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The Golden City Hotel

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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427 Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5331 6211
08:00 - 22:00
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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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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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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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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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
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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

Thank 8568658858
Daylesford, Australia
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Seriously disappointed and especially as we had a friend from Melbourne with us. We had always recommended this place to friends when they come to visit the gallery. We won't again Last nights meals was poor. The 200g fillet steak special was under cooked, the mushroom mash was revolting to look at and the potato mash was dry. My husband... More 

Thank Lily A
Ballarat, Australia
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Went for a late lunch. We had the trio of dips and warmed turkish bread for entree to share, followed by the grilled barramundi and a pizza for main. The serving of dips and turkish bread was generous and delicious. The barramundi cooked to perfection, the skin so crispy I nearly asked for a steak knife to cut it. The... More 

1 Thank Jocait
Ballarat, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I have been dining at GCs on Tuesday nights for a while. Their $20 Tuesday night deal includes a main (choice from around 12 dishes) and a drink. Their Tuesday night meals are substantial, delicious and great value.

Thank Clare G
Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Very busy and the food was OK for pub grub (7 out of 10 for the chicken parma). We booked a table on a very warm and humid night. They had air conditioners but had the doors open and fans barely moving. I was happy the food came relatively quickly and we could eat and leave. Hotel looks great on... More 

Thank ferguson5plus1
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We frequently visit 'GCs' for coffee and cake of an evening. Cake and slice selection is decent, marsbar cheese cake is a personal fav! They also offer a large selection of breakfast lunch and dinner

Thank Pickyforts

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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
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, 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 Street, 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?