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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Canberra

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Canberra? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of REBEL REBEL restaurant
4.7 (1185)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Canberra City
About the restaurant
REBEL REBEL is a casual eatery, wine bar and bottle shop in Newacton
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Very good food and service!! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal
A photo of Queenies Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.6 (334)
$41 to $100
Dining Bar
About the restaurant
Queenies at Kingston is now 100% Gluten Free!

Serving a wide variety of Canberra Region wines, selected spirits and a rotating selection of craft beers from independently owned breweries.

Seasonal and free range produce with a uniquely native twist. Meals to share with friends, your special person or in splendid solitude.

Book online for groups of 8 or more.

What do I do if I want a booking for less than 8 people? Walk In! Don't be concerned as we are a large venue with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
A very enjoyable evening great food and fine wine. Added bonus its on the bus route
A photo of Briscola Italian restaurant
4.8 (495)
$41 to $100
Canberra City
About the restaurant
Since 2010, Briscola has firmly established itself on the Canberra food scene and is arguably this town's most popular Italian restaurant. Now with a newly refurbished venue, it offers an unpretentious yet stylish approach to an authentic Italian dining experience.
At the forefront it’s about the food: simple, wholesome and traditional without being old fashioned. The “old fashioned” is evident in the service with Gianni and his incredible staff focusing on giving the diner a charming experience.
What sets it apart is how they transport you to Italy. Start with an aperitivo to open the palate, enjoy a local or Italian wine varietal and finish with a soothing digestive.
Briscola is situated conveniently in the heart of the city near hotels and public transport.
Sit inside or alfresco, Briscola seems to suit anyone… families, young couples, group functions and corporate luncheons. You can walk-in, but please book, it gets busy!

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Our go-to restaurant. Calarmaretti is an entrees is a favourite, calamari without all the oil. Tried the new delucious melon cocktail and had the chicken gamberi with king prawns. Very moist and tasty.
A photo of Bar Beirut restaurant
4.7 (44)
$41 to $100
Middle Eastern
Canberra City
About the restaurant
Dive into the bold allure of Bar Beirut, Canberra’s late-night hotspot. Named one of the nation's top cocktail bars by The Australian (2023), and Canberra's Best Cocktail Lounge and Small Bar (2022 & 23), and Favourite Middle Eastern Restaurant (2021, 22 & 23), indulge in daring dishes, top-self cocktails, eclectic beats, and captivating belly dance and burlesque performances.

Nine-to-fivers, local poppers-in, out-of-towners, clocked-off hospo workers, and anyone who knows a good cocktail and bite to eat is knocking on the door from 5pm ‘til late. The vibe is charged with electricity, laughter, and love; everyone is here for the fun.

Whether you’re bringing the whole family to feast, a group to celebrate, a partner to spoil on a date night, or you just want to nibble, drink and ponder the world as you bop your head by yourself into the early hours, the welcome at Bar Beirut is as warm after midnight as it is just before sunset.

Yalla habibi!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Food and staff were outstanding. Cocktails were lovely. Always love going to Bar Beirut.
A photo of Monster Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.3 (1158)
$41 to $100
Vegetarian / Vegan
Canberra City
About the restaurant
Canberra’s only refined vegetarian dining experience, Monster Kitchen and Bar, has a deep respect for locally sourced and seasonal ingredients landing an exciting set of fresh ideas with conscious consumption at the forefront.

As it becomes increasingly popular for people to feel good about what they eat and order, our kitchen team strive to introduce complexity to simple, fresh and quality ingredients finding inspiration to create many layers of flavour to the final result.

Monster’s cutting-edge veg will endorse longevity, fermenting and pickling will feature prominently across the menu allowing the vibrancy of the produce to live on.

The Monster is a herbivore.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food, great vibe. One of Canberra's few treasures!
A photo of COMPA restaurant
4.5 (90)
$101 and over
Canberra City
About the restaurant
Step into COMPA, here the servings are generous and
the atmosphere is effortlessly sophisticated. It feels
instantly familiar. Descending into the space is like giving
an old friend a long overdue hug.

For Matt Moran’s ACT debut - antipasto, pasta and charcoal
dishes bring a touch of Tuscany to your table. As with all
his establishments, at the heart of his menu is quality
produce that is fresh, seasonal and locally sourced.
COMPA is built on a simple, often forgotten pairing: good
food and good company.

Top review
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Service was exemplary. Finest scallops we have ever eaten. One of the best dining experiences you can ever have in Canberra.
A photo of Saint Malo restaurant
4.4 (112)
$41 to $100
Canberra City
About the restaurant
Welcome to Saint Malo, the Spanish restaurant in Canberra that brings the taste and sound of the Mediterranean to your plate. Our passion for Mediterranean cuisine was born from a love for travel and exploration, and we strive to offer an elevated dining experience that transports you to the Spanish coastline without ever leaving Canberra. Our menu is designed to showcase the fresh and vibrant flavours of Spanish cuisine. We pride ourselves on using only the finest ingredients, sourcing local and sustainable produce wherever possible. Our dishes are simple yet elevated, with a focus on grilled meats, fresh seafood, and vegetarian options. From our signature Paella to our mouth-watering grilled octopus, every dish is a work of art. We offer a curated wine and cocktail list featuring some of the best Spanish wines and cocktails, perfectly paired with our dishes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
This is one of the best dining experiences I have had in years. Raving about the Bacalao.
A photo of La Rustica restaurant
4.3 (15)
$41 to $100
About the restaurant
Our team- With 17 years of experience cooking in the finest restaurants, our head chef is excited to present his vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and committed staff make sure you have a fantastic experience.

Dine in or takeaway- We have worked to package our meals in a way that lets you bring the quality of our meals into your home. We always love to see you in person, but even when we can't, we ensure that your dining experience is top notch!

Seasonal & Local- Indulge in the authentic flavours of Italy with our delicious dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Join us for an unforgettable dining experience.

Top review
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
I have been here several time and always happy to go back. Good location, good ambience and the food is excellent. Last time they were at capacity and we had to wait a tod to place our order, but the food came out pretty fast. I'd highly recommend this restaurant.
A photo of Alia Bar restaurant
4.4 (16)
$40 and under
Canberra City
About the restaurant
Step into the opulent realm of ALIA, Canberra’s latest
embodiment of grandeur, where Greek share plates and
holy elixirs take center stage.
A place that seamlessly transforms from daytime lunches,
laid back meeting, casual gatherings into moonlight cocktails
and indulgent family style dinners.
Right in the heart of Canberra CBD

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
What a beautiful new addition to the Canberra dining scene! We had the loveliest evening, with impeccable service and amazingly delicious food! I would highly recommend the feed me menu - the steak, chicken and the roasted potatoes! exceeded our expectations! And wait until you have the dessert! Thank you for a lovely evening in such a beautiful setting - could not recommend more!!!
A photo of Chifley's Bar & Grill restaurant
4 (317)
$41 to $100
About the restaurant
Chifley’s Bar & Grill pays homage to the region’s wineries and boutique food producers with a seasonal, modern menu. Chef Saju Rajappan and his team cater to discerning travellers, diplomats, and businesspeople with classic but inventive dishes that are as delicious as they are gorgeous to look at.

Steaks, seafood, chicken, and other dishes cooked on the grill are a speciality. The menu also features pasta, risotto, a wide range of vegetarian options, dishes designed for sharing, and tempting desserts. A wide range of local and international wines, cocktails, craft beers and ciders are available for your drinking pleasure.

Chifley’s Bar & Grill is named after the 16th Prime Minister of Australia, Ben Chifley, who loved dining here and frequently enjoyed a tipple in the bar. In honour of his favourite drink, the whisky bar has a specially curated menu taking guests on a sensory journey of whiskies around the world.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
We had such a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary, which isn't a surprise because we have always had a great time at Hotel Kurrajong and Chifley's bar and grill. The staff always go above and beyond and made our visits extraordinary. The food is always so beautifully presented, delicious and filling. If I could give a standing ovation I would. The drinks were exquisite and delicious as well. Thank you for such a wonderful night (and breakfast too the next day!) We are excited to return again to celebrate some more!
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