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Green Ant Cantina

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183 Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was attracted to green ant for the craft beer but it was the food that was stand out. Had the fish tacos and they were excellent. It's a small bar/restaurant and can get quite busy so recommend booking.

Thank smason007
St. Neots, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It's a Mexican and micro brewery! Need I need to say more :-). Great beer! We took kids and sat outside. Good solid cooking resulted in good large potion dishes. Recommended.

Thank tbolton123
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place bills itself as serving South American cuisine but it is essentially pub grub with a Mexican flair. That said the food is good. They also have a solid selection of craft beers. Australia is still new to the craft beer scene so they don't have the sophistication you would find I the states but the beer was tasty.... More 

Thank Climb14ers
Fort Worth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here twice during my stay in cairns. Had the beef nachos and then the rice and beans. Really tasted like authentic Mexican food. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and prompt service. They also have meal and drink deals if you stay at local hostels. :)

1 Thank Lucy T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for a a friends birthday. We ordered a few different items and just shared the food as they have good portion sizes. The chicken fajitas were the best, very scrumptious! For dessert we shared an amazing ice cream sandwich between 4 and it was delicious plenty!! They had a DJ playing throughout the night, which only improved... More 

1 Thank Rebecca M
Moncton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner a couple of weeks ago at the Green Ant Cantina when we were in Cairns, some of our friends live near the restaurant and swear it’s the best Mexican food they have tasted. It’s a quirky little place I gotta say, they brew their own beer here which we tried and it was refreshing, get the strong... More 

1 Thank JGDynamo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with 6 work mates and had a fantastic evening. The buffalo wings are amazing. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. Try the honey wheat beer.

1 Thank Savs0
El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food at Green Ant Cantina was great, although different from Mexican food in the United States. We had the kangaroo burger, which was better than the kangaroo at an upscale restaurant the night before, and the pulled pork quesadilla, which was generously-sized. The draft beer was good as well. We sat inside, which was quite noisy but fun. There... More 

1 Thank Pat S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Stumbled across this place in 2009. This place does good food and good homemade beer, went twice in our four days in Cairns

Thank Fishes S
Geelong, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

You will not regret a trip for dinner to Green Ant. Great service and the food does not disappoint. The wings are delicious, and fajitas are amazing. The atmosphere is very laid back, book early for a booth it can get very busy.

Thank ell-c08

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $22
Mexican, South American
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 183 Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: 61740415061
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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