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“Always good”
Review of Bookplate

Bookplate
Ranked #122 of 1,368 Restaurants in Canberra
Price range: USD 5 - USD 18
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary, International
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Description: 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.
Canberra, Australia
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Always good”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

As a regular visitor, I have eaten at the Bookplatmany times and have never been disappointed with the food or the service. It's always top quality.

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Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Nice ambience and view if seated outside, good quality food”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

Canberra has very few venues facing the lake, this is one of the few. It has a spacious outdoor terrace on the grounds of the National Library. A good option during the day, gets very busy at lunchtime and you may have to wait to get a table. Indoor seating is cafe-style, with free wifi and a good selection of Australian newspapers (international papers are not easily found in Canberra). Food selection is limited and changes on a daily basis, but good quality. In the basement of the National Library is sister establishment Paperplate with a selection of salads, sandwiches and pies, more of a takeaway though seating is available.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Book it in!”
Reviewed 27 December 2011

A fantastic licensed cafe at the National Library will a choice of air-conditioned tables or quality outdoor seating with one of the best views of the lake in Canberra. Quality food, unbeatable view and a great library - a winner worth a visit.

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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“this one continues to impress”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

I have been to bookplate many times, especially over the late december period when many other places are booked out or closed and I am constantly reaffirmed in my impression that it is a good option. Placed within the National Library, with friendly staff, nice offerings of food and wine and open to the sunny podium overlooking the Lake, this is always a good alternative or first choice. The price points are reasonable rather than cheap but it is overall an excellent value proposition.

  • Visited December 2011
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Canberra, Australia
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“Nice ambience, OK coffee”
Reviewed 11 December 2011

It annoys me that you cannot book a table for lunch at this venue and therefore you are never assured of a table. The food and coffee are above average though and I really like the decor - well designed wooden tables and chairs.

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