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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: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Elegant Dining

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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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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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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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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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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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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37 restaurant reviews
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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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Address: 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number: 03 5331 1377
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat

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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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