Whether you’re looking for a tropical dining experience that will live long in your memory, a refreshing cocktail after a day of exploring the wonders of Far North Queensland, or a beautiful location to celebrate a special occasion, Nautilus Restaurant offers a dream-like dining destination.
Come sample our tantalizing menu and tempting cocktail list.
We are open 7 nights per week (variable during wet season).
Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. Reserve a table online or phone us to check availability.
Nautilus is an iconic restaurant in Far North Queensland and the alfresco tropical we are known for is both unique and wonderful. Nautilus is the only truly outdoor dining restaurant in Port Douglas. Described as unforgettable by many, dining at Nautilus is something that needs to be experienced to understand why it has reached iconic status.
Nautilus has surpassed 65 years of operation, still on the original site in Port Douglas, and we have endeavoured to maintain the magical atmosphere established back in the 50’s.
Yes, Nautilus is the only truly outdoor dining restaurant in Port Douglas. There are no walls or a ceiling, other than the palm trees towering overhead. We share our dining room with nature and are subject to the weather – beautifully balmy nights, tropical downpours and all that’s in between.
Over time, our innovation has allowed us to handle all weather situations with unimposing retractable canopies that maintain an outdoor feel even when it rains. There is nothing better than dining in this restaurant as the rain comes down overhead and refreshes the gardens.
The restaurant is all open-air. We do not have an air conditioned dining area, instead embracing the balmy tropics. We do have fans and chilled hand towels, plus an enticing menu of refreshingly cool beverages guaranteed to make you feel comfortable.
Of course. The Canopy Lounge provides the perfect setting for pre-dinner drinks or cocktails as the sun sets on another day in paradise.
With a fantastic cocktail list and a creative bar team on hand to mix your beverage of choice, we welcome you to take a seat and soak in the relaxed ambiance of Nautilus. Our wine list is extensive and possibly the largest in Port Douglas, with a cellar just waiting to be explored.
Priority is always given to guests who are dining with us so please understand if we are unable to accommodate you during busier times.
Our aim is to provide a leisurely dining experience in a beautiful setting. To allow you to fully experience and savour the relaxed atmosphere, our service is purposely slower than some restaurants.
We encourage you to embrace the relaxed nature of the tropics, to disconnect from the hustle of modern life and enjoy every moment of your Nautilus dining experience.
We recommend smart casual attire. We embrace the relaxed nature of the tropics but ask gentlemen to avoid sleeveless clothing and thongs/flip flops.
To maintain the unique atmosphere of the restaurant for all our guests, children aged 8 and older are welcome at Nautilus if accompanied by an adult. If you require a minder, we are happy to provide you with a number of well-trusted and recommended services in Port Douglas and surrounds.
At Nautilus we pride ourselves on attentive and personalised service. We are also dedicated to ensuring every diner has the best possible experience. If at any time during the evening you have a concern, or anything is not to your liking, please ask any Nautilus team member for your waiter or request the restaurant manager to come to your table. We do encourage this action and will respond immediately to ensure all guests leave with fond memories of Nautilus.