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Barnacle Bill's

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Seafood, Australian
As featured in One Day in Cairns
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103 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went here for "second dinner". When my fiance doesn't eat what he wants for dinner, we go to a second place. Hence why we came here -- he was dying for some seafood. He loved his dish and my salad was delicious! Great pricing too!

Thank wanderlust1130
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't bother. Very average food at sky-high tourist prices. The older, bearded, front-of-house server tutted, lectured and rolled his eyes with open disrespect for customers. We felt uncomfortable and ignored throughout our unfortunate dining experience. We visit Cairns regularly and rate this restaurant at the bottom of our list. We were warned but thought we would give it a go....... More 

Thank moz793
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We just really enjoyed our dinner. It really was a night out. Okay, we just arrived from Uluru that day so after driving 500 kilometers and a flight to cairns we were a bit tired and really needed a good meal. Most restaurants on the boulevard seemed a bit 'cheap' and Barnacle Bills looked nice with the table linnen and... More 

Thank CarolienRozema
Ingham, Australia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently visited Cairns and dined here. Beautiful fresh seafood meals. Prompt service for drinks and food ordering. Meals came out quickly and the staff could not be faulted at all. Only downside was that one member of our party cannot eat seafood and there are not many options available. (We fully understand it is a seafood restaurant and were aware... More 

Thank AnnieFamily98
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure why this restaurant has such an amazing reputation. The food is average and could be found anywhere to be honest. The main guy who seats you needs to learn how to smile as I've seen him on several different days and he is very surly. A nice smile goes a long way. That said our waiter was really... More 

Thank Amanda C
Hong Kong, China
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125 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just had dinner there with my family. Very average (I'm being kind!) food. Three of us had the barramundi with coconut crust and the one with herb crust. It's not bad but I wish I could say something positive about it.... especially considering that each dish costs around A$40! It's a touristy place, I get it. But still disappointing... just... More 

Thank ckatsuya
Victoria, Australia
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service extremely slow. Food pretty ordinary Would not go back. Could not handle the rush. More like a home cooked dinner with some out dated menu

Thank Kat-wood6
Brisbane, Australia
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57 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this restaurant on a Tuesday night and was surprised how busy it was. The service was excellent from the time we arrived to when we left. There were two couples and they even asked us if we wanted to split the bill. The menu is extensive with lots of choices. Food arrived very quickly and was exactly what we... More 

Thank Caravanerqld
Toowoomba, Australia
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing place to go brilliant food and the service was perfect will go back again in a heart beat the service we received we could not fault and we tipped our beautiful waitress $30 really awesome big meals and you don't walk out hungry buy any means

Thank mattiejon
Townsville, Australia
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great position and fabulous food. Good service. Expensive but so worth it for special occasions. Most definitely worth a visit. It was very busy but is run like clockwork.

Thank Rossdell

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Australian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: 0740512241

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?