Chifley's Bar & Grill

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56 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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.
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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

After entering through the garden, the meal was excellent. I particularly enjoyed the 400g grass fed Rib eye.

LM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Bar and Grill is an ideal place for an intimate lunch/dinner. We were there for lunch and the food and service was excellent. The prices were competitive. Really liked the decor and loved the silver service available. Definately will return.

RK
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

As we were staying at the Hotel Kurrajong, it was very convenient for us to eat at this restaurant and the service was very good, helpful and prompt. We asked to change from the allocated table to another in a different position (ie not just outside the kitchen door!!) and this was done with little fuss. We enjoyed our evening.

W
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food was very average and on the whole overpriced.
I found it hard to actually pick a dish that I wanted to eat.

NK
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The Christmas pudding cake was an absolute let down. It was a cold mush

OT
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A birthday dinner with friends

MO
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was excellent service and the service was good. Greater wine by the glass selection would be preferred.

JV
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had breakfast at the Chifley and enjoyed the ambiance and the food. Our table ordered a l carte and had the breakfast buffet. The waffles and vegetable plates were great and the buffet breakfast had great eggs, bacon, pastries, bircher muesli. Service was good, except that in chilly Canberra nobody offered to take our boats. Apart from that, we will go again. It's very upmarket, laid back and a high quality meal in relaxing surrounds.

CT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nice food well presented slightly overpriced. Poor lukewarm/cold supposedly hot buffet breakfast.

KF
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed the convenience of dining at the Kurrajong Chifley Bar and Grill. We have dined here on several occasions on our own and with family members.

The staff and service is always a stand out. The staff are very pleasant and go the extra distance to provide a good experience.

OT
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Romantic dinner with my husband

JH
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tremendous meal. Impeccable service. As much a part of Canberra’s history as the old Parliament House.

RP
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The selection on the menu was an excellent choice of local produce prepared so that the guests could enjoy true flavours of the region. I would thoroughly recommend the lamb shanks, they were delicious.

FW
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very enjoyable, food great! A little light on staff clearing bar area, as quite busy with pre dinner drinks

J
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food and loved how the menu had wine suggestions to match each dish. Service was friendly and fast though I felt it was a little too fast. We had barely finished entree and main was on the table, it felt as though they were rushing to get everyone out and have an early night! Would happily dine here again though as the food was the best I have had in some time.

SM
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

We were staying at the Kurrajong Hotel so it easy to just eat here.....worth it.

However...the wine list could be updated.... this is the 2nd time we've been here and on both occasions, the same 2 wines were not available. Otherwise all good.

W
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful environment with a historical background.

Food is excellent and the staff are great.

OT
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went for a valentines dinner with my husband. Food was great, we really enjoyed the evening!

RS
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Lovely place to have a special meal.. They make the best Afforgatos. The duck was nicely done and I have never had maple syrup with it before. Only issue was a mix up not getting our starter till just before our main otherwise a nice experience.

JH
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Very sad to discover the Chifley Bar and Grill has gone down hill fast. The food was disappointing, my Risotto was a glutinous mass, without the seafood that we paid for and our side dish of vegetables was unpalatable.
Not enough waiters - overworked - they even scraped plates at the table because they were so busy
The Maitre Di stood around doing nothing even though the waiters were run off their feet. We were 'regulars' but not anymore.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

The food and service was good. The ambience was poor in that the noise from the bar was very loud and sudden, i.e. emptying of glass bottles into the recycle, general clattering and noise from the bar area. Also, the bar had live music on at the same time Christmas carols were playing in the restaurant which completely ruined the ambience for what was our Christmas celebration.

JM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The meal was simply delightful. I have never had a steak that was cooked this perfectly all the way through. Every flavour was superbly matched with each other.

TB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always reliable, this is my go-to Steakhouse/Grill in Canberra. I love the Ben Chifley backstory. The salads complement the steaks with well matched wines. Looking forward to my next trip to the Nation's Capital. The photo features the deconstructed Pavlova.

MB
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

For starters, we got the mixed entree to share. It was definitely the highlight of the night! Could not fault it and great variety and worth the $40. Mains were no where near as good and not good value for money. The quail came on a bed of green salad leaf and a coue of cherry tomatos with wild rice- wasnt the best combination. We also had fish of the day which was a small piece of mahi mahi on a cauliflower puree and a few bits of dices veggies. For the $35 you pay, better off just getting a coue of the mixed entrees to share for better value for money. Service was great and prompt as well.

JS
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Unfortunately for us the night we dined at the restaurant there was a wedding on (150 people?) so we were moved to a small room next to the restaurant, so I can't give a good assessment. The food however was great and so were the 2 breakfasts we had there the next 2 days.

RP
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great customer service and menu. Our steak was cooked to perfection and the cheese platter was very generous.

RL
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Becoming a bit of an annual affair for us. The Chiffley Bar &Grill at the Hotel Kurrajong has excellent staff, a very good menu and plenty of ambience to suit special occasions!

FM
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent. Lovely ambience. The beef tenderloin with mushroom sauce was a clear winner. Give the restaurant a go! You won't be disappointed

OT
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meals were absolutely delicious!

DL
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I celebrated our 20 years together and it was a lovely evening. Couldn't fault it. Thank you.

DB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Pleasant place with nice ambience and history. Good food at reasonable price

CM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The ‘twice-cooked’ pork belly had not been cooked long enough as it was chewy and tough. No crackling either. Flavors of the apple and pork were nice, however, for that price, you expect tender meat that barely needs chewing. Disappointed.

HC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The venue, service and ambience were good but we found the food to be very ordinary. The bill was incorrect and we were billed for an extra meal and coffees that we had not been informed would cost extra - but we noticed and the bill was changed.


We probably won't be back for breakfast again.

B
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

An unexpected "jewel" in a dated crown. The Kurrajong Hotel is a fairly standard 4 star hotel in the "trendy" Barton vicinity of the National Gallery in Canberra.

The Chifley Restaurant delivers far more than you would expect. Good menu, moderate prices, and the service was caring, professional, and friendly. The food quality was the equal of a higher profiled restaurant - our steak was "perfect" and the fish the same.

Beaut desserts, well priced wines, a great option that might not be cool, but a very enjoyable meal that we would return to.

JJ
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

The seafood platter was very dissapointing. The salmon and what I think was sword fish was extremely over cooked and dry. This was mentioned to the waiter and I received an apology and that my feedback would be provided to the chef. However, I ended up with a seafood platter with fish that was inedible, no replacement and full price still charged.

PW
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very happy with Chifleys bar and grill would definitely go there again

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Seafood mixed grill is a lovely and big meal for 2.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were visiting Canberra for a birthday celebration and visit to the Cartier Exhibition. Chifley’s was easy to book. It was close to our hotel. The menu was viewable online which helped as one of us is a fussy eater. Parking was confusing as had to park on the street. On the side road parking was 5 minutes and had no end time.

FR
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

We were very disappointed with the steak dinner. The meat was not cooked as per order, was over cooked (twice) and was charred (burnt) and therefore bitter on the outside.
The seafood entree was delicious and properly cooked.
The manager was apologetic and tried hard to make up for our disappointment, so deserves much credit, and the waiter was very obliging.
Overall, we expected tablecloths and special service as we had an excellent dining experience three years ago (2015 when we had our Golden Wedding Anniversary as guests here), but feel that it was now a bistro experience.

KR
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We stayed at the Hotel Kurrajong and dined at Chifleys for dinner. We enjoyed the shared seafood plate and thought the Boozy Caramel Apple Crumble for dessert was outstanding. Great rum and raisin ice cream!

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