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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great spot for a chilly Winter night

Went here with friends, despite having been told by others of a poor experience at this local hotel restaurant. What we found was a large space with an open fire and other heat sources to keep us warm on what was a chilly night, friendly staff (except for the grumpy, older male waiter) a pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Balmain, Australia
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Balmain, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Went here with friends, despite having been told by others of a poor experience at this local hotel restaurant. What we found was a large space with an open fire and other heat sources to keep us warm on what was a chilly night, friendly staff (except for the grumpy, older male waiter) a pretty comprehensive menu and a reasonable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Himalayan goat curry is amazing and must be tried. Service prompt and friendly. The Oak will be sadly missed when I return to UK.

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sydney
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Don't bother. The service is dreadful and food average. We waited forever for our main course. The glass of wine they served me was tiny. Dissapointing

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

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  • 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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