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36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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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
Consistently Great Pub Food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
SueDen27
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
69 helpful votes 69 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Sydney, Australia
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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
27 helpful votes 27 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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396 reviews 396 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Service was exceptional at the restaurant. Food better than your average pub food. Ambience was second to none with a crackling fire place.

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Sydney
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I'd read some ordinary reviews about this place but went along anyway and it was excellent. Our party of three all ordered steak, it was cooked as we all requested, servings were generous and we all agreed that the quality was great. It wasn't cheap by any means, $35 for a steak at a pub is pretty steep, but there... More 

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Sydney
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Great local pub food. We had teenagers and a younger child on a recent visit and everyone was very happy with their meal. Steak was apparently decently done and teamed with a glass of red for $18.50 was considered good value by my husband. I had the Shenzhen squid and the beetroot salad and was very happy with both. We... More 

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

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