Criterion Hotel Sale

4.5
31 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
At The Criterion we offer guests our personal rendition of the modern Australian gastropub, with a patriotic emphasis on supporting local businesses, employing locals, and using local produce from our abundant Gippsland food bowl.
We regard it as a personal challenge to help every guest that sets foot in The Criterion enjoy themselves & create happy memories, as they indulge in bountiful, well executed food, premium beverages & quality service.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 31 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrendaE
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friday lunch - great service and delicious food. Most enjoyable.

MR
MargaretR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. Didn’t have to wait long and the noise level was perfect to converse amongst ourselves.

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ValerieH
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

lovely place to eat in Sale
friendly staff
great food and wine
comfortable surroundings

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Will
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, exceptional service and a lovely atmosphere. The Cri never disappoints.

MK
MelK
3 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food as always, shame there is no live music on a friday night anymore. But food was GREAT and service was wonderful.

KM
KristenM
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always of expectional standard, far exceeding any expectations for a rural/regional town, you could easily think you were in the heart of the city at a top end restaurant. However, with the relaxed and friendly service and reasonable prices you would only see in a country town you get the best of both worlds! Definitely somewhere you’ll keep coming back to.

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NicoleP
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service food was amazing

MC
MareeC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Limited menu but something for everyone

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IanC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good gastro pub standard with some excellent elements and outstanding service. Kangaroo dish was wonderful.

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LKMD
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Not a lot of choice on the menu. What we ordered was well presented and the service was quick.

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TammyN
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was so good yummo Thankyou it would be nice to have a few more choices

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vipOpenTable Diner
15 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The seating was too close to other diners as we could hear everything they were saying. Other than asking for water on the table the service was very good, staff friendly and food (main meal) arrived within half an hour of ordering.
The overall experience was great! Loved the lamb!! Thanks

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good. Service very good.

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WendyB
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great service and really nice food.
Eggplant chips are a must try !

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Kurt
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about The Criterion Hotel was perfect. There's nothing at all to fault. Great experience!

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Gibbo
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Good country pub experience overall. Food is overpriced for what it is being simple pub fare.
But it’s probably the best place in Sale to have a half decent dining experience.

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Sham
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Try the salmon..pretty good..if you are not fond of alcohol they make great mocktailes..very friendly staff..

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LynN
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Choice great. Food delicious. Good wine choices. Service excellent, friendly and obliging.

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ChrisO
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent service as always. Food plentiful. Ambience perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dinner with family after a wedding event. Food was lovely, service was friendly and accomodating of our last minute extra guests.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing
Staff friendly
Service was quick
Very enjoyable meal

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Yarra
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Lovely table in the Library Room, very cosy. Grilled fish had been over grilled and was quite dry and hard sadly.

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AndreaW
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was stunning.
As a visitor to Sale, I asked for a recommendation for a pub and was recommended the Crit.
Main course of kangaroo and it was prepared extremely well (kangaroo is a more challenging meat to cook).
Very well presented too.

MR
MarkR
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Best restaurant in town. Gourmet dishes in great atmosphere. Menu changes regularly, so don't be surprised if your favourite dish isn't available, even if it's on the online menu.

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Was lovely arrived seated straight away, was given perfect amount of time to sit look over menu. Waited a respectable amount of time given the order. I had a parma that was lovely serving size was perfect partner had a steak ordered well as was cooked to perfection well salted. Both very happy with our meals.

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Gimmick
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Almost an hour of waiting to be served. Of the two dishes we ordered, one arrived completely cold. It's a shame because the quality seemed to be there but difficult to appreciate in these conditions.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Menu was very disappointing and flavour didn’t match value. Overall a very disappointing experience. I won’t be going back.

MK
MayaK
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was amazing will definitely be back

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MaggieC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff. Great service.
Wonderful food.
Highly recommend.

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Lynne
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

The Criterion is a lovely pub that serves excellent food in lovely surroundings.
Whilst the staff were engaging, despite asking to be given a moment on two occasions, we were rushed through our meal which spoilt the overall evening.
We ordered three courses and were in and out of the dining room in under an hour. We felt pressured to finish and leave so chose to pay and move to another venue to enjoy a bottle of wine a celebrate the birthday occasion in a more relaxed atmosphere.

We would recommend the Criterion to friends but advise to control the evenings proceedings better than we did.

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RuthR
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All our meals were delicious. I had an entree and a dessert. Perfect

FAQs

Criterion Hotel Sale is rated 4.5 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.