Where to Eat in Ballina: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 27, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Discover the best restaurant in Ballina, Australia including The Boardwalk & Cafes - Ballina RSL, Ballina Gallery Cafe, Fleurs Restaurant, La Cucina Di Vino, Ballina's Indian Kitchen, Che Bon Restaurant, Red Wok, Ballina Manor, Thai by Night by Chalee, Northern Rivers Seafoods
Things to do in Ballina

1. The Boardwalk & Cafes - Ballina RSL

Ballina RSL | 240 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia 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, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch HK$39 - HK$220 +61 2 6681 9500
Excellent
29%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 501 reviews

The Boardwalk & Cafes - Ballina RSL

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

Reviewed By Julie B - Hope Island, Australia

My husband and I went to the RSL for dinner on a weekend away. My husband had the chicken parmy and I had the prawn poke bowl. It was absolutely delicious!! I haven’t always associated RSL’s with great food but the Ballina RSL has completely changed my opinion.
We managed to get a table by the window so we were right by the river, and could watch the beautiful sunset.
It was very busy but we still didn’t have to wait long for our meal. Definitely worth a visit.

46 Cherry Street | Corner Crane Street, Ballina, New South Wales, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 66813888
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 229 reviews

Ballina Gallery Cafe

Reviewed By Webtones - Mullumbimby, Australia

We had lunch here as the reviews were good and when we drove past the cafe in the morning it was packed with the breakfast crowd. The setting is really nice and staff were very good. Unfortunately we found the lunch a bit average but the coffee was good. My piri piri chicken burger did not have much flavour or bite. I would return to try the breakfast.

3. Fleurs Restaurant

Comfort Inn All Seasons Motel | 301 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia (Formerly Fleurs Resaurant) Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast HK$63 - HK$212 +61 2 6686 2922
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Fleurs Restaurant

Fleurs is pleased to announce our new menu. There’s been a real burst of flavours coming from the kitchen at Fleurs. Our Head Chef and his team have been busy creating new dishes and adding new twists to some firm favourites. So why don’t you book a table and try the new menu! There’s so much to try!

Reviewed By jjjjswan - Ballina, Australia

This was an outstanding restaurant, unfortunately though, we were disappointed in our last visit. The service is still great but the food has fallen off along with the packed houses that comes with great food and service.

4. La Cucina Di Vino

69 Martin St | Ramada Hotel, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night +61 2 6618 1195
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 280 reviews

La Cucina Di Vino

Recently re-opened under new management

Reviewed By Susanna A

Woooow! What a place, perfect food, and awsome service and people. We ordred seafood linguini and ribeye steek. The steek was heaven, best steek we ever tried. Thank u very much! :D

5. Ballina's Indian Kitchen

U 24 70 River St, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +61 2 6681 3373
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Ballina's Indian Kitchen

We r open 11:30am -2:30pm lunch time And 5:00pm-9:30pm for dinner

Reviewed By kerryjohn2014 - Grafton, Australia

I ordered the Lamb Madras. Made from scratch it took a little while to cook but because of that it was not mass produced and unique. The flavour was really up there and it was a very nice meal

6. Che Bon Restaurant

5 Fernleigh Rd, Tintenbar, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +61 2 6687 8221
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Che Bon Restaurant

Ché Bon Restaurant will be closed for holidays from Saturday 22nd until Tuesday 25th April. Reopening on Wednesday 26th April.

Reviewed By Sparkle59 - New Zealand

Delightful Restaurant in the countryside. This is our second time and loved even more. The food is consistent and the service great friendly waiters. Always busy but you never feel neglected! Ambiance is great with fairy lights all over the ceiling.
I let the waiter choose my wine - and delicious!!! Cant wait to go back next time we are on holiday. Food so tasty!!

7. Red Wok

37-41 Cherry St, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +61 2 6686 2564
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 171 reviews

Red Wok

Modern Thai Restaurant serving the freshest of local produce by our talented chefs. Relaxed atmosphere with outdoor dining available during summer. Licenced selling beer and wine.

Reviewed By TravellerFaye - Lennox Head, Australia

Red Rock offers good river views in its new location. The restaurant remains large and has some outdoor sitting which can be windy but is quieter.
The last two visits I’ve been pleasantly surprised because before that I’d found meals intolerably salty.
Fish cakes are tasty. Stir fries are fresh. I’m yet to try salads and curries.
The restaurant remains popular.

8. Ballina Manor

25 Norton St, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast +61 2 6681 5888
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Ballina Manor

Reviewed By Jannelle54 - Bangalow, Australia

a hidden restaurant attached to accommodation a beautifully restored building for the 1920s and kept in that period. A perfect choice for an intimate evening , delicious food . If you are looking for a special night out in Ballina then don't miss the MANOR..

9. Thai by Night by Chalee

187 River St, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$149 +61 2 6686 7217
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Thai by Night by Chalee

Thai by Night by Chalee is Ballina's favourite Thai restaurant serving Authentic Thai food featuring fresh organic herbs from Chalee's garden, fresh locally sourced produce and friendly service. Vegan and Gluten free options available on most dishes.

Reviewed By 12282 - Bali, Indonesia

Chalee creates beautiful, fresh flavoured & delicious Thai dishes. As it's a coastal town, the seafood was plentiful & fresh. The meals were of a generous size & reasonably priced.
Our waitress, Shilo was friendly, attentive, knew the menu well & was helpful in suggesting various dishes.
We visited the restaurant twice during our short stay in Ballina, throughly enjoyed all of our meals & would highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

10. Northern Rivers Seafoods

480 River St, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free Options Lunch +61 2 6686 2187
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Northern Rivers Seafoods

Reviewed By MrsButterworth2013

We passed through Ballina yesterday on a road trip through NSW, we were headed to the fisherman's Co-Op for lunch when we passed this place and it was PACKED. The Co-Op was virtually empty so we turned around and headed back here instead! (always go where the locals go!) The fresh seafood looked amazing and very very fresh, there were live crabs and crayfish in tanks and everything was very reasonably priced. We ordered the "Seafood Basket for 2" (swapping prawns for fish cocktails) and while we waited there was a constant heavy stream of customers coming in and buying fresh and cooked seafood. The three ladies serving did a fantastic job at keeping up and were polite and friendly with a smile for every customer! The food we bought (and took to eat at a near-by park) was amazing. The fish was fresh, moist and perfectly cooked. The calamari was excellent too. The chips were a little hit and miss but the fish was so plentiful that we really didn't mind! We got a HUGE amount of food for $22, it really could have fed three people easily!

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