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Central Hotel Bistro

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321 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909, Australia
+61 3 5155 1977
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good45%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (29 reviews)
“mash” (9 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
321 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909, Australia
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Reviewed April 17, 2017

Even during busy Easter season, we could get an excellent meal here, good pub food. Took longer than usual to serve, but understandable due to crowds. A bit more pricey than we expected, more like Melbourne prices. Excellent curried lentil soup, more like a meal...More

Thank Tokyo_Mum
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

Went out on a fishing charter and got the offer to have our snapper fish cooked by the hotel's chef. $15 chips and salad with our fish. Great value and very well prepared. Chicken Parma was great too. Great sticky date and mud cake dessert...More

Thank Ann M
Reviewed April 16, 2017

Clean, well laid out venue (tables not to close together), friendly staff. Food well presented and of high quality, food to table in a timely fashion, menu offers an average range of foods and prices. Wine by the glass or bottle overpriced, 150% over alcohol...More

Thank Eddee101
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Had omeo sausages very nice.. meals came out quickly But found meals is a bit pricey $24 for 2 gourmet snags with mashed spud and heaps of cabbage little carrot though.

Thank Nik U
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Visited the central hotel for dinner with the family. It was Parma night so we had Parma's and steak. We had made a table reservation and when we got up to order we returned to find someone had put another family on our table! Luckily...More

Thank Cenib
AlisonB975, Owner at Central Hotel Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Hello, thankyou for your review. On parma night during the school holidays we have been quite busy, I apologise if you had to wait longer than usual. I am glad you enjoyed your meals and the steak was cooked to your liking. Hopefully we see...More

Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

2 of us went on a Tuesday which is parma night (5 different parmas to choose from). Was quite busy but was also school holidays. Nice room with 2 bars to order drinks from, drink prices are acceptable. We ordered a parma ($18, normally $26...More

Thank jaxonq
AlisonB975, Owner at Central Hotel Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Hello, thank you for your review. I would agree that would be too much for a rump steak, however the steak on our menu is a grain fed Scotch Fillet 300g (not rump which is a cheaper cut) The Chicken parmigiana on any other night...More

Reviewed April 3, 2017

We were a group of 20 people. Neal,the manager, welcomed our group and was accommodating to all our requirements, table set up, and timing for the next evening. Pre dinner drinks, and simple long table set up ensured our dinner started well. The choices of...More

Thank Bob Kerry Caitl... R
AlisonB975, Owner at Central Hotel Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thankyou, what a lovely review! Its great to hear a booking of 20 so happy and well catered for by the staff & kitchen. As a family owned and operated hotel hearing reviews like this make it very rewarding. We have passed on your review...More

Reviewed March 26, 2017

The pama is great and the steak is first class ..... don't order the Japanese tacos if you are starving... the place is good value , we went back for lunch next day, will eat there again next time.

Thank PeterHenryH
AlisonB975, Owner at Central Hotel Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Hi Peter, thank you for your review its great to hear you enjoyed the parma & steak! We look forward to having you dine with us next time you are in town. Cheers

Reviewed March 23, 2017

the meal and service was great. staff were very friendly and helpful. the food was fresh and served quickly

Thank Marlene H
AlisonB975, Owner at Central Hotel Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thank you, we cant ask for more than that! Sounds like you enjoyed your evening, we hope you get the chance to return. Kind regards, Alison

Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

This hotel dining room offers excellent views. Menu includes local seafood and excellent wines from the Gippsland areaMore

Thank Anne M
AlisonB975, Owner at Central Hotel Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thank you Anne, we do try our best to provide local produce by offering local wine by the glass and locally brewed beer on tap also. By supporting local suppliers we are helping east Gippsland stay strong at the same time as showcasing our region...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $37
Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 321 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Gippsland  >  Lakes Entrance
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5155 1977
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The Central Hotel, located on the waterfront of Victoria's Gippsland Lakes, is in the center of town. Enjoy a meal in our bistro which specialises in fresh local seafood and local produce. A regular feature for lunch is the 'Parma & Pot' for only $17.50 in the bar is always popular. We serve local gummy shark with a crispy beer batter and crunchy chips for lunch & dinner so if its great fish n chips your after you are in the right place! During the colder months, relax with a glass of red wine by the original open fireplace. In summer enjoy the view from our alfresco outdoor area and if your lucky catch a glimpse of our ever popular dolphins passing by!
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