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“Somewhat depressing country pub”

Vandenburg Hotel Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 29 Restaurants in Forbes
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

It's one of the old dames of Forbes and might have been good 100 years ago, but now you step into the usual carpeted pub interior with people watching tv. Staff were very friendly but slow and disorganised, and the patrons are even slower. There is a token beer garden with mostly high tables. The main menu is a short list of pub standards. I had a schnitzel and it may have been processed and packaged, with bland batter that just fell off. It did have a pile of fresh veges and some decent chips though. There are however numerous specials boards, including one in the foyer rather than the bar, and I saw a Vandenburger, a steak sandwich, and a barramundi come out and all looked better than what I got.

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1  Thank mrdom
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Reviewed November 11, 2017

Dined in the a la carte restaurant. The service was friendly, efficient and surprisingly prompt. But my food left to be desired; the lamb cutlets were served half cold and the salad was leathery and fairly tasteless. My wife enjoyed her steak. A large crowd made the Dining Room noisy. Gluten-free was easy, and the menu extensive.

Thank Tonbou
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Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

We made a reservation on Friday night for six people and it was recommended by the restaurant we book for 7.30pm which we did assuming they had other bookings. When we arrived the restaurant was empty. The friendly wait person served us almost immediately convincing two of us to change our meals to the steak that was on the specials board for $38. After waiting approx 1 1/2 hours for our food I stood at the counter for 10 minutes waiting for someone to come out so we could cancel our order as we had another commitment at 10pm. By this time it was 9.25pm. As I was waiting 2 meals were delivered to the table. One being a few hard pieces of "pork belly" slices that appeared to have been dropped in the deep fryer, this meal was basically inedible. The other meals were delivered shortly after with the schnitzel black and burnt on the edges. The fish and lamb cutlets were nice but the $38 steak was the biggest disappointment with a piece on each plate about an inch thick and not much bigger than a 50 cent piece. Needless to say we won't be going back.

1  Thank Kylie D
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Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

Love visiting for lunch to get a Vandenburger! Not available at dinner. Standard pub fare/counter meals served in the main pub. There's a separate restaurant area which is nice, however you can order from either menu if you want to sit in the pub area. There's usually a great atmosphere on busy nights, often a dj or band plays on the weekends.

Thank Lozza428
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Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

Pokie room is abysmal only 5 machines and not one of them lightning link. Machines are old and don't have the vibe I was looking for nor the jackpot

Thank Elena V
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