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The Boardwalk & Cafes - Ballina RSL

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Ballina RSL | 240 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
+61 2 6681 9500
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good46%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“lamb” (8 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
Ballina RSL | 240 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

We weren't expecting fine dining but the dishes we chose (battered whiting and chicken caesar salad) weren't the best. The whiting was fine (two large pieces) but served on a plate filled with chips. The side dish of salad is served in a small bowl...More

Thank DonegalEm
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have eaten here three times now and the food is not good. My meals have each been pretty bad. I most recently had the zucchini fritters which tasted like a ball of deep fried baking soda. They were inedible. Each time I have chosen...More

1  Thank Kelly B
Reviewed 5 days ago

The RSL has a bistro which is opened for breakfast, lunch & dinner. It also has a café which is opened all day. We selected the seafood basket & beer battered whiting. The food was yummy but we could not eat all of it because...More

Thank suzandgreg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great meal, a lot of variety, good pricing, good meals for kids too. Lovely view. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank caseycarter2007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent facilities, great food, lovely location. Over 2 levels, on the top floor were the gaming rooms, coffee shop and a venue for bands who on the night we visited had a divinal tribute band, who were fantastic, downstairs large restaurant and bars... lovely venue

Thank lorraine h
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here when visiting because of the lovely view over the river. The meals were so good and reasonably priced that we returned the next night and it was just as good.

Thank Peta B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the club at 8.30pm and the Boardwalk kitchen had just closed but the River Cafe was still open so we were able to get some really tasty food there without a problem. There was a blackboard menu and we had a good...More

Thank spin462002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited for the buffet breakfast which was nice but nothing amazing. They had all your basics of scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, fruit and pastries which were all okay in quality but nothing amazing. Everything was under a lid and there was no labels on...More

Thank Elle B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend eating here. Great menu for choice and great food. Easy parking, great to support locals.

Thank Jill E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a hearty breakfast without breaking the bank. River frontage with lots to look at as we nibbled before hitting the road.

Thank Chris B
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Zac B
Dear Management of Ballina RSL, my apologies for addressing you as 'Mark' in my prior question to you. I am so keen to find out about your steak that I slipped up. Anticipating your response, as I have always enjoyed your club until I recently had a steak that was similar in every way to three I've had in the last year - one as a midnight to dawn meal in a cheap Sydney hotel, the other at a Gold Coast Theme Park, then more recently I tasted a relative's steak in his nursing home. They all tasted the same, looked the same, were the same size, had identical grill colouring and the same strange texture. I'm assuming I'm correct because you did not respond to my complaint about the issue when I posted my comments - strange, because you've responded to everyone else. I guess you don't want to admit you are using these pre-fab cheap steaks found in nursing homes!!!, but people with allergies need to know this, as no-one would ever suspect your sneakiness. Awaiting the answer. Thank you.
9 September 2015|
Response from Ballina_RSL_Club | Property representative |
Hello Zac B, I am very happy to answer all your questions and response to your review of our establishment. First of all sorry for the late reply to your review but I personally wanted to respond to your review as I am... More
Zac B
9 September 2015|
Response from Ballina_RSL_Club | Property representative |
Hello, I hope that the response given to your following question, answers your inquiry.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$28
Bar, Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ballina RSL | 240 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Ballina
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6681 9500
  • E-mail
Stylish and chic.... inviting, relaxing and comfortable.... fabulous waterfront location … it’s a combination restaurant, brasserie and bistro … all rolled into one … there’s such a vast selection of culinary treats … from gourmet cuisine to wholesome and hearty family favourites … and so much that’s fresh, delicious and affordable!Our 3-time ‘Chef’s Table’ gold medal winners bring you a whole new dining experience … and the emphasis is on quality … quality seafood, salads, pastas, steaks, and kids meals … and we really do have ‘the works’!The menu includes a whole new range of snacks (simple or gourmet) that are also available around the clock from the River Café … and you can enjoy these snacks in any of our comfortable lounge areas … so, whether you’ve settled in to watch the big-screen action in the sports lounge … you’re meeting a business client … or simply enjoying some sunset drinks with friends … we’ve got something scrumptious for you
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