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The Gallery Bistro at Craig's Royal Hotel

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European, Australian, Gluten Free, French
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10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
03 5331 1377
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We dined here last night The food was execellent. Chateaubriand and lamb cooked perfectly, more than enough for 4 people. Sides included duck fat potatoes and a rocket pear salad BUT, sitting in the conservatory we asked if the heating could be turned on as it was so cold. The table behind us was given a little blow heater! It... More 

1 Thank Olaf B
Waco, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

My wife and I had a truly memorable meal here tonight. We ordered Chateaubriand for two. The beef was plentiful and done beautifully and the taste was awesome. All of the accompaniments were terrific, from the potato to the mushrooms, onions, horseradish sauce and more. They also threw in a wonderful pear and rocket lettuce salad. We ordered steamed vegetables... More 

Thank Charles E
Ballarat, Australia
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Beautiful decor and atmosphere. The servers were lovely and ever so helpful. Sadly, the food was a let down. The meals were very heavy on garlic and cheese, so much so that cheese and/or garlic was all you could taste. We had the Duck Risotto and the Gnocchi.

Thank rocknikita
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Walking into the bistro it was not what we were expecting. It was very classy. The food was amazing. The size of my chicken schnitzel was huge and plump. They also have a special menu for the kids even though it's not on the actual menu. We got our daughter the pasta and it was also delicious. We had a... More 

Thank Stephanie R
Nerang, Australia
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312 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We were staying at this beautiful hotel, and it was an easy decision to eat dinner here. We had the osso bucco aranci balls for entrée, but really did not need them as we ordered the 12 hour slow cooked Tuki Lamb (for 2) for dinner, and we were amazed with the presentation of this dish on the centre of... More 

Thank GCPurple
Beauly, Inverness-shire
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147 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Craig's Royal Hotel was a stunning old building and the gallery bistro was a charming setting for an excellent meal. We treated ourselves to the Chateaubriand and it was well worth it and very reasonably priced. The service was very good.

Thank foodfan2
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

What a nice place! Could not fault anything at this restaurant. We had the haloumi and figs and chorizo for entrée. The ocean trout and the duck pie for mains and would definitely recommend those choices. Its a lovely old building done up with a modern twist and the service was great. Will hopefully be back!

Thank Madeline T
Wandin North, Australia
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Thanks for fitting us in between sittings we enjoyed our dinner. Lovely soft but crunchy bread. Three-cheese croquettes to die for, mains linguine marina with the freshest seafood, perfect. Lovely vegetarian gnocchi the only complaint being a hard bitter Brussel sprout . Finished off with perfect panacotta Friendly staff Great Surroundings So glad we stopped in (bit of a contrast... More 

Thank W3ndy4321
gordon, victoria, australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I had the pleasure of taking a friend to this fabulous Restaurant for her birthday treat, and what a great decision it was. Fabulous service, extremely helpful courteous staff who were professional and friendly. The food was amazing, complimentary hot bread, a very tasty entree of Cheese Croquettes with Proscuitto to share was a lovely start to our day. I... More 

1 Thank lozza54
Ballarat, Australia
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135 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

The staff at Craigs offered a lovely fine dining. They offered many locally produced items. We tried a casual lunch of local mushrooms and goat's cheese Bruschetta and a chefs house salad, a sumptuous dinner of a Rocket lettuce local pear and shredded Parmesan and Grass fed Porterhouse steak and Rhubarb Pannacotta, meringue, yoghurt and berries. Vegetarian and Gluten free... More 

1 Thank yummy472

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
European, Australian, Gluten Free, French
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: 03 5331 1377
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?