Cuisine: A La Carte, Mediterranean, Share Plates
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #4 of 12 restaurants in Canberra

Ignite your taste buds with the flavours of the Mediterranean at Podilato!

Inspired and influenced by Greek, Spanish and Italian cuisines, Podilato uses local ingredients to create a delicious and varied menu. From traditional tapas to fresh pasta and antipasti, their award-winning chef ensures each plate is packed with flavour - leaving you to mop up every morsel with their freshly-baked bread!

Seafood-lovers will salivate at their selection of just-out-the-ocean dishes (try the grilled octopus), whilst their famous gluten-free pork and crackling will please any meat-eater. There are plenty of tasty vegetarian options too (two words: Manchego croquettes), and if you’ve still room for dessert, be sure to treat yourself with their lemon cheesecake and marinated strawberries!

A Mediterranean incarnation of Canberra’s much loved Italian restaurant, Bicicletta, diners at Podilato can expect the same exceptional quality of food and friendly service. Be sure to pop by and see what all the fuss is about, found on Northbourne Avenue.

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Podilato
219 Northbourne Avenue Turner
Canberra 2612

Open Hours:
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10am // Sat - Sun 7am - 11am

Deli: Mon-Fri 6:30am-3:00pm

Tapas: Mon-Sat 3:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner: Mon-Sat 6:00pm-9:30pm

Phone: 02 6112 9200
Website: www.podilato.com.au/about/

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Podilato
Location: Canberra CBD
Cuisine: A La Carte, Mediterranean, Share Plates
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Susannah Boer

Food was great, though a lot of garnishes involved fetta, and I would have appreciated some variety. As we got the Spartan Feast, which involved multiple courses we were forgotten half way through and then rushed through at the end. We did feel low priority. Decor was lovely, location good.

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Lesley Hilder

We had a 2 person banquet which was lovely. Plenty of food and a nice variety. The desserts were amazing and definitely worth another visit. The staff were very friendly and attentive. It was difficult to find and is in the Mantra building on the 1st floor. Parking is also hard to fin. There is some in the Mantra carpark.

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Great unrushed meal despite them being unexpectably very, very busy. We had the Spartan Feast and enjoyed every course. Plan on returning.

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My companions and I all enjoyed the delicious food, my steak was cooked to perfection, the jus however was a little thick, more like a gravy but still delicious.
I’m in agreeance with a previous review made, ‘the attentiveness of the wait staff could be improved.’
Only drawback would be, and this is not the fault of the restaurant but what limited parking is available is costly.

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Aimee Brodrick

We had a great experience at Podalito using First Table.

This was the first time using First Table and we expected the staff to not be aware of the discount, or have to ask for it (which we hate doing), but we didn't have the mention it once, and our service wasn't impacted by getting such a good discount either. We arrived on time for our booking, and were not rushed through our meal at all as we watched the sunset from the balcony.

As for the dining experience, the staff were so accommodating and able to answer all our questions. We ordered the banquet for two, which we were surprised was available with the First Table discount. The food was exceptional, especially the Mushroom Arancini and the Chocolate Semi-Freddo dessert.

Highly recommend Podilato for their service and food, and we will of course being using First Table many more times in the future!

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Great service. We especially enjoyed the mussels and giros. And the semolina dessert was excellent.

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Gleana Frost

What a fabulous find! Great food and great service! We had the banquet so no need to decide what to eat and could not have chosen better! I'll definitely be back with the family and my friends will rebook too! Fabulous find, thank you!

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Nice food in a pleasant setting. Service was good and we enjoyed our meal.

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Bec Cotton

Steak was cooked just as I asked, food was quick to come out and the service was good. All things you want when dining out.

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Great experience, wonderful food and wine! Attentiveness of wait staff could be improved, but when flagged they were very friendly and helpful. There is also no free parking available at the building, which is challenging. Overall, we would come back to this restaurant.

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Nice venue and good atmosphere. Service was excellent.

Some of the entree definitely interesting, like the chorizos and watermelon salad.

However the mains were average and a dampened the whole dining experience a bit.

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We were there for dinner with our kids. We were warmly greeted when we arrived and the waitresses were attentive through out our time there. We ordered the mussels for entree to share and the chicken and beef dishes for the main meal. All were cooked well but all 3 dishes we both thought was overly seasoned. It was so salty that we didn't finish our meals.

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Tasty food with great flavours! Also very good service throughout the entire evening.

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Food well presented and good service.

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Henna Chhabra

Good food with excellent service. The best lamb gyros in town.

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Henna Chhabra

I absolutely love the wonderful service. Super friendly and warm welcome which tops off the good food the restaurant serves. Keep going back for more.

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Fantastic food. Great service. Well priced drinks. Will definitely go again next time in town.

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Lovely food, especially the traditional Greek sweets. Portion sizes were tiny though.

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Enjoyable restaurant. Good food. Attentive staff mussels are superb. Will return again

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Kate Dean

Great food and lovely staff. Very relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.

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Kristy Mantle

Amazing. First time using First Table. Staff were wonderful and so accommodating. I am gluten intolerant and the other two people I was with arent. We did the spartan banquet (very yummy) and the chef went out of his way to change a couple of the meals just for me. Food was delicious. Definitely go back again. Restaurant has a great atmosphere too.

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Maria Corujo

Dinner at Podilato was a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely delicious, from preparation to presentation, very pleasing. The staff were very accomodating and helpful (all done with a smile). Loved it all and want to come back soon.

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The welcome was warm, the service staff attentive and the food delicious. We both enjoyed the crunch and flavour of the mushroom arincini. My semolina film was equally as delicious.

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Libby Eichler

Food was nice and the service was adequate.

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Sunitha Donohue

Food is lovely. Recommend tuna if you like raw fish. It’s very fresh and tasty.
The staff is friendly and the service is good in general.

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Peter Vels

Not the first time I'd been here so I knew it would be good. Had a large selection of smaller plates from the menu, and loved them all. Will definitely return.

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Ella Boyle

Delicious food and amazing service!

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Podilato is a cafe attached to the hotel with a simple but comfortable setting looking out to the main road. There was a limited but good range of food. Service was friendly & efficient.

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Henna Chhabra

I have dined at Podilato many times now and the food just keeps getting better and better. The beef cheeks are bite size goodness you cannot resist. And my personal favourite is still the gyros and the creme catalan. Definitely going back to have more soon.

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Ira Chaudhri

Dinner was great and the staff were exceptional too. They gave us great advice on the wines, let us try before choosing a bottle to buy and were happy to make minor adjustments to the menu to suit our group.

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Had a really good time at Podilato. We enjoyed the banquet that we went home with food babies!

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We had the Spartan Feast banquet and it was fantastic! Each serving was beautifully prepared and brought out at just the right time. We will be going there again!

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Great food and service. Surprisingly busy and popular for a restaurant in a hotel

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Kate Dean

Very friendly helpful service. Good quality tasty food with decent serves. We went away very satisfied.

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Enjoyed the Spartan Feast at Podilato. Delicious and very generous amount of food. Service was great- really attentive to our kids which is always nice.

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Staff were very friendly and the food was decent. Overall, great ambience and great service. Thanks!

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Lovely restaurant. Great seafood. Nice warm ambience. Will return

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William La

The Mediterranean food was generally tasty though most dishes could have done with a bit more seasoning.

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Natasha Sewastenko

Wonderful dining experience with informative waitress. Thankyou will return!

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Henna Chhabra

Great food and service with a smile. Will definitely return try more food items from the menu

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Carlie Connochie

Wonderful experience at Podilato - the food was delicious, the service was friendly and prompt. We shared five plates from the menu and it is hard to pick the most delicious. I will be back.

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Megan Wilson

Service was amazing. Very difficult to find as the entry was not on northbourne but on the parallel street. Parking on the street or under mantra hotel.
We shared tapas. Nice flavours but skimpy on the meat portions which meant we left hungry.

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Excellent service. Loved all the food, apart from the beef cheeks which were a bit mushy for my liking. Bonus that they have happy hour drinks 5-7 on a Friday too!

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Jordon Lima

We enjoyed the degustation menu on Wednesday night and everything was excellent! Only disappointed by the fact that we were full before the chorizo came out. Had it the next day for lunch and it was still delicious!

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Ilise Girvan

Excellent service and very good food

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Jo Wood

Thank you for a wonderful dining experience we all loved the food and the service was excellent. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Vanessa Clark

This was our first time at Podilato. We had a bit of trouble finding it at first - tip, head upstairs to Mantra reception and it's to the left. We had the banquet and it was delicious. I especially enjoyed the mezze platter we had to start. Overall, it was a generous amount of food for the two of us and was exciting to try a variety of dishes. The service was excellent as well, very friendly and helpful staff.

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Lovely experience. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. We will be back!

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Henna Chhabra

I like the look of the new menu as it has some great dishes on it. My favourite was the gin cured salmon. And the crème Catalan from the dessert section is so refreshing, perfect ending to the meal. I would love to go back and try more from the menu

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Great food and great service! Pricing was also very reasonable.

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