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Reef House Restaurant

Wine & Dine under the Melaleuca Trees overlooking the Coral Sea.

The Reef House Restaurant, exclusively available for our in-house guests, 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.

Time to unwind and savour the tastes of North Queensland’s fresh produce accompanied by a wonderful array of Australian and imported wines that 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 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. 

The Reef House Restaurant is exclusive for house guests and caters for those aged 16 years and over.

Make a Reservation

Bookings are essential - contact us on (07) 4080 2600 Opening hours: Lunch 12pm-2pm | Dinner 6-8pm
Please note: Dinner bookings are limited and we suggest booking a few days in advance. We are a cashless hotel, payments can be made via credit card or charged to your room and paid on departure.

Dine Under The Stars

Under the canopy of palms and Melaleucas sprawling branches, flickering candles and soft sea breezes, magical dining awaits.

Choose from our a la carte or degustation menu with optional matching wines, the perfect way to experience a little of all the dinner dishes. To start, all meals are accompanied with an Amuse-bouche with Chef’s compliments. 

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

Dinner Menu | Degustation Menu | Vegetarian & Vegan MenuBeverage List

Seafood Platters

The ultimate indulgence for all the seafood lovers. Enjoy at the Reef House restaurant, poolside or in the privacy of your room.

This sumptuous spread includes natural oysters,  Moreton Bay Bugs, Tiger Prawns, Yellowfin tuna sashimi, beetroot cured salmon, Reserve Polanco caviar and more.

24 hours notice required.

Seafood Platter Menu 

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.

Lunch Menu 

Breakfast with a View

Breakfast is 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

Breakfast Menu 

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.

Picnic Experiences

Exclusively for House Guests, let us arrange a gourmet picnic for you and your loved one, ideal for a special occasion. 

Opt for our prepared takeaway picnic basket or if you prefer all picnics can be set up on your private terrace or balcony or beside the Reef House pool.

Choose from a range of bespoke picnics.

Poolside Butler Daily Service

Truly get into holiday mode with our poolside butler service available daily from 11am to 5pm. 

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail, barista coffee, snack or delicious lunch while enjoying the stunning surrounds. Our poolside butler also provides refreshing cool towels at 11am and sorbet at 3pm daily.

Head Chef
Ondrej Urbanovsky

Ondrej Urbanovsky has been promoted to Head Chef after two and a half years in The Reef House kitchen working as the Sous Chef. At school, Ondrej was interested in running a restaurant so undertook a Masters in Gastronomy and Hotel Management in the Czech Republic.

He advanced his career in Sydney working as a chef de partie and learning English on the job before joining The Reef House. Ondrej is very respectful of the menu created by the previous French-trained chef and is looking forward to using local produce to add his flair to the seasonal dishes.

Sous Chef
Jessica Suwita

While she was at school in Indonesia, Jessica Suwita decided a career in hospitality would
suit her creative side. She took the brave step to move to Australia by herself a decade ago and undertook hospitality studies to become a chef in Adelaide.

While holidaying, Jessica discovered Palm Cove and fell in love with it. She joined The Reef House as Chef De Partie notching up one and a half years before being promoted to Sous Chef.

Kenny Hillier

With more than 200 Australian and international wines available at The Reef House, sommelier Kenny Hillier is in demand in the evenings when guests want to select the best wine to match their meal.

Kenny is very well experienced working at some of the top restaurants in Australia and London including . Join him for wine appreciation classes in our new cellar, part of our exclusive Signature Inclusions, and discover the joy of wine in a fun and educational setting. 

Festive Dining at The Reef House Restaurant

Christmas Day & New Year Menus

Celebrate this festive season with us by the sea. Our menus blend fresh seafood with traditional festive flavours, creating a dining experience to remember. Enjoy our special selection of holiday cocktails and wines under the shade of the swaying Melaleuca trees or by the pool, the choice is up to you! Join us for a festive season filled with joy, flavour, and unforgettable moments. Book your table now and be part of our festive celebrations.