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Mondo on the Waterfront

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Marlin Pde 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4052 6780
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good37%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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“fajitas” (38 reviews)
“sate” (6 reviews)
“curry” (16 reviews)
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Marlin Pde 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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1 - 10 of 589 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The highlight of Mondos is the extreme waterfront dining, if you get here before dark it's a beautiful venue to eat, drink and watch the boats come in for the evening with the sunset touch. We dined on a Saturday night and it was extremely...More

Thank aleeshamonement
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there for the Sunday afternoon Oysters for a dollar deal. The oysters were just scrumptious - big and plump and delicious. Staff were a bit hit and miss but pleasant enough. We would recommend this restaurant and will return again in a few...More

Thank jessy502016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was such a lovely afternoon, so the only place to be was at Mondos by the water. The staff were very attentive and on the ball and the food was delicious as always. Great spot to be when the weather is on point.

Thank amethyst_cairns
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a pitty about the terrible service, because the food is good and view and atmosphere for lunch is fantastic..

Thank Megan T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mondo is located across the street from Harbour Lights Hotel and has a casual ambience. In a week we ate there twice. Once it was Indian curry and next time it was Indonesian nasi goreng. Both meals were excellent and the drinks were reasonably priced.More

Thank Paul H
396marcusk, Mondo Team at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Paul H Thank you for the great feedback via Tripadvisor, the meals you have mentioned have been on our menu for a long time and are very popular with locals and tourists alike. I am very glad you enjoyed them and will pass your...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife, our 4yr old and I decided to stop in for a Sunday lunch. Mondos is situated right by the water next to the Hilton, in-between the Pier and Cruise Ship terminal. They have seating inside and outside right by the water, and would...More

1  Thank Bungchow
396marcusk, Mondo Team at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Bungchow Firstly my apologies for the not satisfactory lunch you have experienced last Sunday at Mondo on the Waterfront, I have passed on your comments to our head chef for review. Please be assured we will look into the meal quantity and quality and...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Has been a few years since we have been here since living down south. We decided to take our families out to lunch while we were up on holidays and to say we were dissapointed is an understatement. The food was way below average, 'hot'...More

1  Thank Emma G
396marcusk, Mondo Team at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Emma G Thank you for taking the time to review us via Tripadvisor, I am very sorry you didn't enjoy the meals and the service provided when you visited, I have passed on your comments to our executive chef and restaurant supervisor for review...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great spot in Cairns to sit by the water and enjoy a good meal and a chat. Good food and friendly service.

Thank sandy e
396marcusk, Mondo Team at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi sandy e Thank you very much for your great feedback, I am very happy to read that you enjoyed the meals and the service provided. I hope we can welcome you back soon cheers Mondo Team

Reviewed 11 August 2017

We have been coming to Mondo's each week for around 10 years. It is with some reluctance that I now write this unfavourable review. We live nearby and have been coming here mainly for it's superb location. The food has mostly been of a reasonable...More

1  Thank Martin B
396marcusk, Mondo Team at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Martin B Thank you for giving us feedback via trip advisor regarding your last visit ,I am terribly disappointed that you experienced such a terribly lunch with us. Could you please contact me on 07 4052 6734 or Marcus.Kerschbaumer@hilton.com so I can have a...More

Reviewed 7 August 2017

Mondo is run by the Hilton. It's a pity the wait staff don't meet up to the standard set by the hotel. Staff seemed confused and spend too much time chatting amongst themselves. Food only average but views great.More

Thank Roy H
396marcusk, Mondo Team at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Roy H Sorry for the late response and my apologies about your experience at Mondo on the Waterfront, I will pass on your comments to our head chef and restaurant supervisor for review, we take all feedback serious and try to act on it...More

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20 June 2016|
Response from Molly W | Reviewed this property |
Had an early dinner on a Monday night with a local. Not really sure but possibly worth contacting restaurant especially if you want a table by the water.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 28
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Marlin Pde 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4052 6780
The award-winning Mondo Café Bar and Grill at the Hilton Cairns hotel offers a unique alfresco dining experience on the waterfront of Trinity Inlet. With stunning views by day or night, relax beneath the shade of the giant Poinciana tree and indulge in Mondo's extensive menu offering flavors from around the world and signature dishes such as the hanging Mondo barbecue and sizzling fajitas. Enjoy weekly specials and events from Family Night every Tuesday to Live & Local every Friday, showcasing the best of Cairns' local musical talent.
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