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Bookplate

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International, Contemporary, Australian
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Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1154
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Today
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Description: It is a cafe located within the National Library of Australia in Canberra

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food has stepped up a notch under the new owner

We have always enjoyed going to bookplate, whether for a meal and a glass of wine overlooking the lake, or simply a quick coffee. The venue is lovely and the food has alway been good. Under the new ownership the meals have stepped up a notch. The new menu spans a great variety of tastes and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Deb T
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Canberra, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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English first
Canberra, Australia
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We have always enjoyed going to bookplate, whether for a meal and a glass of wine overlooking the lake, or simply a quick coffee. The venue is lovely and the food has alway been good. Under the new ownership the meals have stepped up a notch. The new menu spans a great variety of tastes and flavours. The wine list... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
206 reviews 206 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A great place to grab a coffee after a visit or for a lunch with a great view. Understated service with great food.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

All four of us ordered fish and chips for lunch. The fish was dry, overcooked and very much looked as if the fish had been frozen, it was definitely not fresh. The salad, which was a separate side dish was tasty and fresh. The coffee was also disappointing it was luke warm and weak.

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Sunshine Coast
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The food and coffee is fine. But it is just like every other generic cafe so nothing special with this one.

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Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I have been surprised to see that Bookplate is so under-frequented since Tracey has taken over. The food is similarly lovely with good price points and similarly friendly service but regulars must have changed their habits during the interregnum! Can I encourage everyone to give Bookplate another go. The new management has implemented a slightly different look and feel -... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A visit to the National Library and its cafe, Bookplate, was the perfect way to spend a sunny autumn afternoon in Canberra. A stroll through the well stocked bookshop was a pleasure. The foyer and exhibitions areas are relaxed and inviting. Afternoon tea in the Bookplate Cafe treated us with a divine slice of Chai Spiced Cheesecake and very good... More 

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Albury, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

We arrived for a early lunch and were not allowed to order prior to 12noon. We simply wanted to order and sit down but we were told we had to wait until 12noon as the order could be lost. Really bad customer experience

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Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is such a peaceful stress free environment, Great food, menu is interesting, staff are lovely. Unfortunately lunch has become a bit mad, as it is so well known now, but if u go for a late lunch or afternoon tea it is fabulous, Also the deck is wonderful in the sun, but shaded in the afternoon which is great... More 

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Greater Canberra, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Returning after some months ...the closure and re- opening, feeling hopeful..... Gone are the fabulous sandwiches and salads!? alas messy newspapers scatter the display cabinet where they used to be. The Blackboard menu is hard to read, not sure why, little and squashed writing. The Decor has been changed ....breathe!.....and it's got a tacky feel. Tables for 2 are gone.... More 

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Canberra
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

It was OK, but at the price it needed to be better than OK just to be 'average'. I rated it 'poor' on that basis, which is possibly a little unfair on the food, but on balance 'poor' is exactly what the total package earned. Ordered five dishes: one was a salad, one was a gnocci, and three serves of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Greater Canberra  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6262 1154

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 18
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary, Australian

Description

It is a cafe located within the National Library of Australia in Canberra
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?