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The Hydrant Food Hall, Ballarat Central, AU-VIC

The Hydrant Food Hall

4.4
4.4
402 Reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
We are situated in a heritage laneway warehouse within the CBD of Ballarat, an easy seven minute walk from the train station. Find us tucked away in the nook of McKenzie Street.

The large open space indoors with natural skylights, indoor plants, wood fire and air con creates a relaxed vibe. The outdoor dining space under the umbrellas lends itself to feel glorious yet secluded as you look up the laneway to the hustle of Ballarats' streets. Taste a classic menu with a twist offering an all day breakfast and lunch.

We are proud to use local flavours and produce from the region alongside our house roasted coffee.

We have easy access for prams and wheelchairs, and can cater for dietary requirements with our versatile menu.

Immerse yourself in a piece of Ballarat history, taking a moment to admire the restoration of the building from the early 50’s with the original sprinkler system on display.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 5303 0548
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Ballarat
  • Parking Details
    Parking is available along the streets at either end of McKenzie St. Armstrong and Doveton Streets have free parking available for the first hour or paid accordingly for every hour after that.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Bottomless Brunch

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Never has there been a more heavenly alliance than delicious food and unlimited drinks. Under the festoon lights, with the sounds coming from the open kitchen, and the aroma of our roasting coffee beans, our Bottomless brunch is the perfect scene for intimate birthday celebrations, catchups with old friends or "just because" its a fun way to fill your tummy, especially on the weekend. So what are you waiting for? Hit up the group chat, rally the troops and book a table today!
    Bottomless Brunch photo

What 402 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Victoria

    Great for brunch

  • Victoria

    Good for business meals

  • Victoria

    Good for business meals

  • Ballarat

    Best Service

  • Ballarat

    Best Ambience

  • Ballarat

    Great for brunch

  • Ballarat

    Good for business meals

  • Ballarat

    Good for business meals

  • Ballarat

    Innovative

  • Ballarat

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Ballarat

    Good for groups

  • Ballarat

    Healthy

  • Ballarat

    Hot spot

  • Ballarat

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Ballarat

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Ballarat

    Lively

  • Ballarat

    Most Booked

402 Reviews
  1. TanyaO

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best table service in Ballarat Awesome food Nice and warm & our wait staff was amazing Cheers

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  2. MonicaH

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always delicious food here, highly recommend for adults and kids.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here few times, and their food has always been really great. One of our main place to come when we are visiting Ballarat. Food portion are nice and pretty generous. Coffee is always great.

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  4. Ballarat

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Extremely attentive service but food and drinks were nowhere near expectations, and not in line with previous experiences. Menu changed and is now quite limiting.

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  5. LyndallC

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful environment! My family and I really enjoyed every bite.

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  6. SharonD

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the feel of this cafe. It's a lovely mix of industrial yet contemporary & has plenty of space & light. It just has a great vibe. The staff are very friendly & the food is delicious. 👌

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  7. Lucy

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and a really nice light and airy vibe

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  8. HelenH

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat inside and was most pleasant. We would have booked for outside, but was unsure of the weather.

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  9. JennieG

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great casual environment. Most meals on the menu included poached eggs which I can't eat. Serves were very small and overpriced. Only one special on the mains board.

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  10. TalahnaC

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous and off the main road cafe ideal for a Brunch. Collectively we'd had the Pancakes (amazing), Toasties, chips and Wagyu burgers. No complaints other than no substitute for the unavailable ice cream (i.e Cream) in the iced beverages and the bland Sweet Potato Crisps (The normal potato chips were salty and great). The rest of the food for our group was fantastic and the ambiance, cleanliness and service were stellar. I do recommend for a slightly different cafe experience and the ability to have a reasonable sized group in a calming atmosphere.

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FAQs

The Hydrant Food Hall offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 5303 0548.

The Hydrant Food Hall is rated 4.4 stars by 402 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Hydrant Food Hall

3 McKenzie St, Ballarat Central, AU-VIC 3350

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Ballarat
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Parking is available along the streets at either end of McKenzie St. Armstrong and Doveton Streets have free parking available for the first hour or paid accordingly for every hour after that.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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