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Bookplate
74/100 (1329 ratings)
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"Came here for an early lunch after going to Questcon. The ambience is lovely which is highlighted with the beautiful stain glass windows.I got..."
Karen
"3.6. Terrific little cafe located at the National Library. It’s a charming spot. We felt instantly at home here. And it wasn’t just the..."
Two Sheds
"Really beautiful seating area outside with heaters above. Chilli scrambled eggs and regular scrambled eggs were perfect. Coffee was excellent and..."
Red Bean
"This cafe was hidden inside the National Library. Such a popular place for locals and tourists. I loved the decor with several large colourful stain..."
Jianierrrrrr
"My first ZOMATO review goes to - Bookplate Canberra.Absolutely must go in Canberra!It’s located in National Library and has an..."
Jessie Li
"Great view for brunch. The food comes in large portion and the wagyu burger was quite tasty. It’s great to just site outside during lunch and enjoy..."
Lucianna Guo
"What a stunning outdoor dining area on a sunny day. Stopped here for lunch before leaving Canberra, it was beautiful and sunny, service was fast and..."
Renee
"Nice setting beside a wall of stained glass windows. Sign said wait to be seated but I stood around for some time before anyone paid me attention,..."
BrisvEGustation
"The clientele here are...well...old. It's a nice enough spot and who doesn't love the library? It's probably good for an in-venue cafe but it's..."
Ausbeagle
"Bookplate is a popular spot for lunch (served 12-2pm) that’s close to major Canberra tourist attractions. While it gets busy on the weekends,..."
Michele Walton
"Visited today and absolutely loved it. Very busy and had to wait a bit, but was worth it in the end. Food was great and the place had a great..."
Niks
"Hubby and I headed here for brunch before visiting the Celestial Empire exhibition last week.  We loved it.  The cafe is beautiful with the sun..."
Sherrym1au
"My friend and I met up for lunch at Bookplate in the National Library. I hadn’t been to Bookplate in about 5 years but knew that it had been..."
Foodpornjournal
"Bookplate is a popular spot for lunch (served 12-2pm) that’s close to major Canberra tourist attractions. While it gets busy on the weekends,..."
Michele Walton
"Bookplate has become my absolutely reliable go-to place for weekend breakfast.  The menu is genuinely innovative, the food quality is always..."
Kristy Ellen
"My team organised a lunch at Bookplate, the cafe at the National Library of Australia, which has come under new ownership this year. The menu is..."
Adventures In Winterland
"Consistently good coffee and food. Whether seated outside with one of the best views in Canberra or inside with the sun streaming through the Leonard..."
Fairlake1
"Whenever there is a curry on the menu here, it is amazing. Good coffee and quick service in a great..."
Hingo
"Busy but relaxing. While the lines for the counter can be off putting it is worth the wait. The food, be it breakfast or lunch, never disappoints...."
Ryan
"Great coffee, great selection of sweet things. I've never eaten lunch there but it's mainly gourmet looking sandwiches and salads. Sit outside if the..."
Annie Belle
Temporada
87/100 (386 ratings)
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Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly
Contemporary
Gluten Free Options
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
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Crab
Beef
Tapas
Oyster
Burger
Lamb Shoulder
Octopus
Ribs
Tuna
Salad
Quail
Duck
Polenta
Swordfish
Mussels
Croquettes
Prawns
"Our meal on Saturday evening was absolutely superb (set menu) and the drinks recommended by our brilliant waiter, Clancy, were spot on. Oysters to..."
Peter Hilton
"Whilst visiting Canberra w my husband and two boys (15 & 8) we dined at Temporada. It was certainly one of the best experiences we've had. My..."
Jacinta Oska
"What an awesome night we had there. The kingfish on the tapas style menu was the best fish I've eaten bar none. We sat up at the bar and the..."
Damo Noodles Needs
"Without a doubt the best restaurant in Canberra. Great food and the most attentive and knowledgable staff. If you ask, they have off list 'fun' wine...."
John Hourigan
"A wonderful dinner - great ambiance, interesting tastes with our food and beautifully matched accompaniments. My friend and I had an assortment of..."
Ilona Cipe Purcell
"The drinks selection and boutique beers on tap were just the tip of the iceberg and the beginning of a fantastic evening of amazing food! In..."
Raith Pearson
"My first visit to Temporada. I was pleasantly impressed. The greeting I received from the front of house staff was warm and inviting. The service..."
Gemma Zeitlhofer
"Brilliant service, excellent food. Overall exceptional service highly recommend restaurant and defiantly one of the better in Canberra. Definitely..."
Brodie Shields
"Excellent food and service, Oscar looked after us for the night and recommend Chef's Menu a mix of 1 hat, quality..."
Rob Scarbro
"Delicious food, great atmosphere, wonderful service. A definite must if you're visiting..."
Slam Bert
"Divine food and spectacular service.... blue fin tuna is amazing definitely be..."
Lauren Marie
"Great food, wine, company and friendly staff and atmosphere. Really relaxed dining. I will be..."
Michelle McDonald
"Very friendly staff, excellent food and good..."
Camilo Gonzalez
"Consistently the best oysters in canberra by..."
Nila Dao
"Great restaurant-pleasant,helpful staff and extremely tasty food-the kingfish and prawns were..."
Claire Matthews-Wilkins
"Thanks guys for a fantastic meal last night. The food was creative and superbly done. The wine list was well thought out and complemented the great..."
Farley Hayward
Korbq
82/100 (1165 ratings)
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Korean
Asian
Gastropub
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"Pete and I had a fabulous meal at Kor BQ. The staff were very attentive and helpful. We had a variety of dishes all of which were delicious. We..."
Olwyn Morgan
"Tried this new restaurant last week. Great food, very good staff. Meat quality was the best I had in Canberra. However you have to share a table with..."
Jon Johnson
"Fantastic. We had a great time, the service was exceptional, we only wished we could've eaten everything on the menu! Thanks to the staff we'll..."
Kiri Joyce-Griggs
"Reasonable price and best service!!! I have been to most korean restaurant at Canberra and this is the best place at this..."
Mini Mie
"Honestly the best Korean food I've ever had! Not too spicy or salty. The atmosphere was great and waiters were super nice and gave us great..."
Patrick Williams
"Friendly staff and excellent quality food, fast and tasty and reasonably priced! Definitely will be..."
Julia Piccoli
"We visit this restaurant every Tuesday night since we found this place, and each time the food has been amazing with no exception. The meat was fresh..."
Jonas Olsen
"My sister and I celebrated our birthdays with our family and we absolutely loved it. The staff were super helpful and the meals were delicious. Would..."
Luisa Loclad
"Some of their dishes were quite innovative and surprisingly taste good. Like their BBQ, meat is tender, flavourful, and good price. $21 for a T-bone..."
Trade Yatfai
"Two combinations that made the ultimate dish. Cheese and Bimbimbap. The newest dish to hit Canberra! Gotta try it! And believe me you will not be..."
Jonathan Lee
Mocan & Green Grout
86/100 (612 ratings)
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Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
Contemporary
Gluten Free Options
Australian
Cafe
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
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After-hours
Breakfast
Lunch
Brunch
Duck
Steak Tartare
Tuna
Toasts
Salad
Beef
Juice & Smoothies
Oyster
Salmon
Lamb Shoulder
"Močan invariably has the best coffee in Canberra; it is a different style, but the mouth feel and after taste is the very best around. Food..."
Carolyne Kramar
"Has always been one of my favourite places when I come to Canberra from Sydney. This time round I thought it would be impossible as we have just had..."
Zoe Banger
"The service was great. It's a busy little spot with good vibes. The chai tea was on point and brewed beautifully the meals were also boss. Perfect..."
Hinepare Nepe
"What an amazing place, food is execute to perfection, fresh produce and friendly staff, extra points for been so kind with my request of "poach eggs,..."
Carla Roxburgh
"The food is beautifully crafted and the flavours are like a party in your mouth. Really friendly and helpful staff and it's great to be able to sit..."
Victoria Laird
"Great service! They were a little slow with my breakfast order this morning (as it got mixed up with the some of the other orders), so I had to..."
Martin Crnčević
"Original fresh innovative menu with local produce. Oysters were the..."
Anna Goodman
"Incredible food! We stopped by and were delighted with the flavours, freshness and presentation of the dishes. The atmosphere was great, and the..."
Fiona Williams
"Great food, friendly staff. Cosy atmosphere was a plus too (''twas a cold morning). Baked eggs were tasty and the pork shoulder roll was..."
Jarrod Walker
"Amazing food.service was excellent. Decor unique and very interesting.loved our lunch,the egg and bacon roll was prob the best i have ever tried...."
Gary Alan Lyons
"Welcomed us in 5 mins before opening to a cosy casual atmosphere. Unique menu of delicious wholesome food, the baked eggs were to die for, as was the..."
Jenna Morea Cruikshank
Tipsy Bull
89/100 (1460 ratings)
Restaurants
Bars & Pubs
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
Gluten Free Options
Australian
International
Contemporary
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
Gluten Free Options
Dinner
Drinks
Lunch
Salad
Lamb Shoulder
Ceviche
Fish Taco
Oyster
Eggplant
Patatas Bravas
Beef
Tapas
Duck
Steak Tartare
Tuna
Croquettes
"My 4th visit to this amazing place last night and it just keeps getting better! Awesome and fun staff- Matty(Foxy) excels at matching the gins to..."
Jenna Ferguson
"This was one of the best dining experiences I've had in recent times. All the food was absolutely delicious and the drinks list is spectacular. But..."
Amy Little
"I don't usually write reviews, but I thought this one was worth a mention. Stop past Tipsy Bull as part of a Pub Crawl on the weekend. I've had a few..."
Michael Cheng
"I travel around the country and eat from restaurants most days and this is one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Was very surprised with..."
Michael Johnson
"Excellent food and great service. Our server selected my gin perfectly. Highly recommend the chef selection..."
Allison Augustine
"We accidentally stumbled upon the Tipsy Bull on our recent travels through Canberra city. The whole experience was an absolute treasure and it’s..."
Melanie Lock
"I absolutely love the food and the service is always lovely! I come in regularly and the staff are always so accommodating and all the cocktails and..."
Christa McCulloch-White
"Underground gin - with botanicals to be added in a flavour experiment - was a great way to appreciate how a proper G&T comes together. Toothfish was..."
Joshua Barr
"First time there. We will be back. Fantastic night out. Very friendly and helpful from the get go. The food was very flavoursome and value for..."
Sean Pollock
"Tipsy Bull is doing Canberra proud. You will not find a place that creates a gorgeous casual dining atmosphere that is accessible to all whilst..."
Melanie Greenhalgh
"There is an amazing selection of about 140 different gins and lots of good quality alcohol. The food is delicious, especially the crumbed eggplant..."
Gemma Shiels
"Had another amazing night at Tipsy Bull last night, which isn’t really a surprise considering how great this joint is. The surprise is the new..."
Christine Vu
"Stumbled upon it and absolutely loved our evening. 3 adventurous diners, one fussy and we all found something we loved. Shared plates of stunning..."
Claire Walker
"2 girlfriends and I popped in on Wednesday night to have dessert after having dinner elsewhere. We sat outside and it was the perfect dining..."
Lauren Dunn
"Just had the best feed. I don't like oysters but I try them slot and I think with the raspberry dressing on them was the best. Pork belly is always a..."
Chris Taylor
"Thank you so much for the great food and exceptional service on Saturday night for my sisters hens night. We had the 8 course chef selection and we..."
Reid Welch
"The Gin bar you MUST try! With over 258 Gins in stock from across the world there is bound to be one you haven’t had. Staff are..."
Melinda Jenny May Salter
"My best restaurant experience since moving to Canberra last month. Five stars for everything - food, service and decor. I had the risotto and the..."
David Morris
"Great service, friendly staff, some really nice cocktails with gin brought in from all over the country. The food was also fantastic on the set menu,..."
Harrison Dale
"If you are after playing 20 questions about Gin, this is the place. I don’t know anything about gin don’t think they offer coke either. Staff..."
Jack
"If you love gin then Tipsy Bull is the place for you! They have more than 150 gins on their drinks menu, including locally produced gin. The team at..."
Eat Canberra
"Loves it! Decor Service was excellent and the food was great, the gin wow so unique and delish. I’ll be back to tick off all those delicious gin..."
AppleAdmire
"Our friend groups go to bar. Who doesnt love a good gin?! And they have them all. I love that they deconstruct the drink and let you do it yourself...."
Keeley
"Had another amazing night at Tipsy Bull last night, which isn’t really a surprise considering how great this joint is. To top off what is a top..."
Christine Vu
"An interesting experience if you love G&T's.An extensive gin menu from Australian gin to Icelandic gin! Servers are ever willing to suggest..."
Ravisiva
"We had the Tasting Menu, wow super tasty food. Started with the Bread Roll, Kingfish Cerviche, Burratta, Wagyu Carpaccio , Lamb Cutlets, Spanish..."
Joe Beltrame
"Great food with truly unexpected flavours delivered by the most friendly staff. One of the top Gin bars in Australia IMHO. Do try the eggplant,..."
Sachin Shahi
"What a cool bar! Sitting outside in the garden with a gin and tonic in the sun, what a perfect afternoon. Massive gin menu (four pages!) plus a good..."
Hanah Penrose
"Good environment and services. Their home brew beer was amazing and I am actually don't drink much beer. I enjoyed it very much. The food..."
Youkin328
"Food was amazing I highly recommend the oysters and the staff was friendly. Also order eggplant. Love the sauce, very special...."
Angora Large
Natural Nine
86/100 (363 ratings)
Restaurants
Gluten Free Options
Chinese
Vegetarian Friendly
Contemporary
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Dinner
Drinks
Lunch
Duck
Noodle
Salmon
"The food at Natural 9 was delicious, well presented and really good value for money. The service was exceptional and we really appreciated that the..."
Nicole Wallace
"Went to Natural 9 for lunch last week and I had the pork option under Asian specialities. It was hands down one of the best meals I've ever had...."
Kai Miettinen
"Went here again tonight for like the 4th or 5th time. It's consistently good value asian fusion with a changing menu and quality local wines...."
Josh Ireland
"A truely amazing dining experience in the heart of Canberra. Waiting staff were fantastic tending to all our requests promptly, the chefs came out to..."
Daniel Robb
"Great food, wine and service. All the little extra touches like being offered more bread make a huge difference. Happy to adapt most of the mains to..."
Elizabeth Martin
"Just took my wife there for our wedding anniversary and what a wonderful night it was. The tasting menu was just simply delicious and every mouthful..."
Steven Deans
"Fantastic value and the friendliest staff. You must try the $45 Roulette..."
Ben Osborne
"Quick, easy & delicious meal with friends for lunch. Staff were relaxed &..."
James McFarlane
"Food was excellent, service exemplary. The staff knew their wines and ports...."
Jennifer Gee
"Thanks so much for a great day. Had an awesome time! Food was..."
Nathan Briffa
"Fantastic food, excellent service. Lots of little touches made for a very pleasant dining experience. I'll definitely be..."
Brett Harris
"Try the ants climbing trees! SO GOOD! You can also get it with real..."
Rhiannon Eliasson
Gryphons Caffe Bar
82/100 (555 ratings)
Restaurants
Bar
Gastropub
Vegan Options
Cafe
Vegetarian Friendly
Australian
Contemporary
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Vegan Options
Drinks
Dinner
Breakfast
Brunch
Lunch
Calamari
Burger
Salmon
Salad
Ribs
Calamares
"Awesome food with awesome service! Great place to bring the family or to just hang with friends. Definitely a hidden..."
Natasha Venables
"A warm and welcoming rustic pub. Flavoured hot chocolates and appetising food. I had the fried mushrooms breakfast with haloumi and was very..."
Drew Triebe
"Best menu, bar and atmosphere in the ACT. Perfect for small to large gatherings and intimate functions in the Cellar. I rate a few places in the ACT..."
Benjamin Ling
"Great coffee, yummy food and super friendly staff! Love coming here so I can dine and drink my way to my next..."
Janie Allen
"Have only been here four times, however I found the service to be fantastic and food was..."
Mick Slattery
"Awesome food, highly recommend, great atmosphere, love the different types of beers too...."
Anthony Rushforth
"A lovely kid friendly pub/restaurant with friendly staff. Thanks for a great..."
Rachel Preston
"Sensational place�great food, staff and atmosphere...check it out..."
Kris Galbraith
"A gem in Canberra! Love the staff, food and..."
Monique Lanham
"I would like to thank all staff where i had a lunch with friends on 2/6/2015. Service was very friendly, pleasant athmosphere and meals were..."
Eva Sedlacek
"Great place, staff, food good place get down..."
Jack Felton
"I can't say enough good things about the service and food here. We have just had the most incredible lunch function there and will definitely be..."
Emmalee Walters
"Alway fantastic staff,food,coffee and beer we love coming to Grythons! 10 out of..."
Dallas Wynne
"Friendly, efficient service!! Perfect hot chocolate! :) definitely bringing people for dinner here one night!..."
Xenii Newnham-Kell
Highroad
81/100 (856 ratings)
Restaurants
Vegan Options
Cafe
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Contemporary
Australian
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
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Brunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Burger
Salmon
"Cracking tap beer line up + engaging staff + chilled decor and vibes + breakfast, lunch and dinner = just the “local” Dickson needs..."
Declan Norrie
"Relaxed casual dining. Amazing wait staff and food. I’m floating on Yuzu cloud nine..."
Darren Bryant
"Awesome! What a cool place to grab a bite! Beautiful food and great staff. They recommended a specific coffee blend for my alternative milk choice..."
Deanna Reynolds
"Brilliant Saturday night dinner. We went for the Feed Me option, which turned out to be amazing value and such great variety. The pork crisps and the..."
Tracey Pike
"Great place for breakfast. Plenty of seating and well designed. Staff are attentive and knowledgeable with good recommendations for coffee. Meals..."
Sue Gugger
"Amazing food, very accommodating to the gluten intolerant which seems too hard for a lot of places. The lamb belly was ridiculously good! The staff..."
Melissa Whitby
"Forget the fancy interior; incredible food; and the fact it’s less than 5 minutes from my front door - what makes this place 5 stars for me is the..."
Chanti Tannous
"Great service, exceptional menu options. A fabulous night was had by all. Plenty of options and the staff are only too happy to make recommendations..."
Jacqui Kempton
"All of the staff are so incredibly lovely, food was great too! The cafe itself looked amazing, they've done a great job. Canberra has a new gem..."
Bridget Shaw
"Beautiful food and amazingly caring and friendly service no matter what time of day. The desserts are especially beautiful. All the staff there..."
Millie Menzies
"Outstanding in every way. Couldn’t speak of the food, service, decor, coffee and communication any higher. Highly recommend for group..."
Hannah Caskie
"Delicious food. Friendly accomodating staff. Lovely atmosphere. Only minor issue, would be that the coffee was served too cold for my..."
Kirsten Frances
"Vibrant cafe with and interesting but delicious take on breakfasts today. Terrific coffee, staff are helpful and relaxed. Go, eat and..."
Lisa James
"Great coffee, flawless service. Had an issue with our food (which can be hard to bring up with staff sometimes) but it was dealt with perfectly and..."
Stu Inger
"Fantastic coffee and atmosphere. Friendly staff - very accommodating to our small children and sultana party mess! Can’t wait to come back for..."
Tessa Van Der Hoek
"One of the best salmon in town! Will come back to try the dinner..."
Ayu Bromley
"Well done guys! ONA coffee is always incredible and although I didnt eat, the menu was tempting and definitely be back for..."
Simon Loftus
Fox And Bow
85/100 (720 ratings)
Quick Bites
Contemporary
Cafe
Australian
Vegan Options
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch
Breakfast
Brunch
Tapas
Burger
Juice & Smoothies
Salad
Toasts
"Dear all southerners, you don't have to cross the lake to get great food in Canberra. Here in Farrer there is a bustling place producing great..."
Bec Pollock
"Hands down the best cafe in Canberra. The food, coffee and service is always exceptionally consistent. Chef/owner Alex and his team are delightfully..."
John Allender
"This was totally worth the drive from Bonner. The food and coffee were delicious I highly recommend to my food loving..."
Gemma Russell
"I have been to Fox and Bow a few times now and I love it. The staff are very friendly accommodating. The food is awesome. I had a great squid dish..."
Dalisay Krege
"Just wanted to extend a thank you to Fox and Bow cafe for hosting the community meeting last night and providing a beautiful meal for the families..."
Emma Hawke
"My favorite place, there is so much to love, friendly, caring staff, and the food is the best. Well done Alex and..."
Margaret Markham-Costigan
"The food fantastic and the service even better, recommend this cafe anytime. Have been several times and it has never disappointed me yet..."
Carolyn Ramsay
"Came to check out this little cafe (all the way from Gungahlin) the other day after a friend recommended it. I loved it! ☺️ I ordered a hot..."
Jess Watson
"Great food and atmosphere, with friendly staff, which is not as common as you'd think, these..."
Henry Edwards
"Amazing food and wonderful staff made our early morning ANZAC day breakfast. Will certainly return. Highly..."
Gay Watson
"The quality of the food is absolutely beautiful. And the juices that you make......ABSOLUTELY SENSATIONAL!!! And your customer service is second to..."
Ben Tedman
"one of the best cafes in canberra, a family run business that actually cares for it's customers... the food is delish and the staff are super..."
Bec Msosi