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The Boardwalk - Ballina RSL

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Bar, Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Ballina RSL | 240 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
+61 2 6686 2544
08:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Wed 08:00 - 23:00
Thu 08:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
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Tweed Heads, Australia
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228 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our first visit to the Ballina RSL was for a late night snack. Some renovations were being undertaken, so some of the club was off limits. We enjoyed a coffee and desert and it was probably one of the best we've had at a club, especially late at night. The boardwalk has great views of the river and the passing... More 

Thank Kim D
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent chef-standard meals at reasonable prices, particularly roast of the day. Breathtaking views of the river and passing boats. Very clean and modern facilities, friendly professional staff. Highly recommended.

Thank David D
Ballina, Australia
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Noisy, very average buffet food, great view, self serve, pricey for what it is. This is after all a club so you don't expect too much.

Thank robbo1943
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87 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not generally a fan of Club food (not a chicken snitty to be seen). The offerings were restaurant quality and the service extremely quick, without the food suffering in quality. Price was also very reasonable for a 3 course meal and coffee. The Club itself has a wonderful outlook and is very well presented. Staff were very attentive with a... More 

Thank barrsalona
Sydney, Australia
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130 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's trying to be more than typical club food but I don't think it gets there. I have been twice the first time I had the mussels. The mussels themselves were superficial and fresh the sauce was tasteless The second time I had the prawn and mango Vietnamese salad with salad and pepper squid on the side. This was above... More 

Thank Robmary765
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food average - great canteen of noise - live music playing but too loud. Felt like an old labour or conservative club in Britain - not tatty but just common. Glad we did it for experience but feel a bit of a snob with this review - catering for the masses 😳

Thank Helen S
Greater Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Four adults had two evening meals there typical club fare although some items were a bit out there with all the odd ingredients to my taste.

Thank Peternitroexpress
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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289 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this establishment two nights on the trot and we certainly were not disappointed. Sign in with Driving licence if you are Australian, if UK, just sign the machine at the desk. The dining hall and bar is huge, must be able to seat 500 plus people. The Chef's selection is shown on electronic screens suspended from the ceiling, with... More 

Thank ww1guide
Mackay, Australia
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was excited to go to the Ballina RSL after reading the reviews. Unfortunately my experience did not measure up to the reviews. I ordered the veggie burger and my husband the seafood basket. The burger patty was barely warm and the chips old and warm. My husband's basket was quite oily and old chips too. It's a shame because... More 

Thank 800Shaz03
Ballina_RSL_Club, Guest Relations Manager at The Boardwalk - Ballina RSL, responded to this review

Hello 800Shaz03, Thank you for letting us know of your recent experience here at our club. I am sorry that you and your husband were not able to enjoy the meals that you received and that they did not meet your expectations. I am sure that the staff would have been happy to help you with a much more pleasing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, I am a local so my review might be considered bias but be aware I only post (positive or negative) when I think my dining experience is worth noting. I'm by no means a regular at Ballina RSL and as far as RSL's are concerned you would expect the experience to be quiet predicable. Well, think again. We started... More 

Thank Gregory C
Ballina_RSL_Club, Guest Relations Manager at The Boardwalk - Ballina RSL, responded to this review

Hello Gregory, It was a real pleasure to read your review of our club, following your recent visit. Thank you for all the great comments regarding the meals you received. It sounds like everyone enjoyed their selection from our new menu. Hopefully being local, you may join us again soon and continue to enjoy more of what our club has... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$36
Bar, Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ballina RSL | 240 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Ballina
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6686 2544
Stylish and chic.... inviting, relaxing and comfortable.... fabulous waterfront location … it’s a combination restaurant, brasserie and bistro … all rolled into one … there’s such a vast selection of culinary treats … from gourmet cuisine to wholesome and hearty family favourites … and so much that’s fresh, delicious and affordable!Our 3-time ‘Chef’s Table’ gold medal winners bring you a whole new dining experience … and the emphasis is on quality … quality seafood, salads, pastas, steaks, and kids meals … and we really do have ‘the works’!The menu includes a whole new range of snacks (simple or gourmet) that are also available around the clock from the River Café … and you can enjoy these snacks in any of our comfortable lounge areas … so, whether you’ve settled in to watch the big-screen action in the sports lounge … you’re meeting a business client … or simply enjoying some sunset drinks with friends … we’ve got something scrumptious for you

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