terrine, Kakadu Plum, Smoked Crocodile, Ribbery Mayo, Emu Carrpacio, Green Ant Salsa Verde, Salmon... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Ochre Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Ochre Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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 - 31
Cuisine: Seafood, Australian

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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 - 31
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ochre Restaurant and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Cairns, Australia
5 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Ochre Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?