Where to eat in Cooktown

If you’re travelling to Cooktown and don’t know where to dine out or grab a take away, then take a look at my review of the places we found while staying in this historical coastal town.

FishnChips Cooks Landing Cooktown

Cooks Landing Kiosk

The absolute “BEST” Fish n Chips can be found down by the Endeavour River at a little place called Cooks Landing Kiosk.  You can get a serve of fresh Red Emperor (straight off the trawler) and delicious crunchy chips for $12.50!  .

Now I’m a pretty fussy fish eater, but let me tell you that fish was mouth watering – cooked to perfection!

While you are there, see if you can spot the groper hovering around the jetty, you may even get to feed it – it’s a whopper!

Lemon meringue and cherry creme brulee

The Coffee Kitchen, Riverside

Looking for a great coffee and French patisseries?  Take a stroll along the Esplanade and you’ll find a hidden gem, The Coffee Kitchen Riverside.  It’s worth the walk to the end of the Esplanade, situated right beside the laundromat and overlooking the Endeavour River.

All the patisseries are one price and are generous serves!  We enjoyed a cappuccino complimented with a Lemon Meringue tart a Cherry Crème Brule tart!

Yum and all for under $20. Go on, lash out and treat yourself!

Mangrove Jack RSL (2)

Cooktown RSL Memorial Club

Perched on the banks of the Endeavour River, the RSL Club offers a complimentary door to door service for visitors to Cooktown.  Dine in the airconditioned Ol’ Mates Bistro, out on the balcony overlooking the river or pick up a take away.

With an extensive menu to choose from, it was hard to go past the Friday night specials board.  Mangrove Jack priced at $24 and for an extra $3 you could have vegies instead of salad and chips.  The service was great and the meal was generous and very tasty.

Scones Botanic Gardens

Kindred Cafe – Nature’s Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre

Just a few blocks from the centre of town you’ll find the Botanical Gardens which houses the Information Centre and the Kindred Cafe.

We arrived to piping hot scones freshly baked and just out of the oven with a generous serve of strawberry jam and fresh whipped cream.  Topped off with a cappucino all for $14.  Delish!  The staff were very friendly and helpful too and don’t forget to look out for any little green friends that might be hiding on your seat…

Chicken Pad Thai Jackey Jackey Cafe Cooktown

Jackey Jackey Thai Cafe

A  quaint Thai Cafe situated in the main street of Cooktown, you can dine in or take away and the kitchen is open until 9pm.

Generous serves full of flavour and fragrantly spiced with thai herbs and spices, an explosion of flavour on your palate.  We enjoyed a personal favourite, Chicken Pad Thai priced at $26.

The service was exceptional and we didn’t have to wait long for our meal.  Tip: no toilet facilities in this cafe, you need to use the public toilets located across the road in the park.

Rib Fillet and Vegies The Sovereign Hotel Cooktown

The Sovereign Hotel

There comes a time when you just want a feed of steak and veg!  You can’t go past the Sovereign Hotel Cafe Bar for a delicious tender rib fillet topped off with a range of sauces and piping hot vegies and mash.  There are plenty of other choices on the menu too and the prices are reasonable considering the location.

Sit yourself down on the front deck, grab a cold glass of wine and take in the view.  After all, you’re on holidays aren’t you?

Roast Beef and vegies Cooktown Bowls Club

Bowled Over Bistro

The Cooktown Bowls Club is situated in the main street, right beside the RSL Club.  They offer a free courtesy coach pick up, so take advantage of it and have yourself a great meal out. The staff are super friendly and very efficient.

We had the Sunday night roast special at $15 and let me tell you the beef was juicy and tender and the gravy was rich and luscious!  Jacket potato, honey carrots, beans and peas all piping hot.  It’s hard to beat Mum’s Sunday Roast, but this one was a winner!