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“Good, yummy seafood platter” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Salt House

Salt House
6/2 Pier Point Road Cairns QLD 4870, Cairns, Queensland QLD 4870, Australia
(07) 4041 7733
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Ranked #79 of 429 Restaurants in Cairns
Cuisines: Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Situated at Marina Point, next to the Cairns Yacht Club facilities, Salt House is a unique dining, bar and entertainment venue offering a panorama of the ocean, marina and city on the waterfront in Cairns.
Milton, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good, yummy seafood platter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We had our first dinner at this restaurant after our first full day in Cairns. We thankfully didn't need to move tables due to the downpour that happened a few minutes after we sat down, but the staff warned us we might get wet and offered a new table. Thankfully we didn't need to use it.
The food was good, the atmosphere was pretty good (a bit dark, needed to use the candle light to see the menu). Would have liked to try the tapas menu but didn't have time to.

Visited April 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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39 restaurant reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Their chef needs menu credits!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We wandered into the Salt House on our first night in Cairns and were seated without a reservation. This place is highly rated for its happening bar-scene, but we found the dining experience quite impressive. The atmosphere is upscale and upbeat, catering (at least the night we were there) to a young crowd. Service was good, and the food was amazing.
We shared the Salt House bread selection, then had the Steamed Moreton Bay Bugs and Gold Band Snapper. Both were outstanding--the bugs were huge and came in a delicate, delicious broth. The snapper was perfectly cooked (juicy, with a crisp skin) and nicely set off by a variety of different flavors in the dahl, pickles and labna.
Dessert was our favorite, though--the BEST ginger creme brulee I've ever had, paired with a cloudlike meringue and a scoop of a very light, refreshing gelato. If they ever do this dessert again, it's a must-try. I see it's not on the current online menu, but based on the creme brulee, we'd be likely to eat any dessert they feel like making! Cudos to their chef, whose name was, unfortunately, not printed in the menu.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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saltybean, Manager at Salt House, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Wow... thank you for your amazing review of your experience at Salt House!

It sounds like you enjoyed your time with us and we will ensure that we pass on your feedback to our service staff and to our team of chefs. We are constantly trying to improve our service and offerings and it is great to hear that the best possible experience was achieved.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Salt House again in the future and thank you again!
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Sydney, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Upscale waterfront dining.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed a great dinner in a lovely ambience. They were able to accommodate us without a reservation. Service was timely and efficient with the exception of the wine we ordered which was not available and we already had our appetisers before we were informed. We would have enjoyed more wine had we been drinking it sooner! Shared the chilled seafood platter as an appetiser which was very good and mains of well prepared ocean trout. Place looks new and had a good band playing with an overall good vibe.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Salt H, Manager at Salt House, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Thank you for your recent visit to Salt House and taking the time to review the venue.

We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and providing the best local produce to all our guests. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner with us - we will ensure to pass on your kind words to our staff.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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Cairns, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“Great waterfront bar and restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Often have breakfast here on Sunday mornings, back in the evening for a few drinks and food . Often there is live entertainment and a very pleasant place to be. A great place to meet friends and enjoy the outdoors on the harbour side.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cairns
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“Great ocean and harbourside views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Great place for an afternoon 'coldie' ( Australian for cold beer!) or some late night partying. Friday nights there is a free band and the locals gather for drinks, dancing and socializing. This is also a good bar to have an 'apres reef trip' drink and many of the local diveboat crew frequent this bar/ restaurant. The outdoor seating is extensive and can get crowded on the weekends. Great place to meet people. Lots of fun and plenty of action.

Visited June 2012
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Salt H, Manager at Salt House, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Hi Maggie & Damian,

Thank you for your recent review and great to hear you have enjoyed some afternoon 'coldies' with us!

We actually have live music all weekend with local musicians which our guests love!
Thank you for taking the time and we look forward to seeing you back again soon.
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