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“Best place to eat one fill after an exhausting day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Green Ant Cantina

Green Ant Cantina
Ranked #49 of 596 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $22
Cuisines: Mexican, Bar
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
Dusseldorf, Germany
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12 reviews
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“Best place to eat one fill after an exhausting day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Just a few meters away from the Traveler's Oasis, a very good Hostel this is the best place for having dinner if you stay there!

  • Visited March 2013
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Cairns, Australia
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58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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“Off night?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

I would have said that green ant was my favourite restaurant in cairns .... until I went there a couple of weekend ago. Usually they serve delicious generous portions of mexican food but last time the meals seemed to have less effort put into them and the service was so slow. We ordered traditional nachos with chicken (our go to dish) and found that most of the plate was just dry corn chips as the plate lacked a good amount of sauce, cheese, guacamole and sour cream and i think we found three pieces of chicken in the whole dish. There was a large group of us and it was a busy friday night so maybe this was the reason for our meals not being at the usual standard but then its not like they were rushing, with some of us waiting 45minutes for our meals and then the order of them coming out being all over the place. Also the meals are pretty pricey for basic mexican which I usually don't mind but on this night we felt ripped off. I still really like green ant for it's atmosphere, friendly staff and cheap drinks and will probably go back, i just hope they were having an off night when we were there.

Visited March 2013
Thank Sal_Cat_Cairns
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Wairoa, New Zealand
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85 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Quirky, Fun and Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Quite possibly the most delicious fajitas, ever, of all time. Both drinks and the meal were slow (Cairns time), but totally worth the wait. One fajitas fed the two of us amply. Order conservatively, and then just order more if you're still not satisfied.

The cocktails are great, the ambience is great, the service is attentive and friendly, and when that is combined with PERFECT Mexican - what else can you ask for?

If you are staying in a hostel/other approved accommodation, you get $5 off each meal, or you can choose from the 'Special' menu, which has some very tempting things for around $10.

Suffice to say - we'll be back ......

  • Visited February 2013
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200 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Good Mexican food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed a good meal at a good price as we had vouchers from our hostel. Nice atmosphere. Took a while to get our drinks as they'd started to get busy but food was prompt. Meals on the main menu are quite pricey. Would recommend!

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Thank Hyly20
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Stavanger, Norway
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“Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

Great food and atmosphere. A bit pricey, but I had a voucher from the hostel where I was staying so I didn't pay full price.

Visited November 2012
Thank Jenny_Mathilde
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