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The Palette Cafe

#206 of 1,029 Restaurants in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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81 Denison St | Deakin, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6282 8416
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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Singleton, Australia
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I called in to the gallery and for a late lunch. I had the ricotta fritters and they were delicious. Service was efficient, and as it was late (~2.30) it was quiet.

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1 Thank Abagail2
Canberra, Australia
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We had lunch at the Palette Cafe as part of our visit to the Beaver Gallery. There was plenty of choice from either the lunch menu or the weekend brunch menu. Brunch is available until 3 p.m. The meals were good sized portions and, for us, were fine for our main meal of the day. The potato rosti and smoked... More 

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Thank 56maryjo
David L, Marketing Manager at The Palette Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much for a such a detailed (and lovely) review. We think you have captured the essence of the café really well. We hope to see you back at the café again soon. More 

Canberra, Australia
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100 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Went for coffee with an elderly relative so don't like noisy places. This cafe was nice and quiet and the coffee was great. It also caters for lunch and has some lovely cakes.

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2 Thank Michael A
David L, Marketing Manager at The Palette Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We're pleased you came at a quiet time, as we can get quite busy sometimes. We hope to see you back at the café again soon. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went to the Palette Cafe for a casual weekday lunch and the place was buzzing. Imaginative menu with plenty of choice, and really fresh ingredients. Great coffee and cakes as well!

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1 Thank Michael W
David L, Marketing Manager at The Palette Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We love it when people take the time to write a review and let us know what they think. We're proud of the menu, and the chef always goes with the approach of "fresh is best" and "everything made on site". We hope to see you again soon at the café. More 

Canberra, Australia
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We're regulars at the superb Palette Café but an early (well, 9.30am!) breakfast last Sunday reminded us of what a great place Palette is for breakfast or brunch - including weekends. The Spanish omelette, corn fritters and rosti are all terrific and the scrambled eggs have to be the best in town! Its such a delight to have a cafe... More 

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1 Thank barj0n
David L, Marketing Manager at The Palette Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review. We love our regulars :-). More 

Canberra
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179 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

This establishment is part café and part restaurant. It's in arguably the best private art gallery in Canberra, so is a great place to have brunch before taking in the latest exhibitions. The menu is very comprehensive. So is the wine list - for a café. On the day we went, there were only two staff running the place -... More 

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Thank Neville B
David L, Marketing Manager at The Palette Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I'm pleased to read that you enjoyed the visit, and that you consider the café part-restaurant and a great place to have lunch. We look forward to hosting you at the café again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Took the wife out for a nice quiet Saturday lunch. The Palette Cafe was an excellent choice! The location has plenty of parking, and a cozy and initimate feeling. The staff were very friendly and knowledge about the menu. The food was amazing and clearly prepared by a chef who has a passion for food. The coffee was also very... More 

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Thank Jackson H
David L, Marketing Manager at The Palette Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, and we're glad you enjoyed the meals and the service. You certainly picked two of the winter favourites. We hope to see you back at the café again soon. More 

Canberra, Australia
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

The meal was OK, but DON'T order a chai latte - tasted like Spray and wipe. The cafe was very crowded, very noisy, the staff were over worked and not particulary attentive and the food was rather expensive. Won't be going again.

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Canberra, Australia
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475 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

This is about the fifth time we have been here to eat and the food is always very good. Sometimes the service can be a bit slow as it was the last time we ate. Had the slow cooked lamb which was very tasty and quite large. Big problem with their wine list though, $13.00 for a glass of wine... More 

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Moruya, Australia
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Had lunch here today with a friend. Took almost two hours to have one course and a cup of coffee and it wasn't even particularly busy. My friend had brains which consisted of three small 'croquettes' and certainly was not value for money. Cheapest wine was $13 a glass which for a cafe is very expensive.

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Thank FloraDora2057
David L, Marketing Manager at The Palette Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, and I'm pleased you liked the quality of the meal, even if the service didn't meet your expectations this time. Lambs brains is a flavour-rich and calorie-intense option, and in 19 years we've never before had anyone want more than three whole lambs brains. But your feedback is important, particularly from such an experienced reviewer. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 81 Denison St | Deakin, Canberra 2600, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6282 8416
Description
You'll find us in the calm heart of a contemporary art space where we welcome local light and always meet your needs at the pace that you require. From an unhurried lunch to your table to a top-notch coffee to go, you set the stride from business-speed to well-earned downtime. We provide a wine list as carefully curated as the gallery and a menu that changes with the seasons and can always accommodate your needs. In an airy indoor or courtyard setting, you can enjoy lunch six days a week, brunch on weekends, and a small sweet extravagance whenever it calls your name.

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