The Criterion Hotel, Sale VIC

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The Criterion Hotel, Sale VIC

The Criterion Hotel is a hotel located in Sale, Victoria. They have a bar, great food and drink options and offer accommodation. They also have a great dine-in restaurant - you may be able to download their menu on their website.
They have an average rating of 4.5 out of 962 reviews, with the latest ratings ranging from 1 to 5.
I arrived late Monday ( the joys of modern air travel). Checked in and had a burger at the bar ( it was sensationally salubrious). Hit the hay upstairs and sadly I'm a really really light sleeper and didn't get the best nights sleep. Mentioned it to Katy on reception and hey presto she moved me to a quieter room. Katy is an absolute gem and rockstar rolled into one. The rooms are brilliant and perfect for a work or leisure trip. I will definitely be back for sure.
90 MacAlister St, Sale VIC 3850
This venue is currently open

Opening hours

Monday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
This venue is currently open

Opening hours

Monday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Latest reviews for The Criterion Hotel, Sale VIC

The pickle Sandwich
18/09/2023
Fantastic pub dinner on Friday night to watch the Carlton vs Melbourne match. Staff were friendly, welcoming and very accommodating of our footy passion. High quality gastro pub food ??'?
onpole01
29/08/2023
Had an amazing dinner, service was friendly and efficient. The food was delicious. Average main 25 to 50 bucks.
Stephen Davies
21/08/2023
I arrived in Sale on a Saturday at lunchtime to join a group of 18. We were located in the 'Library' room, a handy space away from everyone, still close enough to the bar for convenience.
The staff were cheery and managed the large number of attendees well.
The food disappointed. I had a Chicken Parma of decent portion and thickness which was overcooked. Similar comments came from others. The choices were limited. On the plus side was the drinks list. Extensive and presented in a unique leather folder. You win some, you lose some...
rachel francis
31/07/2023
Just had a wonderful lunch here. Food was super nice. And the staff amazing our waiter had amazing customer service and very friendly will for sure be here.
Pauline Bailey
23/07/2023
Had a beautiful meal at the Cri before heading out for an event. Food was delicious, service was quick and friendly, and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. A stylish and elegant pub in a great location in the heart of Sale!
Allan Roark
30/05/2023
I arrived late Monday ( the joys of modern air travel). Checked in and had a burger at the bar ( it was sensationally salubrious). Hit the hay upstairs and sadly I'm a really really light sleeper and didn't get the best nights sleep. Mentioned it to Katy on reception and hey presto she moved me to a quieter room. Katy is an absolute gem and rockstar rolled into one. The rooms are brilliant and perfect for a work or leisure trip. I will definitely be back for sure.
Natalia B
26/05/2023
Went for a meal with a friend.
Tried the Romesco dip with labosh bread and a side of steamed green beans. Best vegan dish I've had in Sale in the last 18 months!!!

They have a few vegan options which I will be trying in future.
Yummy

Great service too!
Denise McKinna
18/05/2023
The Criterion offers the best of local wines and the meals were brilliant. Service was amazing as was the service.
If what I experienced was midweek service, their weekend service must be amazing!
We could not fault a thing!
Michael
17/05/2023
I went here for dinner tonight and was the first person to arrive at 5:30pm

The waiter was extremely helpful attentive and polite.

Lucky for me it was steak night and there were three different specials to try, I chose the 250grm porterhouse steak with beer batter chips and wine gravy JUS and a complimentary drink I chose an orange juice as I was driving.

Everything was cooked to perfection There was plenty of flavour in the beef And the chips were crunchy and tasty.

Beautiful building and decor
Friendly staff who are very professional
Great food using locally sourced ingredients and a great selection of drinks if you are looking for something abit extra

I will definitely come try more dishes here when I am in Sale again next.
Aaron Price
08/04/2023
We stayed for a few nights while visiting family. The property is historic but well maintained and felt like it has been kept up to date. The bathroom we had was excellent and room facilities great. The room had two very high windows and we ended up sleeping with the blinds open all night as felt closed in. Not a major issue but worth requesting a different room if you want to open windows.
T R
04/04/2023
Amazing food, we had the Porterhouse and the quality of the meat was great! Desert portions are generous. Friendly and lovely staff! Great lunch deal.

Definitely we'll be back.
Ryan
08/01/2023
Excellent customer service, nice and toasty inside, classic interior feel, and a good feed.

We were so impressed with the customer service, especially by the young people at this pub - they were so polite and delightful. Such a refreshing vibe!

The only feedback I have is that the salad could use some more ingredients.

We can't wait to revisit!
A H
07/01/2023
We couldn't believe this place! I don't know why we stopped here, specifically. We were disappointed with one of the main pubs the night before so we were chasing a recovery. These guys delivered! The atmosphere was brilliant and the food was sensational. I've never been more impressed by a damper and lime butter. The mains were also awesome. I had roast beef and vegetables and my partner had the burger. We were both stoked with how awesome the food was. So much better (and pretty evenly matched for price) than wherever we were the night before (nearby pub with cool play area for kids).
jordan milgate
30/12/2022
This is one of the best places I think I've eaten in my life. Steak was delicious perfectly cooked.
Fish was even better. Next time we are in Melbourne we will be making a detour just to eat here again.
Mei M
27/12/2022
Nice venue, lovely staff, and great food. I had the Espresso Martini and the Eggplant. The Eggplant was way fancier and far more filling than expected which was delightful. Most places with a Veggo dish just deep fry something and call it a day. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and thought put into the dish. We would definitely come here again.
Marina Oliphant
19/12/2022
Extremely impressed with this beautiful pub. Incredible value for a family of four. All staff were lovely and helpful, both on the phone and in person. We had a delicious family meal at the restaurant. Stylish, spotlessly clean room with very comfortable beds. A perfect, hassle-free way to break our trip to coastal NSW. Thank you Tina, Katie and team.
SkyNews IsEvil
20/11/2022
I love this place. Food is excellent but what really makes it stand out is the service. It is just superb. We co e here about once a month and every single time I enjoy it. We've been recommending it to any of our friends that are passing through and they all rave about it.
Jack Parkinson
11/10/2022
Stay at The Criterion Hotel in Sale whilst in town for work. Honestly didn't know what to expect from this place but I was very happy with my stay. The staff were very happy, friendly and helpful. My room wasn't massive as you can see but I wasn't there much so it's all I needed. It's was extremely well priced and right in the middle of town. Plenty of parking out the back and very quiet and night. Beds were clean and comfortable along with the rest of the room. Not sure what more you could expect. Highly recommend if you need a place to stay.
Nigel Beresford
07/10/2022
I travelled from Drouin to attend a function and needed to eat at a local pub. The menu looked good so I booked. I was however very disappointed with my meal. The chicken burger was an extremely small serve, ideal for a child but not for an adult. Certainly not good value. Next time in Sale I will find another pub. The service was good but the meal was very poor value.
Lauren Meek
02/10/2022
We had a great experience, at the hotel and restaurant. The fish and chips for dinner was a little small with only one piece of fish when most Melbourne pubs serve 2.. but otherwise it is a beautiful place, very clean and was an enjoyable weekend. I hadn't been to Sale before but in my opinion, this hotel was the best place in town.
Tommy Dwyer
23/09/2022
I remember a Criterion that was full of locals and took pride in returning guests, fast paced and had pride in where they were from. However just like Columbus they sailed into a different direction entirely.

Need better trained staff across the board!
The bar staff were rude and had no initiative at all. While the two were working on one cocktail together and teaching each other by the looks of things, we must of waited a solid 5-8min on being served. We were the only ones at the bar too.

Now I'm no Big Ben, but if a cocktail takes a few mins to make and guests know this, why not serve the only two people on the bar patiently waiting, who ordered two glasses of wine prior, (and wanted another) before finishing a cocktail that isn't even shaken yet. Sadly I think the bar went like the queen.

Asked them about the local wines too, they couldn't find it on the system, and I had to point it to her on the shelf. Blue Gables and Glenmaggie wineries are part of the district. It was my fourth time in that week and they still need to Learn the product and learn the sequence service. Appreciation and the effort of being nice is no effort at all and easy to create a remembered experience.
Joanne Clark
01/06/2022
Great meal. Lovely service by waiter. Beautiful inside. Very welcoming.
Robyn Morrow
09/05/2022
We went to The Criterion Hotel for Mothers Day lunch. The front door opened as we walked up and we were warmly welcomed by staff as we walked in. The decor is lovely and the service was amazing. The chairs were a little hard to sit on, but as everything else was so great, that's easily forgiven. Our 2-course meal was amazing and well exceeded our expectations. We had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go back again. Congratulations to the staff for organising such a wonderful lunch.
Sarah Elali
25/04/2022
Recommend trying the French onion dip. It's beautiful. Great selection of beers. Book ahead so you don't miss out.
Gail Cremen
24/04/2022
Beautifully refurbished, classic, old style pub from 1890. Very comfortable overnight stay in a Double Studio.
Queen bed in one room and king (or 2 singles) in the other. TV in both rooms worked well for grandkids.
Rex was most attentive, lovely welcome and explanation of facilities.
Restaurant is highly rated and bookings strongly recommended. We will try it out next time we are down. Took grandchildren to cinema, very comfortable reclining chairs was unexpected bonus!
Safe, convenient, on-site parking and lift to rooms on 1st floor.
Well stocked mini at and bathroom.
Highly recommended.
Andrew Phillips
26/02/2022
Just had dinner. Very ordinary. Don't go here. Over priced and pretentious. Have no idea what they were trying to do with the native crumb on the salmon dish. Tasted like toffee coated popcorn. Asparagus cooked within an inch of its like. Roast beef tough. Parma smothered in tomato paste.
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