Reef House Restaurant
Wine and Dine at Palm Cove's most iconic address ..
The prime location for tropical dining, Reef House Restaurant has been here since the 60's nestled under the magnificent Melaleuca trees and palms. Today, the views across to the coral sea still take your breath away and the candlelit night ambiance is intimate and romantic.
Our menus offer a variety of dishes using the amazing fresh produce of North Queensland, our wine list will compliment any choice and discerning palette.
Our six course Degustation menu with matching wines, just might be the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or maybe it is just time to spoil yourself .. you deserve it.
Let us know if you are celebrating, birthday, anniversary.. proposal? We would love to make this moment the most memorable for years to come!
Melbourne Cup Luncheon
"The race that stops a nation" - join us for a relaxed luncheon by the sea, back a winner and sip on one of our 'Flemington Favourites' cocktails. View Menu
Christmas & New Years Eve at The Reef House
Whether you are an early riser and catch the tropical sun coming up or just saunter down for a leisurely breakfast, the view from our restaurant in the morning is a great way to start the day.
Hours: 0630 - 1000 Daily
Continental Buffet Breakfast or A la Carte Menu
Sea & Poolside Views - Lunch
Our casual lunch selection is perfect for that holiday long lunch or weekend catch up. A choice of our sea front deck or more intimate poolside with waterfall sets the scene for an enjoyable afternoon.
Hours: Lunch & Desserts Menu 1200 - 1500 Daily
Snacks & Salads 1200 - 1630 Daily
Magic Tropical Nights - Dinner
Under the canopy of palms and Melaleucas sprawling branches, flickering candles and soft sea breezes, magical dining awaits.
Time to unwind and savour the tastes of North Queensland's fresh produce accompanied by a wonderful array of Australian and imported wines. Our timeless popular dishes and specials of the day will tempt you and our delightful and attentive service will make your dining experience a pleasure. To start all meals are accompanied with an Amuse-bouche with Chef's compliments.
Our six course Degustation menu will allow you to enjoy a selection of dishes and our wine matching will complete this dining extravagance.
Hours: Dinner Menu 1800 - 2100 Daily
Six Course Degustation Menu 1800 - 2000 Daily
Introducing Ben Canham
Newly appointed executive chef at The Reef House at Palm Cove. Ben is excited about his challenge to tantalise the taste buds of diners at the resort, which has a long-standing reputation with locals and tourists alike. He is passionate about food and enjoys sharing his love of all things culinary with his customers.Ben is inspired by the scenery at the Reef House, with the beach within close vicinity, as well as tropical Far North Queensland produce and the opportunity to support local farmers and fishermen.
He was appointed to the position just over two months ago after spending the past six months in Melbourne gaining inspiration and focusing on current trends.Ben's career spans 20 years and an impressive line-up of restaurants, including Villa Romana, the Salt House, Perotta's, the Waterbar & Grill, the Shangri-La, Hotel Cairns and Rydges Esplanade.
He is an award-winning chef, securing first and second place in the Best Restaurant in Queensland awards, as chosen by the Australian Culinary Federation.
"I believe in constant challenges, as well as redeveloping and reinventing myself on a daily basis," Ben said. "When you have good teamwork you have good results. I love the thrill of a good service and the compliments we receive. "I believe in a positive, can-do attitude, as well as being creative, efficient, hard-working and customer-focused."
The Reef House focuses on modern Australian cuisine with Asian and European influences. There is definitely a focus on fresh, local seafood, with beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere.
Their signature dish is Sea Scallops with Twice Cooked Pork Belly, with other favorites including Eye Fillet, Seafood Bouillabaisse, Barramundi, Confit Duck, Braised Beef Cheeks and Potato Gnocchi.
"We have a great view and great ambience combined with great service and great food," Ben said. "I am looking forward to making my mark on Far North Queensland."