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Rubicon

Average price $105
9.3/10
531 reviews

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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

Chef Owen Kenyon
  • Average price $105 Special request
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

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Desert
Steak And Mushroom
King Fish, Scollops And Pork

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent
9.3/10
based on 531 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9.5/10
Service :9.3/10
Setting :9.1/10
  1. Tara F.
    Tara F.
    • one review
    10/10

    Such a beautiful restaurant! Great food, amazing service and beautiful setting. A little hidden gem! We will definitely be back! Highly recommend!

  2. Karen d.
    Karen d.
    • one review
    10/10

    The food and the service was wonderful as always! I had the zucchini flowers and the rib eye followed by some cheese. Planning our next visit already...

  3. Annie T.
    Annie T.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Rubicon offers excellent food at reasonable price. The portions are good. The scallops and beef rib eye are outstanding. The service is good too.

  4. Michael B.
    Michael B.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Could not fault anything. One of the first fine dinning experiences where the food was a 10 in taste but I also didn't leave still abit hungry which has happened at other places. Service was on point and the atmosphere was perfect for a romantic night out.

  5. Nicola G.
    Nicola G.
    • one review
    10/10

    The setting under hundreds of tiny fairy lights creates an intimate atmosphere. The staff were friendly and courteous. The food was excellent and the stand out dish for me was the kingfish sashimi. To die for!

  6. David B.
    David B.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Quiet, great service and delicious food. The acoustics are fantastic and help with sound absorption. Ideal for date night's or formal/Quiet small group gatherings.

  7. Justin B.
    Justin B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Our favourite restaurant, the food is always spectacular with great service and friendly staff, highly recommend trying it if you want to have a pleasant evening out.

  8. Jodie K.
    Jodie K.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    After a long 12 weeks we were so excited to be able to enjoy our favourite Canberra restaurant. Didn’t disapppint - never does! Beautiful food, wine, and wonderful service.

  9. Kirsten L.
    Kirsten L.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Great to have the Rubicon open again. As always a lovely evening. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was enjoyable. Looking forward to coming again soon.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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!

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How to get to the restaurant

6a Barker St, 2603, Griffith (ACT), 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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