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Stylish, chic, inviting, relaxing and comfortable. Showcasing a fabulous waterfront location; it’s a combination restaurant, brasserie and bistro all rolled into one. Quality seafood, salads, pastas, steaks, and kid’s meals; we really do have ‘the works!’ Club members receive member pricing on selected items at the boardwalk and on selected beverages purchased at the lounge bar plus accrual of Your Rewards Points.
PRICE RANGE
AU$18 - AU$45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, Australian, Grill, Contemporary
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Live Music, Waterfront, Family style, Sports bars, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Ballina RSL is beautifully laid out on a waterfront setting and has a menu which goes beyond the club classics. We were greeted warmly by staff and sat outside on a warm autumn night. The tables by the water are lovely and we were...surprised to be the only guests outside. We ordered the Philly cheesesteak sandwich and the Thai crumbed whiting salad. Both were pretty good, but could have been better for the price. The sandwich comes without chips, so we ordered that as a side and the serving was stingy. We also added gravy which was clearly out of a packet. The whiting salad was full of fresh vegetables and herbs which was great, and the fish was freshly cooked, but definitely came out of a box. The venue is very clean and welcoming and staff are great. So overall, we had a lovely night and enjoyed the food, but we expected a little better for the price.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 13 April 2023

Wow 🤩 completely unexpected, definitely not your average pub/RSL… this was a dining experience! We feast on oysters with finger limes, pumpkin bites, cheesy garlic bread, rump, whiting and mango salad, butter chicken, fisherman’s basket, fish of the day, pork ribs, a nourish bowl and...chocolate lava cake, all sensational! Compliments to the chef.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Jack Foreman, Other at Ballina RSL, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2023

Thank you for sharing your recent experience at The Boardwalk, we are delighted that you enjoyed dining with us and it goes a long way to encouraging and acknowledging our kitchen team! Wishing you all the best, Claire M

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great club very impressive but didn’t eat here as the prices were upmarket restaurant prices, very expensive for a club.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 31 March 2024

The setting is magical, the food is good, the service is lacking. We waited & waited & waited & waited to be seated no staff came, eventually we sat down at a table by the window. Staff rushed over to unseat us saying the table...was reserved yelling at us over the band noise. We explained we had been standing for a long time & there were NO reserved signs on any table in the room! Ordered & ate our meals. No one sat at the "reserved" table all night ! Soured our visit. We have been attending this place for years when holidaying in Ballina. They have changed to a restricted menu, raised the prices, lessened the portions substantially, altered the family atmosphere. Change is NOT always for the better.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 30 January 2024 via mobile

We had been here a year ago and really enjoyed our meal and the selection of wine. However this trip We paid $145 for 2 steaks side of veggies and garlic bread an outrageous price as it was like minute steak and very ordinary. We...were advised not to go there but we thought better!!! The French restaurant recommended wasn't open on a Monday so we opted for the RSL. We were also told to try the cafe down stairs but we didn't like the atmosphere. Also when you finish your meal or it may have been closing time and we were asked to leave as they were cleaning up it was only 9pm! Unusual for a restaurant to close this early but we do recall this is what they did the last time we visited when the food was much better. The staff are lovely but very disappointed in the food and certainly over priced.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024 via mobile

After being treated so appallingly at another place, and with a group of 9, we ended up here and it was amazing! They seat you and whilst you go up and order dinner, they bring it to you. Service is fantastic. Food was lovely and...the view is great!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 January 2024

When to the Broadwalk restaurant for dinner. After eating 1 and a half hours our meal arrived before the entree. The entree arrived 15 min later. The meals were fair but the salad was a lot of green weeds that did not include 1 piece...of tomato. A fisherman’s basket and a Hawaiian party plus an entree cost $80. They have increased the size of the restaurant but I think failed to increase the kitchen capacity. A bottle of Upside Down Pinot Grigio cost $40. I checked it up and the price in a bottle shop is from 9.99 to 13.99. I am an exserviceman and I think this establishment has just gone to from a RSL CLUB to an organisation who just put as many people through the door and rip off as many dollars as they can. I will not returnMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Jack Foreman, Other at Ballina RSL, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2024

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Broadwalk Restaurant. We are genuinely sorry to hear that your dining experience did not meet your expectations, and we appreciate your honest feedback. We understand your disappointment regarding the wait times and the quality...More

Reviewed 3 January 2024 via mobile

We have been here 3 times now. Twice with family and grandkids and once just hubby & I. Great food. But limited choice. But steaks were fabulous. Kids menu available at a really good price and free icecream was a big hit with the kids....The location on the board walk is fabulous. Service is friendly and very good. Will definitely be back on our next visit to Ballina.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

The service was none we have received in years absolutely unreal and the food! Highly recommend and so thankful for everyone

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 October 2023 via mobile

Fab atmosphere, food and staff! Chill margaritas were amazing! We went there for a business lunch and it was great. Thank you!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023 via mobile

The staff are always attentive, friendly, professional and go out of their way to make it a lovely experience. The grandkids love it, the food is good, the view superb.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023

The Ballina RSL never disappoints. We visit a couple of times a year from the Gold Coast for lunch or dinner. The Boardwalk Restaurant has always been wonderful. The staff are so engaging, friendly and helpful. The venue overlooks the Ballina River and waterfront views...are available from almost every table. We cannot recommend the Boardwalk Restaurant highly enough.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023 via mobile

Located on the ground floor of Ballina RSL Club .. the Boardwalk Restaurant is surely not a classic budget RSL meal area - as RSL’s general were in the 70’s 80’s .. as the meal prices are up there as a normal local restaurant Nevertheless..... the Boardwalk are tasty I’ve eaten over a few times at the Boardwalk restaurant .. for different occasionsMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023 via mobile

Barra burger and Thai style squid salad a hit. Dining area is extensive and well staffed. Kitchen dinner orders taken after 6pm Ode of Remembrance. Menu plus daily specials. Prices at club/pub levels and drinks good value. It’s a clean, well designed area with views...during daylight hours. Local locals to have this amenity.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023

Meal lovely thoroughly enjoyed the venue lovely and staff awesome very friendly would definitely recommend

Date of visit: July 2023
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The Boardwalk - Ballina RSL is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4