Muse - Food, Wine & Books

4.5
220 reviews
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  • Brunch
  • Lunch
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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.
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JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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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!

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M
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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.

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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.

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

Good food - and plentiful - in a lovely atmosphere!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

Yummy food. Efficient if not very friendly service.

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GL
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the black pudding, nice atmosphere, great coffee.

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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!

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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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N
Canberra / ACT
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Quite possibly the best brunch venue in Canberra. A great menu to choose from, on point espresso martini’s and perfect selection bubbly all brought together by thoughtful professional staff!

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GP
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent entree and main course. Dessert (cheesecake) was not up to standard of other courses. Ten out of ten for service - complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival (staff knew it was our wedding anniversary) and well-packaged remains of our lamb main course to take home were very nice gestures. We would come again to Muse.

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

Love this bright and airy space. Staff look after you well, food delightful and the coffees perfect. One of my favorites in Canberra.

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T
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely relaxed atmosphere and we could actually hear each other, which was good as we had a lot to catch up on. We had the lunch special which was great value. I had the pulled pork burger without the bun and would definitely have it again

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DR
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch. Muse has a lovely ambience in a convenient location, with a nice bookshop at the front. Relaxed browsing environment.
The food is tasty and creative.
Service was great

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food and service was amazing, thank you! Healthy and delicious. (And the best coffee 'swan' we've ever seen on our cappuccino!)

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LB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent night out. Staff were very patient with us being slow to decide what we wanted, had helpful suggestions and were efficient and friendly.

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N
Canberra / ACT
7 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, food and wine. Cannot fault this place.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was spot on, the food was wonderful, the offer to us to split the bill was greatly appreciated too. Smiles from staff gave a positive vibe. I rarely come out of cafes or restaurants 100% happy, but I did this time! We will be back.

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AM
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a late brunch there on New Year’s Day - great food. The Orange and Almond French Toast was fabulous as were the panko -crusted mushrooms. Service efficient and not obtrusive. Lovely and quiet outside but very noisy inside. Good atmosphere though - we’ll definitely be back.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and sophisticated food. Thoroughly enjoyed breakfast 3 days in a row.

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JH
Canberra / ACT
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our 4th Xmas brunch at Muse - it's now a family tradition. We love the relaxed vibe, interesting menu, creative wine list with plenty of local wines. The service at Xmas is always impeccable - a nice mix of speedy and welcoming. Easy underground parking, good access for those who can't walk far. And we get to browse the books afterwards. Perfect!

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AS
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Pleasant place with great food for Christmas Brunch. Staff accommodated our request to change seats. Nice atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating.

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d
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We found the food to be of high quality, the only thing we would suggest is to have some child friendly options on the menu.

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BT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Re brunch & lunch - both have good, well-balanced menus of healthy, tasty food, with enough choices but not too many. Service is unobtrusive, friendly,courteous and prompt. Noise level is acceptable. A good place to have as your regular 'go to' cafe.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely lunch. The service was excellent and friendly and the food was delicious. Great food options in the lunch deals that included a drink. Will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a lovely meal at Muse. Service was great as always - the right amount of attention and time to enjoy our meals. Staff are really knowledgeable about the wine offerings and offer good suggestions on pairings with food. I really appreciate good service as it's really hit and miss in Canberra.

The meals were fantastic as always. We had the soft shell crab and pork belly as entres - both amazing. Mains were the duck and the kingfish - both great but the kingfish was exceptional.

All in all a lovely evening and we'll definitely be back.

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