Bar Rochford is one of the best restaurants in Canberra for date night
Canberra’s Bar Rochford is the perfect date night venue. Photo: Lean Timms.

Looking to book a table for two for Valentine’s Day this year? Look no further than our round-up of some of the best restaurants in Canberra for a romantic meal, or just a great meal depending on who you choose to keep company with on the international day of love.

Because Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Sunday, some restaurants may not open their doors for service on the actual day – but celebrating love is surely more fun on a Saturday night anyway, right?

Read on for some of the best restaurants in Canberra for a special occasion, and remember to get in quick to secure a table – with current COVID-19 restrictions a lot of venues are filling up fast.


1. Bar Rochford

Bar Rochford is certainly one of Canberra’s most popular restaurants and wine bars, and for good reason. Heavenly share plates, an extensive drinks list and a cosy atmosphere? Sounds like a match made in heaven.

Head to barrochford.com to book. 


2. Raku

With a menu designed to be shared, you can’t go past modern Japanese eatery, Raku. For super special events, the royal tasting menu at $120pp will ensure it’s an occasion to remember.

Book via rakudining.com.au


3. Eighty Six

Two words: banoffee pie. This territory-famous dessert is reason enough to head to Eighty Six for some date night delights, but this restaurant has the vibe and a killer menu to go with it.

Book online at eightysix.com.au


4. Onred

Take in one of Canberra’s best views from Onred at Red Hill Lookout. Think fine dining with the service to match.

Head to onred.com.au to book a table.


5. Queenies

The latest addition to the ‘old Kingston’ dining scene, Queenies reigns over the space previously held by Me & Mrs Jones and then Jones & Co. The menu? Sophisticated share plates to be washed down with cocktails named after famous women.

Visit the website, queeniesatkingston.com.au, to book.


6. Pialligo Estate

Pialligo Estate prides itself on fresh, local produce, with the location to match. Book a spot in the pavilions for a stunning sunset dinner.

Book here: thepialligoestate.com.au 


7. OTIS Dining Hall

Kington’s OTIS is led by chef Damian Brabender, and a Valentine’s celebration is the perfect time to check out the new summer chef’s menu – paired wines optional but highly recommended.

To book, visit otisdininghall.com.au


8. XO

Another favourite of foodie Canberrans, XO at Narrabundah shops consistently delivers on the brief: modern and delicious food that’s an innovative take on South East Asian cuisine.   

Head to xo-restaurant.com.au to book.


9. Monster Kitchen and Bar

With one of Canberra’s most unique dining rooms, Monster is the perfect place for an intimate dinner. Vegetarians will be particularly pleased, as the restaurant pledged in November to go full-vego for a whole year.  

Jump onto monsterkitchen.com.au for all the details.


10. Vincent

Tucked away amongst the buildings of Barton, Vincent is the ideal sport for a place for two. They’ve even got a special Valentine’s Day menu to mark the occasion.

To book, go to vincentrestaurant.com.au


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