There are heaps of new restuarants and bars to explore in Canberra. Try one or try them all!


Recently spreading its wings on Lonsdale Street, the minds behind Assembly have opened up across the street as Corella – a restaurant and bar that showcases a delicate modern Australian menu, focusing on native ingredients. Experience dishes like plum cured kingfish with blood lime, chili and chives, native duck a l’Orange with bunya nut puree, sunrise lime and jus gras, and coconut pannacotta with Geraldton wax, macadamia and yuzu sesame, paired with a refreshing drink from their cocktail list.

Lanterne Botanical Bar

Campbell’s new neighbourhood bar, Lanterne Botanical invites you to join them for an afternoon or late-night drink in the greenhouse room of their Southeast Asian restaurant, Lanterne Rooms. Sit back and enjoy the night sky with an elegant botanical highball or a glass of wine in hand and a few share plates from the kitchen.

Wakefield’s Bar & Wine Room

The iconic Edgar’s Inn have just expanded their powerhouse group of restaurants at Ainslie Shops with a trendy new bar. Wakefield’s Bar & Wine Room focuses on Australian wines, local produce and live entertainment, married together with a vintage styled interior. Perfect for a late-night drink, or intimate dinner with a menu that features lamb riblets, hand-made pasta and a delectable apple tart tartin.


As popular café eatery Morning Glory shut their doors, they promised it wouldn’t be goodbye forever, opening only a few months later again under the name ILY. Serving simple, comfort food with a twist, ILY is open all day for casual dining that doesn’t compromise on delicious, creative style cooking. Already becoming their famous breaky dish, the breakfast gnocchi with bacon, pecorino and a poached egg is a must-try, while for dinner heart-warming dishes like roast chicken with spinach, confit garlic and artichokes, and roast potato pie feature prominently, being sure to end your day on a high note.


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My Sabor

Meaning ‘flavour’ in Portuguese, My Sabor definitely lives up to its name, serving an ever-changing menu of Australian tapas food with an Asian twist that are all bursting with a delicious array of flavours. Proving you don’t have to be tied down to one particular cuisine, join them at Verity Lane for dishes like scallops with ginger and scallion risotto and Indo spiced rubbed chicken.


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The Meat & Wine Co

Joining newly opened Constitution place, Meat & Wine Co is showing off their unique afro-centric menu that focuses on top-notch meats and premium wines. Boasting a robust menu with the likes of Portuguese prawns, short rib croquettes, wagyu tartare, slow-cooked ribs and an extensive list of steaks and skewered meats, its every meat-lover’s dream.

Messina Kingston

Providing relief from the mass line of Canberrans waiting for their sweet fix at their Braddon store, Messina has opened a new location in Kingston. Find all your usual favs and famous experimental weekly specials, as well as booth seating for those who want to enjoy a scoop in-store.


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Dickson Taphouse

From the minds behind the Old Canberra Inn and Queenies, comes Dickson Taphouse, a classic pub eatery with a big love of beer. Showcasing 18 different beers on tap, head over for your favourite pint or a taste of something unexpected. For food, home-made pasta dishes are their speciality along with pub classics and a generous selection of vegan and vegetarian eats.


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1980 Chinese Restaurant

Following renovation and a new menu, formally Spicy Ginger Café transformed into 1980 Chinese Restaurant. Continuing to serve restaurant favourites like cumin lamb and dry chilli chicken, they have taken a new look on seafood dishes, now boasting a large range of seafoods from whole fish and king prawns to lobster, crab and abalone.


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