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The Gallery Bistro at Craig's Royal Hotel

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10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
03 5331 1377
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A golden history

We had to spend a night in Ballarat for work and decided to stay at Craigs Hotel, a lovely historical building where we had stayed a few years ago. As it was a cold night (what night in Ballarat in August isn't cold?) we decided to eat in at The Gallery Bistro. The room is lovely, quite elegant and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had to spend a night in Ballarat for work and decided to stay at Craigs Hotel, a lovely historical building where we had stayed a few years ago. As it was a cold night (what night in Ballarat in August isn't cold?) we decided to eat in at The Gallery Bistro. The room is lovely, quite elegant and well... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The menu is not overly large but a good range to suit most tastes. I visited a couple of times over a month and was disappointed to not see new items on the menu. just as well the gnocchi was great. The fish was well cooked. Servings were adequate nut not large, ideal for lunch. Staff are excellent and what... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

On a day visit to Ballarat we decided to have lunch at Craig's Royal Hotel as we had heard so much about it. And we were not disappointed. Wonderful atmosphere, outstanding service from Sue and delicious food. This lovely experience was enhanced by the history and beauty of the establishment itself. To top it all off, when I asked to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We had lunch at this restaurant during a stopover at Ballarat. The dining room is large and elegant and we were sorry we didn't have time to stay overnight and experience dinner in these lovely surroundings and stay in the excellent accommodation for a day or two. The lunch menu was extensive and varied and the wine menu is incredible.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Loved being able to book our table online. Disappointed we couldn't view the menu online prior to booking. Excellent food and service but a bit on the pricy side for a family night out. Kids meals were huge in comparison to the adult meals but everyone enjoyed their food. Our waitress Skye was lovely and friendly 10/10 for customer service.

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

After meeting with two friends we were expecting nothing but the best from Craig's. Had heard excellent feedback and spin viewing the menu, was very impressed. Our young waiter's food and wine knowledge was extremely comprehensive and he was very pleasant. Unfortunately his superior was quite the opposite. He was both rude and insultingly r entrees all came out separately... More 

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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We visited on a Friday evening and it was surprisingly quiet. The staff were attentive and there was a fabulous wine list to choose from. Given that it was cold evening we both chose the soup for starters and it was the most delicious soup ever! We then selected the special of Boeuf Bourguignon - again it was absolutely delicious... More 

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

Today I took my mother for a lunch here. We ordered a variety of main meals. Started with great crusty bread and drinks. It was cold outside at 8- degrees but the chicken roast with mashed potatoe and jus a real winter warmer. Beer battered fish and chips and the snapper equally as nice. A great place for reliable food... More 

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53 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Dined here with friends and it was wonderful. My scotch fillet was perfect and the bordelaise sause was delicious. Perfect fries and a side of excellent vegetables accompanied with a bottle of Torbreck Juveniles and the meal was complete. I managed to fit in a lime Panna cotta, yumm. Highly recommended

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Victoria, Australia
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19 restaurant reviews
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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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  • Address: 10 Lydiard Street South, 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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