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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 #20 of 216 Restaurants in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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 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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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
191 reviews 191 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We booked here for a special birthday dinner on 8th October 2014 and it was perfect, the meals were delicious, the desserts impressive and the service was perfect. Our lovely waitress - sorry wish I could recall your name - was attentive, friendly and smiling and I can't praise her enough. It was a special night for me as I... More 

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Melbourne
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Over the years since this restaurant opened I would say I have been a regular diner here. Unfortunately I have seen this restaurant go from "top notch" after the opening to very mediocre within the last few months. Service here is now the worst it has ever been! (Rude indifferent staff, not acknowledging of a regular diner). The reason I... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This venue is conveniently located in Ballarat city close to railway station and public transport. This venue is well restored. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The food is very high quality and the menu is simple and easy to choose. There is a large gaming room with a large range of machines.

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Brisbane, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

We went to this beautiful restaurant for a birthday dinner and we were not disappointed. We were enough people to order plenty of food to try so we were lucky to sample nearly everything they had to offer! Having said that, the portions were big so we, sadly, couldn't finish everything. The highlights in the Entree was the Cured kangaroo... More 

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Address: 10 Lydiard Street South | PO Box 485, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number: 03 5331 1377
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat

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