Ballarat restaurants

Top Choice Gastronomy in Ballarat

Underbar

The current darling of the Goldfields food scene, this intimate, minimalist 12 seater only opens for a handful of seatings – and it's booked out for months. Chef Derek Boath (formerly of New York's Michelin-starred …
Australian in Ballarat

Craig's Royal Hotel

Even if you're not staying here, you can experience some royal treatment by dining in the sumptuous, light-filled Gallery Bistro, which serves European-inspired cuisine. Otherwise, come for a cocktail in the histori…
Asian in Ballarat

Mr Jones

Ballarat's most respected restaurant, Catfish, reincarnated as Mr Jones in late 2018. Looking for a new challenge, the proprietors turned their hand to casual fine-dining with creative dishes shaped by what's local …
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Fika Coffee Brewers

One of Ballarat's best cafes, this smart, urban-chic space has dangling light bulbs and wood-panelled walls. Here you can expect an inventive brunch menu offering the likes of pulled-pork bagels, waffles with espres…
Italian in Ballarat

L'Espresso

A mainstay on Ballarat’s cafe scene for over 30 years, this old-school European-style cafe doubles as a cool record shop – choose from the impeccable selection of indie, jazz, blues and world vinyl while you wait fo…
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Yacht Club

Owned by the Ballarat Yacht Club (established 1877), this bright and breezy modern cafe has a prime location directly on the lake. Grab a table on the deck and choose from buttermilk pancakes with bacon, Moreton Bay…
Australian in Ballarat

Lola

Across from the station, the art nouveau Provincial Hotel has been returned to its former splendour thanks to a boutique makeover in 2018. Its refined blue-and-white-striped decor is straight out of the Hamptons, an…
Gastropub in Ballarat

Pub with Two Names

The latest chapter in the history of this long-standing pub (established 1842) sees contemporary Australian artist David Bromley take over the reins, revamping it as an art-filled gastropub. Here it's all about the …
Cafe in Ballarat

Webster's Market & Cafe

An attractive brunch spot with wooden floorboards and exposed-brick walls, Webster's is popular for all-day breakfast, with pleasing breakfast boards, prosciutto and peach bagels, toasties and seasonal green bowls. …
Cafe in Ballarat

Pipers by the Lake

The 1890 Lakeside Lodge was designed by WH Piper and today it’s a lovely light-filled cafe with a courtyard and huge windows looking out over the lake. Dishes range from egg-and-bacon fry-ups to quinoa breakfast bow…