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“Outstanding food but no music?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Water's Edge

Water's Edge
40 Parkes Place North, Canberra 2600, Australia
(02) 6273 5066
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Ranked #116 of 779 Restaurants in Canberra
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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28 restaurant reviews
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“Outstanding food but no music?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

My wife and I had a beautiful meal here, it is a potentially romantic place but feels a bit stiff and for some reason musicless (Waiter said we were in a quiet zone :). The food though was outstanding, the presentation was magnificent and the flavours of each dish matched the presentation in quality and variety. The menu had four services for $80 and from memory 4-5 selections per service. The service was "proper" and technically good but lacked any personality. The wine list provided a good variety of wines but was a bit over priced in respect to the wines I knew,and had before in equivalent type restaurants. Overall I would definitely recommend Water's Edge as the food is worth the visit.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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60 restaurant reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“This is what a restaurant is supposed to be...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

A place that surprises and delights you at every turn - that's Water's Edge to a tee. Despite some wonderful dinners, it's been years since we had an experience quite like this. An unusual and well-priced dégustation menu of four courses meant choosing between alluring dishes of such originality that we had trouble deciding; in the event, it didn't matter. Every dish looked beautiful (we spied on what other people were eating) and ours were nothing less than sensational. From my mushroom cappuccino with a mushroom foam to our passionfruit soufflés prepared in the passionfruit with a chill explosion, the food was wonderful, and the portions small enough to allow you to enjoy four courses but not so small you are left feeling hungry. Add to that lovely décor, a view over Lake Burley Griffin, a quiet, elegant yet somehow relaxed ambience and a beautifully selected wine list - reasonably priced - and it's a recipe for success and the best meal we we've had in years. An unmissable experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Underrated restaurant in my opinion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I was fortunate enough to be invited to dinner at Waters Edge. I had no expectations and so was pleasantly surprised to find that the food was delicious, well presented and the four small courses added great variety to our dinner.
The staff were friendly and helpful and the atmosphere serene and refined.
I will definitely be back

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Amazing food and a great night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Friends took us to Waters Edge. The restaurant made a mistake with the booking but fixed the issue without hesitation, despite it being a busy night. The food was amazing. Great quality, inventive and very tasty. The wine was very nice and matched the food well. The meal was affordable whilst offering fine dining at its best.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Adelaide, Australia
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“an enjoyable encore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We have eaten here several times on previous visits to Canberra and always enjoyed the food, wine and service, not to mention the great location. Our last visit in September was no exception and once again had a great meal. We like the imaginative use of (fairly) local ingredients with respect to the season.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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