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Monster Kitchen & Bar, Canberra, AU-ACT

Monster Kitchen & Bar

4.4
4.4
1128 Reviews
$41 to $100
Vegetarian / Vegan
Canberra’s only refined vegetarian dining experience, Monster Kitchen and Bar, has a deep respect for locally sourced and seasonal ingredients landing an exciting set of fresh ideas with conscious consumption at the forefront.

As it becomes increasingly popular for people to feel good about what they eat and order, our kitchen team strive to introduce complexity to simple, fresh and quality ingredients finding inspiration to create many layers of flavour to the final result.

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 a herbivore.

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2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Vegetarian / Vegan, Modern Australian, Global, International
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Bar Daily 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (02) 6287 6287
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • 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, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Bar Experience

    $50.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Bar Area Seating - Choose your favourite dishes from our bar menu and enjoy a cocktail in our Lobby area.
    Bar Experience photo
  • Bottomless Lunch

    $49.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Bottomless Lunch every Friday with the Monster $88 for two course plus Bottomless wine for 2 hours or $49 For two course
    Bottomless Lunch photo
  • Monster A La Carte

    Multiple dates available
    Choose your favourite dishes from our vegetarian à la carte menu...

What 1,128 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
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Canberra

    Best Overall

  • Canberra

    Best Food

  • Canberra

    Best Service

  • Canberra

    Best Ambience

  • Canberra

    Best Value

  • Canberra

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Canberra

    Healthy

  • Canberra

    Great for fine wines

  • Canberra

    Good for special occasions

  • Canberra

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Canberra

    Lively

  • Canberra

    Most Booked

  • Inner North

    Most Booked

1,128 Reviews
  1. KarenV

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I asked for a quiet table and this was granted. It was beside the fireplace which was just lovely. The food was great, as was the wine list. We will be back again.

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  2. CharmaineB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I had been to monster previously and enjoyed the experience, however very disappointed this time around. The food was hit and miss, ambience disturbed by intoxicated people and the waitstaff had hygiene issues.

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  3. SteveB

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Monster Kitchen was a Great surprise! Nearly converted me to Veg. Great Restaurant & awesome design.

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  4. Aussieeating

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious vegetarian food that is taken to the next level in both taste and presentation.

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  5. StevoH

    Canberra

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. We have eaten here before and really enjoyed ourselves, but on this occasion the service was a bit slow and the cocktails were very poor. The food was over flavoured and just not enjoyable to eat. One of the cocktails was completely undrinkable … and believe me, I’ve drunk some terrible drinks before.

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  6. MargW

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious vegan food. Some of the best I’ve ever had - an absolute taste sensation

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  7. BlairP

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My Ho to place in Canberra. Always great! You saved us from a disastrous dinner elsewhere with great cocktails & a menu of great inventive food that we loved!

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  8. TriciaM

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a delicious and healthy dinner, inviting two crusted-on carnivores. They were blown away by this experience. Well done! We'll be back.

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  9. jenn

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had 3 different meals and 2 were outstanding. The spinach gnudie was very floury and not very good.

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  10. DerekZ

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and cocktails. The restaurant has a funk zibe to it

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  11. SteveC

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the meal very much service was excellent apart from an incorrect tea being brought to the table. We ordered 2 x peppermint we received 1 peppermint and I think 1 x Jasmin the tags on both bags were very similar so the mistake was easily made. We did not comment to the wait staff as it was of little consequence to us. Another great meal enjoyed at Minster

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  12. SharonP

    Canberra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very Good food menu chooses and drinks, waited for abit too long to be served drinks while we waited for our table - we were early. Signage to restaurant from basement carpark not clear to us.

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  13. MegS

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic as always, we are never disappointed by the quality at Monster. In addition, the staff were friendly, kind and attentive. We had wonderful evening. Thank you!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time since it became vegetarian and I’m not vegetarian but it’s my new favorite restaurant in Canberra

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  15. BecC

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing. The Momos specifically were the best dish

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  16. JenniferA

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food - definitely some of the best I’ve had. Lovely friendly service.

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  17. MichaelS

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Monster is a rarity in Canberra as a vegetarian outlet that treats vegetables in ways that surprise vegans (like me) and meat eaters alike. I have taken friends who are keen on their steaks and roast chicken to Monster and they love it - they want to come back. The set menu on this occasion was excellent with terrific matching wines. The creativity involved in the preparations of dishes and their presentation is wonderful. Is there a better restaurant in Canberra? I doubt it. Others may be as good but not better! I can't wait until my next visit.

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  18. CarolynD

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent our waiter was very polite and helpful, the noise level was quiet and added to the enjoyment of our evening.

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  19. DavidW

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding restaurant. We are vegetarians, so it’s one of our favourite places. My wife and I stay at a close hotel just so we can go to this restaurant. Don’t miss it.

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  20. AnnaliseI

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s great to have a vegetarian fine dining option. We enjoyed the set selection for New Year’s Eve and enjoyed everything. We also got the sweet potato chaat added on as we were curious to try it. All of the dishes were detailed and had amazing flavour. The sweet potato dish was spicier than expected - we were hoping for a little more subtle so worth checking if you don’t like hot things. The cocktails were also amazing and excellent quality! All in all, it was very enjoyable and we will be back!

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  21. AlyssaH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really delicious food and a great drinks list. Friendly service and fantastic ambiance and decor.

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  22. JohnG

    Adelaide

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food on our first return in about 5yrs! The waiter negotiated a good wine deal after several choices from the wine list turned out not be available so cheers to him in particular.

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  23. JulianS

    Canberra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service were ok. The constant emails I’m receiving for just choosing a restaurant is annoying! Stop!

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  24. KathleenS

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice. Xmas lunch. Not so struck on the beef Wellington, I don't like the red, of the non meat. A didn't really like the taste. But the veggies were all presented nicely. Sauces were nice. You don't really have to hide the flavors of veggie dishes. Great service. Beautiful restaurant

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  25. PaulR

    Tropical QLD

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great location for a family Christmas lunch. Enjoyed most of the courses on the set menu and the service was very good.

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  26. MellisaE

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Christmas lunch and the meal was absolutely delicious - one of the best meals we’ve had there. Each dish was different and innovative, and we left feeling full and satisfied. There was a mix up with our dishes, so we did have to wait about 30 minutes between our third and fourth (main) courses but it was Christmas and the staff were extremely busy, so we weren’t too worried. We were also hit with the additional holiday surcharge which we weren’t aware of until paying the bill. It would have been good to know this at the start or it be included in the booking charge.

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  27. CathyT

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 great.

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  28. PhilomenaB

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was exceptional both in taste and presentation. Wait staff were attentive and answered our questions expertly. We ordered 5 dishes between 3 people and it was more than enough.

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  29. christineb

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great to have a strong vegetarian option in Canberra. However, staffing was inadequate for the volume of customers. Overall, a good restaurant but a reminder that a Hat is not equivalent to a M star.

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  30. JanaviS

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Scrumptious food and all vegetarian!! So great to be able to choose anything on the menu. It's a fun and elegant place with very intriguing food selections. Love the pink chandelier.

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  31. DavidW

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and perfect treat for a vegetarian and vegan who had been struggling to find good food during our travels across Australia

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  32. JanetH

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Generous servings of tasty and interesting vegetarian dishes. We very much enjoyed our evening out at Monster.

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  33. clafoutis

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the concept! Since it's a vegetarian restaurant, it would be nice to incorporate a greater variety of ingredients (such as raw ingredients, salads, green vegetables and legumes).

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Well presented, excellent range with a full range of flavours. The miso eggplant was out of this world and the creme brulee dessert, next level, although I would advise sharing as it was rich. Wine a little pricey but worth it to enjoy the food. Share plates are definitely the way to go.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They went above and beyond for my son’s 10th birthday. We were so grateful. Thank you!

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  36. JamesH

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Katsu Butternut squash was one of the best things I have ever eaten!

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  37. JuanitaC

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My family and I had a lovely time at Monster Bar. The food was delicious, although I found the Celeriac salad a little bland. The service was excellent and I would definitely come back again.

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  38. RobynA

    Tasmania

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great vegetarian food set inside a funky hotel. They were short staffed so couldn't offer the full menu options which was a little disappointing bit the food was still great & made for sharing

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  39. KarenV

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best vegetarian restaurant in Canberra with tasty creative food and decent serves to share. Lovely attentive wait staff. Quick food service. Good wine. highly recommended.

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  40. Joel

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic vegetarian food if not a touch pricey in relation to portion sizes. Drinks again just slightly overpriced but great selection. Cannot understate the absolutely delicious food and lightning quick service. Quirky decor and quiet atmosphere. Big gas fireplace was great to sit next to on a rainy November night. 9/10 will definitely be back.

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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 1128 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 9 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 Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Bar Daily 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Vegetarian / Vegan, Modern Australian, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Underground paid public parking available
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, 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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