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Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free, Contemporary
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417 Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
61 3 5333 1789
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Thu 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the prawn pasta. Ok. It was flavourful but the flavours hadn't quite combined. Service was ok. Our water glasses weren't filled often enough. The restaurant had interesting ambiance. It seems you can buy CDs there??? A bit of a mystery. This is a good place in a country city. I know why I live in Melbourne though.

Thank Library flower
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read the great reviews on TripAdvisor so it seemed like a sure thing - and it was. I didn't realise it was more 'restaurant' than 'cafe' in terms of the majority of dishes, so price points more mid-$20s than $15. But who cares when food is that delicious. I had a winter vegetable tart which was one of those... More 

Thank jmw01Australia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not cheap, but not ridiculous. But always on point! The food is so delicious, and the staff are always friendly and willing to help even if you want something off menu(depending what it is). The only thing is there is limited space, so book ahead if you can for any larger parties. The coffee is absolutely lovely! They also have... More 

Thank Rowena F
Echuca, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Caught up with some friends for lunch here and the food was incredible! Gnocchi with osso bucco, pumpkin soup, bolognaise and the steak sandwich were all just amazing! Staff were friendly and nice and cosy to sit in. Would highly recommend to anyone!!

Thank Lenks90
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Table for 1 ~ Service quick & friendly. Even though the place was very full the food and coffee service was amazingly quick and brilliant quality

Thank Jacqueline L
Ballarat, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb Coffee great European atmosphere, friendly staff and reasonable prices. Best breakfast available

Thank Phillip B
Ballarat, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is very popular with the locals. We regularly choose l'espresso for breakfast because the food is always beautiful & the coffee is great. It's very warm & cosy the only downside being it's only a small space & you can feel a little cramped in at times.

Thank JuliePezzutti
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the wife for brekkie yesterday, had a lovely eggs benedict, only bad thing was our coffees came after we got our food.... Both lovely but just like the coffee out first! Been before and we will come back.

Thank Chris G
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't usually write negative reviews but we were so disappointed with this place. We went here because from our research it was highly recommended and it said the locals loved it so we thought it would be a lovely place for our first breakfast in Ballarat. We were so wrong. Though the staff were lovely and as we booked... More 

1 Thank BekBrisbane
Ballarat, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Guaranteed a great coffee every time. Food great as well. Service is always with a smile. The atmosphere is warm and fuzzy. A great place to meet with friends and grab that coffee or a nice glass of wine.

Thank PhylandMays

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 417 Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: 61 3 5333 1789

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