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Meet the Chef

Born in Zambia, Owen emigrated to Australia in the early 70s. His mother a cookery teacher and father in the military saw Owen working in restaurants at 14 whilst at school, until beginning his apprenticeship and part of the team who opened New Parliament House in 1988. Cooking was second to his love of ice hockey, always saying he’ll cook until he works out what he wants to do. Rubicon has now been operating for 20 years, with Owen’s three kids now working alongside him in the restaurant.

Restaurant menu

  • Average price $105 Special request

Chef Owen Kenyon recommends…

Zucchini flower, mozzarella macadamia stuffing, Pico de gallo
$11
Nori wrapped silken tofu, Szechwan braised eggplant, sesame caramel
$12
Beef tartare, cornichon, eschallot, salsa Verdi, charred crouton –
$15

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent
9.3/10
based on 511 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9.4/10
Service :9.2/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Richard P.
    Richard P.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    Good food however the duck was tough and a little grizzly. Staff are pleasant however had to request our wine a few times so felt like we were forgotten on occasion.

  2. Nicole  G.
    Nicole G.
    • one review
    7/10

    The food was good. Service was a little slow even though there seemed to be a lot of staff. The staff very friendly and helpful but we had to ask for a second round of drinks.

  3. Martin  J.
    Martin J.
    • one review
    10/10

    Food was excellent without being overly fussy. I had the Madras Chicken which was a classic example of a simple dish, done well. My wife had the Pernod marinated Salmon which she liked, as the delicate salmon was not overwhelmed by the Pernod. Service was courteous and friendly but not intrusive. As someone who has hearing difficulties, I appreciated the cushioned wall finishing and carpeted flooring which cut down the reverberant noise - normally the bane of any dining experience for me! We recommend Rubicon and would happily return.

  4. Mark  J.
    Mark J.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Rubicon is amazing. Whenever I’m in Canberra, I take my partner and we love the food, service and the atmosphere.

  5. Chandrasivam S.
    Chandrasivam S.
    • 2 reviews
    6.5/10

    Food quality was great. Can't fault the flavours. However do not do the degustation option. Servings are extremely small. Was served the beef tartare the size of a quarter slice of toast. Presentation was awful. They just randomly slapped small portions of food on the plate. Wines tasted old & bitter. Complaints fall on deaf ears. Even though food tasted good, overall experience was disappointing.

  6. Stephen J.
    Stephen J.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    The staff were great, the only issue was the waiter neglected to open the red wine after showing us, to let it breath. Otherwise as good as I remembered from previous visits.

  7. Martin D.
    Martin D.
    • 10 reviews
    9/10

    We visited for a special occasion and weren't disappointed. The menu was not large but covered a good range. The dishes we chose were imaginative and well prepared and presented. The wine list was excellent and the service good.

  8. Ian L.
    Ian L.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    The food and staff were wonderful. Maybe a bit more explanation with why a wine was matched with a course would be interesting, though the matching was clearly well curated. The venue looks a little tired. Cloudy windows and dated light fixtures detract from the overall ambience. .would recommend.

  9. Heather O.
    Heather O.
    • one review
    10/10

    Really enjoyed eating here. It is deceiving in size. You enter through a heavy curtain and the atmosphere is quite good. Food and service were excellent. We had kingfish sashimi to start and it was amazing. We had chicken and salmon for mains and they were both very good as well. I would definitely return.

  10. Rebekah D.
    Rebekah D.
    • one review
    10/10

    The food was perfectly cooked and tasted amazing, and the service was attentive. Loved the decor and the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant

  11. Brenda  B.
    Brenda B.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Cannot fault Rubicon. With excellent service, chef recommendations, expertly prepared food & relaxing atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant. A must do!

  12. Papiya B.
    Papiya B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great choice of lunch time menu, good wine list, accommodating, great service, friendly staff and reasonably priced for this type of quality restaurant

  13. Peter T.
    Peter T.
    • one review
    10/10

    Consistently friendly service, and excellent food in a very pleasant environment. A great wine list wit a tasteful mix of local, interstate and international wines.

  14. Sierra and Jack S.
    Sierra and Jack S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Came with my partner for our 6 year anniversary and it was so lovely. service was amazing and the food was out of this world . and really pretty and cozy

  15. Le-Anne J.
    Le-Anne J.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Always an amazing meal at Rubicon with exceptional service. A true gem in Canberra's restaurant scene.

  16. Madison G.
    Madison G.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Staff were lovely and the food was great, sauce on the duck fat potatoes was very strong so be careful not to take a huge amount like I did. Had 6 course degustation, meals were spaced out well and wines paired very nicely

  17. Ross C.
    Ross C.
    • one review
    9/10

    Rubicon is always delightful. Food is interesting. Menu could go with a little more variance but the flavours are fresh vibrant and enjoyable.

  18. Kylie E.
    Kylie E.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    We had a wonderful evening, as always!

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews
    9.5/10

    Beautiful restaurant with absolutely delicious food! We have had excellent service and amazing food every time we have been. Well worth a visit.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 256 reviews
    9.5/10

    Everyone at the table agreed that every dish was faultless, the service was fantastic, and that it was it was the best meal in recent memory.

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How to get to the restaurant

6a Barker St, 2603, Griffith, Australia

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About the restaurant

A blend of informality and sophistication

Hidden within the leafy inner-city suburbs of Canberra is Rubicon Restaurant, a sophisticated, Modern Australian restaurant that is known for its incredible menu and relaxing, welcoming atmosphere. Owner and head chef Owen Kenyon has carefully crafted a menu that provides diners with a variety of rich and exciting flavours, drawing on some of Australia’s most beautiful and natural produce. The a la carte menu is diverse, with everything from gruyere and chestnut twice cooked souffle to Yellowtail kingfish sashimi… and if you’re feeling particularly fancy you can also opt for Rubicon’s spectacular degustation feast or banquet menu. This venue is a fantastic blend of sophistication and informality, and a meal here is bound to be an unforgettable experience.

Best dish: confit duck, pumpkin & ricotta gnudi, pearl onion, braised carrot and cabbage, orange.

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