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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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Broome, Australia
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had the ribs, Jambalaya and nachos, the food was really really good. The margaritas were pre-mixed, which is really unfortunate for a Mexican restaurant. The staff wasn't really friendly and didn't look very happy. 23/09/16

Thank calouad
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Troy, family and Team have established this place very well over the years with a reputation for serving large meals. Brilliant place for the backpackers near by and locals. So if your hungry and looking for a nice laid out venue then this is the place for you. Just chill and shoot the breeze.

Thank Peter H
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate there last week and when we walked in every table was reserved. The lady said we can sit anywhere until the reservations arrive but there really wasn't anywhere else to sit apart from the bar. So we sat down and ordered at a table. The food was OK - pretty standard Jerk chicken and if you want anything... More 

Thank foxlocks2016
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Big late of mexican food for 5 $ with a coupon from the nearby Dreamtime hostel. Had this at least 3 times in a week. Very filling and good flavors. Great value for money.

Thank Merel H
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So I recently dined at the Green Ant in Cairns. This is one of many Mexican restaurants in the area but this one is by far the best The food at Green and is delicious but a bit pricey (but worth it) for 2 people you will easily spend $90 on 2 mains and a couple of drinks each (the... More 

Thank Scottieanderson
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 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 August 16, 2016 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 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 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 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 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

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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
Bar scene, Large groups
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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