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Reef House Restaurant

Wine & Dine at Palm Cove's most iconic address..

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 cocktails and wine list will compliment any choice and discerning palette. 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. 

Our six course degustation menu with matching wines, is the perfect way to experience a little of all our dinner dishes. 

Our wine list is a constant work in progress, we offer on average 250 different labels at any given time. Our talented sommelier is on hand to share his knowledge and find the perfect drop to match your meal and your tastebuds. 

Dinner Menu | Degustation MenuLunch Menu | Dessert Menu | Breakfast Menu | Beverage List


Opening Hours: 
Breakfast 6:30am-10am (in-house guests only)
Lunch 12pm-2pm
Dinner 6-8pm

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Bookings are essential - contact us on (07) 4080 2600

Dine Under The Stars

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.

To start, all meals are accompanied with an Amuse-bouche with Chef’s compliments.

Opening Hours: 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Bookings are essential.

Leisurely Lunch

Our casual lunch selection is perfect for that holiday long lunch or weekend catch up.

Choose to dine on our ocean view deck, or opt for poolside dining for a more intimate setting. Whatever the choice, we can ensure an enjoyable afternoon at The Reef House.

Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Bookings are essential.

Breakfast with a View

Breakfast is currently available for in-house guests only. 

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.

Opening Hours: 6:30am to 10:00am

Private Dining

Indulge in a private dining experience on the comfort of your own Reef House patio or balcony with your own dedicated wait staff.

Whether it’s a romantic dinner for 2, a delicious breakfast or a birthday celebration for an intimate group, we can customise a menu to suit your needs.

Bookings for private dining require 24hrs notice, available for Verandah rooms, Verandah Spa Suites and apartments only.

Meet the Executive Chef | Nicolas Reverte

Born in Nice France, Nicolas Reverte’s passion for food and cooking stems back to his childhood watching the passion and skill of his grandparents creating family meals. Since he was a child, Nicholas knew he wanted to pursue a culinary career.

Nicolas studied cuisine in Nice, and once his studies finished, he worked in both France and Spain. While in Spain, Nicolas was able to work for world-renowned chef Martin Berasategui, who holds 12 Michelin stars. 

It was while working with Chef Berasategui that Nicolas learned a valuable lesson in understanding and respecting local produce and how to make the most of it. And it’s this understanding of and focus on the local produce that has made Nicolas a true attribute to the Reef House Restaurant.  

With a desire to work with the produce of Queensland, particularly the seafood and tropical fruit, it is Nicolas’ aim to be able to combine these local ingredients with European flavours.

Reef House Restaurant Wins Restaurant of the Year 2019

The Reef House has blown through the C’est Bon – Shangri La rivalry to claim the title of 2019 Cairns Restaurant of the Year. The win snatched the title away from the city and brought it home to the Coral Sea lapped shores of Palm Cove.