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We have been continusly serving the best steaks and wine since 1962


Many restaurants have come and gone in Canberra over the years. But in an ever-changing world, there has been one constant for almost 60 years – Charcoal Restaurant.Even with the increasing demand for vegetarian and vegan options, this popular steak house still delivers high-quality steaks cooked to perfection for meat lovers.

It’s one of Canberra’s longest-running restaurants, located in the historic Melbourne Building, and it claims to be the first separate titled tenancy to be built in the building.


The Melbourne Building has been a feature of Civic for almost a century. And for most of that time, so has Charcoal Restaurant. 

Modern, trendy bars and fusion restaurants with the latest foodie offerings surround it, but Charcoal Restaurant is a far cry from most of its neighbours in the Melbourne Building. It’s an old-fashioned restaurant, so don’t expect to find any emerging food trends on the menu and if you’re vegetarian or vegan, cross this one off your ‘to eat’ list. The menu, interior and style have remained pretty much the same since it opened in 1962.

This restaurant is small and narrow with a long mirrored wall, textured ceiling, hanging lamps, padded seats and dark wooden features. Photographs of its history are displayed throughout the restaurant.