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Chifley's Bar & Grill, Barton, AU-ACT

Chifley's Bar & Grill

4.1
4.1
301 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Chifley’s Bar & Grill pays homage to the region’s wineries and boutique food producers with a seasonal, modern menu. Chef Saju Rajappan and his team cater to discerning travellers, diplomats, and businesspeople with classic but inventive dishes that are as delicious as they are gorgeous to look at.

Steaks, seafood, chicken, and other dishes cooked on the grill are a speciality. The menu also features pasta, risotto, a wide range of vegetarian options, dishes designed for sharing, and tempting desserts. A wide range of local and international wines, cocktails, craft beers and ciders are available for your drinking pleasure.

Chifley’s Bar & Grill is named after the 16th Prime Minister of Australia, Ben Chifley, who loved dining here and frequently enjoyed a tipple in the bar. In honour of his favourite drink, the whisky bar has a specially curated menu taking guests on a sensory journey of whiskies around the world.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Fine cuts, Wine Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–8:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (02) 6234 4444
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Saju Rajappan
  • Private party contact
    chifleys@hotelkurrajong.com.au: (02) 6234 4444
  • Area
    Barton
  • Cross Street
    Blackall Street
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    Bus stop two minutes walk from Hotel Kurrajong
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Mother’s Day at Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

    $99.00 per person

    Prepaid

    12 May 2024 only
    Hotel Kurrajong Canberra invites you to join a sophisticated High Tea, honoring and celebrating Mother's Day. Set the tone for an afternoon of enjoyment with a welcome cocktail, as you settle in to enjoy live acoustic entertainment. Indulge in an assortment of gourmet treats including Tasmanian smoked salmon finger sandwiches, roast vegetable quiche and chef's selection of sweet delights, freshly baked scones, and more with premium tea and barista coffee throughout. Enhance your experience by adding free-flowing sparkling wine and let us ensure a wonderful celebration for your group this Mother's Day. $99 per adult $59 per child (12yo + under) * * Includes kids menu & activity pack. Sunday 12 May 2024 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC+11)

What 301 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Canberra

    Good for groups

  • Canberra

    Good for special occasions

  • Canberra

    Lively

301 Reviews
  1. LuzP

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Although the staff were very nice, they didn't engage at all, the steak sauces were sent out with the pricey seafood platter (with a strange mix of roast veges) and weren't corrected. Some of the salad leaves were yellow and clearly past their prime - wet and sloppy. There were plenty of apologies and photos taken for chef but ultimately we were just offered a glass of wine each as compensation.

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  2. Taki

    Canberra

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food, plenty of it, nice for a special night out.

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  3. FionaD

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was ok but perhaps not justifying the price. Service was average and the bar service before we sat down was terrible.

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  4. AlanJ

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seafood to share was great value, as well as seafood platter, potato’s salad and three sauces, ample for two people, absolutely delicious.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was just as I imagined it would be. All class.

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  6. SuzanneD

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not great, not terrible. We booked in as it's a busy restaurant. We were sat in a far corner, and promptly had another couple seated directly behind us. How to feel cramped... we thought the restaurant must be fully booked but no... we were just boxed in. The young lady took our order.... written on the back of her hand as she forgot to grab the tablet - probably best to either go back and get it, or, practice memorising orders as finer restaurant waitstaff do.... The artisan bread was nice... $12 worth? No. One piece each. We shared the meat platter which WAS excellent value, and more than enough for two. Probably didn't need the side salad as the vegetables and potatoes more than covered the sides... We ordered a bottle of wine, and sparkling water. U less is a brand/label water, don't go charging patrons $10 for it... especially when your staff don't come back to check if you need more, which we did by mains time. Overall, it looks good, and the staff were trying, but as I noted on the docket when we paid, I wish you had of checked on us - we probably would have gone another bottle of wine, even dessert, and we definitely could have used some more water. Will we come back again? Probs not.

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  7. Raoul

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food (salmon and lamb rump) and attentive service.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sons reported their steaks were dry and not seasoned well. You also cannot do take away. Will not return. Just was convenient for family staying at the hotel.

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  9. RobynS

    Sunshine Coast

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service- pleasant and relaxed ambience - our meal was very enjoyable.

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  10. Raoul

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and excellent personal attentive service.

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  11. DiedreH

    Sunshine Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal in such a beautiful setting at the Chifley Bar and Grill at the Kurrajong Hotel in Canberra. The tables were perfectly spaced, the service was very attentive and choices and presentation of meals great. Thank you for a great evening.

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  12. PaulaD

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was not up to the standard it was in October. The tuna in the fish share was inedible and we paid alot of money so disappointed. There doesn't seem to be the quality of food as when we visited in October. The presentation of the food was not as good as last time.

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  13. SandraN

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely old worldly place to dine. Outstanding food and excellent service. Highly recommended!

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  14. BelindaC

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely beautiful setting and service, food was beautifully presented, a little pricey but would definitely go back

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  15. ShaiC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, great atmosphere and a fun evening with the family. Thanks Chifley’s team.

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  16. CarissaW

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food, lovely service & beautiful atmosphere. The grill section was amazing. Our large table of guests ordered everything from the duck, the lamb shoulder, salads, various entrees and the seafood and the meat platter. It was outstanding - every dish was flavoursome and brilliant quality. We have several dietary requirements that we’re all catered too also. Thank you for a delicious meal and lovely service.

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  17. EdwinsB

    Victoria

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was well above average...bean soup, barramundi and yes I would go back asap for the chefs skill BUT having made a reservation for 1 at 7.30 weeks before i felt like i was entering a self serve canteen. Desk unattended, bar staff distracted and there weremaybe 20 dinners only all well into their meals. This was not a late time slot. Finally got attention, not interested in ,y booking though I got sms 10min later to ask if I was still coming! Placed on nearest seat to kitchen, asked for tap water & wine glass wiped off table, I had intended to have some wine but felt stunned by treatment. Service fr kitchen almost indecently fast & within 2 mouthfuls a different face intruded to ask if I was happy with meal. Within ? 2minutes of finishing soup asked if I was happy to have my main. AND did i want mushroom or peppercorn sauce....the steak sauces. Waiter had no knowledge of menu. Then within ?5min or less fish was on the table ( huge steak knife on side). Had to have already been cooking....if this had been at end of service window maybe but new guests were being seated, given water & asked for their drink order. Saving grace was the food was well worth the pain, subtle perfectly cooked so value was appropriate. BUT I couldn't wait to get away and was out the door in 35 minutes so glad in dressing up i hadn't bothered w full makeup. In hindsight it felt like I'd been in a foreign country and just another white tourist, as opposed to a regular diner. I don't think I've ever had such horrible treatment and in complete honesty I had barely opened my mouth but it may have dropped open a few times. This was my one committed booking in a 10 day Canberra stay, and other wonderful eateries had squeezed my in during prexmas heavy bookings as I put my nose in the door. And gave me great meals & fantastic cheerful service. I really feel sorry for this hotel if they are so confident at demand to drop service. Glad I didn't stay there.

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  18. RyanF

    Canberra

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We went here for a special occasion and were both very disappointed. Ordered two medium stakes and got two very well done ones. Salad was very simple and we both recognised the brand of dressing. We both thought the seaford was frozen. We were left without plates and cutlery for a while until we could get the attention of a waitress. For the price we were also surprised to see packets of salt and pepper instead of proper grinders on our table.

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  19. LizB

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and attentive staff. Thank you for making our Christmas Eve dinner a night to remember.

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  20. KimL

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place for a family celebration. Beautiful old hotel. Very quiet. Dry comfortable. Lovely staff. Food good.

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  21. NeilS

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a wonderful evening. Staff very pleasant and helpful , food lovely and ambience delightful.

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  22. JacobM

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good central location, good food and friendly service. Outside area is particularly lovely on a warm afternoon.

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  23. RubyR

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful space and nice atmosphere. Food is overpriced and nothing special.

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  24. ListonD

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, quite ambiance, friendly staff....defiantly will visit Chifley's again.

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  25. DeniseW

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose the Christmas menu which was superb. Very good value for money and delicious.

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  26. SharonM

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Chifley's provided a lovely opportunity to have a nice break and meal in a lovely setting. The food was delivered promptly and was very nice.

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  27. CatherineM

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant. The natural light ambience is especially wonderful in winter in Canberra. Food and service always excellent.

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  28. KateH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location and delicious food. The staff were amazing.

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  29. CelesteL

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with relaxing atmosphere. Will certainly be going back.

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  30. VivianS

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Family gathering for lunch at Chifleys was everything we had wanted. The service was extremely good from the main waiter and other staff very helpful and courteous. Delicious meals, everyone happy :) The dining area is spacious and opens onto the beautiful garden area. The high tea looked amazing- have to come back!

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  31. Daryle

    Victoria

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Meal was very nice and service good, not too noisy. Quite enjoyable

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  32. aprilp

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service from your staff was outstanding. WE had dinner and breakfast at the hotel. Your staff member Megan was an absolute delight and made our night even more enjoyable with her excellent service and making us feel most welcome. Please pass on our thanks to her

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  33. RozaT

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seafood platter was very good value and excellent!

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  34. PhillipE

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We entertained our granddaughter there. The whole experience was, in my opinion, very good. Good menu options and food presentation. Service could not be faulted.

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  35. DanR

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant ambience. Good food and service. Will go again

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  36. RichardA

    Canberra

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was OK, scallops were nice. I had a 350gram rib eye steak for $66. It was on the bone, to make up a l;ot of the 350 grams. It was not what I call a rib eye, more like a Scotch fillet, full of fat. The service was hopeless and inattentive. We asked for a break between entrée and main but I think our main had already been cooked. My steak was luke-warm and the sauce was cold. The dress code is 'business casual' but a guy turned up at the maitre'd station in a hoodie and shorts. Overall, it was disappointing, I won't be rushing back.

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  37. AnnieY

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding venue in one of Canberra’s beautiful old buildings. The food is amazing, service excellent and really great value. We will be back - often !

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  38. GeraldW

    Shropshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food but rushed by management to leave in 10 minutes so they could lay tables. It was done quite rudely and I was told I’d have to wait for my bill. We were hotel guests but didn’t feel at all welcome. The tone was unfriendly and abrupt.

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  39. Trent

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Not enough staff on. Menu a bit limited. Bit expensive.

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  40. DLCBR

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, attentive but not intrusive friendly service.

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Chifley's Bar & Grill is rated 4.1 stars by 301 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Chifley's Bar & Grill

8 National Circuit, Barton, AU-ACT 2600

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Blackall Street
  • Area
    Barton
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–8:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Fine cuts, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    Bus stop two minutes walk from Hotel Kurrajong
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Saju Rajappan
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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