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The Golden City Hotel

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Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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427 Sturt St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5331 6211
08:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 08:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
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Geelong, Australia
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant has good food. The seating at the front is crowded but better at the back of the restaurant. The one thing that really got me was how bad the forks are. They are blunt as anything and you can't get them through lettuce or tomato which makes eating a meal here difficult. Nice staff but te owner needs... More 

Thank Peter M
Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short stroll from our hotel so stayed for dinner and drinks on a work trip. Nice food and friendly service. (Hate to think what the tab ended up being from the volumes we were drinking!)

1 Thank Justin D
Ballarat, Australia
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

GC's as it is known is centrally located, the food and coffee of great standard and the service is bright and breezy. We have probably dined there on 30 occasions because it is consistent and the ambience is friendly

1 Thank jlsanders
Ballarat, Australia
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped for a quick coffee before my appointment, put the order in for a flat white, no problems, told where I was sitting.time went on, and on, and on. 10 min went by, no coffee, and it was NOT busy. Another 5 min went by, I thought I better go and find out whay its taking that long, I was... More 

Thank MaikkiVIc
Ballarat, Australia
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took daughters for hot chocolate. Asked them if it tasted good. Yes. That's a big tick from a 6 & 3 yr old. My coffee was also lovely. I have to say whenever we've attended it's been really nice and family friendly. This time around I will say though, perhaps dress standards need to be lifted. The girl who served... More 

Thank _simonjohngray
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

The food was pretty good and there was a wide variety of choices. Wide range of beer and wines. Bear in mind that you need to order and pay at the bar, rather than from your table.

Thank Louise C
Melton, Australia
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79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

A lovely place to sit for lunch and just watch the people going about their days. We sat outside, protected from the breeze and traffic noise by the glass screens. The pulled pork baguette was rather delish as was my partners chicken schnitzel wrap. The bar staff were friendly and added to a lovely meal.

1 Thank Martin B
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Golden City Hotel apart from an extra 10 percent added to the bill not mentioned anywhere combined with a long wait for your meal when the restaurant is over half full was a good experience and dessert was delicious. We were there whilst passing through and did have to send the Latte’s because if they were any stronger the spoon... More 

Thank 801tanya2015
Ballarat, Australia
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This place is popular, and satisfies most appetites. By that I mean if you just feel like coffee and cake, or a hearty winter soup, or a well cooked steak ,you can find it here. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and anything in between. The wine list is something which is small, however adequate. I would... More 

1 Thank Sally-Anne M
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Went there to watch the national crit champs have been there lots of times in the past. Enjoyed the food great service by the staff. Menu always good but could change a little more

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 427 Sturt St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5331 6211
The Golden City Hotel, formally known as Geecees, was built in 1856 and originally named the Adelphi Hotel. Since it's first opening the hotel has seen many changes including the transformation to a cafe-bar in December 1996. Overlooking the beautiful tree lined main street of Ballarat, Golden City is renowned for having one of the largest restaurants hosting around 200 tables. We no longer see ourselves as a traditional hotel, but have moved with the times to provide a comfortable, safe environment where persons of any age can enjoy a coffee, wine or beer together with good affordable food available all day. The hotel offers two beautiful event spaces of varying sizes and design and caters for anything from intimate and private gatherings to large celebrations.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?