Here’s our list of restaurants to suit your preferred style of dining.

Canberra’s inland location and altitude combine to provide a smorgasbord of seasonal food delights, delicious local produce and renowned wines from the Canberra District Wine Region. Broaden your palate and taste with lovingly crafted local produce, or sit back and savour a hearty pub meal, catch a quick light meal, or take the whole family for affordable eats.

The Good Food Guide’s top restaurants

Savour Canberra’s finest cuisine at one of the restaurants rated by the ‘bible’ of good food, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Making the list in 2016 with a chef’s hat and best regional wine list was Monster Kitchen and Bar at the visually striking Hotel Hotel in NewActon.

Aubergine in Griffith – Canberra’s only two-hatted dining experience – made the list yet again, while eightysixOttoman, CourgetteTemporadaWaters Edge, Lanterne Rooms and Pialligo Estate each received, or retained, one hat.

Other notable mentions in the Good Food Guide are Močan & Green Grout, Italian and Sons, Capitol Bar and Grill, Lilotang, AKIBA, Les BistronomesMezzalira, Morning Glory and Sage.

These restaurants each offer something special for a fine dining experience.

Feed the family

Canberra’s family favourites offer friendly and affordable dining options for every family member’s special tastes.

Try Bicicletta in the NewActon precinct for pizza and other Italian fare. La Cantina, in Narrabundah, also offers family-friendly Italian dining.

Enjoy Chinese/Malaysian at Timmy’s Kitchen in Manuka or Turkish food at the Turkish Pide House in Belconnen.

Canberra’s many sporting, national, cultural and tradesman’s and worker’s clubs also offer great value family meals in bistros and restaurants. Some even have designated play areas for the younger kids.

Share it or eat light

Indulge in the rich melange of flavours for sharing at Hotel Realm's Ostani Lounge Bar Restaurant.

Honkytonks in the city is a cool venue serving tacos, salsa and hot dogs. For a touch of style, try the shared plates at Parlour Wine Room in NewActon, Playground Bar in Garema Place or Muddle Bar on West Row.

People dining at hatted Monster Kitchen and Bar in NewActon, Canberra
Food to share, admire and devour at Monster Kitchen and Bar in NewActon

Pub food

Canberra has many pubs serving hearty, inexpensive food. In the city, head to King O’Malley’s Irish PubPJ O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, the Uni Pub, or the Wig & Pen Tavern and Brewery. Not far from the city, try BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon or cook steak to your liking at the Kingston Hotel.

Zierholz Premium Brewery in Fyshwick is where you can enjoy a wide variety of food with locally crafted beers. Or try Lighthouse Pub on Lake Ginninderra in Belconnen for flavoursome fare and great-sized meals.

Canberra’s many licensed clubs also offer good value, tasty meals.

Admire the view of Canberra

For spectacular views over Canberra while you’re dining, try Onred and its casual cafe Little Brother – both with fine views from Red Hill Lookout and creative dishes highlighting fresh seasonal produce.

The sophisticated Waters Edge has views across the lake and up Anzac Parade to the Australian War Memorial, while the Boat House by the Lake is cosy in winter and hard to beat on sunny days.

For a more casual lakeside experience, settle into Bookplate at the National Library of Australia or the cafe at the National Museum of AustraliaSnapper on the Lake at the Canberra Yacht Club in Yarralumla is a great spot to grab some fish and chips and a drink with friends or family – especially during summer.

People enjoying the view from Little Brother café on Red Hill in Canberra.
A casual dining experience with a spectacular view during the day at Little Brother on Red Hill

Pick up Canberra district produce

Canberra has a thriving Slow Food movement and many outlets for people interested in buying direct from small local producers.

Stop by Choku Bai Jo farmer’s outlet in North Lyneham and Curtin or drop into the Saturday morning Capital Region Farmers Market – the largest farmers market in the Southern Tablelands.

Visit Grandma’s at the Farm for locally produced olives and olive oil, Chocolate d’Or for exquisite Robyn Rowe chocolates and Gallagher Wines for locally produced cheeses and wine. 

Poachers Pantry produces wonderful smoked goods and is one of the stops on the Poacher's Way, a self-guided drive of boutique food, wine and accommodation. Pick up some award-winning bacon voted ‘Australia’s Best Artisan Bacon’ from a number of outlets including Essential Ingredient and IGA Ainslie. 

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