Elk & Pea

4.0
52 reviews
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$40 and under
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Australian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Sunday Lunch
Positioned on the Upper Lonsdale precinct of Braddon Elk & Pea is a cosy cafe by day and a relaxed restaurant by night. A place to sit back, indulge & let your palate take you on a voyage.

At Elk & Pea we serve memories, one beverage, one meal, one person at a time.

We are as colourful as a peacock and mighty as an elk & we stand by the animals that represent us.

We use local produce wherever possible and practise paddock to plate. We are enthusiastic, fun & unpretentious… And value boldness, consistency & making a difference.

Elk & Pea is the place to go where it’s always easy to have a great time.

We hope you enjoy Elk & Pea –as much as we enjoy what we create for you
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Australian, Global, International, Farm-to-table
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Hours of Operation
Elk & Pea is the place to go where it's easy to have a good time.
Diverse menu with colourful and tasty fare served in a cosy inviting atmosphere.
Coffee, Cocktails, Wine & Dine; all day breakfast, lunch,& dinner... Plus a private event space in The Attic.

Tuesday – Saturday | 7am – 3pm, 5pm – late
Sunday & Monday | 7am-3pm

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Phone number
0436 355 732
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
The Attic at Elk lies above Elk & Pea Bea & Dining, an exclusive private space to hold your event, or entertain with elegance in a warm, comfortable setting complete with a private bar, banquets and chesterfield lounges. Suitable for intimate events, cocktail parties, long lunches, product launches, or business meetings; The Attic at Elk can transform into the ultimate event space for up to 48 people. EVENT SPACE HIGHLIGHTS Venue wide wifi capabilities Customised menu offering by our Head Chef Private Bar with tailored Drink Packages Available Aux connection capabilities to use a custom playlist for the occasion One large TV Screen with HDMI capabilities
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Street parking on Lonsdale Street, Mort Street, Torrens Street.
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Entertainment
For all group enquiries (7+) please email us.

The Elk & Pea holds a number of tables for casual walk-ins for all nights of the week, so if your requested time is not available, pop in and see us.

*BYO is not available
** If you would like to bring in a cake for your event, please let us know
Additional
Banquet, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 52 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.1
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4.1
Ambience
3.8
Value
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JR
1 review
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was great, and the staff were super friendly.

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SA
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5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service and ambience was great. Only one thing I would say, is possibly make the Entrees and Starters a tad smaller, unless sharing of course. Otherwise we loved it all.

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MB
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4.0Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Family get together which was fun, enjoyed the setting and service, food was ok but not outstanding. Wouldn’t do this for a special occasion

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PW
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4.0Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

A great place to dine with good ambience. Food was superb but let down by the drinks service - just too slow.

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LE
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2.0Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

The staff were very friendly. However the service was patchy, sometimes very attentive and sometimes non existent. Our entree plates were still on the table when our mains came out, and were only cleared when we stacked them at the end of the table. The waitress asked for drink orders every minute when we first sat down, but then we had empty glasses for long stretches of time during the meal. The pork belly was over cooked and very dry, but the rest of the food was nice and the hot sauce was a nice touch. I don’t think I would go back.

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M
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5.0Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Staff were incredibly helpful and lovely. They were more than happy to go out of their way to help and were extremely friendly. Food was very tasty, a little over priced but still enjoyable.
I recommend this venue all the time to family and friends

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CC
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5.0Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elk & Pea prides itself on serving memories. For years a group of friends and I have been coming for brunches at Elk & Pea and the memories we have accumulated are endless.

Our little get togethers formed when our friend got engaged and the bridal party and I needed a central meeting place to organise everything for her, and so began the planning and memories we will cherish forever.

We have laughed, been stressed and had a tear in our eye (from laughing mainly) as we planned every special moment of our friends wedding whilst enjoying delicious food and drinks!

Thank you Elk & Pea!

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JA
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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, beautiful food! Really
Loved elk &pea and have already planned my next visit here!

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RB
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3.0Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was fantastic, so was the coffee one we received it. It took 20 minutes to receive our first coffees and nearly half an hour to receive the last ones. While I don’t mind waiting when it’s busy, it wasn’t busy and I was watching the coffee area and they were talking etc and not making coffees, it was not a busy time, lots of staff, not doing much.

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BC
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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

most enjoyable dining experience, great service & delicious food

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LA
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3.0Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I was very disappointed with the gluten free options. I am coeliac and the meal I wanted could not be made gluten free, the fish wrap. The meal I settled for was an egg and bacon roll, but the gluten free option was not a roll but two slices of gluten free bread that was just the type available in a supermarket. Very ordinary.

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OT
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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The people are very friendly at this restaurant and the food is good, I had jerk chicken and was pleased with the serving size. It was a cold Canberra winter day so if you can request a table at the back of the restaurant away from the door. The draft meant most people near the entrance were eating in their jackets (like us)

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R
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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, delicious cocktails and cosy on a chilly Canberra night.

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DL
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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was really tasty and very well presented. The service was excellent and they looked after us. A great place to go to have a chat with friends, a quiet drink and eat great food. Would highly recommend .

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MC
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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The nicest waitstaff in all of Canberra. Don't forget to look up at the ceiling!!!

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MB
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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service, really pleasant and accommodating staff. We'll be back!

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OT
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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I love this place and as someone who eats a lot for business and pleasure, it takes a bit to make me want to go back. The owner couldn’t have been friendlier and made us feel like family coming to his place for a home cooked meal. The food is quality and expect no less in Canberra if it gets top marks but it’s the ambience, staff and coffee that stamp this as a must go to.

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MC
1 review
1.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Pretty average, I went there a long time ago and it was amazing. I'm not sure what has changed but it's pretty disappointing. The 'jerk chicken' was roast chicken and gravy, the cocktail tasted as though it came from a pre-made concoction (soo sweet) the fish had no flavour and the beer tasted flat (although I was later advised it's the brand of beer)

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A
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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fun relaxed dinner with friends. Food was delicious and perfect for sharing. Definitely recommend the lamb and brussel sprouts (trust me!). The staff were also super friendly. Will definitely be back.

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OK
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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and great service! Meals were perfect size and super tasty!

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OT
1 review
2.0Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Funky little place with good food. Can’t review the coffee as we had no chance to order one. Freshly squeezed orange juice was squeezed the day before off site. Server was rushing us through ordering, inattentive and seemed inconvenienced by serving customers. Staff were rushed and it showed in the service. Wouldn’t go back.

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SB
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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have never been disappointed with Elk & Pea! Wether it be for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do yourself a favour and eat there soon!

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LK
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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was friendly, and efficient. We had a medium size group and a new born. We had a late person, who also needed to leave quite promptly after eating - everyone was well catered for. Thank you, team E and P!

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SB
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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Elk and Pea! We took my 75 year old parents and they loved it too!

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SD
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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

If you're looking for a cosy dining experience with excellent food and unique cocktails this is the place for you

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TB
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2.0Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

They've changed the menu recently, and lots of the good vegetarian options are gone. The vegetarian main available on Saturday night was really, really lame - I can't remember what it was supposed to be/called, but it was just a lame little vegetable stir fry. The salads were okay. We also found an elastic band in our broccolini - not the end of the word, but really not great. I've had wonderful experiences at the E&P previously with great food - but won't be back.

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OT
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5.0Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the best time at Elk and Pea. Our waiter was super friendly and helpful. We ordered a range of things with his guidance and shared. Everything was delicious. They make great coffee and had some fantastic local wines too. Looking forward to returning.

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OT
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2.0Dined on 4 January 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We've enjoyed the food at the Elk and Pea before. They've changed their menu somewhat, which was a little disappointing but we were very dissatisfied with the service. The wait staff were very friendly but the meals came out at different times and not as ordered (ie well done when ordered medium-rare), key dishes were not available (no corn in a restaurant emphasising mexican food??) and our side of potatoes came out after all mains were finished (sent back). They've always been a little disorganised but this was too much. Someone needs to manage the place or sort out the kitchen.

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Was great to be one of the only cafes open in Braddon during holiday season and the menu appealed to our friends from Perth who were looking for a good cook up. The sourdough bit toast was a bit too hard, the eggs a little over cooked and we were sitting in the outside area with a big puddle under the table but overall it was great!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very happy with everything. Food was delicious and very large servings. Staff were absolute lovely.

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OT
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2.0Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

The wait staff were doing their best eith a kitchen who could not send out all dishes at a table together. There were only four of us.
Two same entrees looked vastly different when delivered. Bread was burned.
Ice cream was melted and wait staff apologised.
My desert arrived after everyone else had finished there's. Mains were all tasty but presentation was seriously lacking.
The kitchen really let's this place down

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JB
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3.0Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We have enjoyed coming to The Elk and Pea for special occasions over the last few years, especially since our son was diagnosed with Coeliac disease, as most of their dishes were gluten free. However, at our last visit, we were very disappointed to see that the menu had changed, becoming much more limited. In addition, the pork in the dish I ordered was tough and over cooked. It is unlikely we will return.

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

We order sides. Don't bother the meals are huge! Starters were a bit ordinary. Not sure real keen on the popcorn. Tasted like the bottom of the barrel with burnt bits! Mains were lovely (once you found them under all the salad). Presentation was a bit hit and miss. ... Oh, and never say "we ran out", it implies someone has ordered in stock. Say, "sold out", this sounds like its been popular. Overall, ok place, nice staff.

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J
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3.0Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It was disappointing that at 1pm on Sunday, two of the items that our table would have liked to order weren't available; limited vegetarian options.

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VI
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1.0Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We booked a table at 12pm for their Sunday all day brekky. When we turned up, they had run out of 3 of the 5 dishes on their limited all day brekky menu. After waiting for 10 minutes to be served, we were informed of this and told they could just do some eggs on toast for us! WTF?! We thought it was a joke but the waitress said she understood if we wanted to go elsewhere. Well, of course. We left but obviously had to find a new place for brunch.

How does a place have all day brekky until 3pm run out of food at 12pm particularly when we booked a table and they expected us and others at that time?

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OT
1 review
1.0Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

took plates off table with food still on them with out asking first.menu online is different to in cafe and was told it was changed and it still is the same

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J
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1.0Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Left after the first course. The popcorn starter was cold and many kernels were unpopped. The chicken wings were pretty average at a hefty $17 price tag. We were not charged for the food which was good though no apology was offered for the poor food quality. Wouldn't be back.

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E
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1.0Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Food was dry and had no flavour. Waitstaff wasn’t around. Took the away the plates without even asking if we were done and didn’t even offer dessert. Won’t be back

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V
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5.0Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Efficient, warm and attentive service – our server really did "take care of us" as he said he would when we walked in. Food was excellent! My friend and I both ordered the mushrooms and avo on sourdough. The burrata mozzarella on that was the best I've ever had. Generous portion. Will return!

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M
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4.0Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was good but a little over priced, service was quite slow but still good, staff were friendly and helpful, did not get seating arrangement I requested and the table next to us had too many people on it meaning there was very little room for us.
Otherwise would go again and good place for breakfast or brunch.

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