Jump to content

Family Friendly Restaurant - Canberra


  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 Monket

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

Hello Canberrans

I am trying to organise a family dinner for my mum's 80th birthday and I am after suggestions for restaurants.  I have 2 children 4 and 5 and my sisters daughter is 8 so we were looking for somewhere where they can be kids but we can still have a nice meal!  Somewhere with some outdoor space would be good so they can run around without annoying other diners.  Does such a place exist?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Edited by Monket, 29 December 2012 - 03:46 PM.


#2 jayskette

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

Any of the casual restaurants in Gold Creek - eg Cafe Injoy

Hogs Breath

APK

The grill in Southern Cross Jamison

Edited by jayskette, 29 December 2012 - 03:55 PM.


#3 Tenacious C

Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

The Mawson Club has a decent play area for the kids that is adjacent to the dining area.

#4 Feral Nelly

Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:52 PM

You could try the George Harcourt Inn in Gold Creek.

Decent pub food and an outdoor area.

#5 Monket

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:03 PM

Thanks ladies.  I have one sister who wants a posh restaurant and the rest of us want child friendly!  Trying to please all is hard....and I haven't lived inCanberra since 1999 so I am not up with the latest hip places to eat.

Thanks again, I will check out these suggestions.

#6 my serenity

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:13 PM

Cafe in joy closes at 5pm I'm sure.....
Many of the clubs have great outdoor areas but George harcourt does lovely  meals and is kid friendly The Jamison suggestion great too original.gif as for your sis choose what you know will be more relaxing for you and the kids and other diners

#7 bosker

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

Possibly better for a lunch than a dinner, but I really like the outdoor area at Rose Cottage, there is a great sandpit for kids and lots of space to run & play amongst the garden, they also have a kids menu

Bec


#8 laura7

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:22 PM

Hi OP
I used to live in Canberra and found that there wasn't a huge number of places in Civic that were child friendly.  We used to meet up at The Southern Club Cross at Woden or the Mawson Club.  Both have really good, play areas for children and you can sit near to supervise.  I found the food at the Mawson Club marginally better-but that was a while ago.
Good Luck


#9 seepi

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:34 AM

the yacht club?

Ngunnawal indian is opposite a little park.

Regatta point cafe

gungahlin labor club or lakes club

- or da nunzio on gungahlin lake does gourmet pizza and in near the lake to play.

Edited by seepi, 30 December 2012 - 10:40 AM.


#10 chat

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

Hogs Breath @ Woden is a really good family restaurant.

#11 Jenferal

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

I like Mawson club myself, or there's a good cafe in Pialligo which i know opens early(7am) but I'm not sure how late it closes. It has an outdoor play area and the food's good.

i DON'T like the Southern Cross club venues though, because the 'entertainment' all seems to cost money or tokens and is a bit mindless for my liking.

Rose Cottage used t be good, but I haven't been there in a while.
it also (to me anyway) depends on where everyone lives. I wouldn't go from Tuggeranong to Gunghalin for dinner with young kids. that's a long drive at night for some.

#12 jmaz86

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

I agree with PP's in George Harcourt is good. Also Zefferelis (spelling??) in Dickson, have been there a few times.

#13 Yomumma

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

The Hellenic club in Woden has a fantastic kids area. Not posh though!

#14 CharliMarley

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:39 AM

The play area at the Mawson Club keeps them occupied and the food if good. We take a 5 year old and a 7 year old to the Mawson Club and they never get bored.

#15 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

I think the problem is that posh and child friendly are mutually exclusive!

Personally I wouldn't go to Rose Cottage, we've been there a couple of times and were really unimpressed with the food.

I agree with PPs, the Mawson club is really nice and very sw**ky for a club, so perhaps that is one of your best bets if you are wanting south side.

#16 brazen

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:04 AM

ellacure in bruce fits the bill original.gif

we went there in march for my dh's 40th, mum's 70th (and it happened to be rora's 6th too lol) and they were wonderful, even with 3 kids and 2 gluten free people (including one of the kids)

posh enough for your sister too wink.gif

#17 BrindleGirl

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

I too am suggesting Hellenic Club. Although a club it has 3 restaurants. Chinese, bistro and the Italian Restaurant. The italian restaurant is nice and more 'posh' than say the bistro. How many do you have going? If there is a few they can reserve the outside tables and section for you. Upstairs also can reserve a section of their Chinese restaurant.

The children will love it there, they have one of the best indoor play centres in canberra for children with video games also.

#18 Bear Grylls

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

Ellacure food is really nice and they cater well for different dietary requirements- the staff are annoyingly friendly IMO- not sure if there is a play area.
Poachers Pantry does great lunches and has a massive outdoor area.
TheGinger Room at Old Parliament House has an enclosed courtyard garden.
The Hyatt has beautiful gardens-you can have your meal served at a table outdoors if you pre-arrange it.
The Grazing in Gundaroo has fabulous food and a big garden out the back.
Ginseng at the Hellenic club is great Chinese food, but the kids playground is not close (on another floor at the other end of the club).

EFS

Edited by Bear Grylls, 04 January 2013 - 09:54 PM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

There's no need to eclipse a babymoon

As long as pregnant women do their research, travelling during pregnancy can be done safely.

Mum and daughter have babies on same day

"It's not really something you ever want or think could happen. To have my mum going through it with me is probably the most special, amazing thing ever.”

Our baby's reflux caused the longest endurance test of our lives

I'm glad she wasn't my first child, or I would have thought that this was normal.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

The podcast that reminds mums they are not alone

A mum's complicated, gruelling labour gave birth to two lovely beings: her daughter and her delightful podcast, The Longest Shortest Time.

Is it too late to change my midwife?

My wife is nine months pregnant and we are planning a home birth - but we've had late problems with our midwife team.

The Very Hungover Caterpillar: a parody many can relate to

A new book released this month will be sure to have parents nodding and giggling in recognition the world over.

Babywearers unite against misinformation

Everyone has heard of people power, but what about passionate babywearing power?

Reliving the birth experience

When people ask about how my labour went, I usually respond: "Good, I think? Four hours long, and yeah it hurt, but I dunno, it's labour, it's giving birth, it's painful... but I guess it was good? As good as good gets?"

Literary baby name inspiration

From Harry Potter to Shakespeare and everything in between, we've scoured the library shelves for literary baby name inspiration.

Preparing your child to attend a sibling's birth

Thinking about having your kids at the birth of your baby? Here are some things to consider.

Counselling helps mum deal with triplets' early birth

When Kimberlee King's waters broke nine weeks before her triplets were due, she went into autopilot as she packed her hospital bag.

The women balancing babies with new businesses

Motherhood teaches us that we can be more tolerant, patient, and loving than we ever thought possible - and can also show us that we're innovative, creative and entrepreneurial, too.

It's true, kids grow up overnight

A dad ponders how his toddler daughter can change so much in just one 24 hour period.

Father sings to dying son days after losing wife

A heartbreaking video shows a new dad singing 'Blackbird' to his dying son just days after losing his wife.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Mark Latham, you have no idea

Parents who treat their depression are "cowardly", feminists are baby haters with a "psychoneurotic disorder". Really, Mark?

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.