Restaurants stand as dedicated establishments, meticulously crafted to provide individuals with an indulgent experience of professionally prepared and expertly served meals. These culinary havens span a rich spectrum of styles and sizes, embracing the diversity of gastronomic preferences. From intimate, cozy diners that exude warmth to expansive, upscale dining venues radiating elegance, restaurants cater to varied tastes and occasions. Their menus are a culinary journey, navigating through a tapestry of cuisines and gastronomic selections, ensuring a broad appeal. Whether it’s a laid-back, casual atmosphere inviting camaraderie or an elegant, formal setting evoking sophistication, restaurants are versatile social spaces designed to accommodate families or cater to the preferences of an adult clientele, ensuring a memorable dining experience for all.

Australia Day Out carefully curated a list of Canberra’s best restaurants to enhance your celebrations. Our choices are differentiated by exceptional food quality, welcoming environments, and a commitment to providing a pleasant dining experience. Whether you choose famous locations that highlight the best of Australian products or hidden culinary jewels that have unique world flavors, our selected list ensures that you have the opportunity to enjoy Canberra’s high-quality culinary offerings.

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1 Courgette Restaurant

Courgette, a culinary gem, is redefining eating in Canberra through its commitment to responsible cuisine. This independent establishment is a haven for foodies looking for a one-of-a-kind combination of excellent cuisine and environmentally conscious practices. This is a classy restaurant with a refined environment and high-quality wines. Courgette’s menu showcases culinary artistry, with mindfully picked ingredients and inventive meals that excite the taste buds. Beyond culinary quality, this restaurant promotes ethical and environmentally dedicated values, resulting in a dining experience that extends beyond the plate. With a warm and friendly atmosphere, they welcome guests to appreciate not only the wonderful cuisine but also the ethical principles that serve as the foundation of this prestigious dining establishment.

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Monday 11am–11:30pm
Tuesday 11am–11:30pm
Wednesday 11am–11:30pm
Thursday 11am–11:30pm
Friday 11am–11:30pm
Saturday 11am–11:30pm
Sunday Closed
Review on Google: “What a fabulous experience! We had a large group and they set us in a beautiful private room. We all got the three course degustation, and our waitress was able to recommend wine to match for entree, main and dessert. Everything was delicious, the service excellent, and the atmosphere a lovely balance of high class, exclusive and relaxed. We will definitely be visiting Courgette again!”- Jess Zed

2 Raku

Raku
RAKU is a classy, contemporary Japanese bar and restaurant known for its unique dining atmosphere. It specializes in fine Japanese cuisine and is well-known for its hallmark dishes, which include delicious Alaskan blackfish delicately seasoned with saikyo miso and zesty pickled cauliflower. With its clean architecture and advanced surroundings it provides a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience that perfectly combines tradition and innovation. Whether indulging in the finest Japanese dishes or loving the restaurant’s renowned specialities, customers have an amazing dining experience at RAKU.

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Monday 11:30am–2:30pm,5:30–9:30pm
Tuesday 11:30am–2:30pm,5:30–9:30pm
Wednesday 11:30am–2:30pm,5:30–9:30pm
Thursday 11:30am–2:30pm,5:30–9:30pm
Friday 11:30am–2:30pm,5:30–9:30pm
Saturday 11:30am–2:30pm,5:30–9:30pm
Sunday 11:30am–2:30pm,5:30–9:30pm
Review on Google: “Went for my girlfriends birthday, food and drinks were amazing. Service was also superb, server was about to explain what she thought was going to be enough food as both me and my partner were about to seriously under order. Everything was perfect and came in good time. The desert weren’t to my tasting but it was extremely hard to compete with the main courses. I will be back again at the next special occasion. (As someone who doesn’t eat fish there is alot of meat and vegetable dishes you can order)”- James Peters

3 Temporada

Rebel Rebel is the best place for food in Canberra. They are known for their great cooking and excellent service. As a renowned restaurant, they specialize in creating amazing dishes with the highest quality, locally produced ingredients, resulting in a gourmet trip that exceeds expectations. Their menu is a tribute to culinary excellence, with creative appetizers and delicious main dishes. A well-curated beverage list and a warm, inviting setting add to the establishment’s commitment to providing a great dining experience. Aside from their culinary prowess, they provide smooth table reservations through OpenTable, assuring a hassle-free experience for patrons looking to appreciate the best in Canberra’s dining scene.

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Monday 5am–10pm
Tuesday 5am–10pm
Wednesday 5am–10pm
Thursday 12am–2:30pm,5–10pm
Friday 12am–2:30pm,5–10pm
Saturday 5am–10pm
Sunday Closed
Review on Google: “The most generous and delicious dinner we have had in a long time. The set menu which equals about 11 dishes was spectacular- the matching wines were all superb and were perfect with our dishes. The service was outstanding- everyone was warm and welcoming and passionate about their restaurant. Well done – great value for money too.”- Debra Tully

4 Rebel Rebel

Tree Response is a tree care service provider that strives to offer comprehensive solutions to its clients. Their team of arborists is not only tertiary qualified but also possesses a thorough knowledge of tree physiology. They aim to provide an end-to-end service to their clients by ensuring that the trees are safe and healthy throughout their life cycle. The company was established in 2009 by Matt Beshara and Sam Power. Their dedication to tree care and management has been the driving force behind the company’s success. Tree Response’s arborists use advanced equipment and techniques to maintain the health of the trees while minimizing the risks to people and property. With their expertise and commitment, Tree Response has become a trusted name in the tree care industry.

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Monday 5am–9pm
Tuesday 5am–9pm
Wednesday 5am–9pm
Thursday 12am–8:30pm
Friday 12am–8:30pm
Saturday 12am–8:30pm
Sunday 12am–8:30pm
Review on Google: “This is a really good restaurant in Canberra. Food is not too fancy and is very balanced. I’m very happy with what we got and it was acceptable pricing. When you see the owner in the kitchen and in the restaurant, you know that it will be a good meal. Beef tartare was awesome and the steak was mind blowing. I would definitely come back here.”- DP Tang

5 Marble and Grain

Marble & Grain offers the classic popularity of a European steakhouse to modern Canberra, providing a culinary adventure featuring fresh Australian and local ingredients. The menu appeals to a wide range of tastes, from delicious steaks to the unique Butcher’s Board, which includes deer sausages, lamb ribs, sirloin steak, bone marrow, and other carnivore favorites. Marble & Grain was named a 2023 finalist in the Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence after winning several awards last year, including Best Steak Restaurant and Best Restaurant in a Hotel/Resort in Canberra. Beyond culinary brilliance, the restaurant has a classy yet welcoming atmosphere, making it the go-to spot for a refined dining experience. Marble & Grain also sponsors events, which adds some liveliness to its offerings.

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Monday 6:30am–10:00pm
Tuesday 6:30am–10:00pm
Wednesday 6:30am–10:00pm
Thursday 6:30am–10:00pm
Friday 6:30am–10:00pm
Saturday 7:00am–10:00pm
Sunday 7:00am–10:00pm
Review on Google: “Super happy with my visit! Had oysters Kirkpatrick for entré, beef tartare for main, soughdough bread, and some wine. Oysters were fresh and delicious. A little bit sweet, but that’s a personal preference, than a comment on the dish. Best beef tartare in Canberra I’ve had so far. Good selection dishes overall and good choices of wines. Staff are attentive, and respectful. Vibe is classy and perfect for date nights. 100% recommend and will definitely be back!”- Katie Jaydee

6 BlackFire Restaurant Canberra

BlackFire Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of Canberra, Black Fire Restaurant stands as a culinary gem, offering an unparalleled dining experience. It is a distinguished dining haven celebrated for its exquisite blend of flavors and elegant ambiance. As a third-party enthusiast, we applaud this establishment’s commitment to culinary artistry, offering a curated experience that transcends traditional dining. Black Fire, also known as “Fuego Nero,” boasts a menu that is a symphony of tastes, showcasing a fusion of global inspirations. The welcoming atmosphere, paired with attentive service, elevates each visit into a gastronomic journey. Whether for intimate gatherings or special occasions, they stand as a beacon of culinary excellence, where patrons indulge in a refined palate adventure amidst an atmosphere of timeless sophistication.

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Monday 11:30am–9:00pm
Tuesday 11:30am–9:00pm
Wednesday 11:30am–9:00pm
Thursday 11:30am–9:00pm
Friday 11:30am–9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am–9:00pm
Review on Google: “Awesome! We had a group dinner of 11 – ordered the set menu. The food was delicious! Plenty of it – everyone was in happy food comas by the end. Consensus seems to be the octopus for the entree was the favourite, but every dish was fresh, flavourful, and enjoyed by all. Staff were fantastic – happily accommodated a few dietary requirements as well as a spontaneous additional person at our table. Thanks for looking after us!”- Dr Kealy
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