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“Old world atmosphere with quality food for all tastes”

The Queenscliff Hotel
Ranked #37 of 51 Restaurants in Queenscliff
Price range: $46 - $46
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Melbourne
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Old world atmosphere with quality food for all tastes”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Queenscliff Hotel is an heritage-listed hotel built in the late 1880's in Queenscliff, a quiet seaside resort only one and a half hours from Melbourne, to which the rich used to escape during summer. The building is visually magnificent, with most downstairs rooms retaining sensitively renovated Victorian architectural features and appropriate-to-the-period furniture, furnishings and artwork.

Four of us visited the Hotel for lunch last week, including two friends from England. Beforehand we spent a fascinating 15 minutes watching a scene being filmed for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Series 2, as filming was taking place in Gellibrand Street, directly front of the building. Being in the right place at the right time was quite coincidental, but the scene acted as a wonderful introduction to the era as we walked up the hotel's steps and through the front door into the building's wonderful interior.

We had decided to eat in the hotel after noticing online that the lunch menu included vegetarian, lactose-free and gluten-free dishes, which suited all our tastes. Lunch was served in the Courtyard Restaurant/Bar, which was a little more modern in decor than the front, traditional section of the hotel. It was a very hot day so we chose to sit inside, but through the French doors we could see several tables set in a pleasant garden courtyard. The lunch menu offered a choice of two courses, from entree, main course and dessert, for a very reasonable $29. Drinks were extra though not expensive and the local house wines we ordered were very pleasant.

The meal itself was lovely. The locally-sourced seafood was a real delight - succulent mussels and beer-battered flathead fillets - but others in our party also enjoyed the vegetable soup, home-made chicken and vegetable pie (fabulous pastry) and mushroom risotto. As all dishes were clearly cooked to order we had plenty of time to relax and talk before and between courses.

For two hours we thoroughly enjoyed both the historical surroundings and leisurely meal, before leaving with regret but just in time to catch the totally 21st century ferry over to Sorrento.

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
San Remo, Australia
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Real seafood”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Good service waiters that listen
Food with flavour
Seafood risotto with real pieces of fish and shellfish!
Liked it so much had it 3n nights in a row
Good selection of European beers
And local wines

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank galues
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Mackay, Australia
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Such a beautiful location”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We went to a cocktail party at the Queenscliffe hotel. It was so beautiful. The staff were excellent. highly recommend.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Familytravels21
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Perth, Australia
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful food”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Turning up in queenscliff at 7.30 pm on Christmas Eve found us struggling to get an evening meal. Luckily here took a late booking kindly and let us in. Fantastic food and excellent service. The manager or person in charge was lovely friendly and informative. Would recommend.

  • Visited December 2012
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Melbourne
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“Christmas Lunch 2012”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

What do you expect for $120/head exclusive of drinks & coffee? Even a Basil Fawlty prepared meal would have topped this. Entree -a couple of oldish prawns on a bit of cucumber salad, mains -turkey just OK, but the vegetables looked pre-prepared & reheated & arrived cold,(beans hard), minature plum pudding & a dolop of custard. Waiters inexperienced & rushing everywhere, 40 min wait between mains delivered for guests on the same table. Some guests refused to pay the full bill.Should have had Christmas lunch at the hospital cafe where I work!

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Thank P F
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