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Chifley's Bar & Grill

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4.1
178 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian

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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Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Beer Garden, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon 7:00 am–7:15 am

  • 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 Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 178 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
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Canberra

    Lunch

  • Canberra

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Canberra

    Romance

  • Canberra

    Special Occasions

  • Canberra

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. MJ

    MelyndaJ

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the fourth time we have dined at Chifley's Bar and Grill. It is always five star. Sajjan was our waiter and his attention to detail and friendly service were wonderful. We ordered a sirloin steak and gnocchi with king prawns. The steak was cooked to a rare request perfection. Likewise, the gnocchi was prepared to a perfect texture and tasted delicious. The chef is masterful. We will definitely return.

  2. C

    Chrissie

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An excellent meal and first class service. Highly recommend this place for dinner.

  3. SW

    ShelleyW

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service from our wait staff was perfect. The food was outstanding and really good value. Just a beautiful setting - we highly recommend for any night of the week or any occasion.

  4. LK

    LarK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Very friendly and responsive service. Staff were good at answering our questions and providing an efficient but elegant dining experience. The food was very good, compliments to the kitchen.

  5. LC

    LyndallC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4

    I was very disappointed in the Veal Marsala, the veal was thick and very tough. Desserts and cheese plate were fine

  6. BT

    BarryT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved the ambience, the food was excellent and the service outstanding. Prices were more than reasonable and in fact less than we would have expected to pay.

  7. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Portions are too small. Service is slow. Wait staff struggled with English.

  8. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautifully appointed, excellent service. The food arrived quickly and was delicious.

  9. CH

    CHams

    Canberra

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    It's a pleasant, old-fashioned atmosphere with pretty good service. But the food was sub-standard. The salt and pepper squid was a tasteless dish covered in oily batter. The gnocchi was soggy, of indiscernible flavour and floated in oil. Just not very good at all.

  10. KM

    KMacWho

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Food, wine and service were all very good value for money in a special environment. We didn't have to wait for food and wine. Some late customers didn't comply with the dress code which was disappointing.

  11. GF

    GeraldF

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Absolutely loved the whole experience. Stylish period decor and a very pleasant ambience. Friendly staff pampered us; chicken breast with creamy brandy sauce was ambrosial. We would highly recommend the Chifley's Grill to our friends.

  12. GK

    GordonK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The food was delicious and met our expectations - the detail in service could have been improved - but the waiter made every effort to make up for it!

  13. V

    Visitor

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    Mains were good. Deserts mediocre Staff excellent and service very good.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a lovely night out with my girlfriends from Sydney. Service was lovely and food perfect.

  15. SD

    StephenD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4

    Food was great BUT it was somewhat cold! .. which detracted from overall experience

  16. d

    doodle

    Devon

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1

    A great disappointment. Very amateur service “what sauce do you want on veal Marsala”, wrong wine, arms across you. Food no better than Macdonalds. This hotel has a great location and comfortable rooms, just don’t eat there.

  17. M

    Margaret

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was very welcoming and caring. The food was delicious. The service was excellent.

  18. JN

    JaneN

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This is the second time that we have eaten at the Chifley Bar and Grill. Consistently good food, and innovative menu and good value. We would recommend it to all

  19. LT

    LynT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    such a nice place but no table service for drinks had to go to the bar and get our own. If we weren't dinning in I would understand.

  20. E

    Eevee

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Had the gnocchi which was lovely but extremely small. Luckily I had added prawns, but it still wasn't filling, or good value for money.

  21. NL

    NanL

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Relaxed great food and friendly staff very enjoyable

  22. JM

    JohnM

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A Thursday lunchtime, nice and quiet, attentative staff and an affogato to dream of !!

  23. WW

    WendyW

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Service and food were good though we felt rushed despite there being lots of empty tables. The music was very pleasant. When it came time to redeem the NRMA voucher, 20% off on the app, the first 2 staff members didn’t know what to do and the third told me their system said 15%. He honoured the 20% but it was not a smooth process. I was surprised as the NRMA owns the property.

  24. MN

    MinhN

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another amazing experience. The pasta and bread is our favourite and offcourse the mixed grill is cooked perfectly. Setting is great with options to sit in nice dining area, the atrium for open space or outdoors in the garden with plenty of room for family with 2 babies.

  25. W

    Wanda

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    This is a very convenient place to eat when staying at Kurrajong, with good food, pleasant outlook and prompt service.

  26. m

    misselysejane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful menu with delicious food. Portion sizes are on the smaller side but are designed well for a three course meal and are filling. Drinks menu is extensive and ambiance is perfect. Would highly recommend to anyone and will be returning.

  27. DC

    DonaldC

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I really enjoyed my meal, the wagyu steak with a lovely jus, but my two dining companions were not happy. One had the past with chicken extra and the other gnocchi with prawn extra. They complained their meals were overcooked and dry. The pasta eater could not eat his, left a full plate and complained to the waiter. No compensation was offered.

  28. M

    Mike

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely menu, beautifully presented food and great service. A little on the pricey side but you get what you pay for. An enjoyable night out

  29. C

    Chris

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We enjoyed our meal and thought that the ambience and environment was a significant factor in this. Both meals were well cooked and well presented although perhaps a little on the expensive side. Both the veal and the Wagyu steak were tasty while the steak itself was little on the chewy side. Service was efficient and unobtrusive

  30. JW

    JenniferW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding services with delicious classic food that we could not fault in an lovely heritage building. we really enjoyed our visit.

  31. S

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    An old fashioned menu, with limited options. Good staff and a pleasant setting. A good wine list.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The mixed grill is fantastic. Everything was perfectly prepared. Service is friendly. Dessert was delicious.

  33. RS

    RebeccaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Beautiful old world charm complemented by excellent service, ambience, food and value.

  34. M

    Margaret

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    It is difficult to write a review when there was no service and no food. I booked for Chifley's. I received confirmation of that booking. I even received a reminder of my booking but when I arrived at the restaurant, it was closed for people to dine in but you could order room service. I wasn't staying at the hotel. They obviously knew of my booking but chose not to notify me either via email or my phone, that the restaurant would not be open. I left very disappointed then had to find somewhere else to eat. If there was an option to give no stars for each of the categories, that would be more appropriate as I didn't get any food or service. Just nothing. Total lack of customer service. No apology for the inconvenience. Nothing. I even emailed the hotel to notify them of the issue. I have not heard from them either.

  35. S

    Sugask

    Canberra

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Three of us went for breakfast/brunch. Our experience was very disappointing. Food was ordinary and took three attempts to get our drinks order correct. Even though staff were polite and quick, we won’t be going back.

  36. GM

    GerryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The staff and the Manager in particular, attentive to our needs, helpful, respectful, very accommodating and excellent in their level of service.

  37. JW

    JudyW

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Fantastic service, food very nice and reasonable pricing

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Wonderful charm of an old hotel with top notch meals. The lamb rack was just right

  39. GT

    GavinT

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    I ordered the rogan josh but there was only 6 pieces of diced beef on the plate! Also there was salad leaves on a warm plate .Why would you put lettuce on a warm plate?

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    The burger Pattie’s were very greasy dripping oil. The service was not super. Had to get up to get things ourselves. Not much variety in the lunch menu (less than a normal pub).

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Chifley's Bar & Grill is rated 4.1 stars by 178 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Logo image for Deliveroo
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 7:00 am–7:15 am

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Beer Garden, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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