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Sponsored by: Prawn Star Cairns

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Best Seafood
1. Best Seafood
"worth it! The prawns are awesome! Don't miss it! Best seafood"
tincoll
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2. Great location
2. Great location
"Eating seafood off the boat cant beat that, great location ."
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3. Casual & awesome
3. Casual & awesome
"The freshest seafood & wonderful atmosphere with great hosts."
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a local and i had wanted to try Prawn Star for a long time as i love seafood and the setting is great. Only problem was the prawns and bugs where the worst i have ever had, totally flavourless and had been frozen....I know seafood as i catch and prepare my own and have for years. So disappointed that it was so bad considering we have amazing seafood up here.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2021 via mobile

We took friends to the Prawn Star for a surprise lunch for a 60th yesterday. Tammy and her team were fabulous, putting up a birthday banner (that we brought) on the side of the boat for us and even bringing out a “birthday prawn” and...singing happy birthday to our friend. The look on our friend’s face when he saw the banner was priceless. We then enjoyed drinks and delicious seafood from the jumbo platter (plus extra salmon sashimi!) was just perfect. A fantastic lunch. Thank you all!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quirky venue serving great seafood platters. We just stopped for a drink and we’re fitted in seated around the shared table space so we’re able to chat to others.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 26, 2023

Staff rude. Gave our table away that we booked at 10.00AM. Didn't care. Very very unprofessional. Would not recommend to anyone. Not nice people

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 13, 2023

Fabulous location, great food - simply but immaculately served. The staff are so friendly and always smiling. We had the seafood platter which was very generous. Shame the bugs were frozen - but we quite understand why. If you are in the Cairns area -...do yourself a favour and eat here.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed April 6, 2023 via mobile

Great casual seafood dining. Nothing flash just outstanding quality seafood. Great setting on the old fishing trawlers. Would not suit everyone but for the best fresh seafood in Cairns, perfect.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 2, 2023

The worst prawns and bugs I have ever seen/eaten. The bugs had this green goo throughout it and the prawns were off colour, no taste and mushy. Waste of a $90. The concept is great, but get some fresh seafood. Yuck!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 16, 2023 via mobile

Great location, friendly staff and super tasty, fresh prawns make Prawn Star a must have when in Carins if you are in for a prawn feast

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 11, 2023

While the Prawn Star setting on a boat in the marina is very pleasant, the dining experience overall left a lot to be desired. Yes, its promoted just as a seafood experience but was comprised of merely fresh prawns, oysters, bugs, Salmon sashimi, and Crayfish....This could easily be extended to include crabs, mussels, baby Octopus, and Salmon roe perhaps, all of which are available in Cairns that would then give more variety and choice to patrons. We did not try the Crayfish but had the rest. The bugs were rather flavourless and the oysters had been washed in fresh water making them less than flavourful: that is a cardinal sin for oyster lovers like me. The Salmon sashimi was very nice as were the prawns but the lack of anything else on the side was an issue. I can understand Prawn Stars not being able to cook (fries may have been nice) as there is no full commercial kitchen and I assume their licence does not allow cooking. However, what about a small bowl of salad per person (garden salad, potato salad, Coleslaw, Greek salad), or some bread, surely that’s not too much effort especially as the seafood is not what you’d call inexpensive. Also the wines were a single label choice of just one Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Merlot, Chardonnay, or Bubbly by the bottle or glass. Without being totally dreadful, our experience was underwhelming. As Cairns locals, we will not eat there again nor could we recommend it to friends and tourists.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 16, 2023

Food bland, service passable, wine good, location great. Just seafood. No accompaniment chips, bread or even garnish. Think some of the prawns were frozen. For die hard seafood fans only.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed January 29, 2023

OMG the prawns !!!!!, laid back and relaxed, such fresh seafood, and a great communal atmosphere on the boat

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed January 11, 2023

The freshest seafood we ever had and we could not get enough! Highly recommended. The dining is on a boat in the harbor which is also a nice touch to already great food its casual yet quality of food feels like you fine dining. If...you love seafood you can not miss this one.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 27, 2022 via mobile

Like other people here, I also expected the food to be hot but it’s fridge cold. The portions are generous, we had a mixed platter for 3 people and barely finished it. I would recommend ordering one and then order more if necessary. Cold drinks,...a few options. Reasonable prices. The restaurant is on a boat (actually 3 boats) so I walked around in circles a bit until I found it. Good service, friendly staff. Some of the tables are shared with other customers, especially if you haven’t booked. It’s not fine dining but its a nice place, especially if you love seafood.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 25, 2022 via mobile

Maybe it just me, I like my food hot. Be warned- They serve cold food, right out of cold storage. I ordered a large platter (prawns and bug fish) , couldn’t finish it. I was fed up of de skinning the prawns and de veining...them. The bug fish was really good - I wish I ordered just that and not the prawns. ..More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 25, 2022

I enjoyed it very much it was a good meal me and my grandson did not like the lock on the toilet door because they need a better lock so we do not feel unsafe and nervous about someone opening the door while we were...in it.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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straight up seafood, no sides, crackers....just fresh deliciousness
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Prawn Star Cairns is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5