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The Boardwalk & Cafes - Ballina RSL

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Ballina RSL | 240 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
+61 2 6681 9500
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good46%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“lamb” (10 reviews)
“seafood” (11 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Bar, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Ballina RSL | 240 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Friday night we took visitors to the club for dinner after reading the reviews. The food was sensational especially the bugs. We decided to go again the following night and were disappointed at the flavour and quality of the spaghettini dish as we already wanted...More

Thank SoniaB833
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we arrived the club was hosting a year 12 formal, however despite the large number of people, the service was good and food was served within a reasonable timeframe.

1  Thank WilliamWah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend for a nice lunch on the go. Although it has a cafeteria feel to it, was still a nice reasonably priced meal and staff very pleasant. Excellent view across the water

1  Thank 1_Aussie_Wanderer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had lunch here.The size of the meals were excellent.It was tasty.The staff might learn to smile though.As usual with clubs,when the serving staff were finished chatting to there regulars,You then got the usual unfriendly attitude that seems to prevail in these places

1  Thank 641clivew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is rather large & spectacular for a RSL! Great location on the water & offers reasonable meals. We went to see a show upstairs so it catered for our group well, including storing our left over food in the fridge until we went...More

1  Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered dinner and it arrived within 10 minutes! Not a good sign. I ordered crumbed whiting with vegetables. The fish was John Dory and tastless just like the instant mashed potato. The broccoli was soggy and yes also tasteless and the baked carrots would...More

1  Thank Explore08666691481
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was very good as were the staff. The view of the river and the sunset are incredible so it's also a good place for an afternoon drink.

1  Thank Geoff M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I laughed when I read someone had written the place lacked intimacy..hello its a Club..offering great open spaces and also corners of privacy..fabulous views and member benefits as well as visitor benefits. The restaurant was great and i had a great pumpkin risotto..hardly clubbie type...More

1  Thank Jan W
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Took my Beloved on a Roadtrip from the Hustle & Bustle of the Gold Coast,Boy has Ballina grown up,everything a Family or Couple need to have a relaxing time,had the please of enjoying good food ,great views and I think we even saw dolphins in...More

1  Thank Wholice
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

The food was great however my husband found it very noisy as the staff were cleaning up in the kitchen.

2  Thank Betty W
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Zac B
Dear Management of Ballina RSL, my apologies for addressing you as 'Mark' in my prior question to you. I am so keen to find out about your steak that I slipped up. Anticipating your response, as I have always enjoyed your club until I recently had a steak that was similar in every way to three I've had in the last year - one as a midnight to dawn meal in a cheap Sydney hotel, the other at a Gold Coast Theme Park, then more recently I tasted a relative's steak in his nursing home. They all tasted the same, looked the same, were the same size, had identical grill colouring and the same strange texture. I'm assuming I'm correct because you did not respond to my complaint about the issue when I posted my comments - strange, because you've responded to everyone else. I guess you don't want to admit you are using these pre-fab cheap steaks found in nursing homes!!!, but people with allergies need to know this, as no-one would ever suspect your sneakiness. Awaiting the answer. Thank you.
September 9, 2015|
Response from Ballina_RSL_Club | Property representative |
Hello Zac B, I am very happy to answer all your questions and response to your review of our establishment. First of all sorry for the late reply to your review but I personally wanted to respond to your review as I am... More
Zac B
September 9, 2015|
Response from Ballina_RSL_Club | Property representative |
Hello, I hope that the response given to your following question, answers your inquiry.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $26
Bar, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ballina RSL | 240 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Ballina Shire  >  Ballina
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6681 9500
  • E-mail
Stylish and chic.... inviting, relaxing and comfortable.... fabulous waterfront location … it’s a combination restaurant, brasserie and bistro … all rolled into one … there’s such a vast selection of culinary treats … from gourmet cuisine to wholesome and hearty family favourites … and so much that’s fresh, delicious and affordable!Our 3-time ‘Chef’s Table’ gold medal winners bring you a whole new dining experience … and the emphasis is on quality … quality seafood, salads, pastas, steaks, and kids meals … and we really do have ‘the works’!The menu includes a whole new range of snacks (simple or gourmet) that are also available around the clock from the River Café … and you can enjoy these snacks in any of our comfortable lounge areas … so, whether you’ve settled in to watch the big-screen action in the sports lounge … you’re meeting a business client … or simply enjoying some sunset drinks with friends … we’ve got something scrumptious for you
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