Welcome to Ochre Restaurant

Cairns dining at its best

Ochre Restaurant is the most highly awarded restaurant and catering company in Cairns.
Ochre Catering delivers quality functions throughout North Queensland for conferences, corporate events, weddings and special occasions around Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove.

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Opening hours at Harbour Lights

Monday- Friday
Lunch: 11.30am- 2.30pm & Dinner: 5.30pm- 9.30pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays
Lunch: 11.00am- 2.30pm & Dinner: 5.30pm- 9.30pm

Bar Snacks available every day: 2.30pm- 5.30pm

Sunday: ‘Chill Sessions’ 1.00pm- 5.00pm
Live music on the first Sunday of every month

Can’t wait to see you all there!

Sunday Chill Session –  2nd April
Lock in the date – 2pm to 5pm.

Great views and atmosphere on the Harbour Boardwalk

Steve ‘Papa’ Stanley on double bass and Johnny Tyler on guitar with special guest vocalist.
Trio Nazarra perform cool jazz and smooth tunes, ideal for enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon
Extensive lunch selection, bar snacks, tropical cocktails, craft beer and Cairns best wine list with great views.

Introducing Ochre’s New

Lunch: Every day 11.30am- 3.00pm

2 course $35.00 pp – 3 course $48.00 pp
Includes glass of house wine or beer
and complimentary wattle seed damper – macadamia oil and native dukka


Beef fillet satay – macadamia satay sauce – jasmine rice and pickle
Salt and spice calamari skewers – green vegetables with soya mirin – sweet chilli lemon myrtle sauce
Prawn salad – tempura local prawns – Asian slaw – sunrise lime mayo

Main course

Beer batter Barramundi – sweet potato fries – watercress salad
Chicken supreme – blackened rice cake – smoked tomato salsa – avocado
Summer lamb salad – marinated tenderloins – panzanella salad – bush tomato aioli


Wattle seed Pavlova- Mango Coulis- Macadamai biscotti

Quandong brulee – hazelnut tuille

Dark Chocolate self saucing pudding – double choc ice cream
Please note: Dishes may be adjusted slightly by Chef- these items are not Set.


Queensland Tourism Awards

2016 Winner

Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

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Craig Squire & Gabrielle Cooney pick up the award.

14 Experiences Aussies Would be Crazy to Miss

Ochre Restaurant was featured in the Expedia article ’14 Experiences Aussies would be crazy to miss’.

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Dining at Ochre Restaurant is like a virtual tour through the culinary delights of Australia. With a dedication to local produce and experience like no other in crafting native foraged ingredients into modern exciting cuisine, Ochre Restaurant offers a range of exquisite dishes, specialising in sustainable Australian regional produce, for tourists and locals alike.



Ochre Catering has a clear focus on providing the best concept catering in North Queensland, with some amazing themed events and functions under our belt, we are looking forward to assisting event planners in creating a unique event that will provide delegates and participants with a truly memorable experience.



Ochre Restaurant and Catering  has extensive experience in providing quality wedding catering and wedding planning services, our attention to detail is faultless, service friendly and professional, and assistance in planning your special day practical and efficient. We cater to an average of 40 weddings per year.




The Boss

Since founding Ochre more than 22 years ago, director and executive chef Craig Squire has been dedicated to creating the ultimate Modern Australia food experience – from opening his first restaurant at just 20 years of age, with a loan from his uncle, to an international restaurant consultant in demand across the globe.



General Manager

General Manager Carley leads by example, dedicated and hard working she is constantly striving for the best in service and guest experience.

Contact her for your wedding and restaurant enquiries.



Head Chef

Passionate and creative, Luis loves his food nearly as much as his daughter. A great leader for our tight kitchen team Luis started in 2005 as a young cook after completing his apprenticeship. A few years off for travel he came back with a commitment to leading and training. Proud of his Chilean heritage but very much an Aussie, Pity his footy team (Carlton) are so hopeless.


Perhaps the best known of all Cairns restaurants and catering companies is the multi award-winning Ochre Restaurant and Catering, formerly Red Ochre Grill, that in 1994 staked its claim on the corner of Sheridan and Shield Street serving modern Australian cuisine with flair and creativity. Now located in a beautiful, purpose built restaurant on Cairns waterfront at Harbour Lights.

Some of their most famous dishes include Salt and Pepper Prawn and Crocodile, Grilled Kangaroo with Quandong Chilli Glaze, Wattleseed Pavlova and their Australian Antipasto Plate – the latter of which is a great meal to start giving diners a delicious insight into the country’s cuisine. The menu is an excellent read for any visitor and delivers on taste and value-for-money.

Be sure to leave room for dessert which the Lonely Planet Guide urges its readers to try with the quote “desserts worth moving to Cairns for”.


Ochre Restaurant at Harbour Lights,

6 / 1 Marlin Parade,
Cairns Queensland 4870 Australia
07 4051 0100 info@ochrerestaurant.com.au


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