The Best Kingston Foreshore Bars & Restaurants

Magoo's Cafe & Bar

Magoo’s Cafe & Bar, one of the most recommended food and drinks venues on the foreshore. Photo: Michelle Taylor

Situated on the edge of the Parliamentary Triangle is one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs: Kingston. The inner south hub is just four kilometres from the CBD and is loved by locals and visitors alike for its boutique shopping, thriving food scene, lively bars, and stunning waterfront precinct.

The Kingston Foreshore – or simply the Foreshore as locals tend to call it – is a fast-growing destination and Canberra’s only urban waterside community. Offering several lakeside paths for walkers and bikers and a busy boardwalk lined with a whole host of incredible eateries and drinking options, the Foreshore is a fantastic place to spend a morning, afternoon, or night.

If you are planning a trip to the Kingston Foreshore, you’ve come to the right place. We asked Canberra locals to share their favourite restaurants on the waterfront. And now, the results are in.

What makes a fantastic destination restaurant?

Having trouble deciding which eatery on the Foreshore to choose? Truth is, visitors and locals are spoilt for choice. To help you narrow down your search, we suggest keeping an eye out for the following traits:

  • Excellent ever-changing menu. First and foremost, the food has to be good. Better than good, in fact – it has to be absolutely delicious.
  • Vibrant atmosphere. The atmosphere is critical. Look for a restaurant that’s bustling with life.
  • Friendly staff. Staff can make or break your experience at a restaurant. The best dining destinations have teams that truly love what they do.
  • Caters to dietary requirements. Are you vegetarian? Maybe your partner is gluten-free. Either way, you want everyone to have a great time eating out. Seek out a restaurant that happily caters to dietary requirements.

The best Kingston Foreshore restaurants

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

We’ve tallied the results, and the verdict is in. Below, discover the top restaurants on the Kingston Foreshore, according to Canberra’s locals.

Molto Italian

Simple yet satisfying – that’s the curated menu at Molto Italian. Dishes showcase classic Italian cuisine elevated by modern finesse. If you adore Italian food, be sure to experience their hand-cut pasta, extensive stuzzichini menu, and traditional wood-fired pizzas crafted from 48-hour dough.

Beef and Barley

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Beef and Barely is loved by locals and tourists alike for its laid-back atmosphere and comforting menu. At this Foreshore restaurant, you’ll find all the creature comforts you crave – including a truly one-of-a-kind burger high tea, perfect for a special occasion. While you enjoy your meal and a couple of beers, why not grab one of the many board games and challenge your table to some friendly competition?

Tang Dynasty Restaurant

Tang Dynasty is an award-winning licensed restaurant with an enviable waterfront position. The dedicated team at Tang Dynasty serve up a delectable range of authentic and innovative Chinese dishes, including treats from Cantonese, Peking, and Szechuan cuisines. You can’t leave without trying their famous Peking Duck and Shantung Lamb or indulging in their extremely popular Yum Cha banquet.

Bean and Table

The dishes at Bean and Table are brunch goals. Their fresh, seasonal menu offers all the classics, as well as lots of vegan and gluten-free options. The passionate team behind Bean and Table believe in supporting local businesses and suppliers – they partner with Canberra’s talented artisans for their bread, coffee, small goods, fruits, and vegetables.

The Dock

The Dock is a live sports and entertainment pub that goes above and beyond to show its diners a really, really good time. Their goal is to make you feel as though you were at the game. So, if there’s a sporting event that you cannot miss, head over to The Dock with your buddies, grab a burger, pizza, or a plate of wings, and enjoy yourself.

If you prefer to eat from home, check out our article on the best food delivery services in Canberra.

Your experience with Kingston Foreshore restaurants in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the Kingston Foreshore restaurants listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

What's Your Opinion?

Please login to post your comments, or connect with

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter


Search across the site