Riverview Hotel & Dining

4.3
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32 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary British

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Sunday Lunch
Known for our history, friendly atmosphere, fantastic pub food and fine dining restaurant, The RiverView Hotel is truly the hidden gem of Balmain Pub culture.

Our Restaurant is award winning, our fireplace is celebrated, and our intimate setting and great staff are the reason so many of Australia’s well known drop in for an ale or maybe a glass of wine or two.

The Layout at The RiverView is typical of old Balmain, making it the perfect location for a get together with friends, that special dinner, corporate functions and special events.

Multi award winning venue with a exceptional wine list, beer and cocktails accompaniments. Our staff and chef are constantly challenging ourselves to deliver a superior customer experience, we are proud to offer consistent and fabulous food and beverage experience. Why not book a table today?
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CB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Your prices are fine dining
Your staff are not experienced
Although they were friendly and polite
It did not balance with your pricing

MP
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great location and well presented restaurant
Reasonable menu choices at moderate prices
Really attentive staff all of which added up to a great lunch with friends

V
Sydney / NSW
11 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Recently renovated pub dining room, the prices and menu have also been renovated. Very pricey for the food and service which was still good pub level. Having been a few times pre renovation and had good meals, we were a bit disappointed that what was generally a good meal out was now not such good value. As there are plenty of good pub options in the neighbourhood we won't rush back for a while.

Riverview Hotel & Dining
Responded on 7 October 2019

Hi Vicki Firstly thank you for the feedback as it is very important to us. We work hard to ensure customers receive high quality food and value for money. The prices of the menu items that are not new have not changed since the renovation, there are a few new items on the menu than previously. We will take the time to review our menu to ensure they do represent value. Regards The Riverview Hotel

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M
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Good quality food, pleasant surroundings & service

DT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

food was great, lamb pie exceptional , table setup was good room to move not sitting on top of other diners.

NG
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never been to the Riverview before but will definitely be back. Arrived about 6pm to a great atmosphere with a packed bar and some fantastic live music. Had a couple of drinks then upstairs for a beautiful meal topped off by some of the tastiest and tenderest lamb we've. Will bring some friends too next time for sure!!!

C
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Food is still good quality but new wait staff are unwelcoming and unfriendly - big drop in standard.

x
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great looking pub - refreshing to find one that feels warm and welcoming, and is not all metal and concrete. Love the restaurant space upstairs. Our slow-cooked lamb, with mash, for 2 was perfectly cooked, tender and delicious, complemented by a green-leaf salad and an impressive (in taste and price!) Margaret River Red. Somehow not realizing we opted for the most expensive bottle on offer, it was somewhat of a shock, but truth be told it was a very good drop. We will be back (reading glasses in hand next time), and would love to try the bar fair downstairs as well, where it was buzzing on the night. Definitely recommended.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere
Great service from Adrian upstairs
Fresh perfectly poured Guinness
Steak and chat potatoes so yummy

AM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food in a great venue with a lovely ambience

MG
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food, wine and service was fantastic. We had the 12 hour slow cooked lamb paired with Howard Park 'Leston' 2015 Cabernet. Brilliant lunch!

KE
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Visited with family from outside Sydney and had a lovely time. The bar is quaint and reminded us of the old English pubs. Nice fire on a cold night. Then went upstairs for a good meal, where the Lamb for two was enough for four of us. The steak was delicious and tender. At the end of the meal we found out the kids meals are free on Monday night - three meals for nix! what a bonus!!! we will be heading back again some time soon.

AF
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

I would because the food was good, just keep a eye on your order it can take a while.
Staff were very young and inexperienced.

l
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food - Sunday roast was one the best I've had in Sydney. Nice bar downstairs for a drink afterwards too.

AH
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Thank you very we all had a great night. Good excellent - tick. Service - excellent. Would come back again.

AP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. I had the Duck my friend the Barramundi. Everything was great.

CL
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent semi-fine modern Australian cuisine. Delicious food in a comfortable pub style atmosphere, absolutely would recommend.

JS
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

One of the last hidden gems of Balmain...please keep it secret

T
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A very nice place to dine.
The choices of food and wine were excellent.
The lamb pie is a winner!
Being able to sit and chat easily with friends was fabulous.
Having the pub downstairs with a vibrant hum, very much in the background, meant their was atmosphere but not noise.
The staff are attentive but not intrusive.
Our second time back and definitely more visits to come.

ZB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here specifically for the Sunday Roast and it did not disappoint. 3 of our group of 6 were an hour late and there were no issues from the staff either - in fact, the lovely waitress even went along with our jokes towards the latecomers.
It was more expensive than some of the roasts we've been to but it was worth the extra.

PB
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The absolute best roast of the day!! Highly recommend it! The staff so friendly & added to the ambience

MA
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food with excellent service
Would recommend for date night
Very busy bar downstairs

JL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Neighbourhood Gem, recommended as great fora good for a Sunday roast, only the had run out!
So we headed upstairs and ordered at the restaurant. More expensive but chef went to the trouble to make sure our lamb shoulder had the trimmings of the roast. Will make sure we come earlier next time to try out the Pub Roast.

JS
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Top class menu and service. The lamb shoulder..to die for.

SD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

Beautiful hotel but service a bit off and no red wine glasses for our $70 bottle of Shiraz only white. Also I had to ask the waitress to provide new clean glasses for the red. Lamb shoulder was absolutely superb though.

C
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Have been going to Riverview for 10 years but have been away for 5 months. Good to see the quality is still the same (Pls don't change too much). Food was excellent and service was good. A few more good red wines would help.

Chris R

LM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything great as usual apart from the cold addition when it should have been room temperature. But that doesn’t happen often.

ST
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous place to have drink and good food with colleagues and friends

KH
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Small menu but each dish is incredible.

RH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful way to celebrate Mothers Day. Friendly attentive service, matched with fantastic food. Love this old pub!

TJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely night! 8 old friends, one over from Ireland! We could all chat, eat a great dinner and enjoy ourselves!

PH
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent pub food, good & pleasant service. Stairs are a bit of a problem for 'oldies'.