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Capitol Bar & Grill

8.1/10
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1 London Cct, 2601 Canberra (ACT)See map

Average price $70

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Meet the Chef

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.

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Chef Michael Box
  • Average price $70

Dietary options

Gluten free
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Reviews

8.1/10
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  • Brendan T.
    Brendan T.

    11 May 20221 review

    3.5/10
  • Allan A.

    12 March 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.

    26 February 202220 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.

    5 February 20221 review

    4/10

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

  • Andrew L.

    22 January 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.

    11 December 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.

    26 November 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.

    9 January 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.

    21 November 20205 reviews

    6/10

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

  • Vicky N.

    24 October 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.

    24 October 202022 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.

    16 October 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.

    16 October 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)

  • Alan S.

    6 October 20206 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

  • Rob B.

    2 October 20201 review

    10/10

    This is an amazing restaurant in the 'brasserie' style - it is a large venue but still manages to feel warm and cosy. Fabulous food. Friendly, helpful and discreet staff. Great wine list. Loved it.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Rob Thank you very much for your review! That is all we are about, good food , good wine and genuine hospitality. We look forward welcoming you back ! Regards Desiree

  • Amanda G.

    16 September 20202 reviews

    9.5/10

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

  • Jo M.

    9 September 20201 review

    9.5/10

    Service at the bar a bit slow but restaurant was fantastic, as was the food.

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Jo Thank you for your review and feedback , I'm glad you enjoyed dinner with us !

  • Meg K.

    5 September 20204 reviews

    9.5/10

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Meg Thank you for your review, we hope you and your family had a great Father's Day! We look forward seeing you again. Regards CBG Team

  • Gemma F.
    Gemma F.

    2 September 20204 reviews

    10/10

    The crab pasta dish was amazing. The best oysters and my husband had the steak and it just melted in your mouth. Amazing service too!

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Gemma Thank you for your review, we do love our oysters! We look forward welcoming you back soon. Regards CBG Team

  • Fred V.

    27 August 20205 reviews

    6/10

    Steaks are good service was average

    Capitol Bar & Grill (Owner)

    Hi Fred Very sorry to hear your experience with us wasn't pleasant, we welcome all feedback, which makes be better and continue improving. Many thanks Desiree Saavedra Venue Manager

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Opening time
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Monday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tuesday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Wednesday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Thursday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Friday
06:30 AM - 10:00 AM
06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Saturday
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Sunday
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM

How to get to the restaurant

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

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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.

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