We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value

Details

CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Steakhouse, Wine Bar
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (43)
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
Filter reviews
43 results
Traveller rating
24
13
4
1
1
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveller rating
24
13
4
1
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews salad schnitzel great atmosphere old style friendly staff bob meals chips melbourne accommodation victoria driving trip locals
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 11 August 2023

The landlord is Bob, very welcoming and aims to please He just made us feel so welcome. The food and beer was great Would go again without a doubt

Date of visit: August 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Bob Cane, Owner at Commercial Hotel Kaniva, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2023

Great to meet you Steve & Jenny, thanks for dropping in, hopefully we will meet up again soon? Enjoy your journey.

Reviewed 24 July 2023 via mobile

Enjoyed our overnight stay. Clearly a lot of effort and love has been invested in refurbishing this historic & charming pub. Room was cozy, clean & very comfortable, shared facilities (bathrooms, lounge, kitchen) renovated & well appointed. Added bonus dinner at the pub was yummy!...Most importantly we were warmly welcomed by Shelby (the pub dog), a host of locals at the bar & Bob the publican. Could not fault our stay.More

Date of visit: July 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 2 July 2023

I have just spent two nights as a paying guest in the upstairs accommodation of the Commercial Hotel Kaniva in Victoria. It has just opened its guest rooms The hotel is magnificent and dripping in old world charm. Our host Bob was an absolute delight...to deal with in all aspects. Meal's were great, service friendly and great too. I can highly recommend staying for a night travelling between Adelaide and Melbourne on Western Highway Victoria.More

Date of visit: July 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 6 February 2023 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner on the way home to Melbourne. Bob behind the bar was great and informative. We both had the scotch fillet, which was pretty good. Highly recommend this place if your driving through or staying close by.

Date of visit: February 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 20 July 2022

Friendly staff and helpful. Recommended schnitzel and parma with special homemade sauce. Old style decor but cute. Food delicious and fresh. Friendly bar tender.

Date of visit: July 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 7 July 2022

Everything about this hotel was superb. The interior is up to date and would not be out of its depth in inner Melbourne. The host was so welcoming and even the few locals were friendly and vocal! But the food…dear lord, what a superb chicken...schnitzel. The home made garlic sauce was utterly perfect- light in the mouth yet full flavoured. The chips were hot and tasty and the salad was perfect with its small beetroot pieces adding a sweet treat in the mouth. Thoroughly enjoyed my time and will try to be here next trip to Adelaide.More

Date of visit: July 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 7 March 2022

I've stopped here a couple of times for lunch and it's been awesome! Had the fishtails and chips and salt and pepper calamari. Both were perfect, the chef Darren does an excellent job. Bob's a perfect publican, who makes you feel welcome from the minute...you walk in the door. Definitely worth a stop if you're passing through.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 11 January 2022 via mobile

I'm sorry, but we were very disappointed with our meals. The seafood basket seemed to be a typical hospitality frozen pack that was definitely over cooked. The only thing that was just ok was the piece of fish. The meal came with a few chips...and a tiny salad. Definitely not value for money. The salt and pepper squid was also over cooked and dry. I think that more attention should be paid to the cleanliness off the toilets as they were incredibly dirty. In saying all of that, the publican was very welcoming, friendly and attentive.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Bob Cane, Owner at Commercial Hotel Kaniva, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2023

Sorry about your experience, your name says it all.

Reviewed 30 December 2021

Friendly barman (apologies forgot his name), quite the talker with interesting stories. Cosy pub, ensuite rooms coming soon and basic but tasty meals. Make sure you stroll through the whole pub especially the pool room.

Date of visit: November 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 26 November 2021

We had a lovely lunch in this pub with lots of atmosphere It has been beautifully restored and has great character. The meals were great. A fantastic mushroom sauce with the steak

Date of visit: November 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 4 May 2021

If you need a pub meal and wish to enjoy country hospitality after a long day of driving, this is the place to visit. Enjoy a chat with Bob and relax in his delightful front bar. You will be able to see the pub as...you drive through the roundabout from SA. Stop a while and enjoy the banter and menu: we recommend the flathead. After a few drinks, and a lovely meal, you can enjoy a moonlit walk back to the town caravan park. We will be back.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Bob C, Owner at Commercial Hotel Kaniva, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2021

Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed your meal. Look forward to seeing you again :) Bob.

Reviewed 29 April 2021

We were pleasantly surprised with this unexpected perfect pub meal on our stopover back from Vic to SA. Food was spot on , coupled with friendly service by new owner/manager Bob, and authentic Aussie country pub building and atmosphere. Our family tried the steak, schnitzels...and seafood and all loved our meals.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?3  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Bob C, Owner at Commercial Hotel Kaniva, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2021

Thanks so much for your review, glad you enjoyed your meals, Bob.

Reviewed 26 April 2021 via mobile

OMG...... Bob cooked us the best steaks..... and chips...a true professional... Great friendly atmosphere..... bob is the new owner and deserves all the best in his new adventure.... can’t wait to return to the best and only pub open in town. Keep up the great...work Bob..More

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?3  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Bob C, Owner at Commercial Hotel Kaniva, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2021

You've made my day. Look forward to seeing you again! Bob.

Reviewed 2 April 2021 via mobile

A pleasant surprise to find this Pub offering meals on Good Friday evening. New owner Bob made our party of 4 very welcome. Watched North Melbourne get thumped by the Bulldogs. Had a great meal (fishermans basket) reasonably priced @$22. Great chunky chips. All in...all a positive experience.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Bob C, Owner at Commercial Hotel Kaniva, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2021

Thanks so much for your lovely review. Look forward to seeing you again! Bob.

Reviewed 30 October 2020

WOW what a awesome pub.. The bar tender (maybe owner) was friendly and could take a joke lol.. The food was very yummy, was told one item was small but no lol, servings are definitely a good to big amount.. Prices are decent.. All the...locals were welcoming, friendly and up for a chat.. I went on my own and sat outside with my dog and some local ladies offered me to join them at their table which was nice.. Locals even gave me tips on places I could visit while here.. Great atmosphere.. Definitely recommend and worth a visit..More

Date of visit: October 2020
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Kaniva Midway Motel
188 reviews
.13 km away
Zero Inn
115 reviews
38.12 km away
105 On The Park
336 reviews
43.08 km away
Dukes Motor Inn
78 reviews
43.28 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Kaniva's Windmill Cafe
71 reviews
.10 km away
Kaniva Community Roadhouse
24 reviews
.38 km away
Club Hotel Kaniva
56 reviews
.17 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Kaniva Silo Art
17 reviews
.38 km away
Serviceton Historic Railway Station
13 reviews
9.60 km away
Australian Pinball Museum
43 reviews
38.98 km away
Kaniva Wetlands and Fauna Park
11 reviews
.45 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Commercial Hotel Kaniva staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

COMMERCIAL HOTEL KANIVA - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Commercial Hotel Kaniva

Commercial Hotel Kaniva is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5