Muse - Food, Wine & Books

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$40 and under
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Relaxed but sophisticated, dining at Muse is an experience to be savoured. Days begin with a typical Australian café-style breakfast, where classics sit alongside more contemporary fare. As the day progresses Muse seamlessly transforms into a more up-market lunch and dinner venue offering a seasonal, sophisticated bistro menu.

Nestled between Kingston and Manuka in the stylish East Hotel, Muse is a meeting place for those who enjoy a grenache with their Grenville, and their Winton with a good washed rind.

Contemporary yet warm and inviting, Muse is an inspired venue for conversation, ideas and indulgence, both literary and epicurean.
What 237 People Are Saying
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KB
Sydney / NSW
13 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had brunch at Muse with family and friends. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the serving sizes we’re generous. Coffee was great too. Highly recommend.

GL
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good, which is why I keep coming back to this restaurant!!! :-)

MC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

While the food was very good and the atmosphere pleasant, Muse did not particularly stand out in any way. Great to have the books. The food serving was on the small size. Very friendly and competent staff.

l
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I have eaten at Muse twice and on both occasions my breakfasts were great. By the second visit my coffee order had been remembered which I was very impressed with!

LM
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We have loved having Muse as a favourite Canberra spot for us and to take visitors. Will miss you guys but glad you're having a bit of a break after all your hard work. Really appreciate the thought you put into making Muse something different with the book shop and the talks - it's been fantastic. Thank you.

MB
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A colourful inclusive space with plenty of options to pick from, service was attentive, knowledgeable, kind and fast.

SM
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Farewell brunch for a work colleague, with table for 8. Table was set up in bookstore, staff were excellent, taking orders for coffee as people arrived. Attentive without being intrusive.

CH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed cocktails and wine on a wet afternoon and then breakfast the next day was amazing

G
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A little bit noisy and felt crowded for Sunday brunch but great food and service.

JP
Hong Kong
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cannot get enough of Muse.Always feels like we are going somewhere special!

DD
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

I was disappointed in my meal. I had veal and it was so chewy! I actually could chew some of it and had to spit it out. Very nice wines though.

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I really enjoyed my meal and the service was excellent - helpful and unobtrusive. The noise level was somewhat higher than comfortable. As a group we found the menu a bit limited, but each of us chose a meal we were very pleased with.

LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and space to muse about delights of life, food wine and books.

JG
Canberra / ACT
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A charming restaurant/ bar with a delicious menu. Very good value lunch specials. My friend and I tried the date and chickpea tagine and loved it. Highly recommended.

SL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Such a great dining atmosphere - the restaurant feels spacious and has great lighting and ambiance. The service was fantastic, food was nice and the prices were very reasonable. The bookshop was the cherry on the cake, and all books were beautiful editions. I would definitely recommend this place to others.

RP
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really like the ambience and quiet that Muse provides for patrons. To be able to relax, converse, eat and enjoy an evening in a library is an added bonus. There was a minor incident with one of the meals but other than that the food was great.

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great good and service! Thank you!!

JM
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, good wine, delicious food. I’d recommend it :)

JD
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Had breakfast at Muse before and it's always very good - excellent service and very convenient!

M
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The trio of tasting wine at a set price is impressive and unique. It’s a perfect accompaniment with the meal.

PC
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The service at Muse is usually terrible and the food great. However, last weekend the service was great and the food (breakfast) was quite ordinary. My french toast which was supposed to be sweet had clearly been cut on the same board they used for onions as that is what it tasted like. My friends all said their breakfast was fine, but not outstanding. I'll still go back because it's a lovely spot in a great location.

MH
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food - and plentiful - in a lovely atmosphere!

A
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s a beautiful place and loved it. My husband loves quite places it’s such a relaxing environment.

MG
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fantastic attentive service and consistently delicious food. Love the idea of great food and coffee in a bookstore. Only downside was the noise - it was so deafening couldn't hear my dining companion's conversation.

PG
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

I really enjoyed my food and the staff were friendly and very helpful.

However, I’d gone out for a nice Sunday morning brunch catch-up with a friend, and had to leave as soon as I finished my food because the café was extremely noisy and I couldn’t hear her to hold a conversation. I ended up with a headache.

On a previous visit the noise had been more bearable, but on this occasion they’d allowed too many large groups to book who were speaking very loudly with each other. The staff offered me a table outside, but I also didn’t want to be sitting in the cold.

I think I’ll be back, but never again during a busy period.

SW
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top glass. I dined with a gluten free, dairy free friend and nothing was too much trouble.

TB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love Muse. The owners are awesome, the menu is well thought out and carefully put together and the delivery fantastic !

NP
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is quite the best we have eaten for a long time. Atmosphere and ambiance relaxing and noise level suitably muted. All round excellent experience.

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

Excellent service, food that was beautifully presented. Wine recommendations were superb.

R
Canberra / ACT
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch. Classy food and attentive service in a very nice atmosphere. Will come again for sure.

BS
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Yummy food. Efficient if not very friendly service.

GL
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the black pudding, nice atmosphere, great coffee.

KC
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambience. As someone who prefers to eat mostly vegetarian, it's often difficult to find an upscale restaurant that serves filling plant-based food. At other restaurants in the past, my partner and I have gone home hungry despite ordering everything vegetarian on the menu. This is not so at Muse - the food is generous, balanced and of course delicious. Our favourites were the haloumi with honey and rosemary and the baked sweet potato, but everything we ordered was good. Thank you Muse for a wonderful night!

KR
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Busy vibe, friendly staff with great food & coffee. Really nice place to catch up with friends for a meal

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

Great venue with fabulous service - and even better food and wine!

AL
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time going there for team lunch. Loved it both times. Fantastic options vegetarians and vegans. The desserts were amazing. Will definitely go back again.

KK
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A really pleasant dining experience, a bit of a hidden gem I believe.
Service was excellent, professional and respectful.
Food was delicious as usual. We come here for the Vegetarian dishes with the couple of Vegan options.
I have dined here before on the Christmas set menu with a request of Vegan preference (which was outstanding) so I know they could easily add in more Vegan dishes which everyone could enjoy.

E
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service, atmosphere! We always come here for breakfast, love it!

KB
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I go to Muse regularly to meet up with friends, eat, drink, chat (mainly about books) and attempt to resist buying all the books on the shelves :D

MW
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food and service here are outstanding and very good value for money particularly with the lunch special deals of main course and wine/beer/soft drink for $22. Such interesting and fresh tasty food beautifully presented. Underground parking. Light and airy atmosphere. Bookshop attached to restaurant a bonus.

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