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The Gallery Bistro at Craig's Royal Hotel

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10 Lydiard Street South | PO Box 485, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
03 5331 1377
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Dine in air conditioned comfort on a sunny afternoon or under the stars in...
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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    Very good
  • 14
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great old world vibe with amazing modern food

We dined here recently for a friends lunch, five women over five different generations and we were not dissapointed. The oldest at 80+ remembers coming to Craig's as a child, we were all amazed at how beautiful the building was. We enjoyed coffee in the cafe before lunching in the bistro. Great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Ruth G
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Victoria, Australia
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Victoria, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We dined here recently for a friends lunch, five women over five different generations and we were not dissapointed. The oldest at 80+ remembers coming to Craig's as a child, we were all amazed at how beautiful the building was. We enjoyed coffee in the cafe before lunching in the bistro. Great choices of wine and the menu was perfect... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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303 reviews 303 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Craig's Royal Hotel is a magnificent building, representative of the wealth old Ballarat had in its heyday. The bistro is housed in a glass ceilinged conservatory-style room, with marble floors. It's impressive. Impressive too is the food, and the reasonable prices.The complimentary bread and garlic aoli was wonderful. I ordered duck leg and my partner ate the crumbed pork cutlet,... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Food is always good although the choices can sometimes be limited. Not plated with vegetables so you need to pay extra for them which can be annoying. Service is very good. Venue is lovely.

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Upwey, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

What a wonderful setting for our Anniversary dinner. It was a well proportioned menu and the food was fantastic. Price wise it was I would say reasonable for the high standard of food we received. The staff were great and as it was a celebration for us they opened a bottle of Champagne on the house. We had coffee in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

As a party of 7 (including an 11 yr old) we recently celebrated my mothers 75th birthday here and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The food was excellent, covering a good variety of options, prompt and polite service. Although a little on the pricey side ($710 all up) it was definately Worth it for the experience we shared. The building... More 

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Turners Beach, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Lovely heritage building and the restaurant is in a large atrium which unfortunately is very noisy with even a small number of diners in the room. Meal quality was very good but both food and drinks are quite expensive. Service was good but the whole restaurant is not of the 5 star quality it is trying to be

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Shepparton, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It is a lovely setting but I think it would be very noisy when full. Staff were friendly but a bit slow at times. Good variety of dishes and we enjoyed what we ate.

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Ballarat, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Go and then return again! 100% for atmosphere, food and service! Simply go and enjoy! Light and air filled room. Great food choices from a varied menu. A venue I look forward to revisiting. Always enjoyable.

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Melbourne
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86 reviews 86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A group of 12 dined there in early February for a birthday the service was outstanding and the food excellent beautifully presented the birthday cake was a standout A great wine list with some absolute bargains Wonderful experience

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Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Although Urbanspoon said it was 'French', that is not really true. It is 'Australian-European', with a limited set of menu and wine choices. It is however of excellent quality and quantity, both in food and in service. Striving to be a 5 star restaurant it is content to be a 'bistro', but is more than that. Highly recommended.

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 Lydiard Street South | PO Box 485, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: 03 5331 1377

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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