Top 10 restaurants in Ballarat, Australia

December 3, 2017 Renato Branum

Discover the best restaurant in Ballarat, Australia including The Turret Cafe and Catering, Harry Limes, The Gallery Restaurant at Craig's Royal Hotel, Cafe Lekker, L'Espresso, Ballarat Curry House, The Forge Pizzeria, japanese restaurant kambei, Brown Grain Thai Restaurant, Mitchell Harris Wine Bar
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1. The Turret Cafe and Catering

802 Sturt St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 3 5334 4744
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

The Turret Cafe and Catering

Reviewed By boochat - Sydney, Australia

This venue has been run by the same lovely lady for about 30 years. It's located in a beautiful old building and when we visited for breakfast the place was bustling and cosy. The menu had some really good choices for breakfast and our food...MoreWow !!!!! Thankyou , we all love what we do & truly appreciate that you have taken the time to write this review. Cheers Carmel

2. Harry Limes

5a Doveton St N, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Vietnamese, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$8 +61 3 5331 2044
Excellent
74%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

Harry Limes

Reviewed By Jason F - Ballarat

Dined here for lunch with visiting relatives and were all satisfied with our meals, which were a mix of Vietnamese and Australian dishes.
We used an Entertainment Book digital voucher, but the person serving us somehow (perhaps deliberately), switched to another restaurant after I'd handed over my phone, so we were unable to use the voucher at that restaurant.

10 Lydiard St S, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available European, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +61 3 5331 1377
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

The Gallery Restaurant at Craig's Royal Hotel

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

Reviewed By djhallett - Adelaide, Australia

The restaurant is situated in a glassed covered court yard and is light and cheery.
Food choices are excellent.
We shared a Duck & foie gras parfait which was excellent.
Main courses were 1st class. Steak was perfect!
Service was attentive.
We came back for breakfast the next moring and were very happy with the continental breakfast.
Heaps of choices.
Great coffee.
Excellent staff

4. Cafe Lekker

11 Doveton St N, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 3 5332 8141
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

Cafe Lekker

The best breakfast place in Ballarat

Reviewed By FrequentIndia - Santiago, Chile

Came for breakfast with family on a Saturday. I had he scrambled eggs and toast with bacon, which was very good (especially the bacon), by others in the party had he French toast and the pancakes which looked (and by their accounts tasted) amazing. The coffee was delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. Will definitely be back.

5. L'Espresso

417 Sturt St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 3 5333 1789
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 428 reviews

L'Espresso

Reviewed By TripAdviser170 - Ballarat, Australia

Have been going to L’espresso for many years from Melbourne, now living up here.
It is one of the best and most popular cafes in Ballarat. The coffee is great the food reasonably priced and great cakes made on the premises. It is not very large and tables are on top of each other , so not so good for conversation. The service and quality of the food make up for any short comings. Also was lovely experience and we keep going back .

6. Ballarat Curry House

113 Bridge Mall | Bakery Hill, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks HK$39 - HK$118 +61 3 5331 7361
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Ballarat Curry House

We use only the finest fresh ingredients available and each dish is prepared individually with great care and attention. We also use our very own freshly ground spices and pastes which give our dishes their wonderful, aromatic flavour and individuality - our qualified Chef from India is a specialist in Mughlai Indian barbecue with variation of over 125 spices. View our menu for our full range of dishes available.

Reviewed By Alison W

The food was pretty good, and the service shone. We tried a couple of the chef's specials rather than the standard fare and were rewarded by it being a delicious and refreshing change of pace. The staff was lovely.

7. The Forge Pizzeria

14 Armstrong St N | 1771 Sturt St, Alfredton 2nd Restaurant, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, Pizza, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$94 - HK$196 +61 3 5337 6635
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 709 reviews

The Forge Pizzeria

Our grandfather Frank was a well-known Blacksmith in the Ballarat region, and at the heart of a Blacksmith's shop is a fire they call the Forge. With a combination of the fire, great skill and plenty of hard work, great things are created. Take a look at our wood fire oven and you'll know why we are "The Forge". Established in 2010 by brothers Chris and Tim Matthews, The Forge Pizzeria creates delicious woodfired pizzas made with fresh local produce and high quality deli ingredients. We pride ourselves on pizza perfection, passion and a fun laid-back atmosphere. There is a fully serviced 200 seat restaurant in Armstrong Street, Central Ballarat, which complements the 20 seat take-away store in Sturt Street, Alfredton. We also now have two rolling mobile pizza ovens which operate at various events and private functions. Once your pizza is ordered, its action a plenty. Using our fresh healthy dough recipe, the stretcher starts stretching the base, great viewing in itself. The makers add the right amount of ingredients, which have all been freshly prepared on our premises, into the woodfire oven and then the magic happens. Fresh, healthy and woodfired.

Reviewed By starmagnolia - Sydney

A very pleasant surprise. Friendly, welcoming and efficient service. A very busy night when we arrived, we thought we'd be waiting hungrily for a while. But attendance and meal brought in surprisingly quick time.
Our pizzas were tasty, fresh and delicious. An appealing pizza menu selection. The usual few standards and some interesting gourmet inclusions.
All wonderful, and overall a positive visit. Our only fault might be the tiny single scoop gelato serve. On the very small size.
Would definitely visit again.

8. japanese restaurant kambei

Shop 1 501 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 5331 1468
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 266 reviews

japanese restaurant kambei

Reviewed By Nigenjax - Perth, Australia

We made a last minute decision to dine at Kambei. The staff were welcoming and very friendly. All the adults ordered the Kambei course and was enjoyed by all. Thank you for a great evening.

9. Brown Grain Thai Restaurant

212 Sturt St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +61 474 193 995
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

Brown Grain Thai Restaurant

Warm up from the inside out at BrownGrain Thai Restaurant, authentic Thai recipes- with a modern twist. Just opposite Town Hall.

Reviewed By Hwa W - Glen Iris, Australia

We were told, before offered a table, that we need to get out by 8pm, it was 5:45pm and the restaurant was empty. This was all because we didn’t book and it was fully booked by 8pm. Nevermind, we were pleased that there was a separate Vegan menu, not just a couple of vegan variation dishes we have to choose from. However, the inexperienced staff doesn’t know how to serve customer and at the end, a takeaway container will cost 50 cent extra. There was no sign for the container costs. Therefore, this is the best way to make an announcement that it is not as good as most of the review stated. We have had better experiences elsewhere.

10. Mitchell Harris Wine Bar

38 Doveton St N, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Contemporary, Australian, Bar, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +61 3 5331 8931
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 179 reviews

Mitchell Harris Wine Bar

A modern wine bar and urban cellar door with a focus on the Mitchell Harris Wines range, and wine selections from Western Victoria and further afield. Classic bar food along with sumptuous feature dishes. A relaxed contemporary vibe, in a classic old Ballarat 1890s produce store and workshop.

Reviewed By glutenfreegirl2016 - Melbourne, Australia

A fortuitous parking spot and a spare hour lead us to this wine bar. We tried a glass of the Mitchell Harris rose (great value and highly recommended!) then decided to have a quick bite to eat. The wine waiter wasn't very knowledgeable about the menu, unable to tell me if the smoked trout salad was gluten-free. Thankfully he sent Julia, a waitress with a much better understanding of my dietary issues. She recommended the gluten free pizza, which was very tasty and my partner had the regular pizza with slow-cooked lamb and fetta. When he mentioned to Julia that it was actually chicken on the pizza, not lamb, she instantly responded by taking the price of it off our bill. We will definitely try here again and hope that Julia is working!

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