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Green Ant Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Bar
As featured in Best Food in Cairns
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183 Bunda Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 5061
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was delicious, but with large portions. My husband and I probably could have split a meal. Drinks were fabulous. Average prices for Cairns. Highly recommend.

Thank Erin B
Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

Best Mexican food in town! Not the cheapest and it is a casual setting but still very clean. I've now tried the nachos, fajitas and vegetarian quesadilla and all 3 are amazing. Honestly you could share the nachos between two people it's so big!

Thank Katherine W
Gympie, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

I was so happy on my return to Cairns after almost 3 years, to find that this great restaurant is still doing so well! The food is absolutely delicious, homemade and authentic and the service is quick and friendly. The vibe is relaxed and they have great DJ's playing on weekends. Be sure to try the pulled pork quesadilla, its... More 

Thank HelenWarby84
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

It was our last night in Australia before flying to New Zealand and after being here 2 months we still hadn't tried kangaroo. So for our last supper we googled kangaroo burger Cairns and found this place. Little did we know then we were stumbling over and absolute gem of a place. Right from the start this place has a... More 

Thank MollsB94
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

We went to Green Ant Cantina for my brother's 21st birthday on what turned out to be an extremely busy night for them. There were a few Christmas parties there and from what I understand, they ordered dinner later than expected so unfortunately our orders had massive delays. I cannot speak highly enough of the staff, who came around and... More 

Thank RachelWebb
Townsville, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

amazing staff, the venue was very busy, but the service was amazing, the food was simple the BEST!!! and the beer... oh the beer... Do yourself a favour- Have a Green Ant Lager!!! very smooth with a beautiful after taste!

Thank Naomi R
Stockton, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

The Green Ant has a cool vibe and some cheap food for backpackers, so I was in. That night they were supposedly busy so it took forever for our very basic meals to get out to us. Decent food, good price, it gets the job done. Kinda loud though if you're eating inside.

Thank Buhrdy
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere, food and service are perfect. Meals are huge and great value for money. Great place to catch up with friends, enjoy a great meal and a few drinks. Live music is great too!

Thank Sabrina T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We had a kid-free night out in Cairns - and looked on Trip Advisor and chose this place as it was in walking distance from our hotel. We loved the decor and ambience - margaritas and oh the food - delicious! Wish we could package you up and bring you to NZ!

Thank LifeIsGoodNZ
Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

I can't say this is the Mexican food I am used to in the states, but then I'm not in the states, and most importantly it us good. Great service, good beer selection, along with in house brews, you won't be disappointed. This place us alive in the evenings.

Thank sgtsbud

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $22
Mexican, Bar
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, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
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 Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4041 5061
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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