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Where to eat in Canberra | 6 best restaurants in Canberra

Canberra is home to the Parliament of Australia, iconic Australian cultural institutions and, most importantly, Canberra bars and restaurants. The eclectic mix of people drawn in by these attractions has led to Canberra having some of the best and most diverse wining and dining experiences in Australia. 

There are many places to visit in the Nation’s Capital and after a long day working or sightseeing, you don’t want to put too much thought into where you are dining for the night. That’s why we have curated this list of the six best restaurants across Canberra to help you decide where to eat in Canberra.



AKIBA is located in Canberra City and focuses on Australia’s position in Asia bringing ‘‘New Asian’ cuisine to Canberra. 

AKIBA makes the most of Canberra’s local produce, cooked over live fuel of wood and charcoal.  

Enjoy the many styles of Asian barbecue, raw bar and modern-day Dim Sum, and see why AKIBA was awarded the Australian Financial Review Top Restaurants People’s Choice Award for 2016.


  • EightySix

  • Named after the ‘‘86-ing’’ of sold-out dishes on the menu, EightySix is a restaurant located in the heart of Canberra’s town centre, Braddon. 

    Serving modern Australian cuisine and current dishes such as:

  • • Habanero steak tartare with prawn crackers
  • • Potato gnocchi, truffled Manchego cream and snow peas, and
  • • Caramel popcorn sundae
  • EightySix was rated one hat in the 2017 SMH Good Food Guide.


  • Parlour

  • Parlour is located in the historic New Acton precinct and aims to provide an ambience of warm lunches and lavish nights. 

    Parlour encourages night-cappers, power lunchers, birthday drinkers, gourmet grazers, and wine lovers.  

    Parlour serves contemporary food with a modern Australian feel and Spanish influence, with head chef Jackie creating sophisticated but approachable meals.


  • RAKU

  • RAKU is located in the city centre and combines Japanese cooking with the energy of modern Australian cuisine.

    RAKU’s sushi team crafts beautiful plates of sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls, whilst the robata grill produces meat, seafood and vegetable dishes full of flavours from the flames.

    Executive chef Hao is a master with the sushi blade. His culinary creations span the taste spectrum, from subtle and delicate, to robust and exciting flavour profiles.


Pialligo Estate

Located minutes from Canberra’s city centre and Pialligo Estate, you can dine at Pavilion. 

Driven by the changing seasons, Pavilion dining highlights organic produce grown on Pialligo Estate’sEstate’s 55-acre.   

Over 90% of the produce used in Pavilion’s kitchens is grown on the estate. There are over 1300 fruit trees, 238 olive trees and 75 rows of organic vegetable beds.  

The produce is picked up every morning at dawn and delivered to Pialligo Estate’s chefs to be transformed and served the very same day.


Local Press Café

Local Press Café, located at Kingston Foreshore, is a wholefoods-based cafe committed to producing and providing fresh, natural, honest foods and cold-pressed juices.  

Local Press Café says the concept of whole foods is not restrictive food rules but rather a sensible holistic approach to food that supports balanced living and a healthy diet. 

They are passionate about healthy food and offer delicious, whole foods (meat to vegan) unrefined, unprocessed and free of unnecessary additives and preservatives.


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