on December 6, 2010
The Pier is a great casual dining choice in Cairns. It's located on the outside of the Marina Marketplace mall in downtown Cairns, facing the ocean. We were enticed to try it by one of their nightly specials -- pizzas from a wood-fired oven for a really great price. The crispy pizza was delicious and we returned another night to try other items from their menu, and were very pleased with our food. You do have to walk a few steps and put in and pick up your own pizza order from the counter (they give you a little pager that goes off to let you know when it is prepared), but with the good prices, it isn't a problem at all.The spacious restaurant has cool LED lighting in the interior and some pool tables for entertainment. But the best place to be is out on the long wooden deck with a view of the sea. The handsome bar has a nice variety of beers on tap and the friendly bartender was happy to give advice on a couple different brands to try.The Pier is just a short walk off of the main downtown drag of Cairns. But walking there and back is half the fun as you'll get to hear and see the raucous flocks of parrots swooping in as the come to roost in the waterfront trees. Those steps away from the Esplanade also buy you a much more relaxed dining experience, an infinitely more pleasant atmosphere, and a lot more value for your money.
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