Monster Kitchen & Bar

4.1
355 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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.
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 355 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.0
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Monster is fine. Really nice vibe, especially by the fire. The food is good but it's a shame the menu has stayed largely the same over the years. Service always lets this place down though. We were served by 4 different people in half an hour, all quite dismissively. Would come here more often if the service improved.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was tasty but pretty stingy for the price you pay. Received service as soon as we sat down, however waited 20mins for our coffee to be bought out. Water was not topped up or replaced during the meal, we had to ask.
Breakfast menu not as exciting as it used to be, perhaps this is due to a change in owners.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Really enjoyed the atmosphere. The food was amazing. Wines very good but a bit on the expensive side with not any cheaper options.

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Reunion. Monster’s food quality has been consistently top notch since its opening but the service has been inconsistent with a high turnover of waiting staff, but tonight we had excellent service!

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2.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Unfortunately trying to be so "cool", "funky", and hippster has given way to a functional and comfortable space which is enjoyable to spend time in. The restaurant within the Hotel is difficult to locate without asking staff, signage is nonexsistant or so subtle that it may as well be and overall the place is difficult to navigate, the service too affected and if you are over 50 and a female you are pretty much invisible. This is my third visit, two of which were as an inhouse guest. i was determined to give the Hotel and the restaurant a good go and the benefit of the doubt. All have been terrible. i wont be back and certainly wont be recommending it.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

The food was lovely and the menu different to a lot of places. Wine was ok but amount per glass was stingy for a per glass serving

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Always enjoy it. I wonder whether the staff can provide updates on the menu - new dishes. Is there a plan for the menu to get a refresh?

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

I dined-in on a Monday night with my date and we had a beautiful bottle of Beaujolais Villages with our snapper, grilled flank and cauliflower. Scrumptious food with decadent ambience. The waitress who was look in after our table was very attentive and helpful.
Thank you for a beautiful night.
Will definitely return and highly recommend.

*Have visited multiple times but never wrote a proper review.

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3.0Dined on 22 July 2018

I'd first like to suggest that OpenTable is the most clumsy online booking service I've ever encountered in a restaurant. I can't imagine why Hotel Hotel would engage with this service. The guys behind the bar worked hard and were also clearly genetically gifted, while also being friendly and aimed to please. Similarly, all female wait staff were helpful, efficient and obliging. Unfortunately, our experience wasn't so with the waiter who 'greeted' us and showed us to our table. There appeared to be a mistake with my online booking (not my mistake), but his demeanour clearly indicated he believed it was. This is simply poor service, because I can't recall being greeted so badly in a restaurant. I suggest this issue requires further attention and training by management.
However the food was delicious and we enjoyed every mouthful of our shared plates.

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1.0Dined on 21 July 2018

The service is almost non existent, we waited ages to be met at the front area where is says to wait to be seated. We had a table booked to find that someone else had been seated there, then shown to a table for two and we had a table of 4 booked, we were then taken to the last table at the back. We then had to beg someone to take our coffee order and after about 20 minutes of waiting the coffees finally arrived-cold and wrong order. We also ordered the fresh orange juice only to be told that at 9am on a Sunday morning they had already been busy and had no oranges left :-(. Again we had to try flagging a waiter down with no success so had to get up and find one, even had to chase them. This annoyed us and we soon realised that we were not the only table doing the same things to grab someones attention. After a long wait our $25 scrambled eggs were cold and tasteless, when we told the waiter when paying our bill we were informed that we should write to the GM to complain as the staff do and no management listens to them. We won't be back, which is a shame because it has so much potential to be good with not a lot of effort. On our way out there were other couples waiting to be seated and had been there for over 10 min with not one staff member acknowledging them. We went across the road for a second cup of coffee.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

The food was amazing - standouts were the desserts! Will keep coming back to try new things (and maybe those desserts if they’re still on the menu!)

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Always a pleasure dining here! Food is great and the staff are wonderful. Thanks monster

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1.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Food was memorably , almost comically terrible and expensive.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Pricey but creative & delicious and great open-plan atmosphere for adults and children if you ask for a family friendly corner of the restaurant. Children’s menu needs a couple more options. My husband has developed a “treasure hunt” activity for the kids which works well at Monster. All fish dishes are yum!

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3.0Dined on 14 July 2018

We ordered share plates for four - 2 vegetable dishes and two meat dishes, as well as 2 desserts to share. While the food was good, the portion sizes were too small for four people, with little more than a spoonful each, which also made us feel we did not get good value for money. In addition, we advised dietary requirements for one of us, well in advance of the booking, but this was ignored/not noticed

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1.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Was really looking forward to going here as had been recommended by a friend for my trip from Sydney to Canberra. However was sat in the middle of two joining diamond shaped tables which was a completely awkward way to sit and very uncomfortable. Asked to be moved to a table where I could actually face my guest. Cocktails took about 20 min to come. Food was amazing but staggered poorly. Wine order was forgotten had to reorder. Didn’t boher ordering anymore dishes or drinks as it all took too long. Over all amazing food completely let down by unfunctional furniture and poor service.

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1.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Kitchen had a gas leak. Only bar menu ( cold food) available. Manager did come to apologise but restaurant should offer some discount or additional sweetener to compensate for the poor menu and service.

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4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

The food was divine, the slow cooked lamb was a stand out. The restaurant was vibey and busy. The portions were quite small fine dining style we had to order second servings of our favourite dishes in order to feel satisfied. Our waiter Leigh was outstanding, friendly, funny a great personality and well versed in the menu, he really lifted our dining experience from good to excellent!

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

A great breakfast find. Highly recommend the taramasalata poached eggs - superb!! Went back the next day!! The fit out is high quality & stylish!!

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Food is exquisite. It was a very unique dining experience. My best meal in Canberra.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Really must it? I find the above question ridiculous!

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Food is always great. Service has improved a lot since new management.

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3.0Dined on 22 June 2018

A little bit disappointed. Average service, didn’t have the specials explained to us until after we queried what dish another table was eating. Yabby jaffle was the highlight.

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2.0Dined on 22 June 2018

A most disappointing meal at Monster Bar and Kitchen - we only enjoyed one dish out of 4 chosen. The wine mark ups where outrageous. The decor was very odd; there only redeeming feature being a central fireplace.

I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Canberra.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

As usual, the food was great and the service excellent. Charming and knowledgeable waiter enhanced the evening for both of us.

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1.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Really unhappy with Monster. Food was disjointed and sent out randomly - meat and cheese should have come out together but came our separately.

I have dietary requirements and the first dish was covered in onion which I am unable to eat! I did not even receive an apology on the night for the mistake!

The hand cut chips were burnt and soggy - I don’t even know how this is possible. My husband was so unimpressed by them he didn’t eat them.

We were sat 6 inches away from the neighbouring couple which made our experience incredibly awkward. When their meals were served the smell was so strong we were forced to leave the restaurant after a brief 50 minute stay.

We were charged $180 for our visit which considering we hardly ate seemed extortionate!!!

I sent the manager an email about the poor performance and wasn’t even offered a refund for the food that was inedible.

Would definitely not recommend Monster to anyone - only recommendation I would make is to NOT go.

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5.0Dined on 18 June 2018

Consistently great food and service...... and a fireplace!!!

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3.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Great location, ambience, food and service.
Unfortunately not for the value: the main plate/ shared plate is as small as an entree. It is a bit disappointing.

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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Enjoyable food in pleasant, slightly quirky surroundings. Friendly, efficient service. Good selection of dishes and varied drinks menu. A good evening all round.

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3.0Dined on 15 June 2018

I felt my experience was pretty average. The food was lovely and presented well but I felt the service for the price you paid. We got the monster feast where they give you a range and we were not sure what we were getting. For not knowing the food wasn’t explained very well some weren’t explained at all. When asked questions the hostess didn’t know what it was or what it tasted like. Also they forgot we had a dessert. Overall it’s a lovely place but for the prices you pay you should get good service.

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2.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Breakfast: great food but lousy, dismissive service = don't bother. And forget about dietary requirements - a request for no onion nor garlic was dealt with by our waiter with the explanation that all elements were pre-made so I could not have this nor that until I selected a non-savoury dish. Overall, extremely disappointing.

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2.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Sorry Monster you've lost your magic. Service was lacking - we had to ask for water after waiting for five minutes with empty water glasses, then our hot beverage order was wrong after waiting at least 20 minutes for it to arrive - it was barely warm so not how I like my coffee. Breakfast was nothing special - basic scrambled eggs with a side of mushrooms and only lukewarm. Earlier menus and choice were far better - this menu was uninspired. I've always enjoyed Monster from the very first week it opened. Dont know what has gone wrong but I won't be rushing back given the variety and better value and quality available on the brunch scene in Canberra. Just very disappointing despite the great location and decor.

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Had to wait for our table booking for bout 45 mins in the couches area but it was worth it because the food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Booking on line we were only given 2 time slots however when we arrived it was not busy or occupied to justify min booking availability.

Food was quick and as discription. .

Premises were a must to see.

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2.0Dined on 2 June 2018

We were so looking forward to this dinner get together with friends but unfortunately we waited 45 mins to receive our drinks and that was after asking 3 waiters what was going on with our order.

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Fantastic service, quick efficient and friendly , lots of menu choices that you won’t get elsewhere, beautifully done and presented, the drinks menu was enormous. Definitely going back!

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3.0Dined on 28 May 2018

A political hot spot that night: but this is Canberra and the Lobby is history it seems.
We were looking for a bottle of white wine: our first choice was not available; our second choice needed to be chilled! But a fun spot and creative dishes.

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Lovely lunch to celebrate by son's 25th birthday, food was great and complimentary birthday cocktail was a lovely touch.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Excellent service. Gorgeous interiors. Incredible food. Creative and bloody delicious. Will be back! Thanks Monster. x

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

What an amazing lunch we had and the staff were so lovely and attentive and welcoming, we shall be back, thank you for a fantastic day!

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