Aubergine

4.7
139 reviews
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$101 and over
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries

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About

Aubergine is an intimate space, with high ceilings, beautiful lights and simple, elegant decor which allows the product of creative and interesting food to shine. The food style is contemporary, however there is always a classic background to our ideas. The kitchen is supplied by local farmers and benchmark suppliers that understand that rather than we tell them what we need we prefer for them to tell us what produce is at its best on the day. In turn that means that our menu is updated daily. Our wine list has won numerous awards and has over 500 labels of interesting and classic wines. It shows the same philosophy of using local and smaller growers that produce interesting wines for us to get excited about.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner, Monday – Saturday from 6pm.
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Phone number
(02) 6260 8666
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Ben Willis
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Private Party Facilities
We can design a four course menu with matching wines to suit your event.
Please contact us so we can discuss your specific needs further.
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Private Party Contact
Chester Mok: (02) 6260 8666
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Outdoor dining , Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 23 December 2017

Enjoyed a great meal at Aubergine - quality service, tasty interesting food and a lovely wine. The cold soup starter was a standout dish.

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5.0Dined on 16 December 2017

We love love love Aubergine, it is an absolutely delightful experience that cannot be missed

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4.0Dined on 11 December 2017

Fantastic food and great service but we thought that the wine was very expensive. They should have some cheaper wines on the menu.

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5.0Dined on 6 December 2017

We've been to Aubergine several times but this last time was the most spectacular. All of us agreed that the food was the best we'd had and we were very impressed by our wine as well. Service was impeccable as always. We'll definitely be back!

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2.0Dined on 30 November 2017

Very disappointing. Service was very amateurish. Had to grab a waiter so we could order wine (this some 20 minutes after arriving). The person who took our wine order admitted to being new and to knowing nothing of what is an excellent wine list. Later it was only the quick action of one of the diners that prevented the waiter topping up a glass of white wine from a bottle of red. There was an extremely long wait to order & then have dessert served, about 1 hour in total. We were informed, this was caused by the presence of a large table of diners in the restaurant. In a two hatted restaurant claiming to be Canberra’s finest, this level of service is unacceptable. The food was very patchy in quality, some courses were excellent (the appetisers & 1st course), some average and a couple were very uninspiring. As far as the environment was concerned, the air conditioning struggled to cope with a full restaurant meaning we felt too hot for most of the night. We were left somewhat bemused that this establishment boasts two hats when so many frankly superior establishments don’t even rank one hat.

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4.0Dined on 27 November 2017

Degustation meal was too much food - was all very good but too much

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5.0Dined on 24 November 2017

Exquisite food and wonderful service. A real treat and worth the money. We paired wine with the food and the sommelier was knowledgeable and engaging. The best restaurant in Canberra hands down!

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5.0Dined on 21 November 2017

Food and service excellent. Perhaps a little too much detail about the wines accompanying each dish.

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5.0Dined on 17 November 2017

Great place if you are looking for fine dining with great food, service and wine!

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4.0Dined on 13 November 2017

Your question about recommendation is ambiguous.
I’d recommend installation of soundproofing

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4.0Dined on 11 November 2017

Beautiful but I went with the matching wine option and ended up rolling drunk. Not what I would call responsible service of alcohol but very nice wine and food.

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5.0Dined on 11 November 2017

This restaurant is a bit out of the way, but well worth the drive. Food, service and wine were all excellent. We had a great night.

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4.0Dined on 10 November 2017

I had a fabulous birthday meal, not knowing quite what to expect from each course; they had a set 4 course menu , where you would select a dish from a number of choices on the menu, at first that seemed enforced but in fact it added to the quality of the experience as you stepped through from start to finish....all the dishes worked really well and were just right. My partner is a vegetarian to see the creativity and celebration of the veg was a joy . Each course had an element of surprise not quite knowing what to expect which added to the tantalising taste each dish had to offer. Eating at Aubergine was a memorable experience; I recommend at least the standard wine pairing, ( if you enjoy both food and wine ) where the sommeliers shared the food journey with the wine companionship , taking the time to explain their choice. The note I ended on was the burnt butter ice cream and milk infused lemon myrtle a sensational creation leaving a lasting impression and longing to have some more ...

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5.0Dined on 9 November 2017

My husband and I loved Aubergine. The room provides a warm, cleverly lit atmosphere and is not too noisy ( something hard to find these days!).
The food was delicious and we enjoyed the fact that it was not 'overworked'..... clever combinations of interesting, tasty ingredients. ( tho my husband would have liked more salt). The accompanying wines were well chosen and complimented our food choices. Excellent explanations/descriptions by the sommelier. Service was attentive, efficient and friendly. Definitely recommend Aubergine.

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4.0Dined on 9 November 2017

I hadn't been to the restaurant for about three years, and the price has risen.
I did enjoy the food as I did in the past. I had the pork as the third course, but it would have been better for me with less fat. Portion of each dish was just adequate. I would go again should there be an opportunity.

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5.0Dined on 7 November 2017

I took my husband here for his birthday. We asked for a quiet table as we both have hearing issues and they accommodated this request very well.
We added the matching premium wines to the four courses. These were really interesting and added to our overall experience. The Sommelier was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed talking to him.
We couldn't fault the service, it was outstanding. The presentation and quality of the food was first class. The highlight for me was the Brown Butter icecream dessert - to die for!
I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or an intimate dinner for two.

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5.0Dined on 3 November 2017

Beautiful food and fabulous service. We went there for our anniversary and it was lovely. We were there for over 3 hours but the time flew! It's a bit expensive but worth it, especially for a special occasion. The food is high quality and the presentation is gorgeous. After four (five including the delicious nibblies they give you before the entree arrives) you won't leave hungry. I got the matched wines, they were beautifully paired with each course and I was able to try wine that I wouldn't normally pick. The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and told the story behind each choice of wine and why he felt it would match each dish. Overall it was a lovely night and I hope to dine there again in the future.

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5.0Dined on 3 November 2017

A perfect evening. Well paced service which was friendly and discreet. Great food and good wine matching

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4.0Dined on 2 November 2017

We enjoyed excellent service and the courses other than the main were very interesting, enjoyable and of a high quality. The lamb main course was not of this standard. The cut had a lot of gristle and was undercooked.

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5.0Dined on 25 October 2017

Wonderful experience, warm friendly service, premium wine pairing was stunning and dishes presented were sublime, even on a Wed night restaurant being full was testimony to the quality of cuisine Aubergine offers.
Only criticism was the ambience, with many many conversations being had was rather intrusive, while walls had been softened, ceiling was bare, overhead baffling would have helped reduced the noise level, this is however, a small criticism as everything else far exceeded expectations, highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 25 October 2017

Amazing dining experience, excellent value considering the quality of the dishes. A four course menu is the only option, but they were able to accomodate a vegetarian request. Wine pairing was also an excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on 20 October 2017

Fantastic sommelier, first two courses were AMAZING. Lovely evening, service was exceptional!

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5.0Dined on 20 October 2017

Excellent, a very enjoyable dining experience. What more needs to be said

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5.0Dined on 19 October 2017

This was a perfect night. A two hatted restaurant that is efficient with service but also very friendly. The food was to die for and if you go make sure you have the butter ice cream dessert with batching dessert wine.

Could not fault it whatsoever.

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5.0Dined on 14 October 2017

This was truly one off our best experiences as a small group of 4 we were looked after more than I can say the staff are 5*rating the food and wine pairing was exceptional .......

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5.0Dined on 14 October 2017

Lovely experience for a birthday dinner. Great food and when eaten with the matching wines superb. Very knowledgeable staff and just the right amount of attention to everyone's needs. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for foodies.

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5.0Dined on 13 October 2017

Perfect in every way. Exquisite food backed up with faultless, friendly and professional service delivered by people who really appear to love their work.
The 'compulsory ' first course featuring cured albacore was judged by all in our party of 5 as possibly the best dish ever. Between us we were lucky enough to taste nearly everything on the menu and there were no chinks in the armour .
The matching wines were exactly thst and delivered by a Sommelier who really knows his stuff.
We traveled down from the Gold Coast for the occasion and would definitely love to return when back in Canberra.

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4.0Dined on 12 October 2017

The food was amazing, the canapés as the starters were incredible so much flavour. Great value for money for 4 quality courses, our waiter was very knowledgeable with the wine list and the ingredients in each dish even telling us what area the ingredients were from he chose a wonderful wine for us that was very well priced. The venue is small and intimate which is great for a couple to have a nice meal together as a rare date.

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5.0Dined on 11 October 2017

As usual the food was of outstanding quality served with exquisite timing and complemented by a fantastic wine list and selection.

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4.0Dined on 10 October 2017

Aubergine offers a creative seasonal menu for Diners; coupled with wine pairing and a very knowledgeable Sommelier made the whole experience enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on 9 October 2017

Wow Wow Wow!! What a spectacular dining experience. The restaurant has a very intimate setting with perfect space between the tables so you feel like you are having your own private dinner. The service was impeccable, the food was divine and the selection of matching wines was an absolute treat. Thank you to everyone for making my birthday dinner so memorable. We look forward to dining with you again. Just Fabulous!! Cheers! Francene

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5.0Dined on 7 October 2017

The food is excellent quality. The menu options are well balanced. The servings are well judged. The wine list is very good.

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4.0Dined on 7 October 2017

Fantastic food and service. The venue was a bit noisy but overall a very lovely evening

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5.0Dined on 7 October 2017

It’s always my favourite restaurant! The last two times we find the taste is bit strong but still taste good. Only one down side is always bit noise when it’s full house.

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4.0Dined on 6 October 2017

We enjoyed the romantic setting. It was perfect for our special occassion. The meals were all eloquently presented. The flavours were okay and there was an extensive wine selection.

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5.0Dined on 6 October 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience at Aubergine
Food was delicious and imaginative in presentation
Staff were attentative without being intrustive
Very happy to recommend it

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5.0Dined on 28 September 2017

We were given a gift voucher from my brother and family and enjoyed the dinner and experience very much. A special celebration!

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5.0Dined on 22 September 2017

Fantastic food and service. The wine pairing was excellent. Overall a really great night

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5.0Dined on 22 September 2017

It is a location for fine dinning. We did degustation 5 course. Every course was delious. It is big plates little food place and every mouthful is interesting and full of flavour. I tried some food for the first time. The wine list is massive with local options.
We were well looked after.

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5.0Dined on 21 September 2017

The premium menu with matching wine was as dining experience, giving us access to wonderful wines that we did not know, supported by very knowledgeable waiters and a sommelier who was a walking wine encyclopedia. A great experience.

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