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The Backyard by Shangri-La: Ultimate Waterfront Dining in Cairns  


For a true taste of the Far North and epic waterside views while in Cairns, head straight to The Backyard by Shangri-La.

Indulge in a truly luxurious dining experience at The Backyard by Shangri-La, overlooking the picturesque Cairns Marina. With a luxurious waterfront location, exceptional cocktails, a tantalising Australian and international menu, and a friendly atmosphere, this is the perfect destination for those seeking a truly indulgent culinary adventure. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, enjoying a romantic dinner for two, or simply looking to treat yourself to a memorable dining experience, The Backyard promises to exceed your expectations with Cairns’ most innovative fare. 

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The cocktails are next level 

The talented mixologists behind the bar take great pride in crafting unique, refreshing drinks that tantalise the taste buds, and the cocktail menu is overflowing with a diverse range of libations. Whether you prefer something classic and timeless like the Spicy Tom's Margarita or the bolder flavour profile of its specialty cocktail menu, there is a drink to suit every palate. For those looking for a creative twist, the Lemon Drop Meringue cocktail is a delightful choice, blending tangy lemon with a fluffy meringue topping for a truly indulgent experience. Each sip perfectly balances sweet, sour, and savoury notes. 

The food is ‘Tropical North Queensland on a plate’  

Of course, no visit to The Backyard would be complete without exploring the tantalising culinary creations on offer. A celebration of modern Australian cuisine, the menu showcases the best of Tropical North Queensland's bountiful produce. A standout is the Surf and Turf, a marriage of land and sea that brings together the richness of perfectly cooked steak with the delicate sweetness of freshly caught seafood. And the enticing charcuterie board, featuring an array of carefully curated cured meats, artisanal cheeses, and delectable accompaniments, is a feast for the senses. 

The waterfront views are unbeatable 

What sets this restaurant apart is not only its delectable cuisine but also its unbeatable waterfront views. The restaurant's prime location provides sweeping vistas of Cairns Marina, offering a captivating waterfront vibe. Whether you choose to dine inside the elegant restaurant or opt for alfresco seating on the waterfront deck, you are guaranteed breathtaking views at every turn. As the sun sets over the marina, casting its warm hues across the water, you'll find yourself immersed in a truly enchanting atmosphere. 

The vibe is chilled and friendly 

The restaurant prides itself on its warm and friendly ambience and creates an inviting space where guests can relax and unwind. The team of passionate chefs and attentive service staff work tirelessly to ensure that every guest feels welcomed and well taken care of. Their dedication to providing exceptional service shines through in their willingness to go above and beyond to create a memorable dining experience. Whether you have dietary restrictions, special requests, or simply need guidance to select the perfect dish, the staff at The Backyard are always there to assist you with genuine care and professionalism. 

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