The inside seating area is spacious, some tables with window views all the way up to Anzac Avenue. The outside area in particular is a highlight, with large umbrellas, full sun in the middle of the day and views over the veranda to the front of Parliament House and up to the War Memorial.
Queens Terrace Café is run by the InterContinental Hotels Group, which explains the high level of hospitality, uniforms and impeccable service.
The menu is surprisingly reasonable, with breakfast prices ranging from $7.00 for eggs on sourdough toast, to $14.40 for Eggs Benedict on sourdough toast with spinach and smoked salmon. Breakfast is served between 9am – 11am daily.
Light lunch prices start from $5.80 for a filled croissant to $12.50 for Lasagne and salad. If you are after something more substantial, lunch menu items include soup, dip selections, gourmet pies and chips, fish, marinated sirloin steak, grilled chicken burgers and salads, with prices ranging from $8 - $18. There is a good selection of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free items on their menu. The Café is licensed, so you are able to enjoy a beer or wine with your lunch.
Lunch hours are between 11:30am and 3pm.
Light lunch options, as well as a good selection of cakes, scones and slices.
Our Daughter Miss Four was excited with the cake and slice selection and chose the banana bread, which was delicious toasted. Although the Café doesn't have kid sized drinks available, they do a thick milkshake that was filling for both of us. The staff behind the counter were chatty and welcoming to Miss Four, offering her a marshmallow and pointing us in the direction of the colouring in and crayons that we could take to our table.
The Queens Terrace Menu has a children's menu (titled "For the Young Adults..") with a variety of kids meals for $8.60 including (at the time of writing) mini beef pie, dino nuggets and chips, fish and chips, Pasta Napoli – all served with salad. For dessert there are chocolate sundaes for $6.90, if they have room.
Afterwards, take the kids up to the roof (using the lift at the far end of the level as you exit the Café) for a spectacular view from underneath the flag and a run around, and then out the front of Parliament House for run and splash.
Our family has now found a firm favourite in our search for Canberra's "family friendly" Cafes. With a relaxed environment, good food and plenty of seating, this Café is a lovely way to spend some time. With so much to see inside Parliament House and this scenic Café, you could easily spend a whole morning here enjoying the building and rooftop. If you have your kids with you, they will enjoy the weekday stream of school kids walking around Parliament House (but not in the Café!) and the open spaces to run around outside.
With so much security getting into Parliament House, you couldn't find a safer Café in Australia.