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The Gallery Bistro at Craig's Royal Hotel

10 Lydiard Street South | PO Box 485, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
03 5331 1377
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Ranked #23 of 201 restaurants in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Dine in air conditioned comfort on a sunny afternoon or under the stars in the evening. Serving Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a spacious light filled glass roofed conservatory in the historic courtyard of Craig’s Royal Hotel. The perfect place for informal dining. A fine selection of beverages featuring the best of local, regional, Australian and international wines is available - with many by the glass and priced to suit the everyday diner. Open for Breakfast from 7am and lunch and dinner every day of the week. Reservations are recommended - Phone
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Dine in air conditioned comfort on a sunny afternoon or under the stars in the evening. Serving Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a spacious light filled glass roofed conservatory in the historic courtyard of Craig’s Royal Hotel. The perfect place for informal dining. A fine selection of beverages featuring the best of local, regional, Australian and international wines is available - with many by the glass and priced to suit the everyday diner. Open for Breakfast from 7am and lunch and dinner every day of the week. Reservations are recommended - Phone
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English first
Lake Forest, IL
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119 reviews 119 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This glass roofed area blends well with the historic nature of the hotel. Food was great and service was attentive and fast. Tables are not crammed together so it is a comfortable place to meet and talk over any meal!

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Melbourne, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

While not cheap, this place delivers good value and high quality food. The venue is a beautiful atrium style room built into a stunning old hotel. The staff friendly and knowledgable helped make this place a delight. We had a 3 course meal and a bottle of wine - $180 dollars but well worth it. We both had fish and... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

The Craig's restaraunt is one of my husband favorite places to eat. We went there yesterday lunch time and he ordered three courses consisting of the soft shell crab for entree, snapper for lunch and pavlova for desert. I had a very delicious chicken dish with creamy mash. I'd describe the Craig's as fine dining, but with ample size dishes... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I agree with 'Underwhelming', the food here was well below par. We ordered different fish meals, mine was overcooked and rubbery rockling, my partners fish parcel had a really strong ammonia smell so not fresh. I don't mind paying for food that is worth the money but this was definitely not. Avoid the tarte tatin, it is a massive serve... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We were in Ballarat over the long weekend and decided to go to Craigs for dinner. Whilst the food and wine were both great, the service provided by one of the waiters was terrible. He appeared to be the more senior waiter - yet his behaviour was rude, arrogant and I would go so far to say, passive aggressive. We... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We had dinner at Craig's. The food was good, very generous portions, great presentation. Whilst some of the waiting staff were great (the younger ones) there was one waiter that was extremely rude! I actually wouldn't go back there because of him. I'm not sure why someone like that is working in such a high potential establishment. I wouldn't risk... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

To be honest I don't know why this restaurant is rated highly. The menu appears to suggest fine dining however the surrounds are very underwhelming. The food is also average, I had the duck and feel I could have done better, and that's not a good thing! Won't be back.

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Ballarat, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Gallery Bistro in Craig's Royal Hotel combines the grandeur of a truly Royal hotel of 150 years service with a modern but elegant presence. The glass roof allows a bright atmosphere and this is equally matched by 5 star service and menu. This is a place you take friends and family for a memorable meal. Cannot fault this Bistro... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The Gallery Bistro at Craig's was a great experience. Four of us enjoyed dinner there during the Ballarat Heritage Weekend in May. The group ordered the Moroccan Lamb, the duck and the gnocchi. Each course was well presented and full of flavour. I loved the Potato and Beetroot gnocchi, the caramelised walnuts added that wonderful sweet crunchy touch! The Moroccan... More

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Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Can never go wrong at Craig's . It is really 5 star food and experience, I think a lot of people overlook anticipating it to be really pricey - but no more than expensive ironically than a local wood fired pizza! If you order eggs Benedict, then expect to get a fresh / real hollandaise .. not a packet mix... More

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