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Nautilus Restaurant

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$$$$
Australian, International
As featured in Best Food in Port Douglas
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17 Murphy Street, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia
+61 7 4099 5330
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6:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Description: Elegant outdoor dining in the tropical rainforest of North Queensland. We...
Elegant outdoor dining in the tropical rainforest of North Queensland. We specialise in romantic dinners for 2 to group functions and weddings.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Always enjoyable

My husband and I have visited Nautilus every time we have been in Port Douglas. Beautiful setting, great restaurant and friendly, attentive staff. They were happy to help with dietary requirements (vegan for me), and guided me through what was suitable on the menu. I really enjoyed my quinoa salad... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kelly P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I have visited Nautilus every time we have been in Port Douglas. Beautiful setting, great restaurant and friendly, attentive staff. They were happy to help with dietary requirements (vegan for me), and guided me through what was suitable on the menu. I really enjoyed my quinoa salad entree, it was very tasty. For main I had the... More 

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Thank Kelly P
Long Beach, California
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35 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Be prepared to walk up the hill. Our table was not ready so we were seated in the lounge. Waited a long while for drink service. Once we got to our table, we were not greeted by our waiter. The waiter was very casual, bordering on rude, especially for a restaurant which prices itself as fine dining. Constant up-sell on... More 

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1 Thank ProfessAW
AMGMPD, General Manager at Nautilus Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear ProfessAW, We are very sad you did not enjoy your experience at Nautilus, and apologize that you had to wait longer than expected for your drinks in the lounge. Regarding your complaints, we wish you told us whilst you were in the restaurant instead of ranting about it on social media and for this reason I won`t be addressing... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everyone we have taken there has been blown out by the setting and thought it was one of their best dining experiences ever. You are surrounded by tropical growth, often small native animals will run past you, it is rather expensive and food quality depends on who the chef is at the time, but there is nowhere like it in... More 

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1 Thank simone d
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Many staff all knowledgable and you could tell happy to be working and providing good service The food was above average. However the vermin whilst described as cute and part of the atmosphere I could do without when dining.

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Thank Blairgourdie
AMGMPD, General Manager at Nautilus Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Blairgourdie, I am glad you enjoyed our food and service. Nautilus is a open air venue set in a rain-forest setting. I assume the "Vermin" you referred to is a bandicoot and none of our cute staff. Bandicoots are small marsupials, native to the area and they are part of our environment (not our atmosphere). I can appreciate than... More 

Glengarry, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're looking for fine dining in a unique environment you cant look past Nautilus. Set in its own little rainforest, the experience is a must. Whilst it isn't cheap, if you can certainly save up and afford it, it is well worth it. It wont be something you do every day. I had duck dumplings for entrée...delicious! Then I... More 

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1 Thank Donsi99
Greater Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nautilus is the ultimate in outdoor dining. Fantastic atmosphere , beautiful surroundings, excellent cuisine and impeccable service all in all a wonderful food experience.

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Thank dawnie547
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were recently in Port Douglas, celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We wanted a night to remember. Ah boy we were not disappointed. This has gone down as a once in a lifetime experience. Well hopefully not. From the moment we walked in we were in amasement of our surroundings. An open air restaurant. With the odd... More 

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Thank Matt O
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I celebrated our Anniversary here on the Australia Day long weekend. The food, service and experience was all excellent. We chose the 5 course running meal and we were not disappointed. A must for a special experience when visiting Port Douglas.

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Thank Michelle V
Suffolk
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62 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant bills itself as fine dining in Port Douglas and I must say it delivers on every level. Cheap it is not with the setting in open air akin to the rain forest, but with a canopy that can be pulled across in the event of rain. Service was attentive, but not "in your face". The food was presented... More 

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1 Thank Serialglobetrotter
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As you walk up the beautifully lit path you feel excited about your evening then you come to a sign that should say "please wait to be seated" but is easily mistaken and you have to make your way to the reception desk to be greeted. Unfortunately last nights hosts welcoming was not so warming. Thankfully the wait staff are... More 

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1 Thank Kmurphy007
AMGMPD, General Manager at Nautilus Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Kmurphy007 We are happy that you enjoyed your experience at Nautilus. If you had read our sign at the entrance, it clearly states "please proceed to reception", not sure why you expect that the sign should say "please wait to be seated", there are obvious health & safety reasons why we don`t get people to wait at the top... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 Murphy Street, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Port Douglas
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4099 5330

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 71
  • Cuisine: Australian, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Elegant outdoor dining in the tropical rainforest of North Queensland. We specialise in romantic dinners for 2 to group functions and weddings.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
6:30 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?