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We have selected a number of Canberra restaurants. Do please give us feedback and let eGuide know if you find a Canberra restaurant we should include.

2, Cape St, Dickson. (02) 6262 5799
An Ethiopian gem, in downtown Dickson and very popular with locals looking for something a little different. Authentic stews and spicy curries plus delicious injera, a flatbread to mop up those wonderful juices. Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. BYO.

15 Edinburgh Ave, City 2601
Modern Australian located in the Diament boutique hotel which has been built in one of Canberra's oldest buildings.

La Scala
Garema Pl, Canberra City 2601
Excellent value big Italian meals.

PorkBarrel Cafe
King George Terrace, Parkes 2600
A Cafe with casual dining next to the Rose Gardens in front of old Parliament House - need to book for lunch.

Portia’s Place
11 Kennedy St, Kingston 2604
Excellent Chinese and another place to spot a pollie

Santa Lucia
84 Ainsworth St, Kingston. (02) 6295 1813
A hotspot for great food, is a wonderful Italian restaurant that has been patronised by Canberrans for 30 years. Great portions, especially with the pasta dishes, simple yet authentic and you could be eating in Rome. Try the classic Italian veal dishes or the sizzling gamberi (prawns) in olive and garlic with a touch of chilli. Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. Excellent value for money.

36 Giles St, Kingston 2604
Great for breakfast but you need to book some days ahead

The All Bar Nun
McPherson St, O’Connor. (02) 6257 9191
Offers great pub food with some superb ales thrown in to quench the thirst. More than just a pub, this O’Connor institution comes up with some great values meals including Tapas, salt and pepper squid, delicious pizzas that are to die for and burgers. Quality wholesome food at good prices.

The Boathouse
Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton. (02) 6273 5500
Set on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Barton, and offers excellent food and wines with great views. A degustation menu is available, but if that’s a bit too much try the dinner menu which offers Confit of duck, seared Narooma snapper fillet and Beef Rossini to name just three. The desserts are just as mouthwatering and the restaurant is licensed and open Monday-Saturday for dinner from 6.30pm.

The Bookplate
National Library, Parkes Place, Canberra. (02) 6262 1154
Off the beaten track as far as eateries goes, but take a trip to this Bistro situated in the National Library to satisfy your appetite. Asian style chicken, Shiitake mushroom soup and fusilli of chorizo plus a host of great blackboard specials. Warm, friendly and great value. Fully Licensed and open seven days a week.

The Blu Ginger
5, Genge Street, Canberra. (02) 6247 2228
The Blu Ginger is superb Indian at equally superb prices. Fully licensed and open seven days a week, the restaurant offers tasty onion bhajis and veggie samosas for starters, curries galore including the dhansak from Mumbai and tandoori quail, a local favourite. Try the local Firefly ale to wash it all down with.

The Courgette
54 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra. (02) 6247 4042
A fabulous place to eat, awarded one hat status by the Sydney Morning Herald three years running. For one of those occasions that requires everything to perfect, this is a must eat at establishment. From the mud crab and yellow fin tuna sausage to yellow belly parmesan crumbed flounder and the sticky pork belly to the white Belgian chocolate fondant with fresh raspberries, the menu exudes flavour and style. Quality comes at a price, but this is worth it.

The Deck
Barrine Drive, Parkes 2600
On the edge of Lake Burley Griffin in Commonwealth Park - home of Floriade - and has excellent views of the Carillon, National Gallery, High Court, New and old Parliament Houses, Questacon and National Library

The Ginger Room
Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes 2600
Modern Australian restaurant in old Parliament House

The Grill
Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City (02 6257 7074)
The Grill looks over the gaming tables of Casino Canberra on one side and out on to beautiful Glebe Park on the other. It offers a casual dining menu for a quick refuel and a modern Australian ala carte menu for a real dining experience. The Grill is opened until late every night.

The Harem
48 Jardine St, Kingston. (02) 6295 0386
Popular with both locals and foreign diplomats, offering traditional Turkish cuisine amidst a middle eastern setting complete with belly dancers. Situated in Jardine Street the restaurant is fully licensed and the food is authentic Turkish. Lamb with eggplant in a creamy curry, great vegetarian options and some delicious Turshish sweets to end the evening. Open seven days a week.

The Peppered Prawn
Shop 3, Sky Plazza Apartments, Phillip. (02) 6162 0122
The Peppered Prawn is famous in the ACT for its seafood. As the name suggests, prawns feature prominently, but there are set menus for the budget conscious as well as Canberra’s only oyster bar with fresh produce flown on from Sydney and Coffin Bay in South Australia. Calamari and crispy battered flathead are also to other specialities. Fully licensed and open seven days a week.

The Zen Yai
11, London Circuit, Canberra/ (02) 6262 7594
A favourite with the politicians across the road in Parliament House. Great prices for some wonderful Thai tastes, healthy options as well as hot and spicy. Thai grills, stir fries, Thai curries, Pad Thai, seafood and some excellent veggie variations. Voted the best Thai in Canberra on numerous occasions. A BYO restaurant open seven days a week.

Yarralumla Gallery And The Oaks Brasserie
Cottage 1 Yarralumla Nursery Weston Park Road, Yarralumla 2600
A great place for lunch or brunch housed among the old trees in the old home of the Nursery Manager.


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