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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: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 12
    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
Pay for the view but enjoy the food

Pipers has had its hiccups in the past but in the last year or two it has really lifted its game. The staff are generally friendly and can be very helpful. Orders are hot and fairly quick unless it is packed to capacity. I have always found the food to be really tasty. Local magpies will swing by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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Ballarat, Australia
Good for:
  • Scenic view
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Melbourne, Australia
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139 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We have visited Pipers on numerous occasions over ten years either as a couple or now and again with our young grandchildren. The service has generally been excellent and staff cheerful and when not too busy have time for a chat. It does get quite crowded at times, especially in fine weather and special events in the city. There are... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Pipers has had its hiccups in the past but in the last year or two it has really lifted its game. The staff are generally friendly and can be very helpful. Orders are hot and fairly quick unless it is packed to capacity. I have always found the food to be really tasty. Local magpies will swing by to have... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Pipers by the lake has got to be the best located restaurant in all of Ballarat. With the lake on one side, and the botanic gardens on the other, the view is simply incredible. The restaurant itself has a nice, quiet, peaceful atmosphere - you could spend an entire afternoon here just chatting to friends or family. The food is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

With a location between the wonderful Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree in the historic city of Ballarat this restaurant is a great choice for a meal. Service was excellent and the menu offered an adequate range of most palatable fare at reasonable prices. Appeared to be a good place for a family get-together. No hesitation in recommending!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Food and service were top class. The staff were attentive and made our dinner an awesome experience. The location and views also added to a great night. Meals were not expensive and were well presented and they tasted great.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Open windows @ each end. One viewing the lake the other the Botanic gardens. Traditional decor. 100%

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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

My family and I were very disappointed in our lunch at Pipers. While the location (by the lake) and appearance of the building of this restaurant are very inviting, the service is terrible, servings are small and food is over priced. Given that main courses exceed $30, I was astonished that you had to walk up to and queue at... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The scones are too doughy and the muffin was not what they described what was in it. Felt overpriced and that they were milking it for the location.

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Breakfast by the Lake on the outside deck on an autumn day ... just lovely. Old architecture and modern dining go hand in hand here. Not expensive for the lakeside position and service. e.g Fruit bread x 2 slices, butter and pot of scrumpous jam $7.99. Coffee $3.50. Wish I could do this every day.

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Adelaide, Australia
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47 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We had lunch at Pipers on Easter Saturday, and the place was packed, with a couple of large groups. The good: nice setting, friendly staff, food was nice. The not so good: the noise was incredible! Wooden floors, no soft furnishings, made for difficult conversation. Although the food was nice, the place appears like a restaurant, with prices like a... More 

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Additional Information about Pipers by the Lake

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

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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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