Top 4 Spots to Dine in Canberra

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Next time you find yourself in Australia's capital city, discover some of Australia's finest dining spots. Canberra is home to some of the country's top chef hatted restaurants and boasts beautiful settings, from the waterside of Lake Burley Griffin to the leafy suburb of Ainslie.

The Boat House by the Lake

Perched on the end of Canberra's famous Lake Burley Griffin and surrounded by private parkland, is this modern culinary gem. The Boat House by the Lake offers contemporary Australian dishes coupled with stunning views. Watch swans glide across the surface of the lake and the lights of Parliament house glitter across the water as the sun goes down.


Owned by well known chef James Mussillon, Courgette specialises in modern dining with all the candles, sharp white linen and impeccable service you would expect from an award winning restaurant. It was awarded one hat by the Sydney Morning Herald in both 2012 and 2013. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner for two, a special event or corporate function, Courgette is the place to go when you need everything to be perfect.


Aubergine is Canberra's only two hat restaurant and holds a special place in locals' hearts. This classy spot manages to be simultaneously comfortable, affordable and ingenious with its use of seasonal and unique produce. Find Aubergine nestled among the boutique Griffith shops on Barker Street and step on in for modern, European dishes like caramelised endive and goat's cheese tart, pork belly with touches of sweet corn, morcilla and passion fruit, and dark chocolate ganache with liquorice custard, violet sorbet and chocolate jelly.

Pulp Kitchen European Brasserie

For relaxed but delicious Italian and French dining, head over to Pulp Kitchen European Brasserie in Ainslie's Wakefield Gardens. This restaurant likes to keep food simple, fresh and traditional with a seasonal menu featuring classics like ricotta gnocchi, duck terrine, beef tartare and oysters.

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Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.