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Healthy, Cafe, Australian, International, Contemporary
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Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1154
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and service are both very good. Surroundings are exceptional with stained glass windows giving a modern feel. Wine list should have had more local wines as in the old Bookplate.

Thank Jill H
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three of us enjoyed a delicious lunch at Bookplate. I ordered the roast pumpkin and vegetable salad with grilled salmon (very tasty), while my friends ordered the corn and spring onion fritters and the chicken champlata. We also shared the trio of dips with turkish bread (loved the olive and the carrot dips most). The quality and flavours of the... More 

Thank micko-burns
Queensland, Australia
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We desperately wanted to have breakfast on Lake Burley Griffin and as you may often find in the southern states, nothing starts early! So off to Book Plate at the National Library we drove (whilst travelling to another destination). Sad to say but upon arrival the gentleman who served us could be described as nothing more favorable than bland, on... More 

1 Thank QLDdinks
Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a very hot day and could only sit outside, which wasnt the best. Indoor would be a better idea, or go elsewhere. Food was really good and arrived quickly. Service is a bit unfriendly but efficent. Drinks were really good.

Thank Brian O
Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lunch with Daughter and infant grandson, good value special menu, flavours lovely and portion size okay. My meal included Salmon fillet with lovely salad, the portion was on the smaller size and was neither hot or cold (not sure what is should have been). Have to order meal and drinks at the counter, (no problems with that) all served to... More 

Thank 177Yvonne
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our latest trip to Canberra we were staying at the Hyatt, which is just on the south side of the lake. While the Hyatt has its own café we wanted to try somewhere else (preferably a little cheaper) on one of the days, and since we were heading to the National Gallery of Australia that morning we looked for... More 

Thank Alan_Kay
Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place, good coffee, fairly prompt service at a busy time. Ordered smashed avocado and poached eggs. I guess the eggs were not cooked on order, usually that's ok if they are reheated properly, these were cold and too firm.

Thank nelehoz
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Went to brunch with 8 other people no smiles from waiting staff seamed like an effort to serve us. That was just taking our orders. Food well shall I say burnt bacon, hard poached eggs, cold food that was for the people who actually got theirs. Most had finished their meals and one was still waiting for hers. When she... More 

1 Thank Lynette H
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

Lovely place for brekky, lunch or brunch. Very classy establishment with beautiful views. Highly recommended

Thank Karen P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

We did a tour of one of the special exhibitions and booked a table for lunch following. Finished tour a little early so we had coffee in the library foyer. Lunch was great. Some 20 people all accommodated very well. Food ordered individually and served very promptly and professionally. Range of options and all met with quality satisfaction. Lovely atmosphere... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $18
Healthy, Cafe, Australian, International, Contemporary
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6262 1154
We are a cafe that believes in the simple and healthy things, done well. This applies to all aspects of our food and beverages that we serve to our customers. We celebrate food and make what we can by hand. From our bar we offer fresh pressed juices, fruit smoothies, classic and craft beers and local wines. Stop by and have a chat with our highly skilled baristas who can provide consistent delicious coffees and teas. We are located within the National Library of Australia, with a warm and inviting indoor dining space as well as an outdoor terrace with magnificent panoramic views of Lake Burley Griffin. We are the Winner of the 2015 Savour ACT Restaurant and Catering Awards of Best Tourist Restaurant.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?