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“Amazing dessert” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Balcony Bar & Restaurant

The Balcony Bar & Restaurant
Cnr Jonson and Lawson streets | Byron Bay, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
+61 2 6680 9666
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Ranked #70 of 135 restaurants in Byron Bay
Price range: $12 - $38
Cuisines: Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Must do while in Byron Bay The essence of Byron Lifestyle and the eclectic nature of the region, housed in the last historic early 1900's building in the Bay. Simply beautiful Great wine list, cold beers on tap and arguably the best Cocktails anywhere. Tapas available till late every night.
Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Amazing dessert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Looking at the other reviews, definitely a place you need to book. We were lucky to be able to book an early sitting, though there was still a line when we arrived. The cocktails looked amazing but we had to take a rain check on them. Our meals were tasty, a friends steak was the best pick in terms of size, tapas were ok size, provided you were planning to leave room for dessert. And weren't we glad we did. The most amazing dish was on we weren't expecting which was a special f he day - Banana and caramel pie. Doesn't sound that interesting, but the waiter did a great job selling it to us, so we couldn't resist. The pastry was delicate and the flavour was incredible. The only problem was we should have ordered more for the table, instead of the rhubarb and apple crumble - the popcorn ice cream Spoiled it. We were told that they were experimenting with the menu so hopefully they add the pie permanently. Service was fine, they had colouring in for kids and did not rush us out for next sitting. There was quite a lot of noise from the bar though maybe new wait staff who dropped a few glasses? Prices were about the same as Brisbane city - I put it down to being a popular tourist destination.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Slow down!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Booked dinner for Saturday night in late April. Arrived on time, taken to table on the balcony - ask for a table next to the verandah railing as there are two levels of seating - and within 90 minutes were done and dusted. The food was done well and I enjoyed it very much. The pre-dinner drinks and wine during the meal were also good. My only complaint was the frenetic pace of the staff, who were good at their jobs, friendly and on the ball. It gave the place a rushed feel which seems at odds with the general feel of Byron Bay.

Visited April 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Don't waste your money here!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

Here is summary of 'The Balcony' dining experience:

- wait to be seated. 3 separate waiters walked past and said 'won't be a minute'. 7 minutes later - someone finally greeted us and proceeded to our table. (we should have left there & then).

- waited 20 minutes before order was taken down after I flagged down a waitress. 2 tables arrived after us - were served first.

- drinks finally served. I asked the waiter (older guy) if we could have water. Annoyed at the request, he got us water, and advised us 'If you need anything else - ask your waiter -I'm only the drinks waiter!' he was not impressed by the request at all.
Last I checked - water WAS a drink?!

- he came back with a drink my friend ordered & I ask him why he had made the previous comment? From a business perspective - customer service is seamless - you would never say that to a customer. If you can't serve the water - let the relevant waitress know. He wasn't impressed I raised this and with a lot of tone & sarcasm - said 'sorry'.

- waited another 40 minutes for main meal which was fine overall, but rice for paella (a signature dish apparently) was quite gluggy.

- my friends steak and other friends salmon were good.
- the waitress we had was fine as was bill person at the end.

- the staff at the balcony need to realise that customers = money = business = your job. If you don't like customer service - don't work in a restaurant.

I went to Mokha for dinner tonight. Service was amazing! That alone would make me go back there again and never go back to the balcony.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Balconymanager, Manager at The Balcony Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Thanks for your detailed performance report... I know the waiter you mentioned, our oldest serving staff member who has been a waiter for 40 years ( and has actually just turned 70 ) its surprising that you seem to have had a conflict with him, although he is from Chile and can easily be misunderstood, I know he will be devastated that you didn’t enjoy yourself as much as your fellow guests. The Balcony is a large eatery and is difficult to compare with a 30 seat cafe, From a management perspective a 170 seat eatery has a very different dynamic. Perhaps if you tried us again on an off peak night you might enjoy the more subtle delights of our expensive menu and award winning wine list, without the hustle and bustle of a full house.
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Tweed Heads, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Nice place, worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Tucked away upstairs, it's easy to miss this spot. The decor, whilst Asian in flavour, also reminded me of the Caribbean with white wooden shutters and the breeze blowing through palm fronds outside off the balcony.

We chose tapas and it was well prepared with portions you'd expect. The cocktails were exquisite for an Australian restaurant, whilst expensive at $17. Two cocktails, a beer and 4 tapas plates was just over $100 - not cheap by any means but it seemed worth it at the time.

The service was friendly and casual, no complaints considering the relaxed atmosphere.

I'd visit again, maybe for a late lunch next time to enjoy the outdoor balcony and have a couple more cocktails. Considering how hit & miss Byron can be, this proved to be a good choice.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“Great place with atmosphere to have drinks in Byron.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We were recently looking for a place to have a few cocktails in Byron and stumbled upon "Balcony". What a great place to have a few beers, cocktails or a bottle of wine and chill out.

If you can try and get a seat outside on the wrap around balcony itself, where you can watch from an elevated position the hustle and bustle in the street below. It will make make all the difference to your experience.

We went during "Happy Hour" which was useful as Margaritas were A$ 16.90 normally but down to A$10 during Happy Hour but they were excellent. We didnt eat but the table next to us did and the food all looked really good.

Like a lot of restaurants in Oz, this place is not cheap, but I guess at least your getting decent quality and a great setting. It is though difficult not to compare prices in similar restaurants through the US or in fact in the UK and you come away wondering why on earth it has to be SO expensive here in Oz? I know that's a completely different conversation but it is food for thought.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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