Palm Cove Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Palm Cove

December 22, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Australia’s most popular spa destination is a gorgeous beachside haven of relaxation, boasting top wellness centers and pristine beaches. Indulge your body in a mud bath, body wrap or soft coral scrub. Whether you choose to be pampered in an open-air pavilion or a private cabana, your perfect spa experience can be found in Palm Cove.
Things to do in Palm Cove

1. Il Forno Restaurant

115-117 Williams Esp | 115-117 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$47 - HK$149 +61 7 4059 1666
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 632 reviews

Il Forno Restaurant

Il Forno is a family run business with a new management. At Il Forno we specialise in Roman style Pizza which has a soft but crunchy thin base. We follow the traditional way of Pizza making which does not grant the use of any machinery for the handling of the dough, not even a rolling pin can be used. We do it the old way, by hand! At Il Forno you will find a little corner of Italy where the owner and staff are Italians. To ensure a true Italian Pizza to our customers we import a lot of our ingredients and the local ingredients we use are made by Italians here in Australia.

Reviewed By Marion B - Melbourne, Australia

My husband & I shared a meat lovers pizza which had Italian sausage. Very tasty. For dessert we had a very delicious locally made chocolate Gelati..
Il Forno is a smallish Italian Restaurant upstairs across from the Beach with open shutters. A pleasant breeze on a hot night was very welcome. Worth the visit. Would go again or even get a takeaway.

2. Vivo Palm Cove

49 Williams Esp, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Mediterranean, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +61 7 4059 0944
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Vivo Palm Cove

All day dining from 6.30am daily. Happy Hour and Tapas from 3-5.30pm. Beachfront dining offering stunning views out to the Coral Sea, incorporating outdoor Seating as well as verandah Seating in a classic Queensland colonial building. Proudly serving Genovese coffee.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member - Melbourne, Australia

Nice place for lunch with a lovely view of Palm Cove beach. Very family friendly, high chairs are available for babies.

3. Neptune's on the Cove Restaurant

123 Williams Esp, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$997 +61 7 4059 0003
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 550 reviews

Neptune's on the Cove Restaurant

Fully licensed Neptune's on the Cove Restaurant offers an a-la-carte Waterfront Experience. Fine Dining in a Casual Setting with a Superb Seafood with a twist of the Mediterranean Menu.

Reviewed By Sonny A

Disappointing experience this evening. Whilst the food was good, the meals took an hour to come and the staff simply ducked for cover; not a supervisor in the place. All of the goodwill was lost in a restaurant which is one of the more expensive at Palm Cove. SERVICE is critical or your venue becomes one to avoid.

4. Lime & Pepper Restaurant

123 Williams Esp | at Peppers Beach Club and Spa, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Asian, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$251 +61 7 4059 9200
Excellent
48%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 539 reviews

Lime & Pepper Restaurant

Dining at Peppers Beach Club & Spa Lime & Pepper Peppers Beach Club & Spa's signature restaurant Lime & Pepper offers a combination of diversified cuisine incorporating the sumptuous and distinct flavours of the tropics. Utilising a variety of local produce, Lime & Pepper's Executive Chef creates an array of impeccably presented dishes which are designed to complement the restaurant's beautiful beachside location and uninterrupted views of stunning Palm Cove. Lime & Pepper's carefully crafted menu goes hand in hand with a varied wine list and stylish surrounds completing your sensory journey.

Reviewed By nefertari53 - Queensland, Australia

Food excellent we had tasting plates which weren't on the menu but when requested the fabulous chef Thomas accommodated our wishes. Thanks to Caitlin who was a very attentive Waitstaff and made our lunch an extremely pleasant experience.

5. Portofino

41 Williams Esp, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$149 - HK$361 +61 428 774 009
Excellent
45%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Portofino

A family friendly italian restaurant serving only the best local produce. Italian food with an innovative twist. Enjoy al fresco dining opposite beautiful Palm Cove beach. Dine in or takeaway. Fully licensed bar. Restaurant is available for functions and off site catering.

Reviewed By iaindaza - Oldham

We stopped here on our way to Port Douglas. It is a lovely setting overlooking the Cove. I thought the prices were very reasonable compared to other restaurants at this location.
We ordered 2 chicken salads and they were very well prepared. The service was very good and I would recommend for a nice quiet lunch.

6. Chill Cafe

U 1 41 Williams Esp, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$212 +61 439 361 122
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Chill Cafe

Reviewed By LuciL0u - Christchurch, New Zealand

Chill Cafe was really handy during our stay, just across the road from our accommodation. We went here for happy hour (Mates Rates) one afternoon, and lunch another day.
Service was very friendly and quick, and the menu had a huge amount of delicious things to choose from!
Especially good were the lamb sliders, and the waffles. The waffles looked beeeeeautiful and the taste matched up!
Also perfect view across the road right on the beach, can't beat that.

7. Beach Almond Beach House

145 Williams Esp, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Asian, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$722 +61 7 4059 1908
Excellent
67%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Beach Almond Beach House

Beach Almond Beach House - modern asian seafood licenced restaurant. Char-grilled seafood, Singaporean chilli mud crab, black pepper mud crab, steaks, chicken, pork belly and vegetarian curries. Open: Mon-Sun 5 pm til 11 pm. Sat Sun breakfast lunch 9am til 5 pm.

Reviewed By birderjad - Portland, Oregon

Been in Australia for a bit over two weeks now and really wanted some grilled prawns. Happened upon this restaurant just down the road from our hotel. Yes the meal was expensive, but in my humble opinion well worth it. We had several fabulous prawn entrees and splurged on the whole fish. Everything was fantastic and the service was very personal. I only wish I had an other night to steer others in our tour group to a memorable meal before heading out to our next destination.

8. Nu Nu Restaurant

1 Veivers Rd, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$573 +61 7 4059 1880
Excellent
55%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Nu Nu Restaurant

Reviewed By ScarletAndPeach - Thursday Island, Australia

What an incredible experience! My friend and I enjoyed the 7 course tasting menu with paired wines. It was truly impressive. The service was outstanding and great explanations were given about each course and the wines. The food itself was spectacular. There were such clever combinations of favours and the beetroot kangaroo was a real standout. It wasn’t cheap and I had wondered if the wine pairing for an extra $91 was going to be worth it, but surprisingly it was. I would highly recommend

9. Deli Adrift

2 Veivers Rd, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Delivery, Reservations Cafe, Australian, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$55 - HK$126 +61 7 4055 3354
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 263 reviews

Deli Adrift

Full breakfast menu. Bakery section - bread, croissants and rolls, danish pastries.A lovely selection of Homemade food, Quiches, Pies, Bakes and many more. Fresh wraps, sandwiches, salads. Toasted focaccias. Tropical fruit salad made daily.Antipasto, cheeses and cold meats. Gluten free products, plus local bio-dynamic yoghurt.Don’t miss the tempting selection of cakes. Try some with coffee from locally grown coffee beans.Air-conditioned, or take in sea views from outside tables and breakfast bar. Licensed for alcohol

Reviewed By Wayne N - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Fresh salads, home cooked frittatas, muffins and so much more.
Situated at the Drift Apartments just to the side of Portofino restaurant.
Friendly service, a Deli and a Cafe.
We took our vegetable tortilla stack and beetroot feta salad back to our apartment.
Seating available outside.

10. Williams on the Nard

95 Williams Esp, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia (Formerly The Pantry at The Cove) Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner HK$63 - HK$298 +61 7 4059 0006
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 219 reviews

Williams on the Nard

Café serving the best in local produce on the beach front in beautiful Palm Cove, FNQ Australia. Full Bar with Cold Craft Beer on Tap, Wine and Spirits. LavAzza Coffee, Smoothies and Milkshakes as well. Open for Breakfast from 7am every day. Lunch menu with a delicious range of meals that are easy to share. Open for Dinner Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Reviewed By Anthony C - Melbourne, Australia

Just finished an excellent mushroom turkish with poached egg. Really enjoyable breakfast option. Good coffee in friendly effecient cafe with priceless views. Less fussy and less on the wallet than many in Palm Cove.. .yet still those fabulous views and beachside vibe.
Good menue for under ten yo kids too at very reasonable prices.
Be back tomorrow.

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