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L'Espresso

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Contemporary
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417 Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
61 3 5333 1789
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7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Thu 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • 107
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 3
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food!

The place is always full of people, and this is already an indication. Very good food, excellent service and good central location.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Stefano A
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Ballarat, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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169 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ballarat, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The place is always full of people, and this is already an indication. Very good food, excellent service and good central location.

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Lincoln
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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

This would have been five stars if the service had matched the food. We were greeted and seated quickly, orders taken and coffees delivered promptly, regretfully the food took a long time coming, but it was worth the wait.

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Melbourne
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

L'Espresso in Ballarat has always been the best cafe in Ballarat and has always served the best coffee in town. I may be biased but I know that L'Espresso's core of long-time patron Ballaratians would concur. As a daytime venue from breakfast through to late afternoon tea it's just a winner. Nevertheless, they do open for dinner of a Friday... More 

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Ballarat
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

"It's a little gem!" It incorporates a very sophisticated record shop/collection and the owner Greg knows his stuff, both musically and food wise. The staff are courteous and unflappable. The menu is limited but diverse ...and quality. Local produce features as well. A gregarious wine list, with excellent coffee. A great place for breakfast and lunch, or to while away... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The cafe is by no means perfect, but the most interesting places often have imperfections hence their character. The first thing you will notice as you walk inside is how dark the dining space is. There is not enough lighting, which is more appropriate if you were having a candlelit dinner. You will be immediately greeted by one of the... More 

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New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This cafe could be my favourite cafe in the entire world. The food has all clearly been made by highly qualified chefs, who understand exactly what they are doing. I would pay to learn how to cook from the team here. The items on the menu all sound devine, and the menu changes appropriately with the seasons. Come to Ballarat... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

There are plenty of complimentary reviews for this cafe. We concur. Great coffee. Great breakfast. Pleasant staff. And, if you are into music by obscure artists, there is a whole wall of CDs to browse (that serve a great backdrop regardless).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Terrific coffee, good food, great fast service. Accommodated our dog without any fuss at all, even brought him out a little bowl of water. Been here a a lot and never disappoints. Best go-to place for breakfast in ballarat, easy.

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

L'Espresso definitely does the best brekkie's and coffee in Ballarat. I enjoy going there regularly before work for brekkie and to read the paper. It is generally very busy and the outside tables are always very relaxing but sometimes it can be very loud and busy inside - which is fine but not the best place if you want to... More 

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Victoria, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

L'espresso is one of my favourite cafe with consistently great food and coffee, a creative menu with many interesting dishesl. Always busy but staff so pleasant, friendly and helpful. Interior is delightfully moody and on a fine day a seat on the footpath watching the world go by is a treat. My favourite for lunch is the prawn pasta cooked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 417 Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: 61 3 5333 1789

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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