New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published April 20th 2017
Pizza, sushi, chinese, tacos, burgers & more
As a teenager, going out to dinner feels like an "adult" thing to do and they enjoy being treated like one. Going somewhere especially for kids just isn't fun anymore - plus, what if another teenager saw - it would be social suicide! When thinking about where to take teenagers for dinner around the Capital, you need to think of somewhere that is fun, but a little grown up too. Around Canberra there are family friendly restaurants for all ages, with something unique about them that would keep teenagers interested. Maybe you are here on holidays and need some ideas, or perhaps you are local thinking about where to go out for dinner this Saturday night with your teenager. The following are 12 suggestions to run by the teenager in your life and see what reaction you receive....hopefully there will be at least one!
(Left to right, top to bottom) Pizza from Jamies Italian, sushi from Hero Sushi Train, Chinese from Sammy's Kitchen and burgers from Brodburger
1/ Guild Board Game Restaurant is located in the heart of the CBD and is a favourite choice for teenagers, for good reason. Board games have made a "come back" in recent years and there are new ones they would know about, as well as old school classics that Mums and Dads will remember. This is a venue where you can spend quality time playing games, having a laugh and enjoying good pizza. Gameage costs $3 per person to play, for as long as you like. See here for details. For a full article on Guild, see here.
2/ Burgers are another tasty dinner option, with Brodburger (Kingston Foreshore) the most popular burger joint with massive burgers, tasty fries and board games to play while you wait. More adult options include Grease Monkeys (Braddon) and Beef & Barley (also on the Kingston Foreshore).
3/ Wood Fired Pizzas are a popular choice for teenagers and all ages, with several popular locations around the city. See here for a full list. For an enjoyable pizza experience in the heart of the CBD, make a booking at Jamies Italian - a busy Jamie Oliver restaurant. Further south at Public gastropub in Kingston, they also do a particularly tasty pizza in an upmarket pub setting.
4/ Beach Burrito Civic is a colourful and busy Mexican restaurant in the heart of the CBD. You can't miss the place, with its bright yellow chairs outside and welcoming and equally colourful interior. This franchise can get very busy on weekend nights, as families enjoy the tacos, nachos and burritos. See here for details.
5/ Family Friendly Pubs are always a top option, with food that all ages will like and a feeling of being somewhere "grown up". Canberra has a number of family-friendly pubs, with George Harcourt Inn (Nicholls) and Kingston Hotel with "cook your own steak", two popular options. See here for a full list. For something a little more mature, try a Gastropub.
6/ Star Buffet is a huge buffet located at the Burns Club in Kambah. If your teenager loves to eat a variety of food, or only specific food, then they will find something to enjoy with the wide array of options on offer. The dessert buffet will be particularly popular! See here for details.
7/ Steak restaurants are another way to enjoy good food, that everyone in your group will enjoy. Here in Canberra, Outback Jacks (Belconnen and CIty) and Hog's Breath (City and Woden) are two popular franchises enjoyed by families and all ages.
8/ Asian restaurants are a speciality in Canberra, with a wide variety of cultures and cuisines to choose from. For a family friendly experience, PappaRich in the city has Malaysian food with photos on the menu so you can see what you are ordering. If you have younger children with you, chicken nuggets and other kids options are also available. If that doesn't appeal, Hero Sushi Train is located just next door. Sammy's Kitchen is a popular Chinese restaurant in the centre of town - make a booking to avoid a wait. Akiba, just down the road, is a modern Japanese restaurant to try and there is a whole road of authentic Asian restaurants in the suburb of Dickson, just a short drive away. See here for details.
9/ The Forage is a family friendly food night market held four times a year in each season. If your teenager enjoys trying different international street food, live music and the buzz of a party atmosphere, then why not check out The Forage held in Barton. Starting at 2pm and finishing at 7pm, these popular markets are enjoyed by all ages - with lawn games for the kids and craft beer and local wines for the adults. Pull up a hay bale, warm yourself up by the winter fire drums and enjoy a different dinner experience in the Capital. See here for the next date. For a full article on The Forage, see here.
10/ Clubs are another dining option for teenagers and all members of the family. Canberra has large Clubs outside the city centre, with the Southern Cross Clubs and Gungahlin Lake Club the two largest. See here for a full list. Underneath the Southern Cross Yacht Club in Yarralumla, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, is also the hugely popular Snapper on the Lake fish and chips for a casual dining option that all teenagers will love.
11/ Rama's Fiji Indian Restaurant in Pearce may not look like much from the outside, however when you walk in on a Saturday night it is packed with couples and families, all enjoying the exceptionally delicious food on offer. The host is friendly as you walk in the door and you will find plenty of other kids and teenagers at other tables with their families. See here for details.
12/ Dessert Cafes are the best way to finish any great night out, after dinner or a movie. In the CBD the most popular ones are Koko Black, Via Dolce Pasticceria and Frugii Dessert Laboratory (Braddon) - all open late and offer something different. Further south in Woden, San Churro is a popular option, especially after watching a movie at the Woden Hoyts down the road. See here for a full list of Dessert Cafes.
Did you find an idea they will like? Enjoy exploring Canberra's family-friendly foodie scene - you may be surprised with what hidden secrets you will find!
Sophisticated dessert dining at Koko Black, on Bunda Street in the city