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The Royal Oak Hotel

Bar, Pub, Australian
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36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Been coming back here (live around the corner) for a few years - 5 years plus??? The place runs 'hot and cold' on the service front. For a pub restaurant, the prices aren't cheap or even reasonable(2 kids meals/2 adults meals inc 4 adult drinks circa $130+). Went here tonight with my 2 kids on a whim. Nobody seated us.... More 

Thank Lovethefactory
Birchgrove, Australia
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142 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

Congenial local with homely, welcoming feel. Staff remind me of the sisters I never had. Caramelised garlic bread was scrumptious, albeit not conventional. Vampires present no threat tonight, laden with mooshy, sweetness. Wagyu sausages, peas, mash & chutney particularly tasty, albeit the snags looked more like kransky. Heirloom tomatoes with shredded buffalo mozzarella a bit tasteless. The pork ribs were... More 

1 Thank Boodar
Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Had a shocking experience on Sunday night. Arrived at 530pm and there was only one group in the dining area. We were seated and I left my family to settle in while I went to the bar (wife, 8yo and 6 month old). Came back to find we were being moved to kitchen area as a group table had been... More 

Thank oliverschacht
Brisbane, Australia
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64 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

We shared an entree platter with lovely figs, prosciutto, feta, lightly pickled cucumbers, salami and great pate and toast. I then had a juicy, perfectly cooked steak with delicious home made mushroom sauce and great mash. Interesting side dish was peas with feta. Attentive service and pleasant atmosphere. Fairly busy for a Monday night.

Thank SandyV1
Singapore, Singapore
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220 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Friends invited us for a Sunday lunch at the restaurant in The Royal Oak hotel pub, the restaurant is located at one end of the pub it was like being in a completely different place. It's also accessible from the street further down from pub main entrance, on arrival there were plenty of tables and room available. Food range was... More 

1 Thank MVI888
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

I've dined at the Royal Oakes before. Some mates, a few beers, rugby, a steak and red wine. Fantastic, To celebrate my wife's recent milestone birthday, my wife, daughter and I trundled off for a Monday night dinner celebration. The restaurant was about 1/2 full, and the service was both relaxed and attentive. The food was excellent too. Crispy fried... More 

1 Thank Fishbone1101
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We spent New Year's Eve here in a party of 12 friends and family. (31/12/2015). A very friendly, proper pub, with a restaurant attached. The food and service were great, and also very reasonably priced for this very upmarket suburb. Afterwards it was only a short walk to the waterfront park with uninterrupted views to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and... More 

2 Thank David M
Melbourne, Australia
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530 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

I doubt I would have been able to find pubs like this in the days before the internet, unless of course I was really familiar with the area (and as it turns out there were heaps of pubs in Adelaide that I had no idea existed until the internet came along). It is located in one of the back streets... More 

1 Thank MrDavetheSarks
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108 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

We had a 40th in the upstairs area...great where you can have entire level for your own group. A full bar and great canapés to go along with. The staff were nice and friendly. Lots of tables and chairs or couches to relax in and also in an easy to get to location just off the main drag. Plenty of... More 

1 Thank Rowleygood
Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

Ambience great, service ok, food very ordinary. We ordered four separate dishes all of which were either tasteless or cheap cuts of meat. Example was the veal shanks- ' skinny' shanks with a gnocchi that was like polystyrene - likely frozen and re heated. Wouldn't return- balmain is a Mecca of great pubs- and the royal oak is below par.

Thank stephsydney

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Bar, Pub, Australian
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 College Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Balmain
  • Neighborhood: Balmain
  • Phone Number: 0298102311

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Balmain

Neighborhood Profile
Take the ferry to the inner west suburb of Balmain and be enchanted with this picturesque and eclectic waterside area. A stroll down Darling Street will take you on a tour of coffee shops, boutique delicatessens and shops offering wholefood products and organic cuisines. Yoga studios abound, and live music emanates from the hotels at night. As the place where the Australian Labor Party formed in 1891, Balmain has commonly been known for its “working class culture”. It has evolved into a health-conscious heaven with a laid back attitude, offering one of the most vibrant food and bar scenes in Sydney.