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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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Today
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Fri 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Good for:
Scenic view
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The best

My girlfriends and I came to Ballarat for the weekend and dined at the outside tables overlooking the lake for our lunch on Saturday. Excellent coffee, good food and a what a great view overlooking the lake, watching the ducks and geese, the odd rowers that paddled past and the lovely surrounds. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Suzy P
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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125 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

My girlfriends and I came to Ballarat for the weekend and dined at the outside tables overlooking the lake for our lunch on Saturday. Excellent coffee, good food and a what a great view overlooking the lake, watching the ducks and geese, the odd rowers that paddled past and the lovely surrounds. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we returned... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

We went to pipers for lunch with out of town guests, two of us got our food and it was a long time before the others got their food, food was cold. The service through the whole meal was terrible and the food not much better. Don't bother.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Pipers is in a great position around Lake Wendouree, food and coffee is also great, unfortunately , I can't say the same for the service. Very slow, even just for coffee, even worse if a meal has been ordered. The staff will inform you that you have a wait of 20 minutes for coffee because they are busy! If there... More 

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Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Pipers restaurant is superbly situated on Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. The building is extremely interesting and the outlook with water birds, swans, ducks etc across to the lake is very restful and picturesque. Pipers is often a very busy hub depending on "what's on" in Ballarat ! Personally I have always been very happy with meals,service and ambiance in this restaurant... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I found this place to have great views food good service there is none. Order at counter and that is it you are on your own from there.

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Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great place to enjoy a meal or coffee with friends after a walk in gardens. Food is good also coffee but the service is very slow

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

I visited this place today for valentine's day lunch. The food took so long and it was not good at all. Really really bad food. I should have just went to mcdonalds. And i asked one of the staff if i could take it home and she just gave us a container without a lid. We're so disappointed. Never coming... More 

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Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Service was attentive but casual. We didn't see any vego food that interested us so we just had a scone with jam and cream each. The coffee was good but the coke was half flat. It would be better to open a new can or bottle of coke for each customer. Sitting outside under an umbrella for shade was very... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I recently had a friend visit from Melbourne & we decided to walk the Lake. Half way around we decided to visit the iconic Pipers & have a beer. No doubt the location is superb. However I must say that is about it. The restaurant was not overly busy but the staff seemed under a fair bit of pressure. We... More 

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Melbourne
Top Contributor
392 reviews 392 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We needed a nice coffee and a breakfast to share. The staff were very accommodating and we shared a Banana Bread breakfast which came with two slices of banana bread, bananas, icecream and a lovely sauce. We were extremely happy with our meal and happily shared it as it was large enough for two.

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?