Harbourside Bar & Kitchen Paddock to Plate



Our paddock-to-table philosophy reflects on every dish we create. With profound respect for the land and the farmers who dedicate their lives to growing quality produce, we understand the importance of working closely with our local suppliers and producer friends to ensure the ultimate culinary result. These select producers hail from the food bowl of the Atherton Tableland and beyond.


Our mission is to introduce guests to the beauty of Tropical North Queensland’s excellent local ingredients and tastes through unforgettable culinary creations. Indulge in unique tropical interpretations of World Food to your table as Cairns Cuisine. Showcasing the best local produce, including Daintree Saltwater Barramundi, finger limes from Yungaburra, Wondaree macadamias, Bingil Bay Beef, Kingaroy peanut butter, dairy and eggs from Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy, cheese from Gallo, Cairns Microgreens, Licks gelato and rainforest honey from Honey Providore. If you’re looking for a restaurant in Cairns that serves delicious food made from select local ingredients and has the best views, you’ve found the right place.

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Natural Wine

Our carefully curated world-class wine list represents the best winemakers from Australia and around the world, who understand that Nature is much greater than themselves. Their organic, biodynamic and sustainable viticulture and natural vinification not only protect the environment, but also produce wines that embody the power and magic of Nature. In essence, we believe that these wines taste the best, expressing both terroir and the true character of the grapes. They are healthier too.

Wine in its purest form, many believe that natural wine is the latest trend and will eventually fade out. However, this has been the traditional way of winemaking since the beginning of time. People have been fermenting grapes without additives for thousands of years. It begins with organically or biodynamically farmed grapes that are grown without any of that bad stuff i.e. pesticides, herbicides and any other harmful chemical. Native yeast kickstarts the natural fermentation process after that winemakers let nature do it thing.

Harbourside Bar & Kitchen’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will be able to guide you through HB&K’s Natural Wine List and help you select the perfect Natural Wine to accompany our delicious Cairns Cuisine. We hope that you will enjoy exploring the world of Natural Wine with us.

To find out more about our unique restaurant in Cairns and to make your booking at Harbourside Bar & Kitchen, call us on 07 4080 3015.

Our Reviews

Read what our guests have to say about their experience, and when you visit us, please do let us know how much you enjoyed the experience!

  • 4 star ratingPart of the Holiday Inn hotel, the bar offers light meals and reasonably priced drinks. The kitchen also serves the restaurant and this can affect the length of time it... read more

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    5 star ratingVisited here as close to our accommodation at end esplanade. Nice ambience and good food well presented with an individual twist. We had kangaroo linguini and veg curry. Excellent. Good... read more

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    5 star ratingThe restaurant has a good menu and also caters for vegetarians and vegans. Good selection of wines. Friendly staff but service can be slow. Breakfast great.

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  • 5 star ratingAn outstanding team - despite being crazy busy, Lincoln and the two ladies are as attentive and professional as they could be. Place appears to be slightly understaffed in the... read more

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    5 star ratingAlthough there seemed to be a staff shortage, the service was slow but precise. The food presented was excellent and tasty. Anthony who served us was great value. He had... read more

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    4 star ratingWe had breakfast and dinner at the hotel, staff helpful and friendly, good service.
    varied menu offered, coffee, drinks and food good quality and not over priced for a hotel in...
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  • 5 star ratingI booked this as a wee change for Mother’s Day! It’s along the quiet end of the esplanade & being a Holiday Inn probably a bit overlooked! The staff were... read more

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    5 star ratingWent to Harbourside Bar&Kitchen for the first time. What a amazing place. The restaurant is lovely decorated with flowers and trees. The service are so welcoming. Quick service. The food... read more

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    5 star ratingThe staff was nice and friendly and the food was amazing especially the crocodile! Thanks for fantastic dinner.

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Recognised as a leader when it comes to protecting our environment, Harbourside Bar & Kitchen is a Green Table Award winner. Green Table Australia is an education and certification program that supports and recognises Australian restaurants, cafes and catering businesses that are doing what they can to reduce their impact on the environment.

With our proximity to the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef, we take great care not to contribute to pollution of the marine environment and wildlife endangerment, making sure we don’t use plastic straws and using biodegradable coffee cups and lids.

One of the most challenging aspects of the catering industry is the distance food must travel before it ends up on the customer’s plate. HB&K is dedicated to offering slow food, using as much local produce as possible on its menus thereby reducing the emissions caused by food transportation, a choice which also supports local growers and suppliers.

HB&K is wholeheartedly committed to Natural Wine because the techniques employed in the vineyard and winery to make these wines not only ensure that the wines are vibrant and flavoursome, but also that they are better for the environment.

HB&K is located at Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside, an IHG hotel that uses the IHG Green Engage system. This innovative online environmental sustainability system gives IHG hotels the means to measure and manage their impact on the environment. It enables them to utilize over 200 ‘Green Solutions’ that are designed to help them reduce their energy, water and waste. Together with Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside, HB&K is implementing many environmental initiatives under the IHG Green Engage program.



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