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The Royal Oak Hotel

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36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great spot for staff catch ups

This has become our preferred staff dinner venue. Great variety to suit lots of different tastes & preferences. Reasonably priced food & drinks, great decor. Love the desserts.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
BronaJoy68
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This has become our preferred staff dinner venue. Great variety to suit lots of different tastes & preferences. Reasonably priced food & drinks, great decor. Love the desserts.

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Ashfield, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I have been here twice now and the food is great. Both times, however, it took 40 mins to get our food. One of those there were only two tables in the place.

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Bowral, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Have been visiting the Royal Oak for over 10 years and it has transformed into a great dining experience. The food caters for both traditional pub favourites as well as more refined fair. The barramundi was very well cooked, with super crispy skin and tender flesh, although it wasn't very filling. The ribs fell off the bone. Prices for mains... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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129 reviews 129 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

This is our local so we are a bit biased and we take it for granted. Last night we took overseas friends and we saw the whole experience through their eyes. There is a lovely atmosphere in the large glassy area and although family friendly a couple can enjoy a dinner together. The standard menu is excellent but the specials... More 

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sydney
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132 reviews 132 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food was good, staff friendly and catered for children which is a plus for families. Meals were tasty and service was very good.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is one of those institutions in Balmain that is worth visiting. I first came to this bar 20-years ago and little has changed. They are still serving great food in the restaurant and reasonably priced drinks. On our last visit we tried an assortment of food priced around 20 - 25AUD and all were good value for money. My... More 

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sydney
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8 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Since being done up, this pub hits all the right notes. The upstairs refrebishment is terrific on a sunny day. Downstairs in the sports bar, great for a few, or even a punt. The front bar is perfect for the upper class Double Bay. They finally dropped menu prices which are now reasonable, and the food is quite good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Nice staff, nice beer, way overpriced food. If my meal had been under $20 I wouldn't be writing this review. However my friend and I both had dishes that were over $30 and they were very average. My slow cooked lamb was dry and meager. My friend ordered a medium rare steak and received a well done steak sent it... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

At last count there were at least 20 pubs with bistro-style restaurants on the Balmain-Rozelle peninsula. The Royal Oak is up there with the best of them and not just because it happens to be around the corner from me. Maureen, the owner-manager, works hard to make sure the place runs warmly and smoothly, and is often seen waiting tables... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Royal Oak in Balmain has been a local favourite for many years. The dining area is a covered al-fresco style room. It is airy yet cosy, especially in winter when there is a roaring fire. Few places can beat it when the rain is pelting down outside. It is a bit more upmarket than your average pub. The menu... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub

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