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“Definitely NOT the best seafood restaurant in the area!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Barnacle Bills

Barnacle Bills
103 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Ranked #74 of 429 Restaurants in Cairns
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Singapore, Singapore
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“Definitely NOT the best seafood restaurant in the area!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

Very mediocre food and service was very slow! Very skeptical about the ratings and reviews given here... They are really nothing to rave about and definitely not the best one for sure! Have eaten better ones at other seafood restaurant!

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Mount Isa, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Arrived aboout 12 and no other customers were there, plenty when we left. Great service, attentive staff, with family vibe. Good range on lunch specials. Great range of fresh seafood, modern australian food with plenty of wines, beers to match. Will definately return.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Barnacle Bills - Still a Great Seafood Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

As a local, I appreciate real 'Wild Barramundi' when I order it - and cooked to perfection. I've dined at Barnies serveral times in recent years and still enjoy the experience. The food, service and atmosphere is always excellent. No wonder, Chef Jacques has been there for almost 30 years. I always enjoy the Seafood Curry South Aussie Oysters and fresh Morton Bay Bugs. It's a very busy resaurant, so sometimes you have to wait a little longer ... but it's definitely worth the wait. .

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Overpriced mediocre seafood”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

A "water-front" (but not much of a view as Cairnes water-front is a only a strip of yacht shelters) semi-open busy high priced "seafood" restaurant that is over-rated by tour operators. My wife and I ordered the recommended local seafood: the "bug" (a flat-headed rock-lobster/ scampi) and a local "estuary" fish . Both were overcooked and somewhat tough and certainly should not have justified the price of Aus$54 ! The head-waiter was one the most un-courteous one we ever met.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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awtil, Owner at Barnacle Bills, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
As an owner i am always dismayed by reports of a diner having an adverse experience at Barnacle Bills.
It is always helpful if this rare event is communicated to the manager or waiter/ess so it can be rectified before the diner leaves and prevent it recurring.
Barnacle Bills seafood inn has been under the same owners/managers for 30 years and prides itself with employing mainly local residents trained to a high degree of hospitality, we want and get a very high percentage of return business.
May i invite this dissatisfied diner to return at his leisure so he can enjoy the true experience of Barnacle Bills with our compliments.
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Mackay
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“Great place for a quick snack”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is right on the Esplanade. Very friendly and efficient waitress...Had beautiful grilled fish and salad and delicious coffee....very quick if you are in a hurry...will definitely return.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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