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Sage Dining Rooms

4.4
4.4
361 Reviews
$101 and over
Modern Australian

Sage is a extraordinary staple in the Canberra Fine dining scene.

We are located in the heritage building 'Gorman House' in Braddon, with the beautiful Mint Garden Bar as our stunning entrance.

The kitchen is headed by the incredible James Viles, with a breadth of experience in storytelling through food to create a truly special dining experience.

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Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
    Lunch
    Wed–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 6249 6050

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    James Viles

  • Neighborhood

    Braddon

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 2-Course a la carte Lunch

    A$55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy your choice of two dishes from our seasonal menu for a relaxed lunch. Vegan + coeliac friendly!
  • 3-Course a la carte lunch

    A$65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Your choice of entrée, main, and dessert from our seasonal menu! Vegan + coeliac friendly
  • Seasonal Tasting Menu

    A$120.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our set menu, designed by our wonderful kitchen team to highlight fresh, seasonal produce from our local area. Vegan and coeliac friendly options available, please let us know of any allergies when booking!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

1st Course

  • Aged Root Vegetables

    homemade feta + blistered black grapes

    • Confit Duck Leg

      artichoke + truffle hollandaise

      2nd Course

      • River Trout Cooked over Coals

        XO + charred native greens

        • Slow Cooked Short Rib

          forest mushrooms + pepper leaf gravy

          • Our Fish Monger's Choice

            blackened vegetable sauce + marigold

            3rd Course

            • Aged Cheddar

              fruits + pepper lavosh

              • A Dish of Canberra District Honey

                • Preserved Local Fruits

                  licorice + chocolate

                  Tasting Menu

                  Our Bread & Our Butter - Snax

                  • Aged Root Vegetables

                    homemade feta + blistered black grapes

                    • Jerusalem Artichoke

                      confit duck leg + truffle

                      • River Trout Cooked Over Coals

                        XO + charred native greens

                        • Slow Cooked Short Rib

                          forest mushrooms + pepper leaf gravy

                          • A Dish of Canberra District Honey

                            Last updated: August 6, 2021

                            What 361 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                            4.4
                            4.4 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.3Food
                            • 4.6Service
                            • 4.4Ambience
                            • 4Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                              Fit for Foodies

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                              Healthy

                            • Canberra

                              Great for Lunch

                            • Canberra

                              Romantic

                            • Canberra

                              Special Occasion

                            • Inner North

                              Best Service

                            • Inner North

                              Fit for Foodies

                            • Inner North

                              Healthy

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                            1. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Canberra

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 6, 2022

                              overall2food2service3ambience2

                              I think we went to the wrong place, it certainly wasn't the 'one of the best restaurants in Canberra' experience we had expected. Maybe all the chefs we're still hungover from New Years and they had to turn to the dish pig to do the cooking. The cold starter included a couple of sticks of lightly steamed asparagus, a sweet bun and a slice of devon (described as artisan blah blah sausage). There was other stuff but nothing memorable. Certainly not a meal to set a good impression or anticipation for what's to come; in fact it was so uninspiring it was more a 'what's left in the fridge' meal than a genuine starter. The salmon dish was nice but the rock melon overpowered the salmon so much you would know it was there. Most disappointing was the barramundi and scallops dish, the barramundi was very bland and very over cooked. The lamb was nice and the desert was just boring. There was another dish in there somewhere but it was so underwhelming I can't remember what it was. It has a very good reputation but it certainly didn't live up to it.

                            2. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 5, 2022

                              overall3food2service5ambience2

                              Food was a bit bland :( but the dessert and service was wonderful.

                            3. MT

                              MilenaT

                              Canberra

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 31, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Went to Sage on NYE and we absolutely loved it. Amazing food and the price was very reasonable for a 7 courses dinner with generous portion sizes. Highly recommend.

                            4. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Canberra

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on December 31, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Our go-to for special occasions and fine-dining.

                            5. DP

                              DanielleP

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 31, 2021

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              The food was delicious and the staff were incredible.

                            6. JJ

                              JJPP

                              Canberra

                              3 reviews

                              1.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on December 30, 2021

                              overall1food1service5ambience5

                              The food was not what is use to be. The tasting menu didn’t make sense and had no flow. The final dish, barramundi, was extremely overcooked and un-eatable. It was such a shame as Sage was my favourite restaurant and had always delivered. I’m not sure what has happened in the kitchen, the quality is definitely not worth the price. I hope Sage lifts their game.

                            7. r

                              richardb

                              Brisbane

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 29, 2021

                              overall2food3service2ambience4

                              Did not really enjoy the experience as much as I hoped. Would not go again with set menu. Thought the amount wine in glass for pairing a bit under generous. Had to wait 10 minutes for some salt. Extra wine ordered between course was forgotten.

                            8. MA

                              MARITAC

                              Canberra

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 23, 2021

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              A great place to dine out with family & friends - awesome historical building

                            9. CM

                              CMath

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 23, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                              The tasting menu was superb and wine matching excellent. Service was very good, that only thing that was a let down was the wonky table.

                            10. DL

                              DerrickL

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 22, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent food, service was attentive and kind. Atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for with close friends.

                            11. JM

                              JoanM

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 18, 2021

                              overall1food1service2ambience4

                              The meal was disappointing, none of the six courses seemed to work. It was an expensive night and we left feeling totally dissatisfied.

                            12. CO

                              COLLEENN

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 17, 2021

                              overall4food3service4ambience4

                              Everything was delightful until the main course. My barra in broth was tasty and well presented but could have done with a little more broth to last to the end of the main course. My friends ordered lamb ribs and they were extremely fatty and, therefore, not very enjoyable.

                            13. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 11, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Just perfect. Great service great food.

                            14. SR

                              SandyR

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 11, 2021

                              overall1food1service2ambience2

                              We were very disappointed in the quality of the food. Previously it’s been fabulous. Very rarely have we sent back dishes but we had too. We certainly did not get the experience or quality we paid for.

                            15. CM

                              CampbellM

                              Canberra

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on December 10, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A lovely dining experience and a request to change the number of diners was handled well. The website is difficult to navigate and it would be hard for a stranger to Canberra to find the location. There is not even a clear sign at the venue itself.

                            16. P

                              Pete

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 9, 2021

                              overall2food1service5ambience4

                              Tasting menu of 6 courses, including 4 cold dishes (2 of which were fish). Presumably cold dishes are easier to prep in advance. A matter of taste of course but we found the courses generally uninspired and even a bit weird. Waiting Staff were wonderful, and the ambience is in keeping with a restaurant with the rep of Sage.

                            17. KM

                              KevinM

                              Canberra

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 8, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              From start to finish, our evening was an outstanding experience. From delicious cocktails on arrival, a menu (including a vegetarian/vegan guest) where each dish was perfectly executed in both presentation and flavour, through to a thoughtful wine pairing that matched ideally with every dish. The service was exceptional from the entire team, and they went above and beyond to make the special occasion we were celebrating a memorable event.

                            18. AM

                              AmyM

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 4, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Every dish on the tasting menu was a hit. Our server, Ella, was the perfect accompaniment to an excellent night, providing extra laughs together with professional service.

                            19. VO

                              VickiO

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 4, 2021

                              overall1food3service2ambience1

                              Freezing cold, with a blanket to keep us warm, needing to constantly move the table out of the rain. Staff that knew nothing about the wine!!!! At 120.00 pp, NOT fine dinning at all or 5 star. The barramundi and scallops was like baby food.

                            20. LE

                              LEnW

                              Orange County

                              9 reviews

                              4.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on December 3, 2021

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              The folks at Sage do a very innovative take on their cuisine. So one has to be prepared for surprises.

                            21. A

                              Alegna

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 27, 2021

                              overall2food2service3ambience3

                              The ‘menu’, which we had no visibility of before food arrived missed the mark and left us feeling very disappointed. Food way bland and uninteresting. A couple of the dishes were barely edible. The vegetarian substitute meal was awful and the barramundi was one of the worst we have had. Wish we could have our anniversary evening back so we could go somewhere else.

                            22. MC

                              MariaC

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 27, 2021

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              Lovely, very interesting food with a variety of textures and balanced flavors. Wine was matched perfectly. We were very well looked after. Comfortable chairs and good guest spacing. A lovely dining experience.

                            23. T

                              Timmy

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 26, 2021

                              overall3food2service3ambience4

                              The food lacked creativity, detail and presentation, to be expected at a restaurant of this calibre, cost and reputation. Both of the seafood dishes were very disappointing, and the barramundi was not cooked well. The dessert was excellent and the atmosphere lovely.

                            24. LS

                              LouiseS

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 26, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was interesting and delicious. Staff were attentive without being in your face. Happy and confident.

                            25. PH

                              PhilH

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 25, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food, wine and service. Complete dining experience. Ella, our waitress, was extremely friendly and it was refreshing to see someone that really enjoys her job.

                            26. MA

                              MAR18

                              Seattle

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on November 20, 2021

                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                              Great food, excellent wine choices but staff seemed distracted and were sometimes slow with wine service. Staff should also be trained in being able to communicate effectively while wearing a mask - meal and wine explanations were very difficult to understand and masked are likely to be around for serving staff for some time to come.

                            27. ST

                              SueT

                              Canberra

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on November 20, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              As usual exceptional food and service. The vegan dishes are delicious and a great wine list.

                            28. D

                              Diner

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 18, 2021

                              overall3food2service5ambience4

                              Struggled to cater for meat free dietary requirement

                            29. HB

                              HayleyB

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 13, 2021

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              It was a lovely dinner, however the courses were very rushed and we had the pairing wines but the wines were not full serves.

                            30. AD

                              AnnieD

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 13, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Exceptional and responsive service, great choices of wine when asked for advice, the treacle butter was amazing, our server was so nice and kind. Great time!

                            31. JF

                              JacquiF

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 13, 2021

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              We love this place for a special lunch. The staff are friendly and helpful; the food is normally very good and includes modern ingredients like finger limes. The tasting menu with matching wine is a particular treat and seasonally adjusted. Love it

                            32. AG

                              AliG

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 12, 2021

                              overall2food2service5ambience4

                              Have had a great experience at Sage in the past but this time we left quite disappointed. I don’t like seafood. The wait staff say the could accommodate this. Instead of the Barramundi with scallops I got a quarter of a chard cabbage. The ocean trout was substituted with pickled cucumber. The only meat dish were the lamb ribs. We got only 4 ribs to share between the two of us and the glaze was basically charcoal, dry and not tasty. Best dish was the final one a dessert with blood orange etc. Not worth $120 each. Will give them one more chance if they do a menu with more meat! I should add that the wait staff were excellent.

                            33. A

                              Anni

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 12, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Warm and well coming greeting. Pleasant and helpful service with clear explanation of menu choices

                            34. JY

                              JeffY

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 11, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We had the seasonal set menu and it finished with the best desert we’ve had ever!

                            35. JF

                              JenniferF

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 10, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              We ordered the tasting menu which really showcased the chef's talents. Make sure you take an appetite! The wine and food matches were good and there were some lovely local wines available. Service was very attentive and well timed.

                            36. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 6, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The Wow factor of the food and wine Degustationwas was subtly elevated by discrete, attentive and knowledgeable service.

                            37. BJ

                              BiancaJ

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 6, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Food and wine was delicious. Service was great. Owen, our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly and made the experience enjoyable.

                            38. F

                              Foodie

                              Canberra

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on November 6, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A great atmosphere inside and out. A wonderful selection of dishes that were fresh, seasonal and delicious. The sticky lamb with cashew butter was the stand out dish offering tasty, crispy, tender meat that melted in your mouth. The cocktails were amazing too!

                            39. D

                              Deaa

                              Canberra

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 5, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food, amazing service, a really great experience

                            40. KK

                              KatK

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on October 30, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Devine! We loved everything. It was a beautiful experience - Is recommend it to everyone.

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                            Sage Dining Rooms is rated 4.4 stars by 361 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.

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                            Booked 6 times today
                            Experiences are available.
                            Google Map for Sage Dining Rooms

                            Crn Batman Street Gorman House Braddon, AU-ACT 2612

                            • Neighborhood

                              Braddon

                            • Hours of operation

                              Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
                              Lunch
                              Wed–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Modern Australian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Global, International

                            • Dining style

                              Elegant Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Smart Casual

                            • Parking details

                              Street Parking

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              James Viles

                            • Additional

                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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