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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Spanish Restaurant
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“Spanish ex-pat and owner Jose has put together a Spanish restaurant with wonderful hospitality and some really outstanding regional food. Order from the menu or ask for a 'feed me' $59 menu and they will keep sending dishes out of the kitchen until the table groans for a halt. Outstanding dishes include the slow-cooked beef cheek in rich gravy on a creamy mash, prawns in red wine, croquettes filled with jamon and potato, a wonderful cheese board, terrific Creme Catalan and almond torte with cinnamon and lemon zest. Seriously good. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
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“We love to hang out here, they serve food all day in a nice relaxed atmosphere.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Probably my favourite restaurant in Ballarat and perfect for a splurge of romantic night out. This is not a typical Australian Japanese restaurant, but more like eating in a fine restaurant in Japan itself. Friday and Saturday evenings only offer excellent set menus, with vegetarian and non vegetarian options. Other nights are a la carte or set menu options. Lunchtime offers bento boxes and more. They even can match sakes to each course, or try indulge in a flight of tastings as an apperitif, serve Japanese fruit based wines or fine Australian ones. If you love Japanese food, don't miss Kambei if you can avoid it; If you have never tried it, this is the ultimate place to start. The wonderful complex menu extends way beyond just sushi and sashimi, to utterly authentic Japanese fine dining!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great food and atmosphere, within walking distance. Need to book, as it is so popular.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Awesome wine bar/eatery with street front deck to sit outside on a fine day.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Food, rustic building, historical story and great owners willing to share their story and show the property as it was”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Local produce, local wine, overlooking their own brewery. Friday night music. Weekly specials. Walk the two or three short blocks to get there. All good. Open late. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Generally need to book, especially at the weekend. Steaks are good. Food is Italian in style”
  • 2 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“They have the best steak in Ballarat and have been open since 1972 and are still ran by the Dyer family. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Delivery
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  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
  • 1 local recommends
Australian Restaurant
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