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iyara by Sakare

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L 1 91 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 457 728 636
18:00 - 22:30
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Vlissingen, The Netherlands
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is hard to find, small entry on the Esplanade but once you get up you will find a great restaurant with a nice romantic view over the Esplanade. Great food, good service and normal prices. Can recommend this very romantic location!

Thank Axzel
Kuranda, Australia
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Visited this restaurant after purchasing the Entertainment book, probably would not have known about it otherwise as tucked away upstairs on the Esplanade. I found the prices great and the waitresses lovely. The first visit was awesome so we returned and the food was even better. There are so many dishes to chose from its hard to design. The only... More 

Thank Lisalulu77
Cairns Region, Australia
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The food here was good, although touted as modern Thai there were very familiar dishes here along with some I haven't seen before, betel nut leaves with prawns Thai spices and chilli were a delicious flavour bite with a range of textures beautifully presented. A green papaya salad was also spot on for texture and flavour. The veranda overlooking Cairns... More 

Thank strudelwoman
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here 12 months ago and decided to come back again for another go. We were certainly not let down. We had the Pork hock, Green Curry, Lamb cutlets and the Massaman curry, every single dish was delicious with the Pork the real high light. Plenty of heat in the curries but real depth of flavour throughout. I can't... More 

Thank Fatmein
new zealand
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117 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Found the service with three waitress pretty quick to be honest if not a little muddled at times but could not fault. Food at thirty odd dollars for a mains a wee expensive, plus entree at nineteen a little crazy. I had green curry which was ok and a decent taste and not too hot. My wife had beef stir... More 

Thank macfod
Cairns Region, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Highly Recommended. If there is a bad review forget it. But Its important to book. We do and sit out on the balcony over looking the Esplanade. Its not cheap but the food and ambience is worth every dollar. Service is attentive and even though a little slow in bringing out the meals we didn't care we were there to... More 

Thank Donald L
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Stumbled across this place whilst looking for something a little more upscale than most of the Esplanade restaurants. We were shown to a balcony table which was nice as we still had views but were away from the hub- bub of the street. Ordered drinks which were slow to arrive but the food made up for any reservations we had.... More 

Thank evelynpaw
Bacolod, Philippines
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

When living in Cairns, this was my favourite Thai restaurant. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. Upstairs overlooking the Cairns Esplanade, it's in a great location. A little expensive compared to other Thai restauants in town but worth it for those occasions that are a little more special. They only do dinners.

Thank dharbers
Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We as a family of four have very different tastes in food, the teenage kids agreed to try this restaurant after looking at the menu. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals, one of us had the chicken and noodles, one had the shredded beef, one had the massaman curry and asked for no peanuts and I had the prawns with... More 

Thank Flobble F
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126 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We came here after a recommendation and we were not disappointed The setting upstairs was simply beautiful. We were welcomed by Sakare ( who we discovered was the owner) with open arms The lovely view makes the experience very relaxing. It was a little warm and they immediately turned the fans on to cool us down On top of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: L 1 91 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 457 728 636

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?