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The Royal Oak Hotel

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36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
0298102311
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Middle of the pack

This is a lovely venue that doesn't quite live up to its potential. The food is hit and miss, as is the service. Some of the dishes are great, such as the veal shanks and the goat curry. But others are perplexingly ordinary, including an overdone sirloin with an indistinguishable sauce. The drinks... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Ambience great, service ok, food very ordinary. We ordered four separate dishes all of which were either tasteless or cheap cuts of meat. Example was the veal shanks- ' skinny' shanks with a gnocchi that was like polystyrene - likely frozen and re heated. Wouldn't return- balmain is a Mecca of great pubs- and the royal oak is below par.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a lovely venue that doesn't quite live up to its potential. The food is hit and miss, as is the service. Some of the dishes are great, such as the veal shanks and the goat curry. But others are perplexingly ordinary, including an overdone sirloin with an indistinguishable sauce. The drinks included with the kids' meals never did... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

the Royal Oak is a must on a cold winter's evening. The warmth comes from the great food, the fire, the friendly staff and the happy diners.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The food was good but it just missed the mark I admit I am on the search for a decent fish and chips and theirs was OK, the chips were crunchy (however they were the reconstituted potato kind with flour on the outside - so no good for GF people if eating other meals with chips) the fish - Flathead... More 

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

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: 0298102311

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub

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