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The Palette Cafe

#212 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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Sunday
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had planned for the Gallery visit but were uncommitted for lunch but one look at the menu and plates as served convinced us to stay and we were glad we did. All three of us were more than satisfied with the quality of our lunch and the lightly grilled prawns on a warm bean and potato salad could be... More 

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Thank mikey2533
David L, Marketing Manager at The Palette Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for such a lovely and thoughtful review. We're delighted you found us (we're a bit of a hidden gem). The prawn salad is certainly of the stars of the new 2017 menu, and Julie is a long-term star. We look forward to seeing you again when you next visit Canberra. More 

Canberra, Australia
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Delicious home made cakes and pastries; but if you're not into tea or coffee you're buggered for a drink. Fantastic atmosphere, the owner is an absolute delight too!!

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

Thanks for your review, and we're very proud of our homemade cakes and pastries. I'm a little confused about the drinks comment. Besides coffee and a big range of teas, we also have freshly squeezed orange juice, milkshakes, thickshakes, a range of soft drinks, cider (still and sparkling), beer, and an extensive winelist. We'd like to think you're buggered for... More 

Singleton, Australia
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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2 Thank Abagail2
David L, Marketing Manager at The Palette Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, and we hope to see you back at the café in 2017. We have lots of new items on the menu. More 

Canberra, Australia
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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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1 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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99 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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3 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 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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2 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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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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193 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 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 11 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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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$8 - US$23
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available, 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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