Cuisine: Beijing, Fusion, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30
Ranked: #3 of 13 restaurants in Canberra

Founded by mother-and-daughter duo, this Beijing-fusion tapas restaurant serves up unique dishes with passion and flair, with a nostalgic nod to the best of Chinese cuisine.

When founder JJ realised most Chinese restaurants in Canberra were Cantonese, she wanted to introduce a fresh new eatery that showcased Beijing’s Hutong (street) food. Her mother, who previously cooked at Parliament House, breathes new life and creativity into traditional Chinese food. Having been taught how to cook by her grandfather, who himself was a chef in China’s Imperial Palace, Nancy delights in creating a sharing menu of time-old and contemporary dishes.

Sink your teeth into a soft peking duck bao (steamed bun), mini Jianbing or enjoy authentic spicy cumin lamb skewers. If you’re going for meaty tapas, try the crispy banana chicken wings, or if you’re hankering for veggies, try their stuffed eggplant with silken tofu - one of the many yummy plates from their vegetarian and vegan menu. Not sure what to have? Ask the friendly staff what to recommend, or order the ‘Surprise Me’ option!

Relax in artist surroundings at this vibrant restaurant, whilst enjoying a fiery cocktail before dinner (all drinks are inspired by JJ’s experience in Beijing). It’s all about the authentic Beijing-fusion tapas-style food at Sanya Bar, found on Lonsdale Street, in the heart of Canberra.

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Sanya Bar
5 Lonsdale Street
Braddon
Canberra 2612

Open Hours:
Tue - Wed: 4pm - 10pm
Thu: 12pm - 12am
Fri - Sat: 12pm - 2am
Sun: Closed
Mon: Closed

Phone: 0421 517 088
Website: www.sanyabar.com.au

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Ranked: #3 of 13 restaurants in Canberra 3
Sanya Bar
Location: Braddon
Cuisine: Beijing, Fusion, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $30

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Food was tasty and service was very friendly! We had tapas-style small plates of food which included bao and dumplings. Highlight was the Eggplant stuffed with tofu and mushroom sauce. Great for casual afterwork dinner and drinks.

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Lauren Fitch

Couldn’t recommend Sanya Bar enough. The food was good but the service and staff were absolutely outstanding. Unfortunately no high chairs so if you’re taking small kids it’s bring your own.

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Fantastic intimate venue with a great range of food and drinks. Friendly staff and attentive service meant we had a great meal where we were able to try some new things as well as munch on some good old classics. Definitely recommend.

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Lin Liu

Food is ok but not great. some food is a bit salty. Interesting environment. Remind me of hutong in Beijing.

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Sunitha Donohue

The staff was extremely friendly.
The food is average but nice atmosphere.

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We enjoyed our dining experience at Sanya Bar. The service was helpful and friendly. The food was outstanding. The beef chips were just delicious. Glad that we decided to order dessert too, as it was the perfect ending to our meal.

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First time trying Sanya Bar and loved the dining experience! Great food, great cocktails, and great service! Would definitely return soon.

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Service was very friendly and food was quite nice too! :) The restaurant is a bit tucked away but adds to the feel. Will go there again!

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Renaye Watchirs

Cool place, kinda quirky. Food wasn't terrific, but service was excellent.

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A cute bar tucked away on Lonsdale St with excellent ambiance. The waiter was very cheerful and the food delicious. Don't miss out on the stuffed eggplant. We'll be back for sure!

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Denise Sutherland

Our second visit, for a birthday celebration. We introduced the rest of our family to the Sanya Bar Experience. We had to get a second order of the beef chips because OMFG GUYS. The 80s sound track, décor, Jackie Chan obsession, friendly staff, and deliciously different noms make this a new family favourite for us. We also really like dining early before the place gets more crowded and noisy. Win win WIN.

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Libby Eichler

Friendly service, weren’t quite looked after, out of preferred drink no options offered. Food creative.

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Ada Law

The staff are really nice, the foods are great and very unique from what we usually had in Canberra. The peking duck baos and the egg burritos are the best. We had deep fried nutella and banana wonton for dessert, it was a special dish but not our favourite. Worth trying!

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This tiny little hole in the wall was the perfect find on a freezing, rainy Canberra night. We were met with the friendliest staff, cosy cocktails and INCREDIBLE food! We had the bao platter, green beans with walnuts and the crispy beef egg burrito. That burrito was so good we ordered a second one!! Definitely worth a visit!

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My friend introduced me to Sanya Bar and it wasn't long until I made my return there- this time with my partner in tow. I spoke about it so often I just had to show him why I loved it so much. It has everything you could want! From happy hour to happy staff! From loading dumplings to loaded walls (full of drawings, photos and even a petition).
If you havent been yet; what are you doing with your life?!

Get down to Sanya and get some dumplings down ya!

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Great.

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Grant Keys

After living in Beijing for 4 years was great to reminisce over some deliciously authentic Beijing snacks in a relaxed atmosphere. Awesome cocktails too!

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Hayley Louise

We had a great experience at Sanya Bar. The food was amazing, the service was top knot, very friendly staff that happily gave recommendations on what we should try. Our food come out quite quickly and we definitely didn’t leave hungry! I will definitely be going back

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Oliver Clayton

Sanya Bar is a great little spot, I’ve been back a few times now and have always received friendly (and fast) service and really tasty food. Get the Bao platter!

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We had a great time at Sanya Bar. We left with our bellies full and moods great. The walls with everyone’s scribbles were very interesting, and kept us entertained through the meal. Definitely recommend Sanya Bar!

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Karen Spedding

Sanya Bar is my go to for a fabulous meal every time! Love the Meaty Bowl of Goodness, and Eddies Porn Balls, and cheesecake balls ... and the best Baos I’ve ever had. Can’t get enough.

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Denise Sutherland

What a delightful experience. The food was so good — different flavours — excellent service, and we enjoyed the Jackie Chan film and signed the petition! We will definitely be back.

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Great night out during week. Good food and nice staff.

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Amber Pipper

Sanya Bar is a little gem tucked along Canberra's Lonsdale Street. The food is the best Asian fusion I have had in this city to date. The modern menu offers a wide variety from traditional dumplings and bao varieties to cheesy sweet potato 'porn balls', a delicious chicken burger and tofu-stuffed eggplant. It is a great choice for the meat eaters and vegetarians alike. The service is always friendly and attentive and the atmosphere comfortable for a small meal for two or a large gathering. I bring all my out of town guests to Sanya Bar and they always leave impressed with the experience. The cocktails are great too and the menu changes seasonally offering good variety. Definitely don't pass this place up!

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Comfortable and sweet atmosphere, enthusiastic staff and a passion for service and food.

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Maddy Marshall

Staff extremely knowledgeable and friendly!
Food came out really quickly and was delicious!
Serves are small and you'll need a few to make it a meal, but you'll want to try as much as you can cause they are all interesting and delicious flavours!
Will be back.

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Trish Mikulandra

Great food. Impeccable service. #jackiechan to Canberra! Need to visit to understand!

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Antony Napoli

Amazing and well worth the visit. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. If the lychee shots don't warm you up, the hospitality and street food will.

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Helen O'Kane

The service was great and the food was absolutely delicious!

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Great food! Great friendly service. They have plenty of options from a pork hock to vegan and vegetarian.

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Very very tasty food (and drinks) at reasonable prices. Great service, relaxed environment for a feed with friends or a partner. Will be back again soon!

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Jess Chen

Really awesome food and great service. only downside was that because our booking was relatively late in the night because of this service, they had run all out of fried chicken and some beef dishes.

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A great meal and very friendly waitress who made our evening. She helped us make some great choices telling us her favourites. We couldn't understand why this place isn't buzzing at 830pm. If you enjoy tapas and a fusion of flavours then this is the place to go!

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Fantastic night! Staff were friendly and awesome. Food was special and awesome. Atmosphere was quirky and awesome. 5 stars all round!

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Ash Ducky

Wonderful experience at Sanya Bar! Awesome food and friendly service.

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Wow Wow Wow absolutely fabulous. Loved every dish . Food was amazing.Service was fantastic. Gorgeous vibe to the bar. Highly recommend trying. We can’t wait to go back xx

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Kathleen Mar

Great service, good food and beer. Great value for the 3 of us with First Table. Perfect for dinner before a movie.

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Madi Harju

We had a fantastic meal and really enjoyed our experience. As people with dietary requirements it’s not always easy trying something a bit different but taking the risk out with first table we were pleasantly surprised to find plenty of options that were so delicious! We will definitely be back.

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Food was interesting and good.
We would go again!

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Crystal McLaughlin

I didn't even know Canberra had a Jackie Chan Bar!
The atmosphere is great, service is great. Food was great, well flavoured, and reasonable serving sizes.
We went on a Monday night which was movie night. Which had an accompanying special, but a restricted menu. I'd advice checking the website to see what's on and if the menu suits you. I would have loved to try the Bao, but unfortunately no Bao on Monday night menu.

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We had a great experience at Sanya Bar. The staff were very friendly and the food was delicious. We originally chose Sanya Bar because I couldn't stop thinking about bao, and they did not disappoint! I can highly recommend the bao platter, as well as the eggplant with tofu and the beans with pork. Also worth a mention is the cocktail list - some hilariously named cocktails which I'm looking forward to trying on a future visit. We will absolutely be back!

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Wendy Atkins

All round a fantastic experience highly recommend

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Tamara Webber

A limited menu on Mondays, however, the food was very good and the cocktails divine!! Staff were very friendly - happy to chat and recommend their favourites. We will be back.

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Really lovely. The manager was friendly and the service from the staff was excellent. Food was great. We ordered from all parts of the menu and weren't left wanting. Would recommend and will be going again.

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Liam King

Great beer garden bar. Modern trendy Chinese bar, felt like Melbourne, great food and cocktail selections at $10 for happy hour. Be back soon guys!

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lovely people lovely food

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Lenore Morris

We loved everything we had, especially the banana and Nutella wontons! We’ll definitely be back soon.

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Amber Pipper

Our experience at Sanya was better than we could have imagined! The food was fresh, full of flavour and beautifully presented. The service was swift and friendly--clearly this restaurant is a labour of love! We loved the variety of cocktails which were delicious (and well priced!!). It was an absolute pleasure to dine at Sanya and we will definitely recommend to others!

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Excellent service, good food, super fast. Nice ambience.

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Samuel Wilson

Really nice experience. Good vibes. The food was yummy. Fantastic takes on originals. Very good.

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