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Green Ant Cantina


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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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,
$6 - $21
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Mexican, Bar
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews fajitas kangaroo burger chorizo pork mexican food ginger beer pale ale tree hugger great atmosphere awesome food large portions home made on tap love this place friday night visiting cairns backpackers
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Reviewed December 27, 2018 via mobile

The Mexican is great, fresh and large portions. The Margarita is the best drink option but they also have their own home brew on tap. Buzzing atmosphere but ensure you book beforehand!

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

A mate I was travelling with took a group of us here and glad he did. I haven't had Mexican food for awhile and this place makes me want to go to more Mexican restaurants. I had fish tacos and they were perfectly cooked and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Angelphil
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

World famous fries. Seriously? Normal fries with a good sauce on the side. Rockstar Kangaroo Hamburger. Seriously? Dry Pattie full of spices where you can’t tell if it’s beef or kangaroo... Low price value in overall. Unfriendly waitress at the “food order” counter.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 220marekh
Reviewed November 22, 2018

The food is good, if a little overpriced compared to similar quality elsewhere, and the service is unfortunately quite slow. Again, nothing wrong with the place at all, just didn't really come close to living up the the reputation given from locals and TA. Where...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mike J
Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

If you like local, friendly bars get yourself to the Green Ant Cantina. Friendly workers, good food, great atmosphere. Treat yourself and ask for a mojito.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 165westonn
Reviewed November 15, 2018

Great food and convivial atmosphere Friendly place Good for vegetarians too A range of beers are available

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank clarerodrigue
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

The green ant has been one of my favorite haunts since moving to Cairns... Excellent food...love the wings...great beers and margaritas on Thursday night and awesome company...with friends or friends you meet along the way .. Many a crazy night have started here.. It's just...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nathan K
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

Okay good thing-you can get 2 cups of beer(pine) when you order only one beer. Bad thing- have to deal with rude staff, aweful customer service and have to pay money for this. Food is just alright very basic and simple, on my food (fajita)there’s...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank rodal0026
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

The British female bar attendant, slightly bigger with brown hair, is really rude and her customer service is deplorable. After being told I needed ID to buy food (given I have not been ID’d to buy alcohol at previous times and times after this experience...More

Date of visit: August 2018
5  Thank lisa1242018
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

We visited here based on TA reviews. Don’t be deceived by its exterior. The food is really good. Full of flavour and good sized servings with excellent service. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2018
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August 16, 2018|
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Response from garypC6769XK | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, suggest email them any decent chef will insure you will eat well
August 9, 2017|
Response from marjoriemazutti | Reviewed this property |
Sure! The restaurant has nice atmosphere, and they have an opne space on the back, where they have live music on some days,and there's no huge party going on, just some people chilling.
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