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Green Ant Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Bar
As featured in Best Food in Cairns
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183 Bunda Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 5061
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16:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Sat 16:00 - 00:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are pains in the you know where. We are VEGETARIANS & NON DRINKERS! Some people are cool with it & some people aren't. Is as if we are lesser than. Green Ant Cantina were pumping busy on a Saturday night & all the tables were full but not an issue, They opened up their back area where they have... More 

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Thank Becca D
Darwin, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place for a night out. Thr Mexican cuisine is fabulous, the atmosphere is great and the service is excellent. If you're after a lace that offers a great meal and a service to match them this is the place. Highly recommended.

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Thank Mark T
Canberra
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a tip from a local we checked this out for our last nights meal and whilst it doesn't look like much from the outside, inside it has a really good vibe with busy but competent staff. As it was so busy, there were no tables left so we sat at the bar, tried the margaritas and Green Ant beers... More 

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Thank Sean C
Enfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Having been to (and enjoyed) a few TA recommended restaurants in our 7 night stay in Cairns, my wife and I went to the Green Ant Cantina - again TA recommended - for our last dinner. First impressions were not good. It looked like a pub for young backpackers - not ideal for a pair of old uns like us.... More 

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Thank AlanRRan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Food was delicious, but with large portions. My husband and I probably could have split a meal. Drinks were fabulous. Average prices for Cairns. Highly recommend.

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Thank Erin B
Cairns, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Best Mexican food in town! Not the cheapest and it is a casual setting but still very clean. I've now tried the nachos, fajitas and vegetarian quesadilla and all 3 are amazing. Honestly you could share the nachos between two people it's so big!

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Thank Katherine W
Gympie, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I was so happy on my return to Cairns after almost 3 years, to find that this great restaurant is still doing so well! The food is absolutely delicious, homemade and authentic and the service is quick and friendly. The vibe is relaxed and they have great DJ's playing on weekends. Be sure to try the pulled pork quesadilla, its... More 

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Thank HelenWarby84
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

It was our last night in Australia before flying to New Zealand and after being here 2 months we still hadn't tried kangaroo. So for our last supper we googled kangaroo burger Cairns and found this place. Little did we know then we were stumbling over and absolute gem of a place. Right from the start this place has a... More 

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Thank MollsB94
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We went to Green Ant Cantina for my brother's 21st birthday on what turned out to be an extremely busy night for them. There were a few Christmas parties there and from what I understand, they ordered dinner later than expected so unfortunately our orders had massive delays. I cannot speak highly enough of the staff, who came around and... More 

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Thank RachelWebb
Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

amazing staff, the venue was very busy, but the service was amazing, the food was simple the BEST!!! and the beer... oh the beer... Do yourself a favour- Have a Green Ant Lager!!! very smooth with a beautiful after taste!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 22
Cuisine
Mexican, Bar
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
16:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 00:00
Thursday
16:00 - 00:00
Friday
16:00 - 00:00
Saturday
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 183 Bunda Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4041 5061
Description
The Green Ant Cantina is Cairns' best kept secret and has become an institution among its regulars since opening in 2001. We are unique in that we are a bar, a restaurant, a music venue and can cater for functions and parties. Our food takes inspiration from South American, Caribbean and Baja Californian cuisines which showcase the amazing fresh produce available to us here in Cairns. Margaritas, Mojitos and Sangria will quench your thirst along with a beautiful little wine list that focuses on vegan, organic and sustainable wines. We began Green Ant Brewing Co. in 2012 with our ethos to brew small batch craft beers that are additive and preservative free. Our ever growing range boasts a Pilsener, a Pale Ale, a Premium Lager, a Ginger Beer, a Honey Wheat Beer, a Strong Brown Ale and an Imperial Stout.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?