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About Salsa Bar & Grill

Overlooking the beautiful waters of Port Douglas, Salsa Bar & Grill is the go-to venue for locals and tourists alike. Situated on popular Wharf Street precinct, Salsa’s white timber furnishings, latched windows and pendent lighting are reminiscent of a Queenslander beach house, creating a relaxed tropical experience for all who visit. With an Aperol and gin-infused Canefire Sunset cocktail in hand, choose from a range of entrées such as salmon crudo, buttermilk, turmeric oil, compressed cucumber and smoked macadamias. For the main delve into the likes of linguine tossed with Tiger prawns, garlic, chilli and shaved Parmesan; while for those dreaming of a destination wedding, Salsa offers packages to suit all tastes and budgets with menus to match, creating an ideal nuptials venue.

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A few words from Salsa Bar & Grill

Salsa Bar & Grill has been welcoming locals and visitors alike through its doors for over 28 years. Having won many awards over the years for creative menus, customer service and atmosphere, the team at Salsa pride themselves on serving guests of the restaurant like they are welcoming old friends back home.

With an international Masters in Cookery, Chef Goran Zonai and his multi-national team bring an abundance of flavour and spectacular eye catching dishes to each and every menu. The menu sources as much local produce as possible and is sure to leave you wanting more.

The carefully crafted wine selection features predominantly Australian and New Zealand wines as well as some international beauties. Restaurant Manager Paul Kelly has hand picked an array of wines, beers, ciders and developed amazing cocktails to ensure every great meal at Salsa can be accompanied by a great beverage.

Whether you come in for lunch, dinner, join a wedding group or simply wish to sip cocktails and enjoy the view – you must make sure your trip to Port Douglas includes a visit to Salsa!

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Location & Map

26 Wharf Street, Port Douglas 4877 QLD - See Map

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Opening Hours

Mon  12:00:PM - 11:00:PM
Tue  Closed
Wed  Closed
Thu  12:00:PM - 11:00:PM
Fri  12:00:PM - 11:00:PM
Sat  12:00:PM - 11:00:PM
Sun  12:00:PM - 11:00:PM

Groups & Functions

Multiple options available for private functions and parties including sole use restaurant, alfresco canape parties, half restaurant private use.

  • Up to 200 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Charity Event
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Conference
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Hens & Bucks Night
  • Product Launch
  • Wedding
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Degustation
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (58)


Incredible Food and Dining Experience
This has to be one of the best restaurants my husband and I have ever eaten at. We had entrees, mains, deserts, coctails and wine and every single dish was so beautifully presented and so delicious. The staff are very welcoming and friendly, and it has a great atmosphere. Salsa Bar and Grill is perfect for any occasion and is also kid friendly. We are hoping to make an annual trip back to Port Douglas and we will be coming back to Salsa Bar and Grill every trip! Seriously cannot recommend this restaurant enough!! Absolutely 10 out of 10!!!


great food, excellent service,
we thought it was a mexican restaurant , far from that. the food was of high standard , excellent service, had the pork belly entree, melt in you mouth. I had the pasta dish for main but an entree size it was so large, great wine list too, so much to chose from .would highly recommend . staff was outstanding, funny at times but very knowledgeable with the food and the wines. it was such a pleasure to dine there, made my birthday/honeymoon .hope to come back soon.


Paradise Perfection
We come up to Port Douglas atleast twice a year and Salsa is always on our must eat at restaurants. It never fails to impress, with an ever changing menu, cooked to perfection. A great as the food is it's made wben more special by the friendly, helpful staff. We are always made to feel like we are good friends coming to dinner. Keep doing what you do. We love it!


We will be back! The food was amazing, excellent portions, flavour combinations and friendly and welcoming staff.


Fabulous as always!!
Salsa gets even better
New menu great and food quality, atmosphere and service terrific
Always our favourite dinners and lunches in Port Douglas


Our very favourite restaurant in Pt D, well in Aust for that matter! The food is so beautiful- flavours, presentation just fantastic. Bill & all his wonderful staff make everyone so welcome. Simply the best!!


Hard to beat - always winning combination of exquisite use of local produce, top notch service and relaxed atmosphere with a truely divine execution of dishes


Always a winner
We keep returning to Salsa - because it never disappoints - delectable food, relaxed staff, and perfect location. Excellent value for money. Each experience is definitely memorable !



Always and awesome experience
The food and the staff are always, totally amazing, nothing is to much trouble for them.


Awesome Food, Awesome Service, Awesome Location
Salsa never fail to serve up memorable moments. Keep up the Awesome guys


Awesome food, amazing staff. Always a delight. Light lunch to a big night out they never disappoint.

Julie Walker

Been here in Port for 30 yrs....Still the Best Restuarant in Town
Looking forward to our Staff Xmas Dinner early December 2020


Best restaurant in Port Douglas. Great food, terrific service and nice location. Salsa has been an institution at Port for many years and for one good reason - it is an excellent restaurant.


Great food, great service!


Wilma Frame

A none fail restaurant , amazing food, the staff are very helpful & cheerful . Being a local , I love everything about Salsa .


Love love love Salsa!

Chris n Charmaine Norris

Superb food & service each and every time


Always consistent fabulous food and service


Our very favourite Restaurant, service, food, ambience 1st class


Salsa is the best restaurant in Port Douglas!
The food is exceptional! Presentation is beautiful, flavour is amazing and great service.

Maria C Atkinson

Salsa is the locals all time favourite restaurant in Port Douglas, delicious and consistently fabulous meals, great ambience and wonderful service, love love Salsa restaurant


Great food
We love the food, friendly service and the chef is great.


Great Food
Great Place, Great Food, Great Staff



Simply the best FNQ has to offer. Outstanding value for a first class experience.



Always great food and service - my #1 recommendation for friends visiting Port Douglas




Great restaurant. I cant remember the last time I met such great staff and their dish and product knowledge was second to none. Highly recommended!


Dived into PD to skip the rain - so pleased our original restaurant choice was shut. My wife and I have eaten at top class restaurants around the world so we're not easy to please. The food was SENSATIONAL - the tapas special and pulled pork were "to die for", my wife had the Thai chicken spring rolls and was delighted. We'd already agreed we would not have pudding but after those four dishes we just had to see what was on offer. The mango Alaskan baked bomb was ORGASMIC and the creme brulee was as good as they get - we have had worse food in Michelin two star restaurants - it was simply breathtaking!!!! Well done Salsa - simply outstanding food and great low-key friendly service!!!


My boyfriend Nick and I were at the Grill a week ago on a Thursday night on recommendation from Jaqueline from the Lorna Jane shop when we were over from the UK on holiday. I can honestly say 100% that it was the best meal of our 24 day holiday in Australia and Hong Kong!! We had the most delicious food- sharing plate starter, barramundi and nanagui fish main dishes and gorgeous chocolate souffl? desserts!!! Oh and the cocktails, Isabelle's epiphany, strawberry champagne martini, Bloody Mary and my favourite the Obama Mojito!!!!! The staff were so friendly and informative and enthusiastic and the barmen actually let me have the Mojito recipe, never happens in the Uk! If we were still there, which I wish we were, adored Port Douglas, would go back there in a heartbeat!! Love it!!! Debi Bennett : ))) 10* Plus!!!


Absolutely perfect in every way. No visit to Port Douglas is complete without at least one meal at Salsa.


Always a great and unforgettable experience




OK ... I'll admit it's been 12 months since our last visit to Port... Gotta Get BACK There!!! Because not only is it 'the place of my heart' it has also attracted some of Australia's best chefs. The restaurant competition in Port is fierce because there are so many great ones... but the King of the pile, the TopDog, the Creme de la Creme has GOT to be my favourite restaurant of all - Salsa Bar and Grill! You can't beat it for originality, style, friendliness and longevity! Go Salsa!


Why this restaurant has not won any national awards proves how bias the restaurant reviewers are in this country, I have been a regular of Salsa for over 10 years in both locations and time after time have outshined those so called national award winning restaurants.



Everything about our experience at Salsa was impeccable, perfect food, amazing service, and a beautiful restaurant made for a memorable evening. We will be back for sure



I have been eating at Salsa Bar since the old days and have continued to be a huge supporter. It has become almost a Religious Experience to enjoy Sunday Lunch at Salsa. Service is faultless and enthusiastic with great knowledge and understanding of the dishes. Food is consistantly good with an ever changing menu. Sadly Salsa is a standout in an almost wilderness of good food in the Cairns and Port Douglas Region. There are a number of Restaurants that win awards in the area that would not survive in a competitive environment. The exception is Salsa Bar where the reviews from Melbourne and Sydney Residents speak for themselves. It is THE Restaurant the locals dine at. I would not hesitate to recommend it.


Every time I visit Port Douglas, I never fail to eat at Salsa. The food is amazing in such a great location. The service is friendly and great. One of the best restaurants I have been to.


Consistently amazing meals and friendly,efficient service.



Great food and excellent Customer service. Just a great all round service.


The best and most friendliest place to eat in Port Douglas, and almost anywhere.


Our favourite place to dine in Port Douglas, every meal is perfection, the atmosphere is wonderful and the service is brilliant.

Fab food fanatic

Some of the best food and service in Port Douglas. Every thing about this Resturant is great, will be back again, again and again!!!



Was one of the best meals NAND service I have ever had 5 star


I have dined at Salsa numerous times and have not once been close to being disappointed. Service is outstanding as is the quality of food. I can promise that you will not be disappointed!


I have dined at Salsa numerous times and have not once been close to being disappointed. Service is outstanding as is the quality of food. I can promise that you will not be disappointed!


I have dined at Salsa numerous times and have not once been close to being disappointed. Service is outstanding as is the quality of food. I can promise that you will not be disappointed!


Probably the most consistantly good restaurant in Port Douglas. A must do!!


Food was fabulous! We would highly recommend this restaurant. Definitely book in advance as they book up very quickly!