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36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Hotel in Balmain

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2015
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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 via mobile

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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161 restaurant reviews
249 helpful votes 249 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
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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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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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24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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51 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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  • Address: 36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney

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