Tinamba Hotel

4.7
514 reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
The Tinamba Hotel was first Established In 1874, over the years there has been many changes, The Schoenmaeker family purchased the business from Eric & Carol Whelan in 1987 and added the large function room and renovated the bistro.
The Hotel stayed in the family until 2009 when Brad Neilson & Damien Gannon purchased it. Brad & Damien both were born and raised in Gippsland. Brad born in Traralgon and Damien in Tinamba.
They owned Neilsons Restaurant in Traralgon, which they sold early in 2008. After a short stint in St Kilda, they returned to Tinamba, taking over the Hotel in May 2009 and immediately closed it for renovations.
After 3 months of hard work, the Hotel re-opened on August 22, 2009

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 514 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KimboC
Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It was great to be back at tinamba hotel. It has changed hands so menu different but still lovely food and wine great.

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LeeaneL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, very friendly staff. Would definitely recommend.

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DebbieB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food & service - music a bit loud for conversation - highly recommended though

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JoanneF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Another fabulous meal at the Tinamba Hotel. If you are looking for a delicious meal, wonderful service in such a beautiful part of Gippsland then you can go no further than the Tinamba Hotel.

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DanielleW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The only comment that I have is that we had to wait a bit of time between the entree and main course. We asked about the meals and the owner came to say that the meals were coming and he apologised for the wait.

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DeliaH
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food, excellent cocktails, friendly staff. Have dined here many times, looking forward to continuing the habit!

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GrahamL
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We are not sure what happen from our early visit, we met the new owners and had a great time food service very good, this time the food we are sorry to say was very average we were seated in the main area a group with lots of children so not conducive to a evening for a couple! we try to support all our locals but this time round it was a poor experience.
Not sure if we will return...

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ANNW
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous slow cooked lamb the one serve of chat potatoes served three of us.Service great

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Suzanne
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Pub meals in beautifully restored pub. Lovely place for relaxed lunch.

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GCGC
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A lovely Christmas Eve meal. The staff were friendly but occasionally a little too much with multiple people asking if we wanted drinks. A minor issue. The meal was delicious and a great selection of wine by the glass.

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MarionF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went on Christmas Eve for lunch, we were welcomed with a bright smile, the service was fabulous, cheerful and welcoming, the drinks arrived quickly, we were given time to revue the menu, the food was delicious, I would recommend the Tinamba Hotel to anyone who wants something a little more special than the normal run of the mill restaurant.

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Jazzy
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent three course dinner from the set menu.
Service was very good and the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience at Tinamba Hotel, from great service to great food, with friendly helpful service staff :)

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David
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Excellent country restaurant.
The food was great. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas lunch excellent as usual. Looking forward to 2021 and many more dining experiences here at Tinamba Hotel.

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TanyaHV
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience, they spoilt my Mum for her 75th birthday perfectly.

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MargaretF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite places to eat. Ambience, food and service are all faultless. It is a fair drive from where I live or I would visit more often.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Over priced, very limited menu, background music too loud. Won’t bother going there again although the service was good. Disappointed

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AnitaF
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

We have been regular clients of the Tinamba Hotel. We have visited recently, and understood that the menu has changed from 'fine dining' to úpmarket pub food'. Unfortunately, the new owners are not meeting the standard which we expect. The menu was the same, but the quality was ordinary. The service was 'friendly', but that did not make up for the extremely slow service.. We had promised our guests (who had traveled over 2 hours to get there) an exemplary experience. We had to apologise to them!
I hope that the new owners appreciate the expectations of their (previously) devoted clientele, and improve their food quality and service to match.

GB
GaryB
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Made the mistake of choosing steak (medium) and found it not only difficult to cut with the provided steak knife, but certainly on the chewy side rather than a soft tender meat I was looking forward to.

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CraigB
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly efficient service, entree and main served in a timely manner, not overly priced very good value.
Definitely recommend.

BH
BarbH
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue meals and service was wonderful can’t wait to come back

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ShirleyP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our second visit and hope to back again for our next special outing. The food is delicious with thoughtful wine list. Asked for window table and that’s what we got?

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RichardB
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had mains & dessert & it was beautiful. Very enjoyable

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SharonH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I've eaten at Tinamba a number of times and previous experiences have been excellent. This last experience the food was just not quite as good. The ginger prawn dumplings had tiny tasteless prawns which I might expect in a lesser establishment. The chicken with pepita seeds and cheese was dry. It is possible to cook chicken breast so that it's moist, but not on this day. I am hoping this experience was a once off and I will re-visit the Hotel. The pity of it is that I took my 91 year old mother who was visiting from Perth and I had given the Hotel such a good wrap, we were both disappointed.

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ChristoH
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Food quality good, but disappointed that charcoal grilled steak not on menu!

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Jaxx
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Just not the same ambience with the new owners which was always why we kept coming back. The food was superb but staff need some training on how to serve at the tables

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ZitaV
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very pleasant experience, good food, good wine selection, great quiet place in the country and close to home for me.

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VickiO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

fantastic food, lovely afternoon, enjoyed it immensely

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DavidC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a totally unexpected surprise! This place punches well above its expected weight for a country hotel. Being a city worker I sure wasn't expecting food of this quality. The hotel was quieter than what it normally would be because of COVID rules but I kind of liked that. I will be back again.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our group visits this venue at least 3 times a year and we love it

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Susie
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Setting was perfect, the food was lovely, definitely recommend to friends.

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KateO
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a beautiful meal and was so happy with the service. The food was amazing and I could not flaw anything about our experience here! We will definately be back

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GillB
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really excellent experience. Would definitely recommend to others

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

We had a table for four people, I asked everyone before I began this review if they were happy with their meal, unfortunately nobody was....
The choice was very much pub food at .restaurant prices. Our food was Luke warm, the Lamb was tough, no one was really happy with their main course. However everyone enjoyed their deserts, and the service was very good..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed every aspect of today’s visit . A wonderful way to celebrate or 50th wedding anniversary

Ron & Jan Preston

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BrendaE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious meal, prompt unobtrusive service ....perfect for birthday celebration. Very covid compliant but still good ambiance. Such a treasure for gippsland.

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GeordieC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing dinner at Tinamba on Saturday night. The service was wonderful, the venue beautiful and the food fantastic. Couldn’t recommend it enough. We will be back.

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BrettR
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Disappointed at the start due to lipstick still around my glass, noting the current circumstances with C-19. I expected more!
Suggestions from the staff of preference for the Meal was spot on and we did not have to wait long.
Would recommend the 3 courses.

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TammyN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic night had a ball, amazing food and service

FAQs

Tinamba Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 514 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.