Monster Kitchen & Bar

4.2
469 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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.
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4.2
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FJ
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great to have some share plates adapted to vegan and be so tasty.

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A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Food was awesome. Pity the service left a lot to be desired. Staff couldn’t explain the specials or the dishes off the menu clearly. Waiter brought cold bottle of wine under his arm and brought a glass with a beer but didn’t even open the beer. Small plates came really quickly but as the restaurant got busy to took ages for the large plates to come and to get the attention of wait staff to order dessert.

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MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Couldn’t split bill, service was average, food nothing special, no value for money. Average experience. Online booking allowed me to book a time that was outside normal food service.

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ES
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited by recommendation and were so glad we did tasty food in a beautiful setting. The staff were beyond helpful and accommodating of my son who has intolerances. I’d definitely recommend booking we saw a fair few walk ins turned away as they were full.

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SC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the staff were consistently fantastic. The guy with the mullet carried it off with aplomb. We loved him. Such great food and vibe. So nice when you feel like people care.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The compete experience, dining at Monster Bar, was excellent. Myself and my friends were taken by the comfortable environment and the exceptional service delivered by staff who knew their menu well.

The menu was unique and inspired, that facilitates sharing amongst those you are dining with. Wine selection was also excellent.

A great addition to Canberra’s culinary scene.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We were a table of four people and none of us could find anything on the dessert menu that we would eat...this was disappointing to us as we have been to Monster several times and the desserts were always special. The food we did have was outstanding though....loved every mouthful....please bring back the beautiful desserts!!

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LB
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Interesting, unusual and tasty food, well presented. The service was excellent with attentive waiters who explained the menu and showed interest in what they were doing.

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H
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I went on a Tuesday night so it was really quiet. We sat next to the open fire which made the environment that little bit more special, and the waitress took very good care of us. Our food came out promptly - we ordered two share platters with some oysters to start and everything tasted exceptional. It happened to be my partners birthday so we were only there for a quick bite before catching a show, but a nice surprise was a small box of complimentary desserts given to us on our way out as we didn't have time to order and stay. Was a lovely gesture. We will be returning and I would recommend.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love love love Monster! Mostly, I love the staff and the decor, but the food is great too. The only reason I didn’t give the food five stars is because the lamb shoulder was siiiiiickly sweet - the meat was amazingly cooked but the complete coverage in an almost inedible sweet sauce was disappointing. Apart from that everything was amazing! :)

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SS
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyed the stunning view of staircase on arrival
Maître de friendly and welcoming
Excellent table near fire
Wait staff helpful and efficient
Only reservation as we are vegetarian the options are limited
Enough choices for one visit but wouldn’t return whilst visiting Canberra as like to try different dishes

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

Food was delicious. I appreciated the plate sharing. Drinks were good from large selection. Our table person Emma was helpful and engaging. Bar staff were okay but seemed to get distracted with other people while taking or delivering my order.

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LN
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the interior design, especially the staircase entrance and the use of recycled timber planks.

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M
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great way to try some unusual combinations of ingredients. Loved the eggplant dish - perfect begone of smokey and salty. Good wine, friendly service but just a tiny bit slower than expected considering the prices.

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c
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Another great night at Monster, enjoyed by five of us. It was good to be able to add another share dish, 6 for the five of us. Last time we had five for four from the large share plates. We added the beef, not quite so good as the lamb according to the meat eaters. The fish was some of the nicest I've had, crisp skin with a succulent inside. Last time we were not sure about which of the dessertsxseboreferred... Nashi oearcwon this time. I am planning to book again.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Possibly. But despite accepting our reservation online, it turned out that the meal we wanted was not actually available. The staff were apologetic and offered us a drink while we decided on what to do. We were not interested in High Tea instead of lunch at 1pm. Our visitor from Europe was very disappointed as she had been at Monster for an evening meal earlier in the week.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food, comfortable surrounds and generally a welcoming and professional experience. We had good customer service and enjoyed everything we ordered, from the crispy spatchcock starter to the succulent slow-cooked lamb and duck breast with figs. There is a diverse drinks menu which we loved trying, especially the ironically tropical but delicious 'Russian forager' cocktail, and the local Clonakilla Shiraz was perfect for a stormy night. I would give 5 stars if it weren't for the fact that our first 'small dish' arrived quickly (good, we were hungry!) quite a bit before our first drinks (not so good, timing a little out, probably thanks to the popular bar!), and also because the tables for two were extremely close together, so pretty much the whole time we couldn't help but listen to our rather loud neighbours' conversation, and felt like we lacked the intimacy suited to a couple's night out . Although it was really quite refreshing to not feel pushed into consuming multiple drinks, a glass of sparkling in my hand would have complemented the first dishes perfectly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Fantastic food and location that was let down by the slow drink service.

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LM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

visiting from Melbourne to have dinner with my son studying in Canberra

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SY
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were in Canberra for the weekend and Monster Kitchen was recommended to us. It was worth the trip to Canberra alone just to dine here! Friendly service, fabulous Bar area for pre-dinner drinks, and absolutely wonderful food! Entering the building and walking up the stairs to this vast space was like walking into another world. Very clever design ideas everywhere you looked.
We had the chef's selection set menu and every course was delicious. We can't wait to visit again next time we are in Canberra!

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DA
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food too rich and 1 texture throughout. Heard great things but didn't quite live up to the hype unfortunately

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c
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our second experience at Monster Kitchen and Bar. Nathan, our waitperson, featured high on our satisfaction with the evening. His pleasant service and, most importantly, wonderful detailed descriptions of the desserts, was appreciated. I am about to book again, and will be hoping he is working that night too.

We chose 5 meals : the stand outs for me were the aubergine, and pumpkin. But nothing could be faulted, and we are looking forward to going with more members in the group so we can try more of the options. Dishes come out in groups, rather than all together, so if your group includes people who cannot eat a particular item it could be wise to clarify this. The availability of gluten free for nearly all of the main courses certainly makes ordering (and eating) easy. For example, the lamb with brick pastry came with the pastry separate - great for me, as I don't eat lamb, but could enjoy the pastry and my GF daughter relished the lamb.

And those desserts! After they were described we had to have four of them. We were given the option to share, with side plates provided. Each dessert was delicious, we left discussing which was the best and hadn't come to a conclusion by the time we arrived at our cars.

I think that there needs to be a little tweaking to the reception of diners. The person on the front desk had several groups to deal with, but a greeting and promise to be with us soon would enhance this part of the evening.

This restaurant is becoming one of my favourites, and I look forward to the next time we eat there.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food - so many different flavours. Barramundi main course was a stand out
The restaurant was full but the noise level stayed low - it was easy to chat with my friends.

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KD
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious. Service was great, one of our party phoned ahead and was specially catered for due to dietary restrictions. Great experience.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's a pricey place to sit but if you can afford it then it's no problem. I would like the music volume to be turned down a bit. Most people their about adults 35+. I don't think we're into loud music anymore - we prefer good conversations. The wait and bar staff were excellent. One of the best services I've received.

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EP
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Monster. The Manager was very kind to give us complimentary Prosecco for my birthday celebrations, we were seated a lovely table on the window, enjoyed the design of the room immensely and the wait staff were so friendly and informative. We enjoyed the Beef Tartare dish so much and the lamb shoulder was beautiful. I highly recommend anyone in Canberra to hit up Monster.

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RH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Monster used to be, well, Monster. It is now Minnow. Inexpert, inexperienced service, mediocre food, and an all-round unsatisfactory experience. So, when you hear the name Monster ... RUN.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, a great night sharing food at Monster. Some elements not clearly described on menu- the spatchcock has heat!

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S
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

I would recommend the food and bar staff were nice. But we moved tables due to there being 5 blow flies at our table and were met with smirks snd no action was taken to get rid of them. Then requested that the waitress ask the chef for something different (i.e. chocolate) or extra could be arranged for my partners birthday and she said no and to choose some options from the menu. She could have at least asked.

I love the food here its why we came back but service can be improved and is something I had issues with on both occasions.

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HE
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was good. My only criticism is the feed monster menu came out a little too quickly so I was uncomfortably full at the end of the meal. The service was exceptional

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JS
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic evening, lovely staff, great food! Will be back again for sure.

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OT
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is always beautiful, inventive and flavourful - for a special occasion it was fantastic. The service was great - and better than before. We had Katherine serve our dinner and she was fantastic in looking after us and surprising us with something wonderful for my birthday. Thank you!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Monster Kitchen & Bar is a terrific place to go both for a cosy dinner with someone close, or with friends who love good conversation and a laugh. Notably, the staff are always fantastic - very knowledgeable and attentive, but not intrusive. They are well supported by what goes on in the kitchen as the food is first rate. It is near the top of my favourite Canberra restaurants.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great service and food. Also having fun looking at all the different design features added to the experience. We were doing "dinner and a show" and thanks to the great staff the timing worked perfectly. I'll definitely come again.

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

Very consistent quality every time we have been - about 4th time here.
Food is 5 star and service was exceptional from waiter.

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JB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Deliciious food and fantastic service at our evening meal - including a complimentary glass of bubbly as it was our first valentine. The share plates worked perfectly and the food was a genuine talking point as well as gorgeous. The breakfast experience spoiled things , thus the lower scores. The food was passable though the scrambled eggs were fairly bland and rubbery and the poached overdone to the point of almost hard bioed. Espeically notably was the service once we were finished. Nobody came to take out check for over 20 minutes, I had to find a member of staff (who was busy wiping empty tables) to ask for it. It then took another 10-15 before I had to approach another member of staff to actually pay the bill. So evening meal good, but they quickly lose interest once you've eaten at breakfast...

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K
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome dining experience. We loved that we could enjoy our meal and then finish the night off with a few drinks at the bar and relax on the comfortable lounges. A great place to treat ourselves for date night.

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PA
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love Monster and am a repeat customer (4 x per year or so). I am somewhat disappointed that the menu rarely changes and that the presentation of the food seems to be repetitive. I think they need to be a little braver than what they are at the moment (they should be more like they were when they started). Don't get me wrong, the quality of the food is without question, it's just that I was left with the feeling of "is this it?"

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Gorgeous venue with incredible food. Servers gave the impression they didn’t want to be there.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good date night. Good food good wine good service in s good location

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