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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
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:45
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So shocked at the blatant rudeness of elderly lady and gentlemen who could either be owners or serving staff. Lady told us to move from a table with ocean view saying it was reserved. No reserved sign. Then man was offensive to my son when he picked up the menu to check for desserts saying "put that down- I wouldn't... More 

Thank zee 2
Humpty Doo, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great setting with view to the esplanade park and sea. Service is excellent and friendly. The waitstaff were right on the ball and checked if we needed anything. Heaps of choices on the menu and drinks list. Very expensive, but also very good, and you get a linen napkin :-) Our family were happy with their seafood choices. Bring your... More 

Thank NielsAndMary
Cairns, Australia
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff are so friendly and it is great survive. The food is good and if you go there for lunch for $20 you get lunch off the lunch menu and if ask you get a free very yummy desert.

1 Thank catherinekerr24
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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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

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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
View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?