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“What a Cracker!”
Review of Riverview Hotel

Riverview Hotel
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Ranked #4 of 130 Restaurants in Balmain
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, Australian
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Balmain
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“What a Cracker!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Isn't it great when you go to a restaurant with no great expectations and it turns out to be an absolute winner? Well thats what happened to us with the Riverview Hotel. Every time we go to Sydney we try a different Gastro pub in the hope of finding a little gem - even though some have been good, none compare to this place. Fantastic, superb, great all words that spring to mind.

The staff especially the manager was helpful but not pushy, good gastro pubby atmosphere upstairs (we went on a saturday night and downstairs was pumping) and the food - well it was brilliant. My wife though that the fig salad was the best fig salad she had ever had. Mains were also excellent (I had the pie and she had the Barramundi) and reasonably priced (for Sydney) and even though we don't normally have dessert, we shared one just to see what it was like (we had the lemon curd) and it was also great. When we are back in Sydney later this year we will definitely revisit and bring some locals who haven't discovered it yet.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Chris H
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English first
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Why can't all inner city suburbs have places like this, Fun buzzy local pub downstairs great restaurant upstairs. As a visitor from across the ditch it made me wish i have moved to Sydney all those years ago.

It had the true "local pub' feel and is obviously well patronised by locals. If you are looking for somewhere to go in the Balmain area this is a must try

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank David Quinn
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2013

The menu whilst small was interesting and diverse. The Lamb shoulder served on a wooden board surrounded by roasted veggies was to die for - falling off the bone. The service was excellent and it was very affordable, Great ambience, will definately retrun.

Visited February 2013
Thank pominsydney
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic Function Venue”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

My husband recently had his 30th birthday at The Riverview. The service, the atmosphere and the food were exceptional. The super friendly staff went above and beyond to be helpful and make it the great night it was. Highly recommend.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Bunny0313
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Great Little Neighborhood Pub”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

This is a great little pub with really good food. This is a great place to stop in and get a beer and a little food if you're shopping in Balmain. It's an easy walk from the ferry pier also, so you can just hop over from the city.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank DrBonesSF
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