Sashay into Salsa Bar and Grill in Port Douglas

Welcoming hungry visitors and locals for over 23 years, Salsa Bar and Grill is a Port Douglas dining icon.

Welcoming hungry visitors and locals for over 23 years, Salsa Bar and Grill is a Port Douglas dining icon.

You will find the relaxed tropical ambience of Salsa Bar in Wharf Street overlooking Anzac Park with views towards the Coral Sea. RACQ Dining Rewards members receive an extra bonus when they dine here.

Salsa octopus dish 

RACQ food writer Kerry Heaney asked owner Bill Conway what makes this restaurant work.

What inspired the restaurant?

The inspiration came from my travels through the United States with my previous business partner Jay. We worked there for several years in the early 90s.  Salsa means a collection of music or ingredients coming together to make a livelier whole. I now own and operate the restaurant with Rhys Bawden.

What sort of cuisine should diners expect?

Head Chef Goran Zonai and Sous Chef Lachlan Cashman have created a modern Australian cuisine menu.

Does the restaurant have a signature dish?

There are many fabulous dishes on the menu. Our most popular meals include linguini pepperincino which features tableland red claw, garlic, chilli, shaved parmesan and our delicious Thai chicken spring rolls which come with banana pickled ginger mayonnaise. 

For a true taste of North Queensland, guests can try the creole jambalaya which includes prawns, squid, red claw, smoked chicken and crocodile sausage. 
Daintree Estates chocolate, which is locally grown and made, is mixed with Cointreau in our most popular dessert soufflé. 

We strive to make the most of local produce. All of our fruit and vegetables are sourced through local suppliers. Our seafood and meat selection includes local barramundi, prawns straight off the boat, yabbies and beef from the Atherton Tablelands.

Do you make your own cheese? 

Goran and his team started making their cheeses around seven years ago. They make several different types including soft bries, ash goats, wash rinds and cheddar.  

Are there some special bottles on your wine list?

We have a very extensive selection of Australian and New Zealand wines on our wine list which has been created by Restaurant Manager Renae Reddrop. There’s a couple of European verities as well. The current list contains around 40 wines.

Salsa octopus dish

Dining there

Find Salsa Bar & Grill at 26 Wharf Street, Port Douglas. Use your RACQ Dining Rewards registered Visa or Mastercard when you enjoy a meal here and you will be automatically rewarded with 10 percent cash-back on your card. 

Save with Dining Rewards

RACQ makes it easy to save on dining. Simply register your Visa or Mastercard with RACQ Dining Rewards and be automatically rewarded with 10 percent back each time you dine at a participating restaurant.

There are no vouchers or coupons to collect, just pay with your registered Visa or Mastercard (you can have up to five cards on one account) and 10 percent of your bill will be credited to your account.

Check RACQ Dining Rewards to find the participating restaurants, cafes or pubs at your destination.