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Tamarind

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$$$$
Contemporary, Fusion
As featured in 3 Days in Cairns and 1 other guide
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35/41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4030 8897
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6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Description: Located in the heart of downtown Cairns, Tamarind elegantly resides within...
Located in the heart of downtown Cairns, Tamarind elegantly resides within The Reef Hotel Casino.
Renowned in Cairns and throughout North Queensland, this award winning restaurant offers a contemporary menu of generously portioned, Asian fusion dishes that showcase the very best in regional produce.
Uncompromising technique combines with seasonally selected ingredients to deliver the Tamarind vision of what great cuisine is.
The awarded wine list presents over 100 old and new world varietals, carefully selected to complement menu flavours.
The house cocktail list takes inspiration from mod-Asian ingredients to deliver bespoke creations, perfect for before or after.
Thai artefacts highlight tasteful decor to establish an eclectic ambiance with understated character.
Professional service with relaxed delivery completes the experience.
Daily degustation menu with or without tailored wine pairings is a signature offering.
Brisbane Times Good Food Guide - One Chefs Hat 2014
Australian Good Food Guide - One Chefs Hat 2014
Gourmet Wine Traveller, Wine List of the Year - One Goblet 2012
Restaurant and Catering Association - Awards for Excellence 2012
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  • 102
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 14
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Tamarind

Had my Birthday Breakfast at Tamarind and enjoyed it. I loved the Buffet - although I see one of your other reviewers didn't. My companion chose the a-la-carte and rated it as very good. Have also dined here on several occasions, but the new menu is not as good as it was, and is even more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
margaretl477
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Cairns, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had my Birthday Breakfast at Tamarind and enjoyed it. I loved the Buffet - although I see one of your other reviewers didn't. My companion chose the a-la-carte and rated it as very good. Have also dined here on several occasions, but the new menu is not as good as it was, and is even more expensive!

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Thank margaretl477
Margaret River, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had complimentary breakfast with our package, the service was nothing short of spot on. A second &/or third coffee? Not a problem. Thanks Tamarind.

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Thank Ryan F
Fleet, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had 2 visits to Tamarind and the food, service and wine was excellent on both occasions. On the first visit we shared the taster plate starter - beef cheek, pork, reef fish - delicious. I then went on to the Barramundi and my wife had snapper - again first rate. Next time we tried the scallops to start followed... More 

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Thank Malcolm S
Toronto
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff and ambience was perfect. Flat white coffees awesome. The buffet was just OK. Not amazing. Order off the menu for the best food!

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Thank RaquelToronto
Jacksonville, Florida
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were 4 couples, from US, went for dinner after a day at the reefs. We had an amazing experience at this place. The service was excellent. They went the extra mile to care of the dietary requirements.Two of us had sweet corn soup, which was delicious. For mains the Baramundi was very well done with tamarind sauce being out... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For the last 4 years , we have celebrated our son's birthday at Tamarind. This was his choice of venue. We were asked when we booked if it was a special occasion and we mentioned it was a birthday. The service and food was superb and the complimentary cake with sparklers and my son's name and birthday number was a... More 

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Thank PaulCrameri
Cairns, Australia
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful restaurant. 5 Star. Attentive Staff. Variety of interesting choices on the menu. Special thanks Samuel for taking care of our group celebrating a birthday, he did a great job.

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Thank jchamberlain82
Townsville, Australia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The menu is great with different varieties of Thai food. Quite pricey but we were happy to pay as the food was well cook and full of flavour. The waiter was a little off his game but we still had an enjoyable evening.

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Thank Elise F
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia
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169 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Tamarind with a group of friends while in Cairns for a sporting competition. This was our farewell dinner as we were all leaving the next day and what a place to end our trip. You felt as ease as soon as you walked in and the staff were so uber cool, they were a credit to the... More 

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Delhi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We won some money so we went here. It was busy of course so we went and played the casino, won some money and came back and celebrated here. 1) it is very expensive 2) staff is good but they'll make you wait in the absence of bookings 3) the food is just ok, nothing remarkable 4) insanely expensive OVERALL,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35/41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4030 8897

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 69
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic

Description

Located in the heart of downtown Cairns, Tamarind elegantly resides within The Reef Hotel Casino.
Renowned in Cairns and throughout North Queensland, this award winning restaurant offers a contemporary menu of generously portioned, Asian fusion dishes that showcase the very best in regional produce.
Uncompromising technique combines with seasonally selected ingredients to deliver the Tamarind vision of what great cuisine is.
The awarded wine list presents over 100 old and new world varietals, carefully selected to complement menu flavours.
The house cocktail list takes inspiration from mod-Asian ingredients to deliver bespoke creations, perfect for before or after.
Thai artefacts highlight tasteful decor to establish an eclectic ambiance with understated character.
Professional service with relaxed delivery completes the experience.
Daily degustation menu with or without tailored wine pairings is a signature offering.
Brisbane Times Good Food Guide - One Chefs Hat 2014
Australian Good Food Guide - One Chefs Hat 2014
Gourmet Wine Traveller, Wine List of the Year - One Goblet 2012
Restaurant and Catering Association - Awards for Excellence 2012
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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