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The Gallery Bistro at Craig's Royal Hotel

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10 Lydiard St S, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5331 1377
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A fine looking hotel from the outside, and the Gallery Bistro is a surprising and pleasant space. The architecture is quaint with an understated french style. The food we had at lunch was most enjoyable and the service was attentive. Meals were a little slow in coming, but worth waiting for. Would go again next time in Ballarat.

Thank CandMAdelaide
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were recommended this hotel by a friend and I am so glad we went. The entrance to the hotel is impressive and the dining room has a lovely atmosphere. The staff was most friendly and helpful, and whilst not hovering, they were available if you needed them. Very attentive. Our meals were promptly served, not large serves but well... More 

Thank Leonie G
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Certainly can't complain about the service here, all the staff that looked after us were warm, friendly, helpful and professional. The restaurant area itself is charming and atmospheric. But the dishes we ordered were a bit hit and miss. I thought my chicken and leek entrée was strange tasting, while my husband thought his chorizo entrée was fabulous. The steak... More 

Thank ausrose
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

It is vey difficult to have 12 people rave about the food, but that was our experience. The staff were attentive and courteous. The service was a little erratic because some chose an entree and a main, and some a main and desert, but I was worth the wait. Such a pleasant experience in a regional city. 👍👍👍👍👍

Thank Joe C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Despite living in Ballarat for more than 10 years, we had never thought to come here. It's really really great! Simple food cooked extraordinarily well. They know how to make simple ingredients into something special. The service was spot on also. A little on the expensive side, but then this isn't ordinary bistro fare. Very much recommended.

Thank Naomi W
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Our visit to Craig's Hotel was by recommendation from the Ballarat Art Gallery staff. We were very impressed, from the entry through to the "Conservatory" type restaurant. Staff efficiently greeted and seated us, then explained the menu choices. We chose the 2 course menu with wine, firstly the suggested wine was delicious and the waitress was obviously listening to our... More 

Thank ChezmossAustralia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

this is a beautiful historical setting for dinner. modern meals excellently presented. staff were attentive and very friendly. nice bar to have a drink.

Thank Kerry K
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Gourmet style, fresh local ingredients, beautifully cooked and presented professionally. Generous serves with all the dishes. Excellent knowledgeable and friendly service with the cuisine, and also helpful advice from the Sommelier. The local red wine was really enjoyed with the mains chosen. Hahn Light beers were delightful. We enjoyed a special family dinner last Saturday night at Craig’s Royal Hotel... More 

Thank angeloandream
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Make sure you come hungry if you are planning to order the 12 Hr lamb for 2. It was Devine and really soft and tender. The duck fat potatoes that come with this meal are really good too!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The food looked and tasted amazing, loved the marinara linguini and the pork dish was superb. Service was also great!

Thank Grace S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Lydiard St S, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5331 1377
Dine in air conditioned comfort on a sunny afternoon or under the stars in the evening. Serving Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a spacious light filled glass roofed conservatory in the historic courtyard of Craig’s Royal Hotel. The perfect place for informal dining.

A fine selection of beverages featuring the best of local, regional, Australian and international wines is available - with many by the glass and priced to suit the everyday diner.

Open for Breakfast from 7am and lunch and dinner every day of the week.

Reservations are recommended - Phone

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