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Cafe, Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 21 August 2023

Great spot . Nice food. A little slow as very busy. Very helpful to accomodate our needs as a large group.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 10 August 2023 via mobile

The Gallery Cafe is located to the side of the repurposed Council Chambers Of Ballina building All table seating , was outside , under beach umbrellas Staff were welcoming Nearly every time I’ve traveled past this Ballina cafe .. in good weather .. there seems...to a decent crowd of customersMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023 via mobile

I have no idea why there are such negative reviews. We turned up without a booking, placed our order with a delightful woman behind the counter and sat out in the open. Our food and drinks were delivered with a smile. When it started to...drizzle we were invited to move up to the deck under an umbrella, and were assisted with moving our meal. Don't believe everything you read, some people might just have been having a bad day 🤔More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023 via mobile

Dropped in for coffee a bite to eat. That was good. Service was attentive and quick. Thanks for the extra butter ;-)

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023 via mobile

So disappointed in this cafe’s service. Every time I go for a takeaway coffee they are so slow or forget our order. Ordered a small hot chocolate and large cappuccino with a banana bread takeaway. A friend was with me and she ordered 2 large...soy caps and a large cow milk cap plus a brownie takeaway and got her order before me. We ordered at 10.15am and I didn’t get the order until 10.35am.. 20 minute wait!! For takeaway?! I mean is that acceptable?! We asked if they were doing mine at 10.18am and they said they were about too (we think they forgot). When I was given my order no apology.. made me late for my meeting. I’ll just have to plan better and go elsewhere next time. That’s about the third time I’ve ordered takeaway and it’s taken in excess of 20 minutes for 2 coffees and 1 food item!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 May 2023

Having booked a table for four, upon arrival at 12.noon we were told 'Just go and sit anywhere'.. Not welcomed. Taking our orders was confusing for them even though we ordered nothing out of the ordinary. Just menu specifics. The food was VERY ordinary and...the ' fish of the day' could only be described as 'TINY' by any standard and so well overpriced.. There was no approach to ask if we wanted coffee or dessert, and as the staff started packing up tables and chairs WELL BEFORE 2pm we didn't feel comfortable and left very disappointed, never to return. Even paying the bill proved a matter of confusion for the staff.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 10 April 2023

We arrived at 12pm to our booked table. It was a beautiful sunny day with quite a few customers. Unfortunately at 12.20pm the tables all around us were being packed up making us feel uncomfortable. The food was very nice but we didn’t get our...coffee & cake as even the coffee machine was turned off!!!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2022 via mobile

So friendly and welcoming for an impromptu brunch visit by group of 13 plus dogs. They set up special tables with cloths for us outside in the sun and served delicious food and coffee. Could have stayed all day.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 18 September 2022 via mobile

Stopped in for a coffee while passing through and was not disappointed. Amazing takeaway coffee, friendly service. Although I got takeaway the atmosphere seemed quite laid back. There’s plenty of tables on the deck and the grassed area in Sun and shade to eat in....The breakfasts coming out looked delicious. Would visit again.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 15 September 2022 via mobile

We stopped off and found this little gem. Cold day & fabulous hot hot chocolate. I had Breakfast Taco to die for fresh tasty food. My hubby had scrambled eggs & bacon on sourdough delicious. Staff super efficient & friendly. Quick service & a busy...place 👍👏More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 September 2022

While the food, service and location was great we were very disappointed when we went to pay and the current owner refused to honour the gift voucher I had received last October for my birthday. I emailed the owner as suggested by the ACCC but...didn't even receive a response. So please be vary if you want to use a voucher hereMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 27 August 2022

Great spot, sit outside and enjoy the sun. Friendly staff make this a good spot for breakfast. Recommended

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 18 August 2022 via mobile

This cafe is so lovely, on a nice day it’s even more gorgeous. I ate here alone, after searching for a nice cafe in Ballina. The coffee was great, and my omelette was fresh and tasty. You HAVE to try the homemade berry jam -...it’s so amazing. For the waiter that served me, I want to say thank you. Your uplifting energy, kindness and happy smile was just what I needed. My husband was having surgery in Lismore that day and I was feeling a little fragile. Upon leaving I told you that you have an amazing energy - and I meant it. Really grateful. Definitely will be coming back with my husband and little girls! Great cafe - 10/10 from me.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 7 May 2022

It cant be that hard to make a coffee hot..especially after asking for it to be hotter than normal....and a pot of tea as well. Both luke warm. Eggs bendict was tasteless, and served slightly warm. Bacon and egg roll was also served luke warm....Overall very disappointing. We didnt complain as staff were busy. But we wont be back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 24 October 2021

I ordered Tempura prawns - it wasn't a Tempura batter AT ALL. There were supposed to be salad greens on it and you could hardly call it that. My husband ordered Lobster Slider - this wasn't a slider, it was a soft bun and you...could hardly taste that there was any lobster in the mayo mash that was inside it. We had also ordered a small bowl of chips and these were luke warm and had to be sent back. Nice place to sit and the staff were lovely but we wouldn't go back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Ballina Gallery Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5