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Monster Kitchen & Bar, Canberra, AU-ACT

Monster Kitchen & Bar

4.4
4.4
912 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Monster Kitchen & Bar welcomes new Executive Chef, Matthew Bentley on the back of Ovolo’s global announcement that all restaurants and bars across Australia and Hong Kong will go vegetarian for 365 days. The confident leap to greener grass will also see the kitchen & bar enter new terrain, growing their own produce and focusing on food preservation.

Monster’s cutting-edge veg will endorse longevity, fermenting and pickling will feature prominently across the menu allowing the vibrancy of the produce to live on.

The Monster is evolving and now is a herbivore.

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2 people

8:00 pm


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Vegetarian, Global, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Sat, Sun 7:30 am–11:00 am Bar Daily 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 6287 6287

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Bentley

  • Catering

    Full catering menu can be supplied upon request

  • Private party facilities

    To host your private event at Monster Kitchen & Bar contact our events team at events@ovolonishi.com!

  • Area

    Canberra City

  • Parking Details

    Underground paid public parking available

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Monster A La Carte

    Multiple dates available
    Choose your favourite dishes from our vegetarian à la carte menu...
  • Monster Feasting Menu

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    A selection of dishes chosen by our Executive Chef Matthew Bentley designed to share among friends
  • Bar Experience

    $50.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Bar Area Seating - Choose your favourite dishes from our vegetarian à la carte menu.. Looking for dinner? Check availability at 6PM, 8PM (Sunday-Wednesday) or 8:30PM (Thursday-Saturday) to dine in our restaurant spaces.

Popular dishes

What 912 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. L

    Laura

    Canberra

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Visited for breakfast expecting a good quality menu and meal. Unfortunately the menu lacked interest, and the food was very poorly prepared and presented, no flavour, overcooked. Service was friendly and attentive. Coffee was nice.
  2. DO

    DORA

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the banquet and even though we had non vegetarians - everyone really enjoyed the different share plates. We were celebrating a birthday and they made it a special night.
  3. KL

    KimL

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious. Food was incredible and I am a meat eater. Great staff. We were a group of six. Had a round table which was perfect.
  4. RB

    RivikaB

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The ambience is nice, and food is overall decent. The service staff was great overall, except one lady (the usher) who was very rude when was asked her to help us find our takeaway container (which the service staff told us would be at the 'service desk'). She looked puzzled as if we had mistaken her for staff instead of a guest and said that we had to find it ourselves. When we tried to explain what the service staff told us, she was not helpful at all. Good place, train your staff better.
  5. R

    Robin

    Canberra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was pretty good but services could be improved.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lovely birthday dinner at Monster. The plant-based menu is satisfying, exciting and diverse. Excellent cocktail list too!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It’s a nice place to hang out in for a drink. Bar food Is tasty. Staff were helpful and attentive. I was a little disappointed in the variety of drinks available by the glass.
  8. PG

    PiyushG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    The food and drinks were absolutely delicious and we couldn’t get enough of it. We mentioned that it was for a birthday dinner and they surprised us with a delicious birthday dessert which was a cherry on top of an already amazing experience and hospitality that they were offering. Highly, highly, highly recommend to everyone regardless of how much of a meat eater the person is. Specially with their changing menu I’ll be visiting them again soon and curious to see what they have to offer next.
  9. MR

    MichelleR

    New South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We love Ovolo, the eclectic vibe and energy of the hotel is always fun and buzzing. We decided to try Monster when we stayed at Ovolo, and while the food was all vegetarian and we are not vegetarian we wanted to try the food anyway. The range of food was ok, the prices were high, the wines were pricey and the service was good. The dumplings were delicious and spicy. The hamburger was on the dry side, the chips tasty( but not chunky as described in the menu) and the broccolini was nice but quite oily. None of the food that came out was hot, just warm and that spoils the experience for me. The staff were very friendly despite getting the order mixed up we would rate the staff highly.
  10. M

    Matt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Delicious food. Thank you. :)
  11. JB

    JimmyB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Canberra - get the dumplings 🌶
  12. KM

    KMath

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Didn’t know Monster was a vegetarian restaurant. Probably would t have gone if I knew. The meal was nice but not much to choose from.
  13. ME

    MattE

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The food was good as well as the service. I was disappointed; we went there for the 7 course banquet only to be told that it was unavailable due to a private function. Also, we were not told that the sparkling water was $8 per person for something that came out of a tap. Overfall a good dinner, but I don't believe that I would return.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Wait staff seemed disinterested in waiting on us. Maybe they were understaffed. We were left without cutlery for a long time and I could have sworn the waiter I tried to get the attention of at one stage looked at me and quickly pretended he didn’t see me. I could be wrong. But was a strange experience. Lots of the menu presents as share plates, but about half of what we ordered were not conducive to sharing (ie “chargrilled artichoke and asparagus” is actually a soup). Maybe we were doing it wrong.
  15. MG

    MattG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great variety of tasty dishes, good choice for a chilly CBR day
  16. FM

    FrazerM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food was excellent but the service to our table was slow and disinterested. Finished plates left sitting and slow follow- up on drinks and next courses. The female toilet was very unclean and needed cleaning according to my female guests
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was amazing, the decor was beautiful and food was good! Dumplings a little too spicy.
  18. VR

    VeronicaR67

    Deactivated - Far North Queensland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Bar has a great atmosphere, professional and knowledgeable service. A great bar menu within their bar.
  19. KM

    KevinM

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A must visit Canberra destination for vegetarian diners. Delicious and well balanced plates, and a very enjoyable wine pairing experience. A second dessert on the 6-course tasting menu felt overly generous, I would have preferred an additional savoury dish - although others may differ!
  20. TM

    TiffanyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    More Vegan Desert options would be great. Otherwise, great place to go.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was friendly, my partner and I loved the cheese & corn croquettes.
  22. MS

    MaddieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was soo yum! I love having more than one vegan option when eating out - my meat-eating bf also loved the veggie food. Wine was good and service was also good, nice and romantic :)
  23. QI

    QINGl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice vegetarian restaurant, with the custard definitely as the stellar.
  24. BP

    BrookeP

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We asked if it was possible to have the set menu in the time we had available (before rushing to a movie) and the staff were so good and ensured it happened. The set menu is amazing, great value and incredibly fresh and innovative food. As vegetarians, this is our restaurant of choice - knowing we can order anything, just the best!
  25. KK

    KevinK

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is great - recommend the pumpkin katsu and dumplings. Drink options could be improved with a greater range of wine by the glass. Overall, a fantastic venue.
  26. CM

    CassandraM

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We dropped in for a drink and something quick to eat before seeing a movie. We had a great time. Thank you
  27. U

    Upasaka

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    8 course set menu had wonderful variety and quality. Staff were attentive without being intrusive.
  28. DC

    DivC

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    My friend and I arrived at 5.45pm for a 6pm booking and explained we were happy to get a drink at the bar before being seated, but we were taken to our seat for our booking (which we were happy with) but then weren’t attended to at all. I went to the bar and ordered our drinks, we thought we’d get a bottle of wine to share over dinner, I was handed a bottle of wine and two glasses to carry back to my table. We were then not tended to at all. Finally at 6.40 I reached out to a waitress to order. We explained we were waiting for 40 mins since our booking time with no service at all. We were told that once we were seated we were meant to go back to the front of the restaurant to let them know we were ready to order. We weren’t told however when we arrived that this was the system. Now that the downside of our experience has been relayed, everything else about the restaurant was lovely. The ambience and decor was great and the food was delicious and once ordered it came out quite promptly. We got a few entrees and shared a main between two and we’re very content. I’d go back for the food again.
  29. CW

    CaityW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful night! It is so lovely to have an all vegetarian fine dining experience with plenty of vegan options. Will absolutely recommend to friends and will be back again soon!
  30. E

    Emma

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and venue! It gave me Melbourne vibes <3
  31. J

    Jules

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely wine, friendly & prompt service. Relaxed & funky ambience.
  32. b

    bushy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    great food however it was a fair surprise to find out it was vegetarian
  33. SL

    SebL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Monster is always great. I hadn't come back since their change to fully vegetarian. Simply outstanding food, creative and delicious.
  34. KE

    KateE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was lovely but the waitress forgot our order and the order had to be put through twice. The dumplings were very disappointing, way too spicy
  35. S

    Stuart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fixed menu: not cheap but sensational. Vegetarian fare so fine, even carnivorously inclined omnivores won’t miss the meat.
  36. JB

    JulesB

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is fine dining and not gimmicky vegetarian. The team know their products and are happy to assist with anything. Food was delicious. Great setting with lots of space and comfortable noise levels.
  37. B

    Bree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food! I'm a sensitive coeliac and have never had any issues.
  38. AD

    AndyD

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely anniversary dinner! Set menu was great value, quickly delivered, beautifully presented, and delicious. Good wines by the glass selection too
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The most delicious vegetarian food delivered quickly to our table. Restaurant has a great ambience
  40. JD

    JD93

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Fantastic mushroom dumplings

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Monster Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 912 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 pm


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Monster Kitchen & Bar

25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra, AU-ACT 2601

Additional information

  • Area

    Canberra City

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Sat, Sun 7:30 am–11:00 am Bar Daily 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Vegetarian, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Underground paid public parking available

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Bentley

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 6287 6287

  • Catering

    Full catering menu can be supplied upon request

  • Private party facilities

    To host your private event at Monster Kitchen & Bar contact our events team at events@ovolonishi.com!

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