There’s no doubt that food is one of the most important parts of every getaway and the seaside village of Palm Cove doesn’t fall short. From the freshest catch of the day to the perfect Sunday brunch spot, eclectic cafes to award-winning fine dining, Palm Cove is sure to impress with its variety of offerings.
The most beautiful-looking restaurant on the Esplanade is also one of the finest. Rated as one of Palm Cove’s top restaurants, Vivo serves up a delectable all-day dining menu that’s one for the books. Seafood shines through the menu, though there are many other non-seafood options as well, and the offerings are both inventive and well-executed. Locals and visitors love the alfresco style, tropical theme and the classic Tropical North Queensland vibes.
As Palm Cove’s only absolute beachfront restaurant, the highly acclaimed Nu Nu Restaurant provides a quintessential Tropical North Queensland dining experience. You can expect masterfully prepared Modern Australian plates featuring seasonal flavours of the tropical north such as wok-fried mud crab and smoked Wagyu rump cap paired with charming decor and attentive staff.
With an unbeatable beachfront position, Chill Cafe capture’s the very essence of far north Queensland. Laidback and family-friendly, this is the place where locals and holiday-makers connect. Expect large servings of comfort foodie favourites and top-notch coffee paired with fantastic views of the water and of course, chilled vibes.
With a focus on exceptionally fresh seafood and modern flavours, Beach Almond has rightfully earned its reputation over the years. Set in one of the original beach shacks on Williams Esplanade, this is casual seaside-dining at its best. Taking inspiration from vibrant South-East Asian cuisines, you can expect creative offerings such as black-pepper mud crab, char-grilled Bali prawn and Sumatran rendang curry, paired with delicious cocktails and dreamy views.
What’s a trip to the seaside without some good old-fashioned fish and chips? Choose from locally sourced fish, prawn tacos, burgers and salads for either take away or casual dine-in.
Dishing up delicious feeds from breakfast to dinner alongside their much loved Gelato, Jack & Shanan's on Williams Esplanade is a local favourite. Here you’ll find a variety of tasty food offerings, friendly service, and stunning waterfront views. Get amongst the Happy Hour crowd for some $10 Tapas or try something different like their Slow Roasted Crocodile Ribs.
Head to El Greko Palm Cove for a unique Mediterranean experience. This small family-run taverna is hidden away in a shopping centre but once you're inside, the white-washed walls, olive trees and mosaic tables will make you feel as though you’ve been transported across the world. Souvlaki, spanakopita and moussaka are among the staples at this lively taverna, along with Greek beer and ouzo.
If you’re looking for a bit of fun, head to Rattle N’ Hum Bar & Grill, the most happening place in Palm Cove. Show off your skills with a bit of karaoke, sit back and listen to the live music or get involved with their Tuesday night trivia. The extensive Aussie inspired menu is loaded with easy favourites from burgers and pizzas to kangaroo and Aussie BBQ Bush Platters, so you’re sure to find something for everyone.
Written by Rae-Anne Gouyette