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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 St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 5061
16:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Sat 16:00 - 00:00
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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 

Thank RachelWebb
Townsville, Australia
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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!

Thank Naomi R
Stockton, California
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

The Green Ant has a cool vibe and some cheap food for backpackers, so I was in. That night they were supposedly busy so it took forever for our very basic meals to get out to us. Decent food, good price, it gets the job done. Kinda loud though if you're eating inside.

Thank Buhrdy
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere, food and service are perfect. Meals are huge and great value for money. Great place to catch up with friends, enjoy a great meal and a few drinks. Live music is great too!

Thank Sabrina T
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had a kid-free night out in Cairns - and looked on Trip Advisor and chose this place as it was in walking distance from our hotel. We loved the decor and ambience - margaritas and oh the food - delicious! Wish we could package you up and bring you to NZ!

Thank LifeIsGoodNZ
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

I can't say this is the Mexican food I am used to in the states, but then I'm not in the states, and most importantly it us good. Great service, good beer selection, along with in house brews, you won't be disappointed. This place us alive in the evenings.

Thank sgtsbud
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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Best maxican res in cairns cbd Unique atmosphere One dish is pretty big potion for one person so recommend to share They also have their own brewing beer U can try different kinda beer and they also offer a beer coupon

Thank Huijeong K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our large portions after a long day of traveling! It was nice to try some different beers; a rare find in Australia.

Thank Kate M
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5 reviews
Reviewed 14 October 2016

The hostel I stayed in told us to go here, and I was not disappointed but I was not blown away. They have a set meal for backpackers of about five meals for $5 which are not bad, but they do offer a semi-reduced cost for the food you do not want, but is not a part of the backpacker... More 

Thank Hayley G
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Been to green ant for a few years now and I can tell you it's a great little gem. Went for my birthday last night. Got a free feed and great food. I am also in love with the ginger beers.

Thank Sammy147

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 22
Mexican, Bar
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
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 183 Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4041 5061
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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