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The River Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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2 Wood St, Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875, Australia
+61 3 5153 1421
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

New owner's took over in Nov 2016 and it is now called THE LOFT. We have a lovely light tasting lunch with a glass of wine, beautifully prepared and served. We wish them well.

Thank IanLievesley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the hotel next door and so wandered in without looking it up in advance. So glad we did. Very delicious vegetarian food. Gnocchi was really mouthwatering. The local wine was great. Friendly owners and staff.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Bairnsdale, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

beautiful lunch at the loft . I took my aunty from interstate who absolutely loved it. very impressed with the decor and service. The gnocci and salt and pepper squid was delicious and followed by a beautiful array of desserts to share. will definately be coming back

Thank jendencov
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Visited this restaurant in May 2016 and we had a terrific meal with great service. Back for another visit in December for a Christmas party and we had a reasonable meal with less than average service. Had to constantly chase down staff for drinks etc. Unfriendly and overpriced. Seems to have gone downhill since it changed hands. Hope it improves.

Thank torchboy1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

The River Grill in now under new management, and has changed its name to The Loft. Same chef and style.

Thank MiddleagedCouple75
Melbourne, Australia
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136 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We decided to have our end of year break up at "The Loft." The new owners have done a great job refitting the restaurant. It has a real rustic feel. The menu features local produce, which ensure quality and freshness. The meals were lovely. Everyone enjoyed their meals. I had the fish- which was the best I had eaten in... More 

Thank Carms2
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Mark and Kim Ashwood purchased the old River Grill in November 2016..then promptly set about adding their own flair to the place including a revamped name....."The Loft". With extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry they set about creating something that had always been a dream. Situated in historical Bairnsdale my wife and I stumbled upon this unassuming restaurant driving north... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Good service, the staff were friendly. Our food was lovely and top quality. Highly recommended.. just expensive.

Thank Laura B
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Food was great, good selection of wines and the owners and staff were very helpful and polite. The setting shows off the past being the old Stables with photos of it's history. Highly recommended.

Thank Jo M
Paynesville, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Our end of year team lunch was at what is now called "The Loft" (formerly River Grill). Wow!!!! Great meals, pleasant venue and a god wine list. The only criticism - like most place in Regional Victoria they need to invest in training their front of house staff especially in how to make a good coffee. Over all a great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Wood St, Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Gippsland  >  Bairnsdale
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5153 1421

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