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“About time there was a decent Italian in Cairns” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bellocale

Bellocale
62C Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4051 7777
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Ranked #26 of 383 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“About time there was a decent Italian in Cairns”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Was recommended by a work colleague to try for lunch - she is vegetarian. There was no-one in there on a Wednesday lunch time but it soon filled up. Authentic Italian atmosphere with the artwork, mirrors, decor etc. Nice glassware. Friendly service. Pasta and wine by the glass were delicious. My colleague's vege dish she wanted was no longer on the menu so they re-created it for her - no trouble. The best thing about this restaurant is that it is air-conditioned and they actually keep the doors closed. Try and find a restaurant in Cairns at this hot time of year that is air-conditioned AND keeps their doors closed. Made the food taste better, the conversation more relaxed and the drinks stayed cooler. Bellocale - you are onto a winner by doing this. Should've had our office Xmas lunch here. Can't wait to show this restaurant off to others.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

Every once and a while you find a little gem of a restaurant and Bellocale is truly one of those. On our recent visit to Cairns we were recommended to Bellocale by a local and we not disappointed. The food was exceptional and the service was second to none.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 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
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Excellent Food & Great Service - the perfect combination”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

David and his team know exactly what is required to ensure guests keep coming back; they know their food and they REALLY know how to look after their customers.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“DISAPPOINTED”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

Had been to this restaurant on a number of occasions and have enjoyed it. The food is indeed both interesting and well priced. We made a booking and had it it confirmed for a table of six however upon arrival were told there had been a mix up and no table was available. The embarrassment caused to both myself and my guests was totally unacceptable. The manager on duty had no explanation simply saying they were full! We were told that they had mixed up the nights and had phoned to sort the problem out. Phone records indicate that this was,at best, a panicked reply to their incompetency, or at worst, simply a lie again to cover their lack of professionalism. The manager/ waiter on the floor did little to placate my annoyance and his lack of people skills in dealing with the situation needs serious attention if the restaurant indeed to be regarded as a professional operation.

As previously mentioned the restaurant provides interesting and well priced food but lacks the professionalism expected in what is regarded as a most competitive market.

Give it a try but confirm your booking ..and reconfirm it...then confirm it again..... but be aware when you get there you may told they are full and be that they simply do not have a table!!!!!!!! REALLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“We love Bellocale - atmosphere, fine wine and dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

REGULAR DINERS
We dine here about every second month and have done so from when they opened, this is unfailingly our favorite place in Cairns.

ITALY DINES HERE
You know when Italian's dine at an Italian restaurant, the food must be good and it is. The owners work and manage this restaurant and it shows.

POPULAR - BOOKING RECOMMENDED
Comments regarding service times from other diners are never felt by our visits. We welcome the time to enjoy each others company, at a relaxed pace, this is our escape.

I would say service times only ever suffer for it's popularity, in other words, the place is often serving a full house. You will often see other diners turned away on these nights, if they've not booked; and we highly recommend booking for Friday and Saturday night dining.

The staff look after all their customers equally, never slow on their feet and; if you are from a hospitality background (both my husband and I are) you know that their service matches the thought that has gone into this menu.

Tony & Angie

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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