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For 2
Date
Thu, 5/24
Time
7:00 PM

Monster Kitchen & Bar

4.2
314 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Monster kitchen and bar wanders through the ground floor of Hotel Hotel, preoccupied with local and seasonal produce prepared for sharing.

The kitchen and bar team guide her through her multiple personalities as she shifts from lucidity to debauchery between 6.30AM and 11PM Sundays - Thursdays and 6.30am to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Breakfast is served from 6.30AM to noon and the full menu from noon to 10PM. The Bar menu is served till 11pm, seasonal drinks and wines are served until 11pm Sundays - Thursdays and 12am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 12:00pm

Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(02) 6287 6287
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Sean Mcconnell
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Neighbourhood
What 314 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.1
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The food and service was fantastic. The staff were friendly. Conducive to have a business lunch or more casual dining. Wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Great place to go and the food is sensational and every reasonably priced, would dine there again.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

We came for brunch and stayed for dinner. Excellent, innovative menu that encourages us to return for another sampling.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Great, friendly space to enjoy shared plates with friends or family.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

We had a great time at monster for dinner. The food is outstanding and the service is great too. Will definitely be back

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

I love Monster Bar, great ambience, good place to meet friends. Unfortunately this one was so-so: no one at the 'wait to be seated' station when we arrived, waiting, waiting - approached a bar man who was very helpful and showed us to our reserved table, he also stated what cakes were available. When wait staff took our order 10 minutes later, there were no cakes left - odd. My coffee was superb - yay :) but my friends tea took ages to arrive, I had almost finished my coffee. Doesn't matter, I will be back!

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2.0Dined on 10 May 2018

We sent the house cut chips back they where cold and a couple of days old.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

The food had a great mix of cuisines and was superbly done.
We shared our dishes so we got to taste a variety of dishes.
The wine selection was great and i tried one from canberra.
We had a pimms cocktail to start and it was very refreshing.
A very enjoyable evening.
Thankyou very much.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Food is amazing wine list also amazing great vide would recommend to others .The only thing i found that night seemed to be under staffed that night and service a little slow but would come back.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

We loved our experience, the food was amazing best meal we have eaten in a long time. Great drinks selection, atmosphere delightful. Will travel again and just to eat there again!

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1.0Dined on 5 May 2018

We have had many enjoyable evenings at Hotel Hotel, thus we chose it again for our anniversary. We looked forward to a glass of local champagne - used to be Gallagher's while looking at the quintessential Canberra sunset over the lake. Unfortunately the only champagne by the glass, on offer was a French champagne at $30 a glass, we thought this offer very unAustralian and a thumbs down to our local wine producers. We drank water and waited for our meal and Prosecco, yearning for some baguette or nibblies while we waited - as we have lived in France. The sun had set by the time we got to sit beside the fire, so we missed the sunset. The Prosecco purchased was not inspiring. The food was a great flavour, but our three dishes left us a little hungry. We were planning to take some inter-state friends to Hotel Hotel in June to showcase Canberra, but have now decided against it.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Ambience was different and interesting...love the spacious rooms

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5.0Dined on 30 April 2018

Attentive service and delicious food in lovely surroundings.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

A great meal. Our needs (contrary to advice on menu) to share starters and have individual mains was cheerfully catered for. I know it's an energy saving policy but we were a bit too cool.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

The waitress was over worked! Measures need to be in place so they can be attentive to their tables. When I have to waive down the busboy to facilitate another wine or more bread, there is an issue.

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3.0Dined on 27 April 2018

The eggplant dish was very tart and we couldn't finish it. The dessert was pretty yummy though
Was a bit disappointing as it cost a lot too

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Loved the evening at Monster Kitchen

Great food, impeccable service... good attention to detail with our order and a relaxed evening with friends and the kids..

In spite of being a find dining restaurant, it’s easy to bring kids to this restaurant

Really enjoyed it

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2.0Dined on 27 April 2018

The ambience and food was nice however unfortunately the service let you down. We ordered 2 glasses of champagne and one was poured normally and the other was way under the standard glass. We mentioned this to the waiter and he apolised and happily refilled however would not expect this at a restaurant like this. When we went to pay for the bill we paid cash and it was taken away in a flimsy cardboard card rather than a proper leather bill case. The waiter came back minutes later and said we short changed him by $50. We doubted ourselves and retraced what we each contributed to the bill. We eventually asked him to retrace his own steps and we found the $50 cash lying on the floor under the table next to us. Again, this was a little disappointing overall.

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5.0Dined on 23 April 2018

Every time I dine here I find a new gem on the menu. The food, wine, service and ambiance are all outstanding. My dining companions also loved it.

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4.0Dined on 19 April 2018

Really enjoyed the food and the service. The wine list looked good but the wines were a bit expensive.

Have already recommended it to friends and expect that we will return.

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4.0Dined on 17 April 2018

Food was lovely and our waitress was so friendly and helpful. Would like to visit again

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

The food was excellent - very tasty with a wide variety of flavours and textures. The service was great. The table design was interesting, but worked well no matter how many or how few people were in the group. Well worth recommenfing to others.

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Fabulous and inventive food. Knowledgeable staff and very service (for Canberra). Great wine/drinks list.Worth the price

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Not our first visit and won’t be our last the service as always was outstanding the food to die for and the wine list was awesome ! I recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Thank you Sean McConnell and team of professional, efficient and knowledgeable staff.
We had a wonderful experience at Monster Kitchen & Bar, our dinner consisted of fresh and delicious morsels of food. We chose to have the chef's selection and we were not dissappointed, it was amazing :-) :-) :-)

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Loved the choices on the menu and found the waiter most helpful. We didn’t over order. Food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

The food is delicious and the restaurant has a nice ambience. The service is also very good. My Mum has allergies and before our arrival the chef highlighted, which dishes would be problematic.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Outstanding inventive food. Love the sharing plates approach that allows diners to sample the breadth of the menu.

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

proper delicious food, though nothing truly outstanding; fantastic design; inattentive service; great sommelier's advise for the wine I loved.

been there also for lunch and breakfast - the above seems to be consistent disregarding of the shift etc.

bar stopped serving cocktails at around 10 pm, with which they also ran out of people who would know what spirits they've got at the bar at all, the bar itself closed at midnight. so early. oh well.

if not the interior design - it wouldn't be worth the money, but with this beauty around it's tolerable.

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Snapper was over cooked. Beef tartare was amazing. Ordered a wagyu tongue sandwich just to try, ordered even more because it was fantastic. 10/10 whoever to made that sandwich

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3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Food and surrounds were fabulous but service was erratic. Friendly enough to start with, offer of drinks and explanation of the specials but once our order was taken we were totally forgotten and left alone with our empty, dirty dishes for over half an hour. We had to ask for the dessert menu and for our plates to be cleared. We then had a different waitress who was possibly a manager and she was fabulous and saved our evening. It was quiet for a Saturday night and half the restaurant was empty, probably due to it being Easter Saturday so I don’t understand why we had such slack service for most of the night. Willing to give it another go next time we’re in Canberra.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Amazing all round .... every dish was special, innovative but light and well balanced. The desserts were perhaps the highlight .... and the ambience of course!

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2.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Belated anniversary dinner. We were seated at a lovely table near the fireplace. Food and wine was great. Service was non-existent - lovely staff just seemed to be lacking experience and attentiveness. Not good enough when you are paying good money to dine at Monster.

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Nice dining experience. Host was professional and attentive. Very lovely and well trained. Food was deliscious. Drinks were average in my opinion otherwise would have rated higher

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Food was delicious. A special mention to our waitress and kitchen staff who went above and beyond to make our dishes gluten free/FODMAP friendly. The lamb and green tea dessert definitely stand outs.

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1.0Dined on 26 March 2018

We ordered dinner before 6pm on a Monday evening and were pretty much the first table to order dinner. After ordering several vegetarian plates and a lamb dish, and confirming with the waitress that one of us was vegetarian, we were promptly served drinks and the vegetarian plates. Long after we had finished the drinks and vegies we were still waiting for the lamb. Despite there being many staff walking around they were studiusly ignoring the customers and no one displayed any interest in us, even to offer drinks or clear dishes. We eventually gave up and went to the bar to pay the bill. We weren't offered anything more than a 'Oh, you didn't get the lamb? Sorry'. Who knows, maybe it is a regular occurance. Would not want to see the place busy. This was our first visit to Monster Bar and will definitely be our last. The food that came was OK but small plates and overpriced. Beers were very expensive. Best part was the online booking.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Always amazing food and friendly service. I love the local sourced wine and the menu has something for all tastes. The chef selection did not disappoint. Always a good place to go. Share plates are the way to go. Kingfish was a stand out dish!

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4.0Dined on 24 March 2018

the first waiter who brought our wine dumped the bottle of white on the table and didn't give anyone a taste or pour it out and just walked off without a word, we poured 6 glasses ourselves. We then had a bottle of red and a different waiter gave proper service. We then had gins which were very nice. The food was very good.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Relaxed environment with an interesting menu. Great friendly service.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Combination of respectful and knowledgeable service, great ambience, wonderful presentation and delicious food, all in a vert inviting and unusual setting.

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