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“Disappointing”
Review of Pipers by the Lake

Pipers by the Lake
Ranked #96 of 314 Restaurants in Ballarat
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Pipers by the Lake is spoilt for location being nestled between the historic Ballarat Botanical Gardens and the magnificent Lake Wendouree. Our 120 year old building is quite grand and lends itself to views of the Gardens and the lake. Outside seating is available, many tables with outside heaters for the cooler months. Pipers by the Lake is one of the most popular restaurants in Ballarat so come and see enjoy what we have to offer.
Ballarat, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Disappointing”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

2.20pm on a Sunday afternoon and looking forward to a relaxed lunch (yes a bit late - but it was Sunday) On arrival my friend and I were shown to a table and took a seat (after brushing the crumbs off the chair) The wait staff told us the soup of the day and to order at the counter (no mention of time). I ordered a couple of coffees while we perused the menu and decided what to order. (The coffee was actually quite good)
My friend went to order for us - only to return to tell me the kitchen had closed and we couldn't order any food!! Laughable! I could not believe it - just when we are priding ourselves on Ballarat becoming a little more hip with a strong dining and cafe culture. While I was lamenting this fact, 3 ladies on the table beside us asked where they could have lunch in Ballarat on a Sunday. They were visiting from Melbourne and commented on 'how good business must be' to turn 5 people away at 2.35 on a Sunday afternoon. We all went to L'espresso - Consistently very good!

Visited May 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Went to Pipers today to celebrate our wedding anniversay with a couple of friends from Melbourne and had a great time .Meals were excellent, 3 different dishes at our table and all great ,service spot on with friendly staff.Will be back!!!!! Have to be the best view for lunch in Ballarat

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank BRIAN M
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Ballarat, Australia
1 review
“beautiful setting, great food”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

What a great place to eat. Lovely setting by the lake, beautiful restaurant, great service and amazing food. Definitely recommend to anyone.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank matthew b
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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167 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Perfect location”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Came for coffee and quite expensive @ $3.80 for a small but what a fantastic location for a stroll around the lake finishing up with a bite to eat.

Visited May 2013
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Newcastle, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Best afternoon out in a long time”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

It was such a nice day yesterday that I had to bring the family down. Such a great experience for us, the kids enjoyed every moment and I don't think there is nicer lakeside venue. Cake and drinks were soooooo good!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Addison M
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