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The Red Lion

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$$ - $$$
Australian, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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217-229 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5331 3393
8:00 am - 3:00 am
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Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 am
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Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Ate at the restaurant and bar 4 nights out of a 5 night stay, menu has plenty of variety and the quality and quantity of food was ok. The bar area is very popular and did get very busy Friday and Saturday night but the beer was still cold and the dinner was still good.

Thank Phil T
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

In town for 24 hours and this placed jumped out of our trip advisor search.. Good atmosphere, excellent service by Kaitlyn. A good selection of drinks to fit our need, the food was served quickly and nice and hot..

Thank The_Eephant_Trainer
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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203 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I stayed for two nights at the adjacent Soveriegn park hotel and ate here both nights. The food was very good, the portions were very generous. There was a good selection of wines and beers and the staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. Eat / drink here - you won't go far... More 

Thank Nick_Harris
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Waited much to long for a couple of main meals in the restaurant even after talking to manager were there with friends whom also had to talk to manager about delays

Thank Darren H
Rhys S, Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Hi Darren Sorry to hear about your experience in our Leo's Restaurant. I would really like to know more information about this if you could kindly contact myself via email marketing@theredlion.com.au or at the hotel on 0353313393 and ask for Daniel our Operations Manager Would really appreciate your detailed feedback. Kinds Regards RLH More 

Melbourne, Australia
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71 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Has always been a favourite. Its one of the places in Ballarat you can cover all bases. conference, beer garden, café, al la carte and gaming. Meals are always good wherever you have them and the staff are always friendly. Bit noisy in the bar but it just adds to the atmosphere. The al la carte restaurant is quite quiet.

Thank Ollie G
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for dinner while staying in the hotel room attached. Good food so fresh and tasty. Service is amazing. Highly recommended

Thank nana171
Bendigo, Australia
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Catch up with a good mate in Ballarat on the March long weekend .. we were very happy that we chose the Red Lion! The place has had more renovations since last being here creating a boutique style pub which is very welcoming. The staff were fantastic & the food did not disappoint..very delicious!! The sticky duck & back strap... More 

Thank Jellibean73
Greensborough, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic atmosphere, reasonably priced high quality food that came out quickly. Staff very friendly and made excellent suggestions on what to choose.

Thank Ange F
City of Greater Geelong, Australia
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good menu choices for adults and kids. Good gluten free menu and playground. Lots of sports on multiple screens in the bar. Would recommend

1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very poor food. Was extremely disappointed with my meal, had a chicken Parma. It was dry and the crumb tasted funky. Would not have surprised me if the meal was microwaved. The salad had no dressing and was mixed lettuce with one slice of cucumber. Service was nothing to rave about either I might add. Didn't know what the specials... More 

Thank Bridie T
Rhys S, Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Hi Bridie T Sorry to hear about you experience here at the Red Lion. We work hard to serve good food with even better service and by the sounds of it you didn't experience us to our full potential. We did offer you a replacement meal and gave you a full refund for your chicken parma, (which i can guarantee... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $26
Australian, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 1:00 am
7:00 am - 1:00 am
7:00 am - 1:00 am
7:00 am - 1:00 am
7:00 am - 1:00 am
7:00 am - 3:00 am
8:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 217-229 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5331 3393
The Red Lion Hotel is Ballarat's premier entertainment facility with something for everyone. Whether you're after a delicious meal in the relaxing atmosphere of Leo's Restaurant, a spot to catch all the sports and racing action in Simba's TAB, a coffee and cake with friends in the cafe, or a great place for drinks after work, The Red Lion is the place to meet.

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