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Green Ant Cantina

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Mexican, Bar
As featured in Best Food in Cairns
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183 Bunda St, 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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Maryland
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If your primary interest is a good margarita do not come here. Now, I come from Tucson Arizona so The bar for judging margaritas is quite high. The food is good though

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Thank Chess_Is_Great
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I liked this place. I had the vegeterian quesedillas, which were very tasty. Could have had more vegeterian options on their menu though. I liked the atmosphere at the place.

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Thank Marremarre
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70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Very local frequented bar, with great atmosphere and they produce their own beer (try the ginger one, very good!) The food is very tasty, bit pricy and spice. We went on a Thursday, that was free pool day. Its not a fancy place, but great to have a few beers and great food

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Thank Marjorie M
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

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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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 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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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 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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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 reviews
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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Reviewed 8 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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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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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
US$ 6 - US$ 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, Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene
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 St, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?