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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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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 22:30
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Dubbo, Australia
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277 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy to miss but a great find, not our first visit but a nice restaurant with good service and lots of options. 1st floor so out of the busy traffic and a peaceful place to eat

Thank Sharport67
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118 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located on a balcony overlooking the esplanade, this place is expensive but worth it. Quality selection of ciders and wines. Meals are a considerable size.

Thank Brogan J
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this restaurant by accident. Food could be a bit hit and miss in Cairns. We were looking for good quality food and we weren't disappointed. The waiter recommended a wine for us which was delicious. The service was good and the quality of the food was excellent. Very tasty!

Thank Shellyc79
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We reserved a table upstairs on the balcony. It was a balmy night. The waiters were understaffed but tried really hard. We had just come off a cruise ship in Auckland a day earlier and were craving something that wasn't too bland or too rich. Iyara hit the mark perfectly. Great meal, pleasant location and good service.

Thank RexWarren
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! At first I was dubious as this restaurant is quite fancy and to me, Thai food is simple food done so so well. The food came out and WOW!!! We asked for Thai spicy and it was! Mmmmm!! My paw paw salad was absolutely perfect. The curry puff pastry and flavour Devine! My pad Thai came with prawns... I... More 

Thank Jessica C
Adelaide, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

4 of us dined here, all experienced Thai eaters. I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful it is up stairs on the balcony overlooking the ocean. It's clean, the young waitress was attentive. Each of our meals were some of the best food we have had whilst in FNQ. The Thai beef salad excellent- could have had a little more portion... More 

Thank connieluders
Manchester, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We booked in advance and got a table at the front of the balcony. Service was good, food was good but as others have mentioned possibly alittle overpriced

Thank Maxim3m
Cairns, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

We didn't book, so on arrival found Iyara busy, but after a short wait, staff seated us. The food was lovely, but not a great quantity. Would say it was on the expensive side, but it was quality ingredients and tasted authentic. The atmosphere was clean, open and not clustered but comfortable.

Thank 431carlee_em
Wellington, New Zealand
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84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Got a nice spot on the balcony with a welcoming breeze to cool things down (wouldn't be a great table if it was raining though as there isn't much to protect you). The food here is fabulous and a must if you like spicy food. Scallop entree was delicious. There were 3 of us dining and we selected the confit... More 

1 Thank Kiwiworldtravellers
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We booked a table for 730pm for three at 530pm. Upon arrival we were ignored as we waited to be greeted. When the staff member finally bothered to attend us after about 5 minutes, she approached us with plates of food and said "follow me", no hello or any greeting. By this stage I was in the bathroom and my... 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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
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?