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Mondo on the Waterfront

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Asian, Australian
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Marlin Pde 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4052 6780
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 am
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been here in the past and had always enjoyed it. At night watch where you sit as birds or bats are in the trees will crap on you as happened to us last night. Also check the chairs as my son sat on one which had bird dung all over it so it was all over him now. The... More 

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Thank Matthew G
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Matthew G Thank you for your feedback on Tripadvisor, I am very disappointed that you didn't enjoy the meals at all. I will make sure that your comments are passed on to our executive chef for review. My apologies about the bird droppings, our staff is frequently checking the cleanliness of tables and chairs and must have missed one,... More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch at Mondos - quite humid outside but ti be expected. Food was reasonable and the view of the inlet terrific

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Thank Annie M
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Annie M Thank you very much for your review on Tripadvisor, I am very glad to read that you enjoyed the tropical setting, and you are right it can get quite humid up here. I hope we can welcome you back soon. Marcus Kerschbaumer F&B Manager Marcus.kerschbaumer@Hilton.com More 

Cairns, Australia
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mondo's can not be beaten for its awesome views over the trinity inlet. Sat smack bang in front. The food is a mixture of Thai and traditional Aussie food. The food is simple yet great, the chefs do an amazing job in a small kitchen, some of the bigger places would struggle to match Mondo's. They also have three James... More 

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Thank Paul W
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Paul W Thank you very much for reviewing us on Tripadvisor and thank you for such a great feedback. I will make sure to share it with the entire Mondo Team. We are truly blessed with a stunning location right on the Waterfront. Thank you for mentioning the great food and the friendly service, the team will be over... More 

Cairns, Australia
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there on new years eve. We booked in advanced and were sat right next to the water front which was beautiful however there was very little light. It was so dark there I had to get my phone out of my bag and use the touch setting so I could read the menu. I saw several people who... More 

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Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear catherinekerr24 Thank you very much for taking the time to review Mondo on the Waterfront via Tripadvisor. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed the meals on New Years Eve at Mondo on the Waterfront. Our engineering department is currently looking into a solution for the lighting issues you experienced that night. I hope we can welcome you... More 

Cairns, Australia
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food is always delicious (can't go past the sizzling beef burritos large serve enough to share for lunch Great views, cold drinks Perfect for dinner or lunch casual good food.. not table service so perfect for groups wanting to order seperatly

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Thank Patchouli1978
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Patchouli 1978 Thank you for your great feedback I will make sure I share it with the team, see you again soon at Mondo on the Waterfront. Kind Regards Marcus Kerschbaumer F&B Manager More 

india
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had heard great things about you Mondo. You ofcourse had to be good, because you have Hilton written all over you! But what disappointment. We researched about you, knew that we HAVE to spend one evening at you from the time we planned Cairns. On 16th Dec night, when we visited you, it was jam packed. We were excited because... More 

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Thank titlee
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Titlee We strive that all guest enjoy a memorable experience, for which Mondo has established a solid reputation over many years, therefore it is very disappointing to see that we under delivered on your experience in several areas on this recent visit. I hope you will consider giving us another change in the near future. I will pass on... More 

Cairns Region, Australia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has such a beautiful location. Dinner was adequate and a decent serve. This restaurant is starting to appear drab though with its old cane seating and old wonky tables. The water from my drink ended up spilling onto my legs because of the slant of the table. The new plastic bucket seats are disappointing to see positioned at... More 

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Thank Alison W
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Alison Thank you very much for your feedback, I will pass your comments regarding the appearance of the restaurant on to the management team for review. Thank you for mentioning the good food, I will make sure to share your fedback with the kitchen team. I hope we can welcome you back soon for lunch or dinner. Kind Regards... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Our family attended Mondos 21 birthday celebration. Which is how long we've been going there. It was an extremely well organised event. Kudos to the staff and particularly FB manager Marcus, who always goes that extra mile for his guests. Thank you. ☺

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Thank Richard W
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Hi Richard Thank you very much for attending, it's thanks to locals like you and your family that made Mondo so successful for the past 21 years. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and I see you and your family next time at Mondo on the Waterfront. Kind Regards Marcus Kerschbaumer F&B Manager Marcus.kerschbaumer@Hilton.com More 

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9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

My partner and I decided to make a stop here for lunch while we were in town. The thought of a nice cold beer on the waters edge sounded great and that's exactly what it was, great location and view of the inlet. Basically by passed the rest of the restaurant to the front row seats. The food was pretty... More 

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Thank maymay98
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dera maymay98 Thank you very much for your feedback, Kubeii will be very happy when I share your feedback with her, she is such a hard worker and has a very bubbly personality. I am however very disappointed to read that you dint enjoy the meals, please rest assure that I will pass on your comments about the Burger to... More 

Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

If you like the smell of oil - eat here. The food was tasteless, the chairs uncomfortable, the service average. If you arrive one minute past closing time forget it they won't serve you. We tried this place on our first visit and didn't like it & it has not improved. Will not go there again.

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Thank vivienneknot
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear vivienneknot Thank you for taking the time to review us on tripadvisor, I am disappointed that you didn't enjoy any aspect of your recent visit, your feedback will be shared with the management team for review. Kind Regards Marcus Kerschbaumer F&B Manager Marcus.kerschbaumer@hilton.com More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $26
Cuisine
Bar, Asian, Australian
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?