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“Great food, average service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse

Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse
Pierpoint Shopping Centre, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
07 4031 1199
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Ranked #26 of 446 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Perth
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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“Great food, average service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The food here is very delicious, especially the steaks, but the service is not great – although I soon realized this was the norm everywhere in Cairns.

It’s in a great location, right on the waterfront at the marina. I’d recommend booking a table, although you can wait at the bar with a drink until one becomes available.

I could tell some of the staff were very good – and it was obvious who the owners/managers were, but our waitress – obviously a British backpacker – couldn’t care less. In fact after a few cocktails we decided to have a competition to see who could make her smile first!

But because the food, cocktails and location were so good, we actually went back here the next night. And guess what. She remembered us and smiled. Didn’t improve her service though.

Visited November 2012
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Perth
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Amazing food and great service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Staying in Port Douglas, we did a trip to Cairns for the day, and decided to have lunch somewhere on the boardwalk. We had a quick scan of the menu and decided this would do. I had a Gingerpear cocktail - delicious! And the grilled lamb and crispy haloumi salad with rocket, cous cous and goats cheese dressing - this was the most amazing salad I have ever had... EVER! So good, I am a little devastated that I don't live here so I can't have it again and again. Hubby had a chicken wrap which got gobbled down in a few minutes flat!

And the service was great, so friendly and relaxed.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cairns, Australia
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“The meals are awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Went here for lunch last week with a group of 15 friends from work. I had the lamb wrap served with a side of fries. The wrap was huge and there was a good serve of chips. The lamb was tender, the salad fresh and the chips just right. Everyone had a great meal and definately no complaints. Will go again next month

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“Best steak in town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I've never had a steak quite like this one - ordered a rump and girlfriend had the rib eye. Both came out perfectly cooked to our liking with generous sides. Steak was beautifully succulent & marinated in some sweet heavenly sauce and charred to perfection....mmmm!

I would go here any day of the week.the staff could have been more attentive but didn't wait long for the meals and they came out quickly.

We thought meals were a little expensive but when you consider the amount of food you get it was good value.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Beef at its best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

The best steak in Cairns... Easily! Great location, reasonable service.. I'll be back.......................

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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