My husband and I took a Sunset Cruise and a three course meal at Dundees was available to purchase in the ticket price when booking. Once the cruise was finished we were able to walk to the restaurant from the pier along the board walk - very convenient and pleasant.
I have read other reviews of this restaurant and honestly, I really don’t understand how diners who claim to be "seasoned foodies" can write such unpleasant and frankly, such arrogant reviews. My husband and I eat out about three or four times a week and have lived in many different places which have a varied range of eating establishments and food sources available to them. I have found that the best way to review a restaurant is to assess the type of restaurant and then judge by those criteria. For example, if a restaurant has won 'hats' etc., you would expect a very high standard of food, wine, service etc. If a restaurant has a more casual style or menu and/or maybe is a BYO, you may expect something else.
Dundee's is a family style restaurant which appeared to be able to cater to groups and families. There were also some tables placed in quieter spots for those looking for a romantic dinner. It is a boisterous place mostly. The menu was quite extensive and there was a good range of meat, poultry, seafood and vegetarian meals available. I had a Caesar salad for starters and the chicken for a main. I was too full to have dessert but my husband ordered and enjoyed.
The wine list was a nice surprise and we found a big woody chardonnay to our liking that one would perhaps expect to find in the more mid - premium section of a wine list.
The service was friendly, attentive and prompt. The restaurant was very busy but the floor staff managed well and the meals arrived within a very reasonable amount of time. I did actually encounter the manager for the evening and he was very friendly to us as we arrived. In relation to a previous review, he did seem to be talking to some patrons more than others but from the similarities of their appearances, I think he was related to them, so I will forgive him that! I am quite happy to be greeted by a manager/owner and to leave it at that!
The value was amazing. We paid $70 each for a three course meal.
I would recommend this restaurant to families, large groups or if you are looking for a casual meal on the pier. A tip for dining in Cairns is to take a walk later in the day and check out the menus and style of restaurants especially along the Pier and the Esplanade and then make a booking - at least that way you will know what to expect. There are plenty of places to choose from.
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