Whether you’re a local looking for an elevated date night spot or a foodie visiting from out of town, who better to turn to for advice than the 2024 Good Food Guide awards? The capital is utterly spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining and has an impressive list of talented chefs recognised in this year’s awards. We’ve compiled a catalogue of our favourite hatted restaurants from the region for you to add to your bucket list.


Tucked away in the unassuming Ainslie suburbs is the intimate 30-seat restaurant, Pilot. Highly regarded for its unparalleled flavours, complexity and innovation, it comes as no surprise that they were awarded with two Hats this year. The elusive and ever-changing menu (which is never revealed online) is driven by quality seasonal produce and a love for surprise. Dive in head-first and discover why their well-earned spotlight won’t be dimming anytime soon.


Sitting at the apex of Canberra’s fine dining archive is the one and only, Raku. The renowned Japanese restaurant is famous for its masterfully crafted sushi and sashimi, using only the freshest ingredients on offer. Settle into one of the cosy semi-private booths or witness the chefs at work in the intimate bar seating. Either way, we know you won’t be left disappointed.


The playful and cherished asset to Kingston’s food scene, Onzieme, was not only hatted but named Canberra’s best by the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards. The chefs aren’t afraid to experiment and have fun, serving up thoughtful, ever-changing dishes crafted from seasonal produce. Make your way through their stellar natural wine list to uncover dynamic flavours and unique characters. After dinner, don’t forget to find the building’s old bank vault turned moody underground bar. All you have to do is find the red door…

Such and Such

Such and Such, the young CBD bistro oozing with creativity, was not only Hatted but deservingly recognised as the New Restaurant of the Year. The cheerful interiors are fitted with terrazzo floor tiles, colourful Australian art, and a cosy private dining space. Seamlessly coupled with its contemporary menu, it serves an innovative twist on nostalgic classics. Plus, a diverse showcase of flavours and producers on their expansive wine list. Take a seat and find out what all the fuss is about.

Bar Rochford

Hidden away in the iconic Melbourne Building lies the romantic restaurant and wine bar, Bar Rochford. Feel effortlessly at home with the charming interiors, magnificent arched window and vintage vinyl playing on repeat. Even with a passion for wine at its core, the food menu is remarkable in its own right. Consistently delivering flawless contemporary dishes, it’s no wonder they’ve been hatted for their second consecutive year.

Rebel Rebel

Resting in the heart of NewActon’s thriving food scene is the causal yet refined eatery, Rebel Rebel. The warm mid-century interiors and unpretentious atmosphere have made it a Canberra fan favourite. With an innovative and produce-driven menu, along with an ever-changing wine list, it’s guaranteed to lure you back again and again.


Discover how elegance, simplicity and heavenly aesthetics can manifest at Canberra’s Japanese Omakase destination, Mu. Expect a truly unique and memorable dining experience, with enclosed counter-seats wrapping around the open kitchen, giving you ample viewing to watch the expertise and artistry unfold. Leave it to the chef to curate an exquisite 12-course meal (crafted based on what they consider best for that particular day), and perhaps elevate your experience with a premium sake pairing.

Italian & Sons

Escape your daily woes and seek refuge in the homey yet elegant eatery, Italian & Sons. Discover subtle reinterpretations of Italian classics, which never compromise on nostalgia and comfort. With an award-winning wine list, featuring premium drops across Italy and Australia, this Lonsdale Street treasure has racked up an army of local die-hards. Cosy up in the inviting and romantic interiors, or perch on the street-facing counter seats for some people watching.

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