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.

Salsa octopus dish 

We 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.