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Parlour, Canberra, AU-ACT

Parlour

4.3
4.3
133 Reviews
$41 to $100
Mediterranean
Parlour is about celebrating life. We love food that is bright, conscious and brings people together. Located in the stunning historic former Acton House, Parlour has been the lighthouse of the New Acton precinct since opening in March 2008. It is the perfect place to enjoy and share beautiful food and wine with your favourite people.

Lunch-time siesta. Evening aperitivo. Dinner dates. Sunday sessions. Weddings and functions.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Australian, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 6257 7325

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jacob McAuliffe

  • Neighborhood

    Canberra City

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Banquet Menu

    A$85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    A welcome drink on arrival and a selection of Small Plates, Large Plates, Sides and Dessert.

What 133 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  • Canberra

    Best Overall

  • Canberra

    Best Food

  • Canberra

    Best Service

  • Canberra

    Best Ambiance

  • Canberra

    Best Value

  • Canberra

    Good for groups

  • Canberra

    Healthy

  • Canberra

    Romantic

  • Canberra

    Good for special occasions

  • Canberra

    Most Booked

  • Inner North

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  1. LouR

    Canberra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Had a pleasant night. Love Parlour’s style and decor. Some of the dishes were absolutely delicious (the lamb, the Brussel sprouts, the eggplant!) but there were a couple notably disappointing (the snapper and the pumpkin), so it was a bit hit and miss.
  2. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night. Service was very good, great wine suggestions, food was excellent. First time for my friends to visit and think they are now converts!
  3. ALGR

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Old world sophistication with lots of cool. Excellent service. Limited a la carte menu but beautiful food and presentation.
  4. DijanaT

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the shared menu. The service was on point. We'll definitely be coming back again. Thank you.
  5. MelitaF

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Parlour used to be a favourite. But this past experience was awful. The service wasn't great. Took ages to be approached, and then the drinks took 25 minutes . The food was cold. The duck, although cooked well, was barely warm as the plate was icy cold. The greens in the beef salad were wilted and not particularly fresh. Disappointing won't go back.
  6. MattO

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. The perfect setting for a few casual drinks on a Sunday afternoon. Really good spot

    ParlourResponded on February 22, 2023Hi Matt, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, glad to hear you enjoyed your experience!

  7. BenC

    Canberra

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Took about 30mins to get our first drinks. Service was terrible. Food was not good. It has a good ambiance though. Would not recommend under current management. Disappointed 😔
  8. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot, couldn't fault the food. Great service and lovely staff.
  9. SallyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The menu at Parlour has changed and not for the better. It used to be a great place offering an array of tapas. Now it is run of the mill food; you can find meals like that anywhere. We are told the owners have changed and are chasing hats. Great shame and clearly it’s not working as the place was quiet on a Friday night. Update the cushions outside, add some decent variety to the menu and things may improve. A huge shout out to the staff who were excellent - incredibly professional and friendly.
  10. Lighting

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I like to dine at parlour. Good quality food. Didn’t have to wait to long as we were going to movies. Wish we had time to try desert. The waiter was very pleasant with nothing too much trouble. Will be coming back both with friend and husband.
  11. Brendan

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Love this place but missing the Spanish elements which used to prop up the menu which has a pretty limited range these days. Great place for a romantic drink and a chat though!
  12. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and customer service
  13. Susanc

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed! Very poor form. I checked at the hotel reception. They checked and could not explain why the restaurant was closed. I have received no apology or recognition of the Parlour’s failure to provide service or respond to my complaint. It was even more galling as one of the guests was visiting from Canada.
  14. LizB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were taken care of so well by the beautiful staff and the food and cocktails were next level. Perfect date night. Thank you!
  15. RaunyW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Clearly there are issues around food quality and preparation that need to be resolved. The table staff made a great effort to keep customers happy but the waiting time for lunch was an hour and the portions and quality of the food were below standard. What is happening to the Parlour Bar? Perhaps new management needed?
  16. Larry

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Had a lovely time catching up with a friend in a perfect environment. Food and service were great except for during the time the staff were getting ready for a wedding reception. Would have been better to add extra staff during this time if possible.
  17. narelleq

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, menu offered a variety of choices which were all sensational! Would highly recommend the Parlour Bar.
  18. Rhino17

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food and wines was excellent, when it was available, but we were disappointed with the unavailabilities. First came the bottle of wine which had apparently run out weeks ago and they hadn’t amended the wine list. Then there was the small share plate on a printed menu that was available and finally having asked for coffee twice at the end of our meal we were told that the coffee machine was closed for cleaning without any notice to diners first. Very disappointing!
  19. BecA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service is always exceptional! Kitchen is fast and food is always perfect. Noise in the restaurant can be a little loud sometimes, but the vibe is friendly and welcoming
  20. None

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service and food were great. The music was too loud when we arrived, but it was turned downed after we requested it. We really appreciated being able to split the bill
  21. SallyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I found the music too loud for an elegant venue. Food was not outstanding, but enjoyable.
  22. Charlotte

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always lovely to spend special occasions at Parlour. Love the ambience and food was excellent.
  23. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well done! Terrific service !
  24. BrittanyS

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal. Relaxed vibe. Lovely long dinner.
  25. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food and catering to FODMAPS
  26. Clare

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great selection of food for lunch, great service and the food was very tasty, will definitely be back.
  27. DianeM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Chicken skewers, chicken wings and patatas were really good. More choice would bring me back more often though..
  28. SuellenC

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food and friendly staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you!
  29. LizH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Very comfortable and lovely service. The food was overall good. Particularly enjoyed the crispy eggplant. Quiet and excellent ambience
  30. JessM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We booked Parlour for a quick drink before a dinner reservation round the corner. Staff were friendly and down to earth, and the cocktails were delicious. Only ordered a bowl of olives as we didn't want to spoil our appetites, but they were yummy also! Overall, a lovely spot with a nice relaxed yet sophisticated feel.
  31. KateH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great location and food. Cosy and welcoming atmosphere
  32. Kaza

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    We found sitting inside was abit chilly. The chicken burger and pulled pork toasties were tasty but dry, which would have been improved with abit of aioli or mayonnaise type sauce. The croquettes were inedible. The eggplant dish was delicious as was the papate. We enjoyed our lunch as it's a nice atmosphere to catch up with friends, but would hesitate to go back if it was for the food alone.
  33. DavidN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and the ambience and service were great

    ParlourResponded on September 14, 2022Hi DavidN, Thanks for leaving a review! We work hard to deliver a great experience and this will drive the team further. See you again soon

  34. TraceyW

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Birthday dinner
  35. DanielB

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Drinks and food we ate was great, took over an hour for mains to arrive after entree’s
  36. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food was a little too burnt in places, too salty or lacked flavour. The kitchen door was hanging off its hinges so the restaurant sounded like a demolition site every 30 seconds.
  37. RickL

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The Parlour has great atmosphere and decor that creates a relaxing setting. The menu choice is just right and is good value. Unfortunately the food wasn’t up to scratch. The rack of lamb was blue with the guest unable to eat it. The crispy egg plant was overdone and the stale flat bread that came with the fish needed a steak knife to cut. The server also put a plate of patatas in front of another guest calling it gnocchi. This had us very confused until the real gnocchi arrived. I can only think the server was inexperienced. So, the food quality on this visit was not up to scratch and causes me to think we won’t be rushing back until the team gets up to speed.
  38. CathTravels

    Yorkshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Although a relatively limited menu was on offer for our weekday lunch, each of our chosen dishes provided a tasty and satisfying meal. The service was friendly and efficient in this popular Acton venue.

    ParlourResponded on August 30, 2022Thank you for coming in we are glad you had a nice time, hope to see you in the future.

  39. PaulM

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had dinner for 2 at Parlour after the movies at the Palace. Ambience was really good with a nice vibe happening. Our food was very good and the service was friendly and helpful. Would recommend for an enjoyable Saturday evening meal or when the weather is warmer for a cocktail before or after the movies.
  40. MegD

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, fabulous cocktails and such a fantastic wine list. Always a pleasure to visit.

    ParlourResponded on August 22, 2022Great to have you in MegD, hope to see you in the future.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Parlour is rated 4.3 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Parlour

16 Kendall Ln, Canberra, AU-ACT 2601

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Canberra City

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Australian, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jacob McAuliffe

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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