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Our Food and Drink Recommendations

Below is a selection of recommendations for dining, food and drinks. 


Green Ant Cantina on Bunda St serves Mexican inspired food and their own brand of beer. Only 2 mins walk from Ryan's Rest. Excellent Pilsner and Lager.

Bunda Street

Green Ant Cantina. Serving Mexican inspired food and their own brand of beer.

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McGinty’s on Shields St serves pints of Kilkenny and Guinness with some live music most nights and provides serves Irish and Thai meals.

The Crown Hotel on the corner of Shields and Grafton St is a traditional Queensland hotel with cold beer and good food.

Cape York Hotel on the corner of Bunda and Spence Street has been recently refurbished and serves excellent meals and ice cold Great Northern draft beer.


Cairns has many excellent restaurants in the city area in particular in Shields Street, Grafton Street, Spence St, Sheridan St, Lake St and on the Cairns esplanade and waterfront boardwalk.

The closest restaurant's and bar's to Ryans Rest are  :

Bunda Street

Green Ant Cantina. Serving Mexican inspired food and their own brand of beer.

Sheridan Street

Limmy’s does great Malaysian and Chinese inspired dishes.

Shields Street

Bombay Kitchen serves excellent Indian cuisine.

Kanpai is a Japanese Izakaya style restaurant .

Thai Tamarind serves modern Thai Cuisine.

Bellocale is an Italian Restaurant sourcing produce locally.

Jimmy's Hamburgers in Shields St. Great hamburgers and also really good Cairns locally brewed draught beer.

Grafton Street

Feta’s Greek Taverna - Order the Zorba’s Feast for a bit of everything.

Bobys B2 serves excellent Vietnamese noodle dishes

Meldrums Pies is a great place for lunch.

Lake Street

Cest Bon French Restaurant serves excellent French cuisine. Great lunch specials too.

Golden Boat serves excellent Yum Cha.

Spence Street

Ganbaranba Japanese serves very tasty Ramen soups served with Japanese tea and is a great place for lunch.

Goong Korean and Japanese serves excellent dishes including teppanyaki, and ice cold draft Asahi beer.

Cafe China serves a range of Asian dishes and has outlets in Spence St, Abbott St, the Pier and Casino.

Aplin Street

Bobys serves excellent Vietnamese noodle dishes as well as amazing Hot Bread rolls.


Bavarian Beer House serves German cuisine and excellent German beer.

Wild Fire on the corner of Spence St and the Esplanade does an amazing Brazilian BBQ.

The Pier and Boardwalk

Tha Fish at the Pier serves excellent seafood and Anchor Steam Beer.

Mondos on the boardwalk next to the Hilton overlooking Trinity Inlet serves a range of tasty dishes.

Water Bar on the waterfront at the Pier serves excellent steaks.

Donnini's “simply Italian” at the Hilton serves excellent food and has a great outlook over Trinity Inlet.

Dundees on the boardwalk overlooking Trinity Inlet provides “the flavours of Australia”.


ReHab on Lake Street does some of the best coffee in Cairns.

Caffiend on Grafton Street across the street from Gilligan’s.

Rusty’s Market - Located on Sheridan Street open Friday to Sunday. This is Cairns biggest fresh food market.