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Review of Green Ant Cantina

Green Ant Cantina
Ranked #56 of 612 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$23
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Hot, Hot, Hot”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Went here on a Friday night, rang 1 hour before to book, glad we did as place was buzzing when we arrived, to get the last table. In daylight this place will look like nothing, but filled with (mainly local) punters all in Friday night mode, great Mexican food and helpful though not clingy service, everything was pdq. 5 of us shared three starters (two would of done), our 2 veggies had tree-hungers, 2 the roo burger and myself the pulled pork quesadilla. The craic was further ratcheted up by the bell sounding 3 times during the night to announce a challenger was taking on the (hot, hit, hot) wings of death, all tried all cried all failed. A family of 5 poms on hols say, nice one, Green Ant.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank David T
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Such a great vibe!”
Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

Been to the green ant a couple of times now, and has been packed with people each time. This meant a bit of a wait for food but the staff were fantastic, we got a free shot each on one occasion! Food is fantastic, service spot on, and the vibe is just great. Make sure to get a reservation! And outside would be best as can be hard to hear when inside with all the people.

Thank Timmy W
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Palmwoods, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Unique way to drink”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Great place very popular with locals. They serve cocktails in sand buckets - compete with straws to share - could be very dangerous but lots of fun.

Visited May 2014
Thank Michelle R
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Love this place! Great beer, food and atmosphere.”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

I heard this place made their own beer so we had to check it out. It was a little of the beaten path but worth it! Very fun atmosphere. Good food. Good beer. What more can you ask for? It was busy both nights that we went. The second night we made a reservation. No problems. Try the ginger beer. :-)

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Annette337
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Ennis, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Yum yum yum!!! ”
Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

Just had a great meal at Green Ant. I had the nachos off the Backpacker menu and my boyfriend had the chicken fajitas. Well worth a visit for some great Mexican food!

Thank Meg M
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