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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 #13 of 189 restaurants in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Restaurant details
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, Victoria, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Can never go wrong at Craig's . It is really 5 star food and experience, I think a lot of people overlook anticipating it to be really pricey - but no more than expensive ironically than a local wood fired pizza! If you order eggs Benedict, then expect to get a fresh / real hollandaise .. not a packet mix... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I came across Craig's early in the afternoon while exploring Ballarat's streets. The architecture and decor are beautiful. I enjoyed a lovely Pork, Apple & Fennel Pie in the cafe area. The pastry of delicate and the pie delicious. Unfortunately when i returned the following day with a friend with the intent on having the pie again (and taking another... More

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aussie
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We dined with friends who are locals in Ballarat. They chose the venue and we weren't disappointed. Good selection on the menu. The wine list consisted of many local wines and at reasonable prices. Would definitely recommend to friends to visit when traveling to Ballarat.

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Ballarat, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Good atmosphere , food excellent ,waiters explained the menu and were confident . Dined at Craig's royal hotel serval times , have never been disappointed , Sweets are a must :)

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

From the first point of contact waiting to be seated until receiving the bill the service was impeccable. Our waitress Vicki was brilliant, she explained the menu thoroughly and was exceptional in her timing. We were never rushed, nor did we feel we have been forgotten. I had the eye Fillet steak cooked medium, it was one of the best... More

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Buninyong, Victoria, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My wife and I dined at Craig's.we have dined there before and it never disappoints . Great food and friendly service. The pavlova on the desert menu was sensational not discounting our entree and main very enjoyable. Highly recommend this establishment for anyone travelling to Ballarat.

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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The bistro has a glass ceiling so you feel like you are dining under the stars. Food prices are the same as most hotels, but far better prepared and served. There are also pictures and photos on the wall that you can purchase. This is one of the best hotel meals I have had.

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Melbourne,Victoria
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48 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Our family dined at Craig's Christmas Eve and it was a wonderful experience. Having been there on a number of occasions I was hoping the high standards had been maintained and I was not disappointed. Our lovely French female maître de couldn't do enough to make it a special evening and the food was great. We had several dietary requests... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

I love coming to such an elegant place for a meal. It's a pity, then, that all the waiting staff don't know how to smile. The service was adequate but SOOO unfriendly. It wasn't terribly busy the night we were there, so being stressed could not be used as an excuse. The meal ( mine was fish of the day)... More

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Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I have eaten here a few times over the past few years. My early experiences were poor (incredibly slow service) and then I had a couple of good experiences (excellent service as well as good food) which helped me to change my mind. My latest experience was very average, however. The food was no better than OK, with little on... More

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