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Pilot. Restaurant

A view of the tiled bar + cream curtain at the entrance.
Broad beans, peas + nasturtium in a clear broth.
Close up of a table with glassware and cutlery
Head Chef Malcolm Hanslow plating a dish of steamed fish and greens.
A view of the tiled bar + cream curtain at the entrance.
Broad beans, peas + nasturtium in a clear broth.
Close up of a table with glassware and cutlery
Head Chef Malcolm Hanslow plating a dish of steamed fish and greens.

Overview

Pilot. is a small venue in the suburb of Ainslie in Canberra, with just one small dining room and 22 seats.

The restaurant offers the Pilot. Menu each day with an additional lunch set menu available on Fridays and Sundays for lunch service.

Pilot. does not offer an a la carte menu. Instead, it is a collaboration between Dash Rumble (Momofuku Seiobo), Ross McQuinn (eightysix) and Malcolm Hanslow (Ester), and aims to use seasonal ingredients to showcase complex flavours and exciting dishes.

The menu and drinks list are forever changing with many non-alcoholic options.

Map of the venue locationMap of the venue location
Shop 1, Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaGet Directions

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor ratingBased on 97 reviews

“Best Restaurant in the ACT.”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 1w ago by babyboomercanberra

This should be number 1 in the ratings! We had a magnificent meal with wonderful wine pairings for each course. The service was professional and was by far the best degustation I have experienced.

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“Excellent”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 1w ago by GlobaltravellerG

A sensational 7 course degustation meal. Some surprising flavour matches (artichoke ice cream sandwich for example) but it all worked well. Great service. Would be very happy to return.

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“Best restaurant in Canberra. Full stop.”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 1mo ago by BasilFawlty101

Fantastic food, passionate staff, small intimate space. Different and interesting wines. One of the better dinning experiences in Canberra

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  • Bar
  • Carpark
  • Suitable for Functions
  • Non Smoking
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Beer
  • Cocktails
  • Degustation
  • Modern Australian
  • Seasonal Local Produce
  • Tasting Flight
  • Wine
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Fully licensed
  • Over $30