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Green Ant Cantina

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As featured in Best Food in Cairns
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183 Bunda Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
61740415061
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4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene
Description: The Green Ant Cantina is Cairns' best kept secret and has become an...
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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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ask for the backpackers menu

Great value for money. Lively atmosphere and friendly staff.... Awesome live music and some yum mexican food. Best place to chill and relax and make new friends.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kkranky
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Hyderabad, India
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Hyderabad, India
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great value for money. Lively atmosphere and friendly staff.... Awesome live music and some yum mexican food. Best place to chill and relax and make new friends.

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Thank Kkranky
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85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a really funky Mexican restaurant. Great cheap food and meal sizes are big. Really cool place a must stop on your adventure

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Thank Aaron G
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We come to Cairns once a year for a family weekend away and always have a meal at the Green Ant. The traditional nachos and This Little Piggy quesadilla are our go-to meals, washed down with Green Ant pale ale. Our kids (11, 9 &5) love the edgy vibe of the place and we like to think we are still... More 

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Thank Anne B
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'll keep it short and sweet as you should just go and try it. Great food, nice staff, good choice of drinks, manages to balance having a cool, relaxed vibe with being fun and vibrant. The main reason to visit... hot hot hot chicken wings!

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Thank Simon B
Rheda-Wiedenbruck, Germany
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Its a litte bit expensive - but a great service and everyone is very friendly. It is directly opposite the railway station and closed to the city.

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Thank Van1103
Cairns, Australia
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Booked online super easily, arrived to a chilled out casual atmosphere and were told about process for ordering drinks at bar and meals separately which all seemed super easy. We ordered a round of their tap beers and a jug of Margherita which packed an awesome punch and then ordered our meals. After what didn't seem like a long time... More 

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Thank Loz585
GreenAntCantina, Manager at Green Ant Cantina, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Hopefully we will see you again soon. More 

Malanda, Australia
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I have never had Mexican food before, don't like spicy food but this place had very nice non spicy food. Atmosphere was good, sitting out on the pavement eating and drinking very nice. The beer was good, really enjoyed the non spicy food, huge platefuls, most of our party couldn't get through them. Staff friendly, very clean.

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Thank sandra w
Boston, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is one of the best meals we had in Cairns. Good value and plenty of delicious food. The portions were huge so make sure you have space!

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Thank Jane K
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Have visited Cairns so many times but had somehow missed this fabulous Mexican cantina. Great food, friendly staff and nice locally brewed beers!

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Thank Michael M
Cairns, Australia
Level Contributor
74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

I visited with two friends Saturday night and had been recommended several times so was really looking forward to it. The food itself was lovely although not a big menu to choose from. Mains ranged from 19-28, so fairly pricey for Mexican food. We tried the cheese dip to start which was lovely however it was served with corn chips,... More 

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Alex M, Manager at Green Ant Cantina, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I do apologise for the broken corn chips, we would have immediately rectified that for you if you had brought it to our attention. I will personally ensure this never happens again. Two of our three beer taps were not working when you visited however our lager was available on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 183 Bunda Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: 61740415061

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 21
  • Cuisine: American, South American, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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.
Open Hours
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?