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“what a lovely place”

The Boardwalk & Cafes - Ballina RSL
Ranked #6 of 95 Restaurants in Ballina
Price range: $6 - $28
Cuisines: Asian, Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 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
Reviewed October 24, 2012

came out to eat with the family, very welcoming and lovely veiws nice food and friendly staff, menu choice was very large and good choices for the children, lovely place would visit again.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We ate here twice recently, once for dinner and once for lunch. The meals were very good, (although the choice of noodles to go with Mussamun Curry was strange - rice would have been far better!). The fish dishes were all great and the wines were of good quality. The outlook over the river is exceptional. Only small complaint was waiting to order for lunch, and waiting and waiting, whilst the waitress finished her personal conversation with another staff member. The (?) manager finally directed her to come over and serve us. On the plus side the staff at the front desk who greeted us were more than welcoming and helpful, and the dining table was cleared promptly and cheerfully. We would definitely eat here again.

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Thank GeriM02
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We have been visiting Ballina for many years and have never been disappointed in our meals at this RSL Club. There is plenty of comfortable seating with a lovely view over the river. The meals are always served promptly and there is a good selection on the menu. We can recommend it to visitors to this area.

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Thank maryannSydney
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

How does this place get good reviews? Are people seriously satisfied with this overpriced and extremely average RSL fare? What ever happened to RSLs being reasonably priced?

I have now eaten here on two separate occasions, separated by months, and both times the food has been amazingly awful.

This time I got the Nachos and my GF had the chicken schnitzel. Let me say here the serving sizes are HUGE. That's okay if you like HUGE servings. personally I dont care, as long as it tastes good.

This was the worst nachos i have ever had. the cheese was wrong, the meat was wrong, the sour cream was wrong (it could have been mayo it was so bad).

The chicken schnitzel was also rubbish. Ridiculously big and smothered in some type of salty brown gravy.

My GF and I ate maybe 40% of our meals.

The steaks here looked okay, but really, how can you get one of htese wrong?

A shame really, because the river view is wonderful and in summer it would be a lovely place.

If you like your food over salty, HUGE, and bland, this is the place for u to eat

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Ballina_RSL_Club, Guest Relations Manager at The Boardwalk & Cafes - Ballina RSL, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2012

Hi GosfordMoo,

Thank you for visiting the Ballina RSL Club and complimenting us on our wonderful location. You were right, yes, it is a lovely place in summer.

It was disappointing to read that you were not happy with your meals on your last visit - we would have happily replaced them for you or offered you something else from the extensive menu if we had known of your concerns. All you need to do is speak to one of our friendly staff on the floor or at the Boardwalk and they can help to work out a solution with you.

Our Executive Chef has been forwarded a copy of your review and is investigating your comments further. A new menu is being introduced in the Boardwalk next week - we encourage you to try some of the variety of dishes on your next visit to Ballina. Once again thank you for taking the time to visit us and provide some constructive criticism. All the feedback we receive assists us in improving the standards of our facilities and services.

Kind regards,
Ballina RSL Club Management and Staff

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Hard to beat this place for a veiw. Lunchtime dining is fantastic. Food is all good, I have been here many, many times. Even the off-hours menu is good. The layout, view and atmosphere is unbeatable and there's always room. The glass windows all along the restaurant offer a great veiw from anywhere in the place. It is however not the place for cocktails, or bar service for that matter. They only offer the very basic of liquor and wine and don't know what a cocktail is. That said, it is an RSL so I can't whine about it too much. Nice cold beer and a good selection. Well worth a visit!

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Thank mack0168
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Ballina_RSL_Club, Guest Relations Manager at The Boardwalk & Cafes - Ballina RSL, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2012

Hi mack0168,

Thanks for visiting us so often and letting others know of the great time you have at the Ballina RSL Club. We really appreciate the feedback both good and bad.

Although we don't have a dedicated cocktail bar you are still able to order cocktails from the Boardwalk Bar from the menu you'll find there or one of the specials advertised on the table flyers. We also have one of the widest selections of wine by the glass amongst the local licensed venues and the coldest beer in town.

If you're ever not happy with the service provided by our staff or encounter any problems on your visits please do not hesitate to contact the Duty Manager who can assist in finding a solution with you.

Cheers,
Ballina RSL Management and Staff

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