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“Sunday lunch was appalling”

Osprey's Restaurant
Ranked #44 of 118 Restaurants in Port Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$35
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: View
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Savour the view along the scenic road to Port Douglas even longer by stopping for lunch, dinner or a coffee at Osprey's Restaurant at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. The idyllic eco resort captures the feel of the tropics in its relaxed, open-air Osprey's Restaurant where modern tropical cuisine is a specialty.Enjoy the spectacular elevated setting overlooking the Coral Sea and rainforest-clad mountains that hug the coastline near Port Douglas. Let nature take centre stage while you enjoy contemporary international cuisine. Linger with a coffee in the elegantly casual surrounds to catch up on your emails with the free wifi, ask the friendly staff to identify the birds that share your tree-top position or indulge with sundowners at the end of a leisurely day in the tropics.
Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Sunday lunch was appalling”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

The restaurant has the best view north to Cape Tribulation. Unfortunately, the food looks south to the Sea of Incompetence. My wife's steak was in barely edible and my duck curry, how do I put this, was actually a curry that had never come within sight of a duck. How any self respecting chef can serve this stuff up amazes me. Mediocrity seems to be the established norm in too many places in FNQ.

The problem is always management. If the managers accept these standards then it just continues on. Nothing changes. No one seems to realise that if they get their act together people will spend more $ there and everyone benefits. If we'd had a good experience, my wife & I would have eaten there 4 or 5 times in our 3 week holiday. As it is, I will not only avoid the place I will make a point of telling others. Great business model, guys!

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Thank Nick L
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Thala_management, Manager at Osprey's Restaurant, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
I was so disappointed to read your review and learn that your dining experience did not meet your expectations. I would appreciate discussing this matter further with you - please email johan@thalabeach.com.au or call me on 07 4098 5700 when you get a moment. Sincerely, Johan Klindt, General Manager
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Eating well at a resort”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Very good food for a resort restaurant. Generous servings and very well presented food, as well as being very tasty. A stunning location with the added bonus of seeing the namesake birds flying past the restaurant

Visited March 2014
Thank macfitz1 .
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

Had dinner here for my partner's birthday and I cannot fault one thing about the experience. The views were stunning, food adventurous, very well presented and perfectly cooked.
The service was exactly how I like it, non-intrusive but attentive, polite and helpful.
Thanks guys for a great night!

Thank Stewart A
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1 review
“Disappointed with food”
Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

Most beautiful venue BUT food pretty average. Trio of dips so bland didn't finish small quantity given (between 4!) Asked waitress re sharing crocodile spring rolls she said they were larger than regular ones but came out as cocktail size (2 for $17.00!!) Main course pretty average.

Thank Jackie L
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

Amazing service, great food! As to the price.. You pay for what you get. We found it value for money. Will return next time we are in Port Douglas or Cairns!

Thank jakin4
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