Bunch of Grapes Hotel, Ballarat Central VIC

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Bunch of Grapes Hotel, Ballarat Central VIC

The Bunch Of Grapes Hotel is a hotel located in Ballarat Central, Victoria.
They have an average rating of 4.3 out of 565 reviews, with the latest ratings ranging from 1 to 5.
We went for lunch, and had the $16.50 lunch menu. I had fish & chips, which was fresh and tasty. The only quibble was the salad came with too much dressing for my tastes. Also included in the lunch menu was a free glass of wine, beer or in my case - cider. By all acounts the parma was equally tasty, as was the wrap. Good value and tasty food in comfortable surroundings. Would recommend!
401 Pleasant St S, Ballarat Central VIC 3350
This venue is currently open

Opening hours

Monday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
This venue is currently open

Opening hours

Monday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Latest reviews for Bunch of Grapes Hotel, Ballarat Central VIC

Loky 1779
08/03/2024
I had the pork belly, it was served on a bed of rice with wilted spinach and a nice sauce, there was pretty much no pork, it was just fat. The rice and spinach tasted funny and I ended up feeling sick for the rest of the night until I threw it all up. Good atmosphere tho great staff
Carmen Lane
17/01/2024
Large meals for decent prices, food came out quick, however the space can be a bit loud and carries an echo.
Love the goth-like interior and decor
Liz Hilton
17/12/2023
We had the best time. Our daughters baby shower went really well and she was a very happy little mummy to be. The staff were so helpful and the food and service was excellent. Highly recommend for a function or just a night out.
Melanie Morris
26/08/2023
Literally came here because it was rated number 1 for a Parmi in Ballarat, and my partner just got an absolutely raw parmi! The chicken was like it was right out of the fridge. Not cooked at all still soft and pink. The staff were good but by the time we received a replacement everyone else has already finished their meals. So disappointed... $100 for 3 meals of nothing. CHECK YOUR MEAL BEFORE YOU EAT IT!
Melanie Johnson (Melly Bull)
26/08/2023
Literally came here because it was rated number 1 for a Parmi in Ballarat, and my partner just got an absolutely raw parmi! The chicken was like it was right out of the fridge. Not cooked at all still soft and pink. The staff were good but by the time we received a replacement everyone else has already finished their meals. So disappointed... $100 for 3 meals of nothing. CHECK YOUR MEAL BEFORE YOU EAT IT!
Andrea Rawes
05/08/2023
A group of20 of us went for dinner on Tuesday night. We had a private room so we could mingle which was great. Food was great. I had thai beef salad, crisp salad , beef was thinly sliced with a spice dressing. It was very enjoyable. My husband had chicken risotto with spicy sausage. He raved about it. Others had steak sandwich, fish and chips and spare ribs. Everyone said they enjoyed their meal also. We dine out once a month as a group and will returning soon.
Lee Lee
12/05/2023
Booked a last minute table for 2 on a weeknight. Upon arrival found only 2 tables occupied. The female waitress screamed at us from across the dining room, 'Do you have a booking?" I turned to the male staff member who was standing beside us (behind the 'Please wait to be Seated' sign) and gave our booking name and time... I then yelled back to the waitress, 'why? Can't you fit us in?'...
With that she stormed towards us across the newly laid carpet... the dude told me to sit at table 16. As I am not an employee of this pub I indicated that I did not know which table was number 16. The demon waitress made a comment under her breath to my colleague. With that I turned and stated, 'If we are gonna have a problem, we will leave and eat elsewhere'. She coyly replied that there was no problem.
After this rough start I found the service to be courteous and the food to be quite good.
However, as a Newington local, I will not return to this pub for dinner, and nor am I able to recommend it due to the aggressive greeting. I do not want an anxious tourist or introverted local to think that our Gig workers are sub standard!
Such a shame for e recently updated old favourite!!!
Nikkita Smolenaers
25/04/2023
Booked the function room for my 21st birthday and had a fantastic night. Staff were super friendly, attentive and accommodating to our needs. The food was delicious and the whole family enjoyed their meals, we definitely be back and highly recommend for any upcoming events!
Marlene bone
18/02/2023
Had a lovely meal at bunch of grapes. Very tasty Hoisin Pork Salad. Could have been warmer and would have preferred salad on side rather than under meal but nice all the same. My husband had the fish and chips which he enjoyed. Chips not warm enough. Friends had calamari and salad which they enjoyed. Will return in a month. Staff helpful and liked that tables were well spread out.
Justin Wilson
15/10/2022
Unfortunately a very poor experience.

Booked here for my birthday lunch with the family after seeing all the great reviews and what a mistake that ended up being.

We ordered the the calamari and garlic pizza entrees. The calamari was fine, however the garlic pizza took me back to the deserts of the Middle East, instantly parched due to the copious amounts of salt. One slice was eaten out of pure hunger, 3 other slices were bitten into and promptly turfed back onto the plate. Two slices were untouched.

We requested the waitress take it back, she did offer a new one, however that offer was declined, it wasn't worth the risk.

We were never asked for feedback on the mains, so here it is:

For mains we had two duck salads, a prawn linguini and a porter house steak. The linguini and porterhouse were good.

The duck salad consisted of 3 pieces of cos lettuce as the salad component. The duck itself was bland, seemingly they ran out of salt after preparing the garlic pizza entree. The duck was also quite dry.

We requested a refund on the garlic pizza, after some discussion among the wait staff we were told they were not going to provide a refund as we are "most" of the pizza. By its very definition this was not true.

We were instead offered a voucher, however with the salty taste from earlier still lingering, we had no intention of returning. The waitress did offer drinks, but the damage was done, they'd taken out money for something that should've never made it out the kitchen.

Also seems unlikely the chef ever tasted it after being sent back otherwise I'm sure a refund would have been offered instead of having to ask for one and subsequently being denied.

Terrible customer experience and overall average food.

My recommendation if you decide to eat here, take photo evidence of anything you send back, otherwise they might accuse you of having ate it all.
Don Cole
20/07/2022
Lunch with several past colleagues, on a sunny winter Tuesday. The Bistro had a very clean pleasant appearance and I enjoyed being there. Friendly staff and good service. The meals from the lunch menu where good value with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. One in the group had the pork ribs from the main menu which looked great, thought he was going to devour the rib bones as well. We all had a great lunch and I will go back.
Jade Hateley
10/07/2022
Dined here Saturday night 25th June. We couldn't eat/finish our food, all dishes were bland and dry. To the point that I'm sure my dish was mutton shank, definitely not lamb. Kids area has great potential but simply neglected. Staff seem unhappy to be there. We got a jug of lemon lime bitters, big mistake, it was overly strong being mostly bitters so that was wasted too. Only positive was ease of parking access. Won't return.
Tim L
25/04/2022
Great food, reasonable prices and friendly staff. I will definitely be going back for a meal again soon
Char-lie M
21/04/2022
Impressed by the cleanliness of the place, great atmosphere
Staff are friendly and helpful..
Food is amazing and quite a big serve, so if you're hungry you will not be disappointed ..
We go there regularly.
Glenn Bell
19/04/2022
Perfectly cooked Eye Fillet, Dianne Sauce & roast spuds to die for. Parma's were amazing as well as was the Warm Lamb Salad. A fantastic Easter Saturday lunch the whole family enjoyed?
Chris Morrison
16/01/2022
Great steak here. Friendly staff and a good selection of beers. Would recommend this place for a feed and a few beers.
melissaw1983
06/01/2022
Great meals friendly service highly reccomend only lost a star because I don't like the flimsy chair on my butt ?
Djurdja Klaric
15/08/2021
Friendly pleasant staff, great service & meals arrive quickly. Food looked beautiful & tasted even better, one of the best ribs we've ever had, duck was fantastic but could have had another piece was a little on the small side. All in all do yourself a favour this great place to eat.
Mark Thompson
27/02/2019
We went for lunch, and had the $16.50 lunch menu. I had fish & chips, which was fresh and tasty. The only quibble was the salad came with too much dressing for my tastes. Also included in the lunch menu was a free glass of wine, beer or in my case - cider. By all acounts the parma was equally tasty, as was the wrap. Good value and tasty food in comfortable surroundings. Would recommend!
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