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Great Barrier Reef restaurants

Queensland resort cuisine used to mean predictable buffet fare, and since you're most likely to eat where you're staying, there was little incentive to improve. But an influx of big-city chefs and greater focus on local fish and produce—including "bush tucker" ingredients from the rain forest—mean you can choose your resort by the quality of its restaurant. We've suggested our favorites below, plus a handful of off-property options.

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Beach House, Hamilton Island

Husband-and-wife chef team Danny Chapman and Lisa Mackay took over The Beach House kitchen in July 2006, fresh from Melbourne's sophisticated dining scene. Ever...more

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Enterprise Charters, Port Douglas

Some of the Barrier Reef's best, albeit priciest, cuisine can be consumed afloat. On the luxury 56-foot yacht Enterprise, which can be day-chartered for up to...more

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Far Horizons, Palm Cove

Angsana Spa Resort's signature restaurant dishes up wonderful Asian-inspired seafood; our favorite choice is the macadamia-crusted soft shell crab with banana...more

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La Fontaine, Hayman Island

With its opulent Louis XVI furnishings, Waterford crystal chandelier, original artwork, and cascading limestone fountain, La Fontaine is the culinary...more

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Oriental, Hayman Island

Surrounded by Asian art and artifacts (including a beatific Buddha statue and 18th-century screens), diners here enjoy high-end fusion...more

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Osprey's, Port Douglas

Osprey's is used to discerning diners: Celebrities and power brokers, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, are among Thala Beach Lodge's...more

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Steakhouse, Hamilton Island

This place is serious about its meat—so serious that the chefs have grade-A beef flown in twice-weekly from around Australia. Your choice of sirloin,...more

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