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Riverview Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
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Bar, Pub, Australian
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29 Birchgrove Rd, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Sydney, Australia
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner on a Saturday night with 2 friends and everyone's meal was outstanding. We had duck, ox tail, belly pork and ocean trout, plus sides of fries and broccolini. The fries were absolutely to die for with parmesan on top. The oxtail and duck were both deboned which was a lovely surprise, all perfectly cooked and very very... More 

1 Thank Josie084
Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jimmy, the owner runs this pub professionally and it shows. This is by far the best pub on the Balmain/Rozelle peninsula. Food is excellent, the restaurant food upstairs is even better! This is a true gastro pub in the true british sense. Great pizzas but that is only he start. Do yourselves a favour and visit the Riv. They have... More 

1 Thank Chancar1
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We caught up with friends for a mid week lunch and we weren't the only ones with the same idea. We have dined at the Riverview in both the bar and the upstairs restaurant and it has always been top notch. Great food, lovely surrounds and of course a decent wel priced wine list. The restaurant is beautifully set out... More 

1 Thank GeezeSydney
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic restaurant atop a quiet corner pub on a side street in Balmain Food was absolutely fantastic! Started of Quail, tuna sashimi, king fish tartare all lovely. I opted for a burrata with tomatoes, similar to a caprese salad Mains of Snapper filler with peach slices was outstanding. Lamb shoulder with porcini mushrooms on polenta also magnificent Very stylish food... More 

1 Thank MikePuncheon
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything I love in a pub: local, relaxing vibe, cosy, family friendly, great bar food and drinks selection. We have been twice with our teenage boys for family dinner and they love it; as do we.

1 Thank Rosie L
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked just off of Darling, the main strip in Balmain, I found this cute neighborhood pub. It has a great casual vibe, filled with locals chatting big about their day. But, the stand out here is the food. I had the quinoa crumbled chicken and it was delicious. Recommended by bartender. Fresh, flavorful and satisfying. I'm mean, it was really... More 

Thank Traci S
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had lunch with 10 friends and family on 27/12. Being a public holiday is was concerned that it would not be great but the service in particular was a standout. The menu was great and offered something for everyone and was of high quality. Some of my friends are real foodies and they were very impressed! Very cute place... More 

Thank Jacqui H
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a quant old pub that has a great atmosphere if your a British person you'll love anywhere in balmain and it's in a back nook of area with great pub food and friendly local reception. If you want to chat people love a chat but if your wanting a private time with someone special no one will bother you.... More 

Thank sue a
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We attended the Riverview Hotel for a work Christmas Party (8 people). Table booked for upstairs restaurant which was ready upon our arrival. Food was clean, fresh and well presented. Tasted delicious. Explanation should have been given from the waiter that sides are recommended to compliment the main meals otherwise portions are not filling enough (especially for a male). Drinks... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Dined here downstairs on Sunday with group of friends & although I'm not a great fan of roast beef, I have to say this was delicious. Not overly generous in serving size, and could have had more than one tiny vege of each sort, & less than two giant roast potatoes, but both the Yorkshire Pudding & horseradish sauce were... 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
Bar, Pub, Australian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Birchgrove Rd, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney  >  Balmain>  > Balmain
  • Neighbourhood: Balmain

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

Staying in Balmain

Neighbourhood Profile
Take the ferry to the inner west suburb of Balmain and be enchanted with this picturesque and eclectic waterside area. A stroll down Darling Street will take you on a tour of coffee shops, boutique delicatessens and shops offering wholefood products and organic cuisines. Yoga studios abound, and live music emanates from the hotels at night. As the place where the Australian Labor Party formed in 1891, Balmain has commonly been known for its “working class culture”. It has evolved into a health-conscious heaven with a laid back attitude, offering one of the most vibrant food and bar scenes in Sydney.
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