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The Gallery Bistro at Craig's Royal Hotel

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10 Lydiard St S, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
03 5331 1377
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Melbourne, Australia
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272 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Our visit to Craig's Hotel was by recommendation from the Ballarat Art Gallery staff. We were very impressed, from the entry through to the "Conservatory" type restaurant. Staff efficiently greeted and seated us, then explained the menu choices. We chose the 2 course menu with wine, firstly the suggested wine was delicious and the waitress was obviously listening to our... More 

Thank ChezmossAustralia
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

this is a beautiful historical setting for dinner. modern meals excellently presented. staff were attentive and very friendly. nice bar to have a drink.

Thank Kerry K
Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gourmet style, fresh local ingredients, beautifully cooked and presented professionally. Generous serves with all the dishes. Excellent knowledgeable and friendly service with the cuisine, and also helpful advice from the Sommelier. The local red wine was really enjoyed with the mains chosen. Hahn Light beers were delightful. We enjoyed a special family dinner last Saturday night at Craig’s Royal Hotel... More 

Thank angeloandream
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Make sure you come hungry if you are planning to order the 12 Hr lamb for 2. It was Devine and really soft and tender. The duck fat potatoes that come with this meal are really good too!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

The food looked and tasted amazing, loved the marinara linguini and the pork dish was superb. Service was also great!

Thank Grace S
Warrnambool, Victoria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

It appears the staff are untrained. From bizarre requests regarding what we would like to drink, to forgotten drink orders, missing cutlery and meals coming out half an hour after the first meals had been delivered. The service, whilst initially fine soon degraded to rude, presumably as the restaurant became busy. The meals were fine, but not in keeping with... More 

Thank chocbudda
Croydon, Australia
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

breakfast was included with our stay. Included cereals & toast as you would expect but also included plunger coffee, poached fruits, fresh fruits, pastries, croissants, cheeses & hams, delish

Thank Milligate
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

I went here for a business dinner in August. The venue is lovely with glass roof, chandeliers and exposed brick. We had the pork belly and oysters for an entree and seafood pasta for main. The oysters were delicious and very fresh but the other dishes weren't great for the price. The waitresses we're very attentive and knowledgable.

Thank AATWCanberra
Ballarat, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

After a short period where Craig's seemed to go slightly off the boil I was delighted to have a great dinner there recently. We had the Chateaubriand - and it was absolutely delicious. It came with a potato mash (perhaps a little salty for my taste) a wonderful pear and rocket salad, mushrooms and bacon that were in a sauce... More 

Thank matilda582016
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, Australian, French, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Lydiard St S, 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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