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Mondo on the Waterfront

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Marlin Pde 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4052 6780
11:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
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Cairns, Australia
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard good things about this place and their fajitas for so many years and left pretty underwhelmed. Not sure if maybe the management has issues and is filtering down to the staff but man would it hurt for any of the staff to smile. Service was fairly cold and the fajitas were ok, nothing more.

Thank jamk07
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

it great location right walking distance from your hotel great food and drinking over looking the ocean

Thank Ben M
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109 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I like Mondo's for it's location, it's daily happy hour and for it's meals. Drinks are reasonably priced, meals are on the high side but that's just Cairns in general. However every time I've eaten here I've had a great meal. It has a wide selection from down to earth Aussie food, to a mixture of Asian dishes. The Chicken... More 

Thank Angelry_1
Gold Coast
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146 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lively place overlooking the waterfront, lots of families reasonable food and good music. Menu is very Asian food inspired lots of noodle and rice dishes. Basic but nice

Thank DivaGoldCoast
Palm Cove, Australia
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

friends of ours from interstate for a few days and wanted to enjoy a meal in cairns somewhere nice so we suggested Mondo on the Waterfront we were a group of 5 ,and met the doorman at around 7.50 and he said welcome please come in however the kitchen will close soon , we sat down and looked at the... More 

Thank steve c
Cairns, Australia
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112 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

It was such a lovely night we decided to head to Mondo's to watch the Europa set sail. You can sit right on the edge of the water and enjoy the amazing scenery while sipping mocktails and munching on barramundi spring rolls ne lots of other amazing delights. A great place to sit and relax and watch the world, or... More 

Thank Cruiserkids
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Cruiserkids Thank you for your great feedback, I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your time with us, I hope we can welcome you back soon for lunch or dinner, or just for a drink on the Waterfront. Kind Regards Marcus Kerschbaumer F&B Manager More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Have been here in the past and had always enjoyed it. At night watch where you sit as birds or bats are in the trees will crap on you as happened to us last night. Also check the chairs as my son sat on one which had bird dung all over it so it was all over him now. The... More 

Thank Matthew G
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Matthew G Thank you for your feedback on Tripadvisor, I am very disappointed that you didn't enjoy the meals at all. I will make sure that your comments are passed on to our executive chef for review. My apologies about the bird droppings, our staff is frequently checking the cleanliness of tables and chairs and must have missed one,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Had lunch at Mondos - quite humid outside but ti be expected. Food was reasonable and the view of the inlet terrific

Thank Annie M
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Annie M Thank you very much for your review on Tripadvisor, I am very glad to read that you enjoyed the tropical setting, and you are right it can get quite humid up here. I hope we can welcome you back soon. Marcus Kerschbaumer F&B Manager Marcus.kerschbaumer@Hilton.com More 

Cairns, Australia
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Mondo's can not be beaten for its awesome views over the trinity inlet. Sat smack bang in front. The food is a mixture of Thai and traditional Aussie food. The food is simple yet great, the chefs do an amazing job in a small kitchen, some of the bigger places would struggle to match Mondo's. They also have three James... More 

Thank Paul W
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear Paul W Thank you very much for reviewing us on Tripadvisor and thank you for such a great feedback. I will make sure to share it with the entire Mondo Team. We are truly blessed with a stunning location right on the Waterfront. Thank you for mentioning the great food and the friendly service, the team will be over... More 

Cairns, Australia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We went there on new years eve. We booked in advanced and were sat right next to the water front which was beautiful however there was very little light. It was so dark there I had to get my phone out of my bag and use the touch setting so I could read the menu. I saw several people who... More 

Thank catherinekerr24
Marcus K, Manager at Mondo on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear catherinekerr24 Thank you very much for taking the time to review Mondo on the Waterfront via Tripadvisor. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed the meals on New Years Eve at Mondo on the Waterfront. Our engineering department is currently looking into a solution for the lighting issues you experienced that night. I hope we can welcome you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$27
Bar, Asian, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Marlin Pde 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4052 6780
The award-winning Mondo Café Bar and Grill at the Hilton Cairns hotel offers a unique alfresco dining experience on the waterfront of Trinity Inlet. With stunning views by day or night, relax beneath the shade of the giant Poinciana tree and indulge in Mondo's extensive menu offering flavors from around the world and signature dishes such as the hanging Mondo barbecue and sizzling fajitas. Enjoy weekly specials and events from Family Night every Tuesday to Live & Local every Friday, showcasing the best of Cairns' local musical talent.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?