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 eightysix, Ottoman, Courgette, Temporada, Waters Edge, Lanterne Rooms and Pialligo Estate each received, or retained, one hat.
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.
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
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.
Canberra has many pubs serving hearty, inexpensive food. In the city, head to King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, PJ 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.
For a more casual lakeside experience, settle into Bookplate at the National Library of Australia or the cafe at the National Museum of Australia. Snapper 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.
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.
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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