First Edition Bar and Dining

level 1/65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2601
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Breakfast
Weekdays - 6:00am - 9.00am
Weekends and Public Holidays - 6.30am - 10.00am

All day dining
11:00am until late in First Edition Bar

Dinner
Everyday
5:30pm - 9:30pm

Room service
24 hours, 7 days per week

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Functions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Veg and Non Veg Mains
  • Corporate Events
  • Cocktails

About First Edition Bar and Dining

First Edition Restaurant & Bar makes Novotel Canberra a popular meeting place for dinner and drinks, conveniently located in the city’s CBD. Located on the first floor, this contemporary Canberra restaurant has floor to ceiling windows and a decor of rich woods and natural earthy tones creating an ambiance that's warm and inviting. First Edition Restaurant offers modern Australian cuisine with a range of delicious meals to choose from,showcasing the very best of fresh local produce. First Edition Bar offers all day dining and is the perfect place for a coffee, a pre-dinner drink or a light meal.

Cuisine: Modern Australian
Dress Code: Smart Casual,Smart Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 09 May 2021

Lovely service, warm and classy atmosphere, the kids meals were generous. My husbands massaman lamb shank dish was superb. I found my spinach lasagna a little too dry but i am pregnant so fussier than usual. It was a good night looking out at the city with delightful jazz music playing.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

The service is always exceptional wine selection is very good and the food is amazing

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 May 2021

We decided to share a Big Breakfast. The only complaint is would have preferred a 2nd bigger plate rather then a small butter plate.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 April 2021

After reading previous reviews I didn't have any intentions of eating at First Edition, however as our stay coincided with a public holiday, our choices of restaurants was limited. After arriving on time for our 9am breakfast booking and waiting 10minutes to be seated, our party of 3 were shown a bench facing a window with the blinds closed! I flat out refused to be seated at a bench - as a family, we wanted to engage in face to face, personal conversations. Once eventually seated, our order was taken promptly and the staff were trying extremely hard to keep on top of things, however it was difficult to ignore the uncleared tables around us. Our order of drinks and food were underwhelming, doing nothing but validating the poor reviews we had read previously. First Nation doesn't get our recommendation and we won't be returning. I have since apologised to my family for taking them there!

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Visited On Friday, 23 April 2021

The steak was amazing and the platter for two we would recommend. Nice place with a small restaurant feel. We had some new waiters who were still learning but hey everyone has to start sometime. We will certainly come back. Also check your booking to make sure you select pm as it defaults to am at the start. 😃

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Visited On Sunday, 18 April 2021

Meals took a long time to be served despite only a few tables occupied.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 April 2021

Great place to eat. Food was delicious.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 April 2021

Service was slow , and there seemed to be confusion , about our booking , even though we had confirmation sms. Because of this , we missed happy hour and wasn’t compensated for it , think it should have been honoured . . Food was a bit on the stodgy side . W

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Happy with our meal

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Visited On Monday, 12 April 2021

Food was really good. Just for that I would definitely come back. On the night we had dinner, service was however well below par. Maybe inexperienced waiter but for a venue like this I would have expected better training.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 April 2021

Service was slow and inattentive. We had to call waiters over a few times. Food was good except for the apple crumble. Try it and you will see what I mean.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 April 2021

We booked especially for the 3 course NGA inspired experience. We turned up to our reservation and were told they had run out of ingredients so weren’t going to serve that menu for us. There was zero communication about this - and they knew well over 24 hours in advance that menu was unavailable. We didn’t travel from Tuggeranong (almost 40 minute drive) to eat overpriced steak in some hotel restaurant. If what was booked wasn’t available, we should have been informed in advance instead of wasting our time.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 April 2021

Very enjoyable evening. Lamb shank was the highlight. Salmon was good too. Friendly service.

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Visited On Friday, 09 April 2021

Two terrific dinners in two nights. Great food. Terrific wine options. Service terrific and appeared to really value the kids with the find a word puzzle.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 April 2021

Booked and arrive on time. No one came to table for 48 minutes to take any order. Chaos. Clearly understaffed. Hygiene practices terrible. Staff rushing, broken glasses and yelling.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 April 2021

The decor in the restaurant is very worn & needs updating. Menu was quite limited. Food quite ordinary.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 March 2021

Meals were good but it took ages for the food to arrive.

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Visited On Monday, 29 March 2021

Meals good but huge delay in receiving the meal.

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Thought I find it is not a time to review anything due to the limitations COVID has placed on establishments I submit this review. The selection on the Food and beverage menus were smaller than previous visits. Yet the menus have a reasonable selection of options. I enjoyed all the meals I had here. The steak and lamb shanks are excellent. Also the breakfast selection is good and made fresh . Service can be a little slow but I am glad the restaurant is actually open and as in most hotels they will employ more staff as it gets busier.

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Visited On Thursday, 25 March 2021

service good, nice food.

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Food good, service was of high stamdard.

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Visited On Tuesday, 23 March 2021

the service and menu is very very good

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Visited On Friday, 19 March 2021

Great Value and a wonderful experience. Extremely well organised and everything ran smoothly. Can't wait for the next one.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 March 2021

Jay was exceptional as he went over and beyond to make our experience a pleasant one

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Visited On Friday, 19 March 2021

Thank you for a wonderful evening. Everything was planned so well and your staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and attending to our every need. The art, food, wine and company were amazing. Truly a night to remember.

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