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The Colonial Palms Restaurant

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2 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
+61 7 4946 7166
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 20:00
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450 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though we arrived late, the chef kindly offered to open up his kitchen & cook food for us. I had his homemade chicken curry which was absolutely excellent being really tasty & having a decent bite. Lady G had a prawn dish that she also declared superb. The easy summary is that the food here was far better than... More 

Thank BruceYork
San Francisco, California
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143 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant should be sought out. It is located in a motel and is above the marine. Our dinners were excellent, well prepared and generous.

Thank hokona
Townsville, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Exellent service and meals Reasonably priced and very clean staff very friendly and made you welcome

Thank fsim1
Port Douglas, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We were staying up the road at a hostel and the owner suggested we pop down and grab a bit to eat....so glad we did food was to DIE FOR! and the smaller size of it allows a really romantic and private feel.

Thank SunsetTravler2017
Airlie Beach, Australia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

I love the Colonial... Just to wind down after work with my favourite drink. their Fillet Steak & lamb Racks are my favourite. It is family run & John, Jeff (he is the romantic one that lights your candles) and family do an awesome job. Great view with the ocean and you can even see them feed the kookaburras.

Thank terry_schulz
colonialpalms, Owner at The Colonial Palms Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for those comments. It helps us continue to provide and then improve our service to guests More 

Cairns, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Good atmosphere and ambience. Very humble small restaurant not pretentious and served personally only by the owners, which can be a disadvatage when its busy. Tried the miso eggplant for the entree, taste delish.its a winner. Then i ordered lamb rack for my mains. My lamb was cooked to perfection. But i do find the sides (rice and a stir... More 

Thank dh007DM
Venice, Italy
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

I stayed in this place as the hostel i was originally meant to stay (nomads) was filthy and just not recommended to sleep in. This place is pretty good, nice view of the harbour and big clean rooms. Only negative is breakfast, REALLY basic (tea/coffee/cereal) and if you want to upgrade you need to pay $11 for eggs/bacon etc. staff... More 

Thank brazil80
Cannonvale, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Great meal. Two of us had the Laksa (delicious) and the others had the Butter Curry lamb pot pie, also very good. Excellent service. Very nice surroundings and welcoming atmosphere. One of Airlie's secrets.

Thank Teggunmas
Mooloolah, Queensland, Australia
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82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely dinner here with my wife. She is a vegetarian so we don't expect much. The Eggplant is a revelation! I had the local gourmet sausages with mash which was very good. they also have many other delicious sounding dishes. Well worth a look.

Thank Jeff J
San Francisco, California
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We had dinner here at night. View was lovely since the restaurant and motel sit on a hill overlooking the port and bay. Nice dinner choices, wine selection and ambiance. Excellent service. Would come back again.

Thank John M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 16 - US$ 36
Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
18:00 - 20:00
18:00 - 20:00
18:00 - 20:00
18:00 - 20:00
18:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Airlie Beach
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4946 7166

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?