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.


35/41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
07 4030 8897
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 412 restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $88
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary, Asian fusion
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Allow us to take you on a culinary journey with contemporary fusion of asian and western cuisine showcasing the best produce of Tropical North Queensland. Artefacts and exotic décor abound to create a restaurant ambience that is totally unique. This award winning restaurant recently won the "Best Fine Dining" category at the "2011 North Queensland - Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Association Awards for Excellence". In addition to this prestigious award, they also received an honorable mention in the "Wine List" category.
Write a Review

258 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Cairns, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

This fine dining restaurant is fantastic, I have been here a few times and every time has been absolutely fantastic! Highly recommended? I always get the steak which is superb!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Port Douglas
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Barramundi isn't my favourite fish but the crispy version served here blew me away. Great food -service friendly but not that attentive. Who cares it's a restaurant with great food! And they tried to add an imaginary bottle of wine to the bill.

Was this review helpful? Yes
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This has the feel of a quaint boutique restaurant with an excellent menu and very good service. I was a little concerned because the directions were that is was in the casino. The main entrance is actually on the opposite side of the casino (although there is an entrance from inside the casino). But this is not a "casino restaurant".... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cairns, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Being a local, I have dined at Tamarind a number of times over the years. It is my opinion that this is one of Cairns' finer dining restaurants. Service was very good with staff being very accommodating. The ambient atmosphere makes for a pleasant dining experience. If you are a wine buff it is worth noting that Tamarind's wine list... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

During our week long stay at the Pullman Reef Hotel we breakfasted in the Tamarind Restaurant each day. The friendly and efficient staff were always obliging and happy to meet our needs. The food was varied and most delicious. On the night of our anniversary we chose to dine in and I can honestly say that the food was superb!... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Townsville, Australia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

What a wonderful restaurant. The food was so delicious. The tastes and combinations are fabulous. I had The Tamarind taster plate to start followed by the pork belly. Oh my goodness. What beautiful flavours. The staff are so attentive and helpful. A fantastic place that I can't wait to go back to. Would recommend it highly.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Nice restaurant. Dimly lit and maybe a little too dimly lit. Service was friendly food came out fast; probably a little too fast . Quality was very good. We both had the whole baby barra which is very common on menus in fnq. One can only guess the chefs move around and steal the idea from each. Other. Would willingly... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

As a local Tamarind has remained my favorite restaurant not only in Cairns but throughout my travels world wide. The menu continues to evolve through a contemporary Asian cuisine. Staff are always friendly and professional. I continue to recommend Tamarind to friends and family when in Cairns.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cairns, Australia
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This would have to the one of the most extensive ranges of Buffet Breakfasts I have ever been to. My mouth is watering already....the usual hot breakfast selection ie. Bacon, chipolatas, grilled tomatoes, hash browns, baked beans and eggs...scrambled, fired, poached or whichever way you like them the staff are happy to have them prepared for you. That's not all...... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Brilliant food, tantalising and extremely unique selections that tingles ur tastebuds ! loved the unique combinations and really good dessert selection. would definitely come back. highly recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Tamarind also viewed

Cairns, Cairns Region
Cairns, Cairns Region
Cairns, Cairns Region

Been to Tamarind? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Tamarind, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing