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Best Restaurants: Canberra's Go-to Dining Spots

From casual to luxe, these are the best restaurants in Canberra for a delicious dining experience.

Monster Bar & Kitchen (Photo credit: Zach Griffith, Botanist Creative)
Monster Bar & Kitchen (Photo credit: Zach Griffith, Botanist Creative)

Do you struggle to find somewhere new and interesting to eat? Canberra is home to a bunch of hidden dining gems. From classy to bougie, and even somewhere casual for a weekend lunch with your family, you can’t go past the best restaurants in Canberra – they’re loved by locals too!

Raku (Photo credit: Zach Griffith, Botanist Creative)
Raku (Photo credit: Zach Griffith, Botanist Creative)
Raku

If you love Japanese food you will love Raku. End of story. One of the best Japanese restaurants in town. Get yourself a tasting menu if you can’t decide what to eat and share some of their most popular dishes. (Quietly, their Nasu Dengaku is sublime.) The atmosphere is also quite romantic, making it perfect for a couples outing. 

148 Bunda Street, Civic, Canberra

Inka
Inka
Inka

The newest most talked about restaurant in Canberra. Inka has fused two of the tastiest and unique cuisines together, Peruvian and Japanese. Hence why people cannot stop talking about it! It’s sleek, modern and the place to dine at, at the moment so why wait? Plus, Peruvian food is out of this world and needs to be experienced. 

Shop B11A, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra

Akiba
Akiba
Akiba

If you’re after an informal yet still exciting place to eat, then Akiba is perfect. Its menu is South-East Asian inspired, so probably not the best choice for vegans/vegetarians as their options are quite meat-heavy. However, it’s still one of the best places to dine at in town. And let’s not forget about their cocktail menu! 

40 Bunda Street, Canberra

Italian and Sons
Italian and Sons
Italian and Sons

If fancy Italian food is your thing then you’ve come to the right place. This restaurant is home to authentic pizza and pasta you can depend on. (Like, comfort food at its finest!) There are however, only two seating times so you will need to book ahead.  

7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Lazy Su
Lazy Su
Lazy Su

The place to eat if you want to experience a flavour explosion. Also a great dining option for vegans. Lazy Su is fun and a great semi-casual restaurant to take your family to, the perfect place to catch up with your girlfriends or grab yourself a quick bite to eat before a movie. Their menu is jam packed full of Instagram worthy eats. Wagyu cheesesteak spring roll anyone?

1/9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Monster Bar & Kitchen (Photo credit: Zach Griffith, Botanist Creative)
Monster Bar & Kitchen (Photo credit: Zach Griffith, Botanist Creative)
Monster Kitchen And Bar

Vegetarians will understand the disappointment when dining out and having limited options to choose from. However, Monster Kitchen and Bar is entirely vegetarian – and extremely delicious at that. In fact, we promise you’ll impress your meat eating friends here with a whole head cauliflower – that actually hits the spot. Trust us. 

25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra

Aubergine
Aubergine
Aubergine

The place to book if you’re after a super special place to eat. It’s an experience, from the wait staff, to the food. Also the best option if you want to celebrate a special occasion. Or when you’re after somewhere a little more formal. 

18 Barker Street, Griffith

XO
XO
XO

This restaurant is a hidden treasure, which is great because otherwise you’d likely never be able to book yourself a table. Think South-East Asian dining that’s both fun and different. Their menu is basically a classier version of tasty street food. Sichuan chili oil with chicken anyone? Lives up to its name. And let’s not forget their famous Golden Gaytime dessert you’ll want on repeat. 

16 Iluka Street, Narrabundah

Lanterne Rooms
Lanterne Rooms
Lanterne Rooms

Lanterne rooms are part of the Chairman and Yip group and although always a much-loved restaurant for Canberrans, the way they’ve continuously re-invented themselves has kept it a favourite. Perfect for out-of-hours business dinners, or somewhere casual to dine at with your loved ones. 

4/81 Constitution Avenue, Campbell

Rebel Rebel via Rohan Thomson
Rebel Rebel via Rohan Thomson
Rebel Rebel

Your new go-to hang if you want to up the ante on your boring weekday lunch. Rebel Rebel is a semi-new kid on the block and loved by working locals for in between meetings/ casual catch ups. Their food is unique too but work perfectly when you want something quick, but still unlike anything you could make at home. Ie. fancy a beef tartare for lunch? Or maybe you want to start your day with their cacao pops? If you can grab yourself a seat it’s worth the wait. 

Shop 21-23 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra

Eaten your way through the best of Canberra's restaurants and food scene and ready for a little more? Check out our family-friendly guide to Canberra, or if you're still a little peckish take a look through the foodies getaway guide to Canberra.