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Eat your way through these Palm Cove Restaurants

TNQ Writer

Taste the flavours of the north in the seaside village of Palm Cove, where restaurants take pride in local produce, fresh flavours and providing a warm tropical welcome served with an icy-cold drink.

There’s no doubt that food is an important part of every travellers’ holiday. As a popular beach getaway locale, Palm Cove offers an abundance of restaurants and cafes from fine dining to casual eateries. Here’s a guide to dining in Palm Cove.

Nu Nu Restaurant

Mud crab

Avocado, olive toast, dried lime, almond & tomatillo mole breakfast

View through the palm trees

For a special occasion book a private dining experience under the palms

For local flavours with a view

You’re almost guaranteed that the first words to leave your mouth will be “wow” when your meal arrives at Nu Nu Restaurant. On the table in front of you is a masterfully prepared Modern Australian plate featuring seasonal flavours of the tropical north. Sitting absolute beachfront looking through Palm Cove’s most iconic strip of coconut trees, dining here is much more than just a place to eat, it’s a quintessential Tropical North Queensland experience.

Top pick: Wok-fried North Queensland mud crab, tamarind, sweet pork, market greens, jasmine rice and ginger broth
Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Temple of Tastes

Black Cobia sashimi with coconut water dressing, chilli, coriander, Vietnamese mint & coconut three ways

Ambient atmosphere

Flourless chocolate mud cake

Impressive cocktail and drinks list

For impressing your date

Inspired by the flavours of South-East Asia and local produce of the region, Temple of Tastes’ menu offers precisely what their name suggests – a certain reverence for its exquisite flavours. Set in lush tropical gardens surrounded by flaming bamboo torches, this restaurant emanates romance and ambience ensuring your evening date will leave impressed. When the whole menu looks this good, the seven-course degustation menu affords the opportunity to sample a range of highlights, especially for the indecisive or those overwhelmed by choice. 

Top pick: Locally sourced Sashimi of Black Cobia with coconut water dressing, chilli, coriander, Vietnamese mint and coconut three ways
Open: Breakfast (a la carte or buffet) and dinner

Reef House Restaurant

Tiger prawn linguine

Dine beneath the Melaleuca trees

Breakfast is available as a la carte or buffet

For the longest-serving 

Palm Cove is as famous for its paperbark (Melaleuca) trees as it is for its palm trees. At Reef House Restaurant, you’ll dine beneath the iconic eucalypts which spring up between the floorboards of the open-air veranda. Serving food since the ‘60s, this long-standing restaurant’s menu may be small but each item is carefully curated to ensure the highest quality. All dinner meals are also accompanied with an amuse-bouche to start with compliments from the chef.

Top pick: Dinner six-course degustation menu with matched wines.
Open: Breakfast (a la carte or buffet), lunch and dinner

Lime & Pepper

Lime & Pepper Palm Cove

For something fresh

By now, you may have come to the conclusion that Palm Cove is a leader in highlighting local produce throughout their restaurants. Lime & Pepper is a testament to this and prides itself on incorporating not only local produce but native ingredients as well. You may find the likes of Davidson plums, Gaggarra rainforest honey or finger lime through their menu which features a range of flavours to suit all tastes. 

Top tip: $1 oysters and $12 for 12 tiger prawns from 3-6pm daily
Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Surf Club Palm Cove

For a family-friendly pub meal

Surf Club’s across Australia tend to be a reliable, tasty and affordable place to dine and the Surf Club Palm Cove is no contradiction to this. Here you’ll find a range of Aussie pub meal classics with a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere. Dine on the outside deck overlooking the sea or in the air-conditioned comfort inside. 

Top tip: Take advantage of their daily specials including $10 lunch menu, $17.50 dinner specials or Kids Early Bird Special (kids eat for only $4.75 between 5-6pm)
Open: Lunch and dinner

Chill Cafe

Ocean views

Chill Cafe

Fish taos

Treehugger breakfast with a side of bacon

For something chilled

What more can you expect from Chill Cafe other than chilled vibes? Well, the answer is great food, tropical cocktails and spectacular views. If you’re an indecisive eater, bad news – their extensive menu makes choosing difficult as it all is tempting. Breakfast is available until 3pm daily – perfect for the late risers – and there are many healthy options across the entire menu to choose if you’re craving something lighter. 

Top tip: Breakfast – The Treehugger (V) or The Boss Special (V); Lunch – fish tacos; Dinner – steak or calamari.
Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Vivo Palm Cove

For a local favourite 

Vivo Palm Cove embodies Tropical North Queensland vibes with a wrap-around veranda and open-plan dining area reminiscent of classical Queenslander architecture with a modern twist. Seafood shines through the menu, though there are many other non-seafood options as well. Vivo supports the ethos that food is a work of art, both in appearance and in taste, with perfectly complimenting flavours and beautiful presentation. 

Top pick: Visit during happy hour (3-5.30pm daily) for $13 cocktails, specially priced beers and wines and a tapas menu to compliment
Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Portofino

Beachfront location

Spanish tapas – beef

Paella

Arancino

For a taste of Italy

Italian food is one of those trusty favourites that everyone enjoys and Portofino is no exception. Here you’ll find a range of mouthwatering pasta alongside a huge woodfired pizza menu and a selection of Meditteranean-inspired mains. Not only masters in food, but also in drinks, relax on one of their beachfront daybeds with a cold drink in hand from their extensive beer, wine and cocktail list. 

Top pick: Lunch – share a pizza and salad along with a side of scallops; Dinner – Gnocchi Sorrentina (V) or lamb shanks
Button: Portofino

Il Forno Pizzeria

Margherita pizza

Pizza if you please

There’s pizza and then there’s pizza; Il Forno definitely serves up the latter. Established in 1992, here you can expect authentic Italian woodfired pizzas and a relaxed atmosphere, with a range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Takeaway and delivery are available but if there’s a spare table by the window, it’s best to dine in and enjoy the ambience.  

Top pick: Alba – mozzarella, mushrooms, provolone cheese and truffle oil
Open: Daily 5pm-9m

El Greko Greek Taverna

Chargrilled prawns

Herbed olives

Calamari

Nutella Loukoumathes

For a taste of the Mediterranean

Be whisked away to a small seaside village in Greece. Follow the sounds of the bouzouki and the scent of chargrilled meats, seafood and roasted vegetables up the stairs of the Palm Cove Shopping Village to find this small family-run taverna. With its white-washed walls, olive trees and mosaic tables, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported across the world as you devour all your Greek favourites from Saganaki and Spanikopita to Souvlaki and Mousaka. Opa to that!

Top pick: Arni kalamakia, mousaka or saganaki grilled cheese paired with international Greek wines. 
Open:
Dinner

Lucky Fish

Burgers

Takeaway available

Quaint beach loaction

Fish and Chips

What’s a guide to dining at the beaches without including a good ol’ fish and chips staple? Lucky Fish source their fish locally, their chips are crunchy and their salads are fresh. What more could you want? 

Top tip: Get your order to takeaway and wander down to enjoy a sunset dinner on the Palm Cove jetty
Open: Lunch and dinner 

Apres Bar & Grill

Bruschetta

Beachfront location

Lemon peppered calamari

For a little fun

“Fish and chips with a side of entertainment please!” Apres Bar & Grill is the kind of place where there’s something always happening so it’s the ideal place for those who are after a bit of fun. Show off your musical prowess with a bit of light-hearted karaoke, sit back and listen to the live music or partake in a bit of friendly competition on their Tuesday night trivia. The menu is loaded with easy favourites from burgers and pizzas to steaks, salads and seafood so there’s no excuse to leave hungry.

Top tip: There’s always something going on at Apres so be sure to pop down and see what’s on when you’re in town. 
Open:
 Daily 10am–12am

Pete's Place

A range of burgers available

Big, cheap and comforting breakfasts

Fish and salad

Fish and chips

For something easy 

Sometimes all you want to do is order some takeaway and a milkshake to take down to the beach – no frills, no fuss, just a quick and easy meal. Pete’s Place has been a Palm Cove staple filling the tummies of many locals and visitors with burgers or fish and chips for many moons. You’re guaranteed a large, cheap feed of your favourite comfort food, available all day for dine-in or takeaway.

Top tip: With over 15 burgers available, there’s a burger to suit everyone at Pete’s Place.
Open: Daily 6.30am-7.30pm 

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