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AU$13 - AU$30
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Pub, Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This pub is a true ‘local’ for people in Geelong. We don’t live there but we could tell by all the customers who knew each other and had spontaneous chats, and by the way the bar staff interacted. So despite being from out of town,...we were made to feel at home by the bar staff and had a great time over a couple of drinks and an early dinner. There is a decent wine and beer selection. For meals, we chose the bangers and mash and the Thai beef salad. Both meals were well prepared, generous and tasty. Traditional pub food done very nicely! The service was prompt and friendly and we’d happily recommend to anyone looking for a genuine Australian pub experience.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family catch up tonight what a great pub and bistro. The porter house steaks x3 were beautiful cooked all medium rare. Best chips I have had in a long time along with fresh salad and sauces on the side. The staff were...very welcoming and friendly. Just a great pub and night out highly recommended.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

Sometime ago a submitted a bad review for the lunch I was served. I'm am happy to report that I gave Charles Darling one more go and the calamari was perfect. I have been back several times with friends for lunch and dinner over several...months and the food was yummy each time. Highly recommend Charles Darling for a great time and great food. SteveMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 January 2024 via mobile

Very impressed with the food and friendly staff who provided efficient service. Will definitely go back on my next visit to Geelong.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 July 2023 via mobile

First up - the staff are friendly. They actually seem to enjoy being there. Secondly, the meals are great although I have only eaten the eggplant parmigiana because I love it and can’t get it at my local. My husband has sampled different meals and...is always happy.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 19 June 2023

Not our first time at Sir Charles Darling , we come here at least once a month . Service is impeccable, food is fresh and delicious, cooked perfectly everytime . Prices for food and drinks is very reasonable given the present climate. Highly recommended

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 21 March 2023 via mobile

I have been going to the SirCharles Darling for nearly fifty years and have always found the meals to be good value. This time was different I was served an odd shaped lasagne covered in a thin cheese sauce. It was badly burnt much of...it black. The staff new and avoided coming near our table. I finally called one over, who immediately began to apologise. They new it was burnt, but still served it. My wife had the sweet and sour with rice which was Gluten Free. She enjoyed it and was good value. The also now serve all soft drinks in cans with no glasses.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 4 March 2023

Food was really good. Great flavours and so much better than a lot of the waterfront restaurants in regard to price and taste. Relaxing atmosphere. Wish this was my local pub.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 21 January 2023 via mobile

4 of us took the ferry from Melbourne for lunch in Geelong today. There were lots of restaurants close to the waterfront but we'd already booked this pub which took a 10-15 minute walk using Google for directions. The inside of pub is nothing spectacular...but staff were prompt and welcoming. The menu was large and we enjoyed our meals. We thought the food was good value for money and had chicken satay, garlic prawns and a chicken wrap meal. If you don't want modern decor but good food, this is a worthwhile option. Toilets can do with a renovation other than that we were quite happy and left feeling satisfied.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 9 January 2023

Always get a good meal. Service is great from the people behind the bar. It's clean. It's quick. Food is yummy. Hard to go past this.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 9 January 2023

Saw there were not many recent reviews of the restaurant but kinda thought no reviews means no bad news. We booked in on a monday night which was wise as the locals packed it out. You order food and drinks at the bar and then...sit down and enjoy the good wine and wait for the food to come out. Our both meals were pub food at its best ! My steak was medium rare as requested and had the best pepper sauce I have ever had! My wife had the Aussie burger and it was brilliant!! fantastic service, brilliant food !!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 21 March 2022

Best pub meal we have had in a long time. The girls behind the jump did a great job . We both had the pork roast $20. Big meal lots of tasty pork with FRESH vegetables. Great value. Thanks Sam for the booking. Place was...packed good for a Monday night The empty plates tells it all.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 17 February 2022

Quite possibly the best steak meal I've ever had. Will be bringing my partner in tomorrow night for dinner 🖐

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 21 January 2022

Excellent food perfect for on a warm evening dinner sitting outside the Sir Charles Darling in Geelong. Service very polite and prompt. Thank you

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 18 December 2021

This was our time dining here and it will not our last. It is an old hotel with an old interior, but the service and friendliness made up for the décor. I ordered the Sea Schnitzel with chips & salad. It was beautiful. Salad was...fresh, plenty of chips and the chicken schnitzel was real chicken. The seafood on top with a mornay style sauce was lovely. My husband had a porterhouse steak, ordered medium. There were plenty of vegies & the potato rosti was divine. When the steak was cut, it was not medium. He told the (owner, we think) and no problems, I will take it back tot he kitchen for you. It comes back a bit later, starting cutting into it again, but still the steak was not cooked medium. This gentleman came back to check & he even stated this was not medium. He takes the steak back tot he kitchen, come out again, this time with a newly cooked steak. Cut into it again, perfect! It took a couple of go's, but what impressed me the most was the kitchen never gave up - THANKYOU. I would definitely return & recommend dining hereMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Sir Charles Darling Hotel is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4