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Capitol Bar & Grill, Canberra (ACT)
Capitol Bar & Grill, Canberra (ACT)
Capitol Bar & Grill, Canberra (ACT)

Wine bar

Capitol Bar & Grill

8.2/10
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1 London Cct, 2601 Canberra (ACT)See map

Average price A$70

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Since beginning his culinary journey at QT's flagship hotel in Sydney during 2013, Josh Smith-Thirkell has wasted no time making his mark across QT Hotels & Resorts. From the fast-paced kitchen of QT Sydney's Gowings Bar & Grill, to opening the renowned Bazaar Restaurant at QT Queenstown, Smith-Thirkell's trans-Tasman palate is well and truly distinguished. Returning to Canberra in 2018 from QT Queenstown, where his passion for fresh produce and interactive dining launched the venue's famed Bazaar to great success, Smith-Thirkell has taken the helm at QT Canberra's Capitol Bar & Grill. He has introduced dynamic and seasonal menus championing the Italian flair and wood-fired theatrics of the award-winning concept created by Robert Marchetti. With unforgettable steaks at the centre of the restaurant's success, Smith-Thirkell has made perfectly cooked cuts part of his signature service. A focus on share plates and seafood has seen his 1kg T-Bone Florentine Steak and Swordfish cutlet become hero dishes on the menu that is best enjoyed among good company and conversation. Since growing up in Tasmania, Smith-Thirkell's has been committed to leading with a strong farm to table mentality using local flavours and produce in the kitchen. This approach shines through his personal dedication to managing the hotel's rooftop garden and beehive, while his developed relationships with Canberran and South Coast producers and winemakers, allow Capitol Bar and Grill to showcase the region's finest.

Restaurant menu

Last update: December 2022
Chef Michael Box
Average price A$70

Dietary options

Gluten free

Reviews

8.2/10
Very good148 reviews
8.1/10

Food

8.5/10

Service

8.2/10

Ambience

9-10

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  • Gregory A.
    Gregory A.

    January 31, 202330 reviews

    10/10

    Delicious food and friendly service! I had a great evening.

  • Emma B.
    Emma B.

    December 15, 20221 review

    10/10

    Best steak in Canberra! The service was impeccable, very knowledgeable and friendly. The wine list was also impressive. We will be dining again. Thank you to Samara and the staff for a wonderful evening

  • Ryan A.
    Ryan A.

    November 3, 20221 review

    10/10

    whole dining experience was amazing. we were greeted promptly and received excellent service from ashleigh. the food was amazing, particularly the vegetarian options. all service staff were incredibly friendly and attentive, in particular georgie and emma. the cocktails were an excellent addition to the meal.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Ryan Thank you kindly for your review. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed dining with us and the team. We look forward welcoming you on another occasion. Regards Desiree

  • Tricia b.
    Tricia b.

    August 27, 202224 reviews

    4.5/10

    Steak was good but all overpriced

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Thank you for the feedback , we hope to see you again on another occasion. Regards

  • Nic K.
    Nic K.

    July 7, 20223 reviews

    5/10

    Waited 25minutes for mains after entree. Partners lamb was not to expectation then asked if we could have a takeaway container they refused as it's part of their "policy", and a "liability" (restaurant managers words).Too their credit they did offer us discount on the meal, after we spoke to 3 staff. Overall overrated and food is over complicated, and to add fairly overpriced we paid over $130 for two people after discount.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Nic Thank you for your review and feedback. As the place cooking and serving the food, we are acting on reason of Health and Safety; however, we understand , food wastage is less than ideal. Therefore, we are working on ways to be able to offer this in the near future, under the appropriate safety guidelines. Apologies if your experience wasn't up to standard. Regards

  • Craig M.
    Craig M.

    May 21, 20224 reviews

    9/10

    Food was outstanding and we will be going back

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Craig Thank you so much for your review and we certainly look forward seeing you again! Regards Desiree

  • Brendan T.
    Brendan T.

    May 11, 20221 review

    3.5/10

    We were looking forward to this and Capitol Grill did not deliver, forgotten items from our order came to our table late and by the time we had everything it was cold and not what we expected. Very disappointing.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Brendan I'm very sorry to hear from your recent experience that we failed to deliver. This is definitely not the standard we want to have when welcoming our guests. My sincere apologies once again and thank you for your feedback. Regards Desiree

  • Allan A.

    March 12, 20221 review

    10/10

    Fantastic food and service. Definitely a new go to place in Canberra .

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Allan Great to hear that you had a great time with us! We look forward welcoming you back again. Regards

  • Peter T.
    Peter T.

    February 26, 202222 reviews

    7.5/10

    Great food and service but noisy

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Peter Thank you for your review! and the feedback, we have looked into the volumes of our music. Regards

  • Damien P.

    February 5, 20221 review

    4/10

    We went to Capital Bar and Grill 2019 for Xmas Eve dinner, the food was on point as was the service and there was atmosphere. We went again 2020 and the service had slipped, encountered a couple of in.enthusiastic.staff and it.took ages to get served, the food quality was not as great either Experience this evening, lack of menu options, and absolutely no vegan, minimal vegetarian options, sides were over cooked, over salted, and oily..

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Damien Very sorry to hear that the last 2 occasions haven't being great for you. Thank you for the feedback in regards of food and service , we are working through and ensuring the delivery is the same every time. Regards

  • Andrew L.

    January 22, 20221 review

    9.5/10

    Great food. My steak was done perfectly. Just a little noisy at times, but otherwise a fantastic experience. Will be going back.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Andrew Thank you kindly for your review, glad to hear you enjoyed dining with us and we look forward welcoming you back again. Regards

  • Caitlin M.

    December 11, 20216 reviews

    10/10

    Absolutely amazing food - was pleasantly surprised at the quality. Beautiful local wine selection as well. Excellent service, well staffed. Will make a point to visit again

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Caitlin Thank you for the lovely review , we are glad to hear you had a great evening out and we certainly look forward welcoming you back . Regards Desiree

  • Ian C.

    November 26, 20213 reviews

    9.5/10

    Great place to eat out in Canberra. Was buzzing on Friday night. Food was great although the gap between entrees and main was very long.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Ian Thank you for your review and feedback, we are glad to hear you enjoyed dining with us and look forward seeing you again . Regards Desiree

  • Ljubisa s.
    Ljubisa s.

    January 9, 20212 reviews

    8/10

    One of our steaks was a bit cold but other than that everything was delicious and the service was great

  • Monika C.

    November 21, 20205 reviews

    6/10

    Entrance from one side confusing as you have to walk through the restaurant to get to we’re they take you to your tAble. Ordered Bistecca florentine medium rare to share and in a steak resultant I expect perfection but no! Was good but not great

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Monika Thank you for your feedback and sorry to hear your latest experience with us wasn't the best. Our lay out is definitely funky and very open space, which understandably can be very confusing for the first time. Nevertheless hope we get another chance to showcase our food and experience. Regards Desiree

  • Vicky N.

    October 24, 20201 review

    10/10

    The Capitol was a fantastic venue for a birthday celebration for my hubby and family. Both food and service were exceptional. Looking forward to returning again

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Vicky Thank you very much for your kind words, we hope your husband and the family had a great evening of celebrations! We look forward seeing you on the next birthday. Regards Desiree

  • Gregory A.
    Gregory A.

    October 24, 202030 reviews

    10/10

    We were after something special, and this didn't disappoint.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Gregory Thank you kindly for your review, we are glad you had a great evening with us and we look forward welcoming you back. Regards Desiree

  • Ljubisa s.
    Ljubisa s.

    October 16, 20202 reviews

    10/10

    The best steak I’ve had to date. Amazing

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Ljubisa Thank you for the review, super stocked you enjoyed the food. We definitely pride ourselves for the steaks; we look forward seeing you on another occasion. Regards Desiree

  • Justin A.

    October 16, 20201 review

    9/10

    Thank you to Enya and the service was excellent. Would love to see some steamed vegetables on the menu eg, broccoli, zucchini or cauliflower. Thank you.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Justin Thank you very much for your review and feedback, we definitely love Enya and she has been part of the family for years. We are glad she was able to provide with a great evening. Regards Desiree

  • Alan S.
    Alan S.

    October 6, 20207 reviews

    9.5/10

    First-class service and food.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Alan Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed dining with us and most certainly hope to see you again. Regards Desiree

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Opening time
Open today

Monday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Closing time

Christmas Day and Holiday hours Restaurant Closed: December: 25th, 26th & 27th January: 1st, 2nd & 26th

How to get to the restaurant

1 London Cct, 2601, Canberra (ACT), Australia

About the restaurant

Italian confidence with big dish energy. Capitol Bar & Grill is fine dining that serves prime cuts and wood-fired theatrics. In the evening, low lights and glossy black add to the sheer indulgence. We welcome you for wine swirling and elaborate antipasto grazing. You can say grazie later, first come get a seat at the CBG table.

Slide into a luxe corner booth or prop up at the island bar, either way you'll get a taste of modern Canberra dining with slight Italian accents. Bold freshness is where we stand, sourcing the finest local produce from as close as our rooftop garden. Canberra truffles and natural oysters shucked to order and served on ice.

Features

, Contemporary cuisine, , Travelers' Choice 2020

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