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Boffins

Average price $65
8.7/10
126 reviews

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price $65 Special request
Curry of 'Brightside' eggplant and heirloom carrots I coconut I holy basil
$29

Coconut and spinach curry, roasted eggplant and heirloom carrots, young coconut, Ingelara holy basil

Pinnacle iron steak I grilled tropea onions I celery gravy I horseradish
$35

Grilled iron steak, grilled red spring onions, celery gravy and fresh y shaved horseradish

Slow cooked duck breast I cherries I local black garlic I pepper
$35

Slow cooked duck breast, fresh local cherries, black garlic puree

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Ratings & Reviews

Fabulous
8.7/10
based on 126 reviews
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Quality of food :8.7/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.6/10
  1. Fiona J.
    Fiona J.
    • one review
    10/10

    Really lovely food, great location and excellent service. Pleasure all round. This place has been elegantly designed at every level and does ANU proud.

  2. Maree L.
    Maree L.
    • one review
    7/10

    The mains serving sizes here were too small for dishes described as "Substantial" and not quite special enough for the price. A pleasant-enough evening, but not with any sense of generosity and relaxedness.

  3. Paul C.
    Paul C.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    The staff were excellent and the venue was amenable to good conversation, having no echo effect from hard surfaces. The menu was distinguished by little meat compared to the usual menu (which tends to have too much meat and almost no vegetables) and contained uncommon ingredients. Despite our reservations, the food was delicious without exception.

  4. A A.
    A A.
    • 247 reviews
    8/10

    Menu much improved from some years ago. Pleasantly surprised.

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 257 reviews
    8/10

    Very good standard of food and atmosphere .

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 273 reviews
    8/10

    This is our ladies' group's periodical meeting place for dinner. Easy parking, quiet environment and atmosphere. Been to this restaurant so many times.

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 260 reviews
    9.75/10

    Charming, old world yet contemporary and cosy. Terrific team of staff. Good food, good drinks menu. Do go.

  8. Marnie P.
    Marnie P.
    • 11 reviews
    8.5/10

    Great food and catered well to dietary requests. Excellent service

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 255 reviews
    9/10

    great place and service. great wine

  10. Michael E.
    Michael E.
    • one review
    8/10

    I've been eating at Boffins for about 30 years or more, often for lunch and sometimes for dinner, and it was always my favourite restaurant. I haven't been there for the last two years, so it was a surprise to see the refurbishment. I miss the former lunch menu, it was always difficult to make a choice as there were many attractive dishes on offer. I was disappointed by the menu yesterday, it seemed there wasn't much too choose from that I wanted to eat; but the meal was OK, although my companion's fish appeared undercooked and she left some of it. I think Boffins has gone a little too "trendy" unfortunately. A few years ago I took a well-travelled colleague, an international marketing manager from a large UK company, there for lunch and he declared it was the best restaurant he'd ever been to, which confirmed my opinion, but I doubt he'd say the same today. I think something has been lost in the "upgrade".

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 259 reviews
    5/10

    The service might need improvement.

  12. Len G.
    Len G.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Quiet, pleasant, tasteful and relaxing atmosphere with excellent and personal service

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 253 reviews
    10/10

    It was a very relaxing and enjoyable evening. The staff were fantastic.

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 273 reviews
    8.75/10

    Enjoyed the evening greatly. Thanks

  15. Judy F.
    Judy F.
    • one review
    9.75/10

    we had friends from Sydney, who eat out a lot, and they said the food was as good as you would find in Sydney. They were very impressed.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 273 reviews
    8.5/10

    Great meal (as expected)

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 266 reviews
    7/10

    Food excellent, local produce, service generally good but sometimes can be patchy without a reason.

  18. Peter M.
    Peter M.
    • one review
    9.25/10

    A good repeat restaurant.

  19. Richard S.
    Richard S.
    • one review
    9.25/10

    Great menu. Great local produce

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 281 reviews
    10/10

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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How to get to the restaurant

1 Balmain Crescent., 2601, Acton (ACT), Australia

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About the restaurant

Boffins was extensively renovated in 2018 to provide a modern contemporary dining experience.

Boffins at University House is the flagship restaurant with a focus on paddock to plate dining and serving the best of Canberra Region and Australian wines whilst showcasing artwork and sculpture from across the University. The bar also stocks a wide range of artisan spirits and local craft beers providing diners with a unique selection.

Our chefs are in regular contact with our local farmers and suppliers and source food directly from farm gates where possible. Menus can change daily, based on supply and are ever evolving as our dedicated kitchen team works to display the produce on offer. Diners may select a la carte or try a 'feed me' menu and let the kitchen take them on a food journey.

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