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Eclectic Tastes Cafe & Pantry

$$ - $$$
Australian, International
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2 Burnbank St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5339 9252
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic service, great food & awesome wine list! Jane & her team will look after you. Great renovation 😀

1 Thank JoKemp77
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The coffee is lovely here but such small coffee cups, 2 sips and it's gone. I really miss the atmosphere of the old Eclectic Tastes - their savoury and sweet muffins etc. it's so overpriced and pretentious now.

Thank Jennifer W
Management response:

Thanks for your negative feedback. We offer two sizes for all of our hot drinks. You will find that they are industry standard used in most hospitably venues not using recycled second hand old crockery. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a change! This would now be the best coffee in Ballarat! Service exceptional ! If yoh haven't been here lately you haven't been outbin Ballarat.

1 Thank SuperComputer41
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived and pleased we had made a booking Beautiful service with a boutique beer and dry ginger for my partner This was followed up with the platter for 2 which was perfect for a light lunch We the shared a chocolate desert Thank you for a lovely experience We will be back

1 Thank Lynpj
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are looking somewhere for lunch in Ballarat, definitely give Eclectic a visit - the food is delicious and fresh, the coffee is fantastic and the service is really good. The café isn't overly noisy and that is a plus when going for a lunch, even when full it doesn't seem to be overly noisy. Have not tried their... More 

1 Thank LenandCathieD
Daylesford, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We have driven past this little old corner type shop for a few years but the other day stopped for a peak in and had a lovely lunch. I had orecchiette pasta with crispy pancetta, asparagus tips in a creamy cheesy sauce with soft poached egg in the middle. Absolutely delicious. My husband had the yum cha dumplings which he... More 

1 Thank Anne C
Glenlyon, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

This café was recently renovated and made "trendy." Unfortunately the service was dead slow and the food overpriced. My friend had the scallops - half a dozen small scallops with a bit of asparagus drizzled with a nondescript dressing for which she was slugged $24. I had pear and proscutto on sourdough toast with blue cheese. The toast was extremely... More 

1 Thank Snakewoman58
Management response:

Thank you for your feedback Snakewoman58. Your perspective is definitely not the face to face feedback we receive on a daily basis regarding those popular dishes on our menus, but all the same we thank you for your feedback. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

I had heard that Eclectic Tastes under new management had undergone a transformation. Yes indeed. New decor, new menu and some of the best coffee i have had in Ballarat. Lunch menu showing some modern takes on old favourites like the steak sandwich and BLT. I enjoyed the gyoza and noodle salad, while my dining companion had excellent seared scallops... More 

1 Thank Harry_Melbourne_Aus
Ballarat, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

What a perfect way to start your Sunday! Fabulous Coffee. Lovely service with a great atmosphere. The Eggs Benedict - Very tasty. Lots on the menu to try another time. We'll be backs

1 Thank Merryn_Em
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

Travelled all over the country... Im a self taught barista... This place can make coffee... Most cant... Most only give you warm milk with no flavour... These staff have a coffee passion... Well done... Catch up with you next trip

Thank evilcruiser

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $24
Australian, International
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Burnbank St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5339 9252
Offering more than just your usual café experience, Eclectic Tastes showcases what the region has to offer including local produce, wines, boutique beers and great coffee in a modern vibrant casual dining experience.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?