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Riverview Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free
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29 Birchgrove Rd, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This pub has a good feel if an old school British pub, with pints on the menu and a bar at the centre. Even though it was cold and damp outside it had a warm atmosphere that would make you go back again. The food was great and the beer selection would quench a thirst.

1 Thank James B
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pub downstairs was busy with live music and great atmosphere. We ate at the restaurant upstairs. Small menu but great food. Great local pub.

1 Thank Andrew H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the food and the great selection of beers especially the Hard Yards Golden Ale. Friendly staff very happy to help and a great mix of locals and visitors enjoying the atmosphere.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a traditional pub with a amazing view from Parramata River. Its located in a quite steet, but is pretty cool to enjoy the original style life Aussie. The bar has a lot of beer from Austrália.

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

Good to see a pub with an old style horseshoe shaped bar. Good large restaurant up top. Open fireplace below and a few flatscreens for sport. Couple of interesting craft beers and good bar food. At its best in winter.

2 Thank Adrian C
Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a Sunday roast on a chilly winter's day. Unfortunately we did have to wait an hour for our roast, but the manager and staff were very apologetic, with the manager organising a complimentary drink. When the roast came it was absolutely delicious. Such depth of flavour and so succulent, definitely worth the wait. Wow! I will definitely be... More 

Thank Tottydownunder
Birchgrove, Australia
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142 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome local with very strong buzz, congenial atmosphere, cozy fireplace, and the place was full. Bar staff very attentive. Pizza selection is awesome, like nowhere else. The "Chook on Fire" my fave. The tapas also delicious, particularly the chorizo and Barramundi skewers, and the croquettes scrumptious. The coconut rice pudding with toasted seeds and roast quince was reminiscent of your... More 

1 Thank Boodar
Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

We were in Balmain a few weeks ago and were looking for a good Sunday roast. This place had pretty good reviews so we thought we'd check it out. I had read somewhere that they had a small courtyard and it was a nice day so we thought it would be nice to sit outside. There were two guys behind... More 

Thank Kimmiidoll_kim
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

I have visited The Riverview numerous times and I have never been disappointed. My friends and I like to have a few drinks here before heading out when we are in Balmain and often have food downstairs which is always yummy. I have eaten in the restaurant upstairs which is a different dining experience. There is a relaxing & comfortable... More 

1 Thank Pheona L
Sydney, Australia
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

After my first visit to the Riverview I knew it wouldn't be my last. From the welcoming service across the bar to the very end when I was leaving i couldn't have fault any of it. I have visited a few times now and every visit is even better. The food is amazing, especially the pizzas and ravioli which are... More 

1 Thank aoifeb1669

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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
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Birchgrove Rd, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney  >  Balmain>  > Balmain
  • Neighborhood: Balmain

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

Staying in Balmain

Neighborhood Profile
Take the ferry to the inner west suburb of Balmain and be enchanted with this picturesque and eclectic waterside area. A stroll down Darling Street will take you on a tour of coffee shops, boutique delicatessens and shops offering wholefood products and organic cuisines. Yoga studios abound, and live music emanates from the hotels at night. As the place where the Australian Labor Party formed in 1891, Balmain has commonly been known for its “working class culture”. It has evolved into a health-conscious heaven with a laid back attitude, offering one of the most vibrant food and bar scenes in Sydney.