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The Conservatory Restaurant

Average price $55
8.8/10
195 reviews

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Scores & Reviews

Fabulous
8.8/10
based on 195 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.8/10
Service :8.7/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Michele  M.
    Michele M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Staff were wonderful, welcoming and very considerate of the elderly relatives who accompanied us. The choice and quality of food and drinks was excellent and represented good value for money. Always enjoy the views from the restaurant and a visit to the Arboretum shop and bonsai display following a meal.

  2. Roger B.
    Roger B.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Excellent venue to watch a storm roll over Canberra. Service very quick and servers were great at ensuring our order and meals were taken and delivered before a larger group were served. A fixed price menu is good and choice nice. Wine list small but quality. Overall a great lunch

  3. Roger B.
    Roger B.
    • 4 reviews
    8.75/10

    Amazing views of Canberra during a thunderstorm. Staff attentive and helpful - we appreciated being served before a larger group. Innovative menu with choice. Nice to choose from fixed charge menu and wide choice of wine.

  4. A A.
    A A.
    • 268 reviews
    8.75/10

    An excellent meal in a beautiful location!

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    9.5/10

    Fabulous , delicious and beautifully presented

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 286 reviews
    8.75/10

    Great food and great service.

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 289 reviews
    10/10

    Have been there 4 times for lunch and once again fantastic experience. Love the choice of Canberra wines????

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 289 reviews
    8.75/10

    Excellent lunch

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 288 reviews
    9/10

    Service very accommodating. Fantastic view from table next to window. Food a little hit and miss. The braised beef dish was to die for as was the teriyaki salmon. The duck dish unfortunately did not reach the tenderness of the beef dish and the vegetables - to my taste - were undercooked. My dessert was underwhelming. A tiny scoop of slightly melted, albeit admittedly delicious ice cream, with 4 small pieces of meringue shards! The Apple Mille-feuille was a more substantial serving with an intricate decoration.

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 251 reviews
    6.75/10

    First in - last served. Waited over an hour for mains.

  11. Helen J.
    Helen J.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Great location, great service, catered for kids, tables not too close together.

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 291 reviews
    8.5/10

    Good Atmosphere

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 254 reviews
    9/10

    Always great for breakfast.

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 264 reviews
    5.5/10

    It was Father’s Day . Busy. The kids didn’t like their food. One plate of pasta sent back due to being cold. Like, refrigerated cold. Was replaced without fuss. The service staff were lovely.

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 254 reviews
    10/10

    Always a great place to dine

  16. Sue S.
    Sue S.
    • 2 reviews
    7.75/10

    great location and great food however service could be improved

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews
    8.75/10

    Gorgeous views. Great food and coffee. Great service.

  18. Cathy H.
    Cathy H.
    • 2 reviews
    7.5/10

    We were really looking forward to breakfast at the Conservatory restaurant. We’d had to cancel an earlier reservation due to both of us being sick. An added bonus was it was just the two of us - we had a baby sitter for the morning. We were seated quickly and our sparkling wine came out super fast. Unfortunately no one came to collect our order. We spent 20 minutes unsuccessfully trying to catch someone’s eye. People at the next table who arrived 15 minutes after us had their order taken. I lost count of the number of waiters that walked past us that didn’t even look at us. Eventually we established eye contact with a waitress, who held our gaze for a while and then walked off. We were on the verge of leaving without breakfast (our baby sitter had commitments that meant we were time constrained) when someone finally noticed. No one came to us on their own violation - we had to actively get someone to serve us. A morning that was meant to belatedly celebrate my husband’s birthday became a stressful exercise of judging when to give up and leave. I appreciate that we were given a free glass each of sparkling wine in recognition of the wait, and the food was wonderful, but I am wondering if I can bring myself to visit the Conservatory restaurant in the future despite being a regular visitor over the past five years.

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 255 reviews
    7.75/10

    Had a beautiful meal/lunch here with my wife and kids. Very well looked after and the food was excellent.

  20. Nick B.
    Nick B.
    • one review
    10/10

    We booked for breakfast and was thoroughly enjoyable

More information

How to get to the restaurant

Village Centre, National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, 2611, Molonglo Valley, Australia

Directions to get there

South Coast

About the restaurant

The Conservatory restaurant offers contemporary Australian cuisine, with dishes simply prepared with care, to share.

Produce is sourced primarily within Canberra’s 100-mile foodshed to support good farming in the region. The focus is on organic and biodynamic produce, heirloom meats, seasonal vegetables and fruits, and sustainable sea and fresh water foods. The views are incredible and the food is even better. Get here!

Best dish: slow cooked wagyu cheek, celeriac puree, confit eschallots, brussel sprouts.

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