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The Royal Oak Hotel

36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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249 reviews 249 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

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
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Sydney, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This pub was highly recommended by a local. We tried it twice and were disappointed on both occasions. We had to send the food back both times, and we're not that fussy. just want food to be cooked properly. The nice a pie that sound yummy came still cold in the middle. when it came back the pastry was burnt.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The food is shocking, steak sandwich burnt & very dry and way overpriced! Better pubs & food in the main street of Balmain. Pub is also out of the way and has no atmosphere whatsoever. Everyone at our table had received their meals and finished them, we had to wait another 20 minutes after this for ours, even though we... More

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I have visited this pub on many occasions since we returned to Sydney and always received good service from good staff and good pub food which is good value. Monday night is pie and a pint night and there are other specials on different nights. The trivia quiz is on Wednesdays but for me there is too much noise around... More

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Sydney, Australia
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11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

We visited the Royal Oak through the week for lunch it was very quiet, we enjoyed a good atmosphere, great table service and the food was better than expected for a pub. Surprisingly the food was served to our table all together so no one waited for their meal. If you want to sit down with friends have a quiet... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Went here sat night , service was terrible - rude wait staff, Food was bland and had lamb shanks that were super fatty. Have been a few times over the years and it was always good , wont be going back

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London, United Kingdom
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48 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Seriously lovely food here and reasonably priced. Would definitely go back. In fact I went back again, so twice in the space of my visit. A lovely place to warm the cockles, and a great atmosphere. Not quite the traditional English Pub, but that's ok because this was a very lovely Australian Pub! Great setting to hold a function in.

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