Chifley's Bar & Grill

3.9
123 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Chifley’s Bar & Grill is named after the 16th Prime Minister of Australia, Ben Chifley. Paying homage to the past, with inspiration from today, the team creates a unique experience for diners in a classically elegant yet beautifully refurbished dining room, which extends to a glassed-in terrace overlooking the hotel gardens. The menu caters to discerning travellers, the local diplomat or business person with honest, classic but inventive dishes – steaks married with superfood salads and dishes designed for sharing. A quality wine list offers variety of local and international wines. The 1920s marked the birth of the modern restaurant era when eating out was no longer confined to the elite and leisure travel became open to everyone. Today the restaurant’s warm nostalgic interiors are inviting to all. They provide a place for a quick bite or drink at the bar, to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends or relax at a summer acoustic session in the garden.
What 123 people are saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.7
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.6
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Noise · Moderate
72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Tony
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice traditional restaurant with attentive staff and an adequate menu. While on the high end for price for menu options and reasonable for drinks, the quality off sets this.

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GwenB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food here is so poor! So many good places in the vicinity for breakfast and lunch. Really, they need to lift their game.

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DugaldB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great and wait staff were very friendly, exceeded our expectations

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My steak was great - I asked for Medium, and it was spot-on. My only disappointment is that if we order sides, it’d be great to see them turn up, instead of me waiting, and then having to ask if they were on their way. By that time, it was too late so we canceled them. Disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful surroundings and excellent service with food that was equally delightful. Highly recommend!

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I visited on Saturday night. I saw the menu said that they cater for people with dietary requirements, so I asked a question about one menu item. The waiter went to ask the chef about that one menu item. After that item was unsuitable, I asked about a second item the waiter left again to ask the chef. Again the item was unsuitable.

Now I’m at a table filled with embarrassment because I have two items that I can’t eat and I’m none the wiser as to what I could choose.

Might I suggest asking your customer what their needs are and asking the chef one time for all suitable options..

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Willis
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Made my better half and I feel very special on our anniversary.

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MariaD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good cannot fault our meals we had breakfast 2 mornings and 1 dinner excellent

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MargaretW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant evening
Food delicious - steak excellent
Jogan Rosh needed more sauce
Lovely decor and attentive staff
Thank you!

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KarenC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

A disappointing experience. This is a culturally significant building, but its art deco heritage has been compromised in the Chifley Room by out of place lights and wall decoration. Added to this, the food was average, with the quality of the steak, in particular, not commensurate with the price charged. Sadly, it was burnt on the edges.

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PATRICK
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Lamb chops, salmon and risotto were all overdone - lamb chops were burnt, salmon was dry and risotto rice was mushy. Noise level was "energetic" as there was a group of four men who had very loud laughs, otherwise OK, Service was very good.

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GeraldF
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere is iconic Canberra: gracious in style and resonating with its history, it would appeal to the discerning guest. Service was friendly, courteous and generous. The menu, while not extensive, was excellent.

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CarolG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An enjoyable dining experience in a comfortable & stylish space. Food is well presented & delicious, with attentive, obliging service staff. Would like to see more vegetarian & seafood options.

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moin
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately the food came out already cool. We requested that it be heated, and it was taken away, then returned to the table, with an apology.
But, it had only been heated marginally. So disappointed.
The serving staff were very understanding, and they did their best.

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moin
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The restaurant was terribly understaffed, and those working just seemed overwhelmed by the situation. Nothing against them, but there needed to be more of them. It’s a shame—the food was good, and we would have ordered more, but the place was too frenetic, and didn’t want to be a further imposition on their time.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

we have been here many times, a great hotel.
sadly menu is a bit cafe style and wine prices are best described as extortion.

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MaggieK
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Lovely setting although surprised we had to line up and order from the bar. Would have liked to have seen more hot options on the limited lunch menu, that said I enjoyed the burger I ordered which came with a glass of wine, good value.

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Margaret
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was excellent. The staff were attentive. The food was delicious. The only downside was that the tea was tea bags, not leaf tea. I will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value for money.

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VickyM
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

It was a birthday celebration so a bit special. We were offered a ‘Complimentary glass of sparkling wine’ which we gladly accepted, but it never came. We asked that our drinks come with the meal but they were delivered, to our table, a good 20 minutes before the food. I had to send my dinner back as the mash it came with was watery, lumpy and cold. It was returned with a slightly warmer mash. We ordered a side of fries and one of roast Kipfler. We got 2 orders of Kipfler potatoes instead. The wait staff were pleasant however. Will probably never go back.

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RosalieY
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service staff was polite and efficient. The food arrived hot and fresh. A great experience.

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Mava
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful service and ambience. Let down by food quality. Just not up to a standard equaling the price. On some dishes way too much salt. On the risotto with chicken - large hunks not pieces of chicken included.

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SueB
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very comfortable environment. Perhaps a little wider range of choices on menue, or more changes as we do eat there often.

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LeeH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great service but tempura barramundi was not good. Fish was old and hard as was the batter.
My husband’s pork cutlet was delicious and the charming waiter was delightful but such a shame about the fish.
Breakfast the next morning-pancakes great but the big breakfast was served warm not hot.

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MichaelT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great historic feel in a classy setting

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ChrisandLynn
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic. Service we great, but young man serving us appeared inexperienced. I'm sure he will learn improve.

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SylviaE
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so nice and warming.And they made my partner’s birthday a memorable day.
And the food was worth the prize.

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DeborahG
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic ambiance in historic Art Deco hotel. Staff were very attentive. Food was mostly very good. My salmon was excellent while family members who had the steak reported that they were ok but not outstanding. Desserts were thoughtfully presented and delicious.

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Regina
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a hidden gem in Canberra. Great food, service and ambience. We enjoy having pre dinner drinks before our meal outside.
We will be back

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HamishW
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine pairing advice. I dont see enough of this elsewhere.

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SandraL
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

All staff friendly, efficient and professional. Good food and nice atmosphere. Guitarist and singer on the night was a nice touch.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Food and drink were alright, but more like pub food. The staff were polite and kind, but made several mistakes with our order and check. Beautiful building and surrounding was the main positive point.

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thetaylorthree
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice restaurant, good location, good menu, tasty food, friendly staff!

Didn’t need the music at the level it was set, the quality of the sound also not good. Only downside of the night

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BenT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I enjoyed the restaurants decor, but.
The menu was very limited. For a bar and grill, they only offer one steak.
The squid entree was very undercooked and Not enjoyable. I was offered a replacement but I declined.
I ordered my steak medium rare, but it came very rare.
My fiancée ordered the same but medium and it was cooked the same as mine. Very rare.
Both of our breads were still slightly frozen in the middle.
I liked my bearnaise sauce, and the roast chats.
We decided to skip dessert.

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IanP
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service.

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LarnaH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, professional service and large range of wines. Live music and comfortable seating

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RoseH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The price reflects the setting, a nice historic hotel in the heart of Canberra.
The staff are friendly and attentive. The food is fantastic, while the portions are a good average size it looks and tastes good.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The vegetables looked as if they were rehydrated. Some of the vegetables could not be eaten. The sauce lacked flavour. Very disappointing.
The waiter was excellent. He was polite, courteous and efficient.

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ShondyA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was above expectation. Steaks were perfectly chargrilled and cooked exactly to order. The kids bolognese was decent and was made with a child's palette in mind, unlike other places that think kids don't care about flavour. Recommend Chifley's for families or for a cosy date. During summer the courtyard is great!

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KateA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Restaurant was freezing as there was live music in court yard and all doors to outside were open for their convenience. No consideration was given to dining guests (Most wearing their coats still) even after requesting that the door to outside be closed or the one leading to the reception to stop the major cross draft. Not a pleasant experience unfortunately.

FAQs

Chifley's Bar & Grill does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Chifley's Bar & Grill is rated 3.9 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.