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Pipers by the Lake

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403 Wendouree Parade | Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
03 5334 1811
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Fri 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great spot.

It is lovely to sit outside on a nice day and have afternoon tea. The restaurant overlooks the Botanical Gardens on one side, and the lake on the other. It is a very relaxing spot to stop for a cuppa and a cake!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
suea-melbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
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  • Scenic view
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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It is lovely to sit outside on a nice day and have afternoon tea. The restaurant overlooks the Botanical Gardens on one side, and the lake on the other. It is a very relaxing spot to stop for a cuppa and a cake!

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Wallan, Australia
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Really nice food and ok prices in beautiful surroundings. The seats at the east side look over the lake and on the west look towards the Botanical Gardens. Nice and warm in winter and a regular haunt for me when visiting.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Meal was ok, but service all done at counter and then you're left to your own devices. Lake outlook lovely!

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Cairns, Australia
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Wendouree lake is the most popular place to do your exercise. When the time you feel exhausted and thirsty, this cafe stand out in front of you. And you can wether order some water or soft drinks or coffee. Never had dinner or lunch thee before, but didn't hear any bad comments of this place from friends. Great location.

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Melbourne, Australia
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Breakfast was just eggs, bacon and white bread. Nothing special; but the coffee was excellent! Would highly recommend for a relaxing coffee with friends by the lake. Staff were friendly and the restaurant was very clean.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Have only ever eaten lunch or coffee and cake here and have not ever had a bad experience. Staff are really great. I'd like to say thanks to Tessa who was just a gem. Food is yummy and the lemon meringue that you serve is just impeccable. Well done guys!!

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Frankston, Australia
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

A cold drizzly day with friends in Ballarat..what could be better than luncheon at Pipers with a warm sumptuous meal and lots of reminiscing amongst dear friends Looking forward to return

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Malvern, Australia
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My daughter & I came for morning tea. Dirty table, the last customers' plates, cups & crumbs still in evidence. You have to order at the counter. Waiter was very passive aggressive, terse & unhelpful as to what was available. Took 20 minutes to be served indifferent flat whites & a reheated, stale scone with a hard crust. Had to... More 

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Portland, Australia
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The food is excellent here, visited a few times and the service is always great and the menu choice would suit just about anyone and not overpriced. The meals are generous and well presented.

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Melbourne
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Delicious breakfast with a view over the lake. Our young kids were well catered for with highchairs available and food they enjoyed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 403 Wendouree Parade | Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: 03 5334 1811

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?