Last Updated on May 11, 2022 by Chef
Dining in Port Douglas is made all the better if you can find a restaurant with a good view and the majority of those are at Port Douglas Marina. The Port Douglas marina restaurants can serve a delicious dinner of local seafood, a light lunch, bar food or a tasty breakfast with views of the boats. We have a few Port Douglas restaurants to share with you, where you can look at the boats in the Port Douglas Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, or to the adjacent inlet. Our reviews are honest and first-hand, by a Port Douglas local.
A lot of restaurants in Port Douglas are on the main street, Macrossan Street. Macrossan does not have marina views, but it does have pretty, fairy-light strung trees.
Local regulations prevent all beach-front development, there are no restaurants directly overlooking the beach in Port Douglas, but some food outlets are close to the beach and you’ll be able to hear the waves and see the palm trees from a short distance away.
But this post is about restaurants on the marina!
We think the Port Douglas Marina restaurants with a view, or a Dickson’s Inlet view (from the Combined Club or Tin Shed, which is not on the Marina) is probably your best option.
However, the “best” restaurants in Port Douglas are not on the marina.
Port Douglas Marina Restaurants With a View
Your budget, the time of day and your food preferences will determine which is the best Port Douglas restaurant with a view for you. We live in Port Douglas, we’ve eaten at them all.
All of the restaurants on the Marina in Port Douglas do have a view, but you’ll probably want to reserve a table near the water’s edge.
We can present you with your options and, of course, we do try to keep this post up-to-date, but restaurants come and go, and since opening times and days have been shorter of late. You will probably need to book a table.
These restaurants on the marina serve Australian food or mixed, eclectic cuisine. There is no dedicated Asian restaurant on the marina and no speciality seafood restaurant at Port Douglas Marina, although most do serve seafood. You can also usually find steaks, burgers, pizzas etc.
As tourists return to Port Douglas we’re expecting our staffing situation to be quite troublesome. Please be kind, we’re all doing our best in a tricky situation.
Outdoor Restaurants in Port Douglas
Most restaurants in Port Douglas are outdoors or partially outdoors. This is lovely, but it does mean it’s warm. If you’re visiting in summer or the wet season, finding an enclosed restaurant that is fully air-conditioned could be tricky.
Some of the hotels can provide this. You may want to take precautions to avoid mosquitos and sandflies at certain times of day.
We know that N17 and Epicurean have indoor, air-conditioned dining areas, but no views to speak of.
Restaurants May be Closed During Wet Season in Port Douglas
The ‘wet’ season kicks in around December but by the end of January, after Australia Day, tourist numbers dwindle. February and March are the quiet months in Port Douglas due to the tropical wet season. In February some restaurants may be closed for annual holidays.
It’s best to check if you have a particular restaurant you’d like to visit. Since borders shut in 2020 opening times seem to have become shorter and shorter. This is mostly due to lack of staff along with lack of customers.
As the tourists return to Port Douglas, we’re not expecting staff shortages to improve straight away. There will still be a lack of chefs and front-of-house staff. Businesses will be doing their best under difficult circumstances.
Lure Restaurant On the Port Douglas Marina
Lure has a prime position overlooking the Port Douglas Superyacht Marina. This, and the other handful of Port Douglas Marina restaurants even have a few tables on the water’s edge.
We’ve recently ordered prawn sandwiches and salads at Lure.
If you’d like a water’s edge table at Lure, we’d recommend you book.
Super Yacht Marina, Port Douglas, 07 40995201
Hemingway’s Brewery on The Marina
Port Douglas’s own mini brewery is again, located on the marina’s waterfront. Hemmingway’s is a microbrewery pub with an interesting selection of tropical beers but they do also have a kitchen and serve a lot of food.
For American visitors, I should mention that pubs and bars in Port Douglas (and Australia) are usually absolutely fine to eat in with a family or kids. We have taken our kids to all of these places many times. In our experience of food and travel, this isn’t always normal in the US. It is in just about every country we’ve visited.
Hemmingway’s has been closing in the afternoons lately due to staff shortages but hopefully soon everything in the Port Douglas dining scene will be back to normal as workers and visitors return.
The school holidays, right up to Australia Day 2022, saw some very busy days at the marina restaurants.
Hemmingways probably has the best-unobstructed views out over the marina and the lush green hills. We like their salt and pepper squid.
Super Yacht Marina, Port Douglas, 07 40996663
Choo Choo’s on The Marina
Not only does Choo Choo’s Port Douglas have some tables directly adjacent to the water of the marina, it also has the old Ballyhooley steam train carriages converted into lovely dining cars.
If you’re a train buff you’ll want to eat here.
They’ve done a great job on the conversion.
Choo Choos are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner normally. Last time we visited they were offering tapas and cocktails at sunset too. Adjacent to Choo Choos, within the old station building and platform on the marina, there is now also an ice cream shop.
The ice cream parlour is away from the water’s edge so has no views to speak of.
Barbados on The Marina
Barbados is really a rum or cocktail bar that serves food, although we visit to dine too. It’s a beautiful spot to relax and has views of the inlet and marina.
Dishes you can enjoy include ceviche, sharing platters, tuna tataki, brisket burgers and light snacks. The food is very good here, as are the cocktails and wine list.
The views aren’t direct, there is a very quiet road and a strip of grass between the seating area and the inlet, but you certainly can see the marina, water, mangroves, mountains and sunsets from Barbados.
You usually need to book, please check opening hours.
Customers can reserve different seating options including luxurious, yet informal, lounge-style booths using the online booking platform.
Once seated, guests can order food or drinks directly from their phones, which is super convenient!
At the time of writing Barbados is only open Thursday to Sunday, opening at 3pm but this does change often due to the current crisis. Things should be back to normal very soon!
On the Barbados menu, you are likely to find such things as seafood sharing plates, oysters, ceviche, coconut prawns, brisket sliders, truffle fries and most excellent cocktails.
We know this menu very well indeed!
Port Douglas Dining With a Marina View
We hope you enjoy Port Douglas and get a chance to try some of the Port Douglas Marina restaurants while you’re here. I have worked as a chef at one of these restaurants. I was formerly executive chef at one of Port Douglas’s top 5 star resorts. If you need more information on things to do in Port Douglas, Port Douglas activities or accommodation, what to do in Cairns, or more content on alternative Port Douglas restaurants with a view, with some delicious photos, we’ve got you covered.