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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
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  • 6
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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
Good but exspensive.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
AustraliaAnne
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Shepparton, Australia
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Shepparton, Australia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We never expected to find such a great restaurant outside a capital city. We had the chateaubriand and it was one of the best steaks i have ever had in my life. With the meal we had the chef Dianne would not be out of place in a three hats restaurant anywhere in the world. PS for wines by the... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Have been to craigs on several occasions and each time we hope the waitress/waiter was just having a bad night on previous nights. But alas whilst the food may be top notch the service is amateurish at best. The head wait staff are often dismissive and it can be difficult to get an order of drinks in timely fashion. Ensure... More 

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ballarat
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

You cannot go wrong here if you wish for fine dining, ambience, exceptional staff and last but definitely not least, quality food. The chef here goes the extra yard in producing a food experience that has exceptional flavours and food that is beautifully presented on the plate. The summer menu has just arrived and we loved the ocean trout and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I've eaten her 3 or 4 times in recent months...usually part of a private dining group or an event. I have always been extremely impressed at the quality of the food and creativity of the chef. The meals have often stood comparison with high-quality (and usually much higher priced) offerings in Melbourne or in Europe. Serving staff can be variable... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We hadn't eaten at Craig's Royal Hotel for a number of years - after a somewhat lacklustre experience. Heard a whisper that things had changed, so on a whim, we had lunch. WOW. This is now a seriously good place to eat - far and away above "gourmet pub" fare or cafe fare. This food would command much higher prices... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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230 reviews 230 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Craig's Hotel is regarded as Ballarat's most historic and prestigous hotel, with a history rich in goldfield's intrigue. Fortunately, the Gallery Bistro maintains that status. It is exceptional in both the fare it offers and its ambience! Whenever I dine here I have been wooed by exceptional food experiences. Most recently was an exquisitely simple but complex pasta dish, resplendent... More 

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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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