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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 #22 of 205 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
Ballarat, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

What a glorious place stepped in history! High quality food, and one of the best serviced venues I've been to

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Singapore, Singapore
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The food quality was superb at The Gallery Bistro. We enjoyed the dinner experience and we were served by a highly trained waitress that explained the menu to us clearly. Great customer service and very polite.

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Lake Forest, IL
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119 reviews 119 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
Senior Reviewer
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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