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Pipers By The Lake, Lake Wendouree, AU-VIC

Pipers By The Lake

4.2
4.2
31 Reviews
$40 and under
Breakfast

Pipers by the Lake is renowned for offering quality and value in an amazing setting. Come in for a coffee or choose from our extensive breakfast and lunch menu or take advantage of Ballarat’s best lunch specials.

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Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Breakfast, International, Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 5334 1811

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Nestled amongst century old trees, Pipers By The Lake is located on the shores of Ballarat’s beautiful Lake Wendouree and directly across the road from the magnificent and historic Botanical Gardens.

Menu

Something Light

  • Laurent Fruit ToastA$9.90

    Two slices served with butter

    • Toasted Vienna SourdoughA$8.90

      Two slices served with butter and your choice of jam, peanut butter or vegemite

      • Banana BreadA$9.90

        Two slices served with butter

        • CroissantA$9.00

          with butter and jam

          • CroissantA$12.50

            with ham, cheese & tomato

            • Oliver Lane

              banana, honey & coconut (gluten free), apple, date & fig (gluten free), mixed berry & orange blossom (gluten free)

              Breakfast

              • Eggs on ToastA$14.90

                laurent sourdough with white swan free range eggs

                • Bacon and EggsA$19.90

                  istra bacon, white swan free range eggs on sourdough toast

                  • Big EnglishA$27.50

                    istra bacon, robs black pudding, pork sausages, chorizo, bean cassoulet, roast tomato, fried white swan eggs, chili relish served with rosemary & peppercorn toast

                    • Smashed AvoA$18.50

                      on beetroot & fennel toast with rocket, fetta & walnuts

                      • Pulled Pork BenedictA$23.90

                        smokey spiced pulled pork, house made english muffins, poached white swan eggs & hollandaise

                        • 3 Stacked PancakesA$19.00

                          with mixed berry compote & boysenberry ice-cream

                          Breakfast Extras

                          • Egg (1)A$2.00

                            • Hashbrown (1)A$3.00

                              • Roast TomatoesA$3.00

                                • Pork SausagesA$3.50

                                  • Roasted Field MushroomsA$4.00

                                    • Chorizo & Bean CassouletA$4.00

                                      • BaconA$5.00

                                        • Small ChipsA$6.00

                                          • Large ChipsA$11.50

                                            Toasted Sandwiches

                                            • Istra Ham and Mixed Local CheesesA$19.90

                                              • Chicken, Bacon, Avocado, Ranch with Mixed CheesesA$21.00

                                                Kids Breakfast Menu

                                                for 12 years and under

                                                • Kids PancakesA$9.50

                                                  vanilla bean ice cream and maple syrup

                                                  • Kids Bacon and EggsA$9.50

                                                    one egg cooked the way you like it (poached, fried or scrambled) with bacon served on sourdough

                                                    • Kids WafflesA$9.50

                                                      vanilla bean ice cream and maple syrup

                                                      • Kids Toasted Cheese SandwichA$10.00

                                                        Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                        What 31 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                        4.2
                                                        4.2 based on recent ratings
                                                        • 4.3Food
                                                        • 4.3Service
                                                        • 4.4Ambience
                                                        • 4.2Value

                                                        NoiseModerate

                                                        Loved For

                                                        • Ballarat

                                                          Great for Lunch

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                                                        1. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Melbourne

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          Lovely breakfast 😊

                                                        2. SH

                                                          SusanH

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          The ambience was ok, nicer in warmer weather when one can be seated outside with a view over the lake. The service was quick despite it being Mother’s Day and therefore really busy. The staff were very polite. The food was really tasty and good size portions. Will definitely eat there again.

                                                        3. LB

                                                          LeightonB

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                          overall2food3service1ambience2

                                                          Poor service...one very sour waitress...no smiles..we were an inconvenirnce..never go there again

                                                        4. RH

                                                          RossH

                                                          Melbourne

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Attentive service and delicious lunch.

                                                        5. A

                                                          Annoyed

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                          Can't review Pipers as when we all arrived for our booked breakfast they were closed. Even though we kept getting SMS reminders.

                                                        6. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                          Yummy, fresh, colourful and satisfying meals with well-balanced flavours & textures. Staff lovely and very helpful. Beautiful view of gardens and lake. Thumping music seemed more for the enjoyment of the young staff than customers — too loud for conversation and not conducive for eating or relaxing with friends and a glass/cuppa.

                                                        7. TT

                                                          TinaT

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great food and coffee! Lovely location, we will be back.

                                                        8. RW

                                                          RobertW

                                                          Melbourne

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                          overall3food4service4ambience4

                                                          Been numerous times bit disappointed this occasion. First was told there is no lunch menu on offer then we have to vacate by 1pm due to the venue was booked for a function. If we were told with our booking at least we were aware don't like these last minute surprises.

                                                        9. MD

                                                          MaryD

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We had a delicious lunch in a beautiful setting..great value too!

                                                        10. SM

                                                          SonjaM

                                                          Victoria

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          We had a lovely experience at Pipers. The staff were gorgeous and very kind to my elderly mother. I would go back and recommend to my friends

                                                        11. AT

                                                          AlisonT

                                                          Victoria

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          Thank you for assisting us to have a quiet place for our meal. It is a challenge with very elderly people making sure they are safe and secure. Very helpful wait staff. Great to see better access for people who walk with assistance. Well done. A very pleasant lunch time experience.

                                                        12. SJ

                                                          ShenaeJ

                                                          Victoria

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                          Extremely disappointed to have reserved online for 2 adults 2 baby’s to arrive to be told , no sorry don’t think we have room I’ll look out the back ( it was extremely windy we clearly had 2 little baby’s outside seating wasn’t really practical) what’s the point of online booking if you arrive to be turned away ?

                                                        13. CW

                                                          CharlesW

                                                          Toronto

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 14, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service1ambience3

                                                          Food was good but service was very poor. Didn’t get our drinks until after the meals arrived.

                                                        14. MF

                                                          MichelleF

                                                          Victoria

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 14, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Loved it. Did was great. Sat outside with 2 little doggies. Perfect

                                                        15. B

                                                          Bobby2shus

                                                          Melbourne

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Beautiful food, beautiful location, friendly staff

                                                        16. s

                                                          suey

                                                          Victoria

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                          Beautiful setting overlooking lake, plenty of choices on menu, good size tasty meals

                                                        17. CR

                                                          CraigR

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          Had a wonderful Smoked Salmon Egg's Benedict. My dining partners had the Pancakes with Coconut Cream, Banana and Honey, all very nice. Coffee was excellent as was the service. Indoors as outside was just a bit fresh. Lovely view of the lake, people, dogs and various wildlife wandering past the windows. All up a very lovely 3 hours. Make sure you have your vaccine certicates and the Services Victoria QR App to check in with.

                                                        18. NP

                                                          NathanP

                                                          Melbourne

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Always a great place to dine. Excellent food and friendly staff.

                                                        19. SR

                                                          StuartR

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                          A lovely setting and spacious dining room,good service,easy simple menu.Great for large parties,would definitely visit again!!!

                                                        20. BH

                                                          BrettH

                                                          Victoria

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 10, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                          Excellent spot if you like outdoor dining, with a body of water

                                                        21. SB

                                                          SueB

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                          Nice outlook and attentive staff. A select but tasty menu.

                                                        22. R

                                                          Rachel

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 18, 2022

                                                          overall3food2service5ambience3

                                                          The servers were helpful, polite and efficient - a real pleasure. The cups were large, flat and cooled so quickly that the drinks were cold before the food arrived. There were no mugs for larger drinks, just larger cups that got cold even quicker. We sat outdoors which would have been really nice except there was no protection from the relentless and gusty wind off the lake. The gusts were so loud that it made conversation difficult. A real chai tea brewed with milk would have been nice, but alas, only the sugar-filled powder was available.

                                                        23. LP

                                                          LeeP

                                                          Victoria

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 14, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          It is always lovely at Pipers. Staff are so lovely and great coffee. Delicious smashed avo for breakfast!

                                                        24. V

                                                          Vonrez

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 10, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Amazing venue, great service and the food was very tasty. Will definately be back.

                                                        25. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 9, 2022

                                                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                          The salad instead of chips was poor, only leaves. Others had a side salad that had everything in it. Topping in the Bruschetta was sparse. Everything tastes good.

                                                        26. JV

                                                          JohnV

                                                          Victoria

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 9, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Pipers staff were fantastic. Very friendly and helpful. The food was great with a well balanced selection and the wine offered was chosen professionally to suit the menu. With views of the lake and the Olde World decor Pipers is on our list of restaurants to return to on our next visit to Ballarat. John & Susan V Melbourne

                                                        27. DM

                                                          DebM

                                                          Victoria

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 8, 2022

                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                          Lovely place for me to show off to my friends from Melbourne

                                                        28. K

                                                          Kate

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 29, 2021

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                          A must go when in ballarat for a relaxing lunch Views are perfect from the outdoor setting

                                                        29. WG

                                                          WendyG

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 17, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Staff and food was fantastic would highly recommend.

                                                        30. JU

                                                          JenniferU

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 15, 2021

                                                          overall3food2service4ambience5

                                                          Pipers by the Lake is a beautiful building both inside and out with great views of the Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree. The ambience of the restaurant is very nice and the service was very good, prompt and polite. However, the food wasn't that great. Out of the 5 in our party, only 2 thought their dish was tasty and reasonably good value. So we would not go back for the food.

                                                        31. DM

                                                          DebM

                                                          Victoria

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 2, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Lovely lace to meet for a coffee. Absolutely lovely staff

                                                        Safety precautions

                                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                        • Protective equipment

                                                          • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                        • Screening

                                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                          • Staff is vaccinated
                                                          • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

                                                        FAQs

                                                        Pipers By The Lake offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 5334 1811.

                                                        Pipers By The Lake is rated 4.2 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                        Booked 1 time today
                                                        Google Map for Pipers By The Lake

                                                        403 Wendouree Parade Lake Wendouree, AU-VIC 3350

                                                        Additional information

                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                          Ballarat

                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                          Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm

                                                        • Cuisines

                                                          Breakfast, International, Afternoon Tea

                                                        • Dining style

                                                          Casual Dining

                                                        • Dress code

                                                          Casual Dress

                                                        • Parking details

                                                          Street Parking

                                                        • Payment options

                                                          MasterCard, Visa

                                                        • Additional

                                                          Beer, Cafe, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

                                                        • Phone number

                                                          (03) 5334 1811

                                                        • Catering

                                                          Nestled amongst century old trees, Pipers By The Lake is located on the shores of Ballarat’s beautiful Lake Wendouree and directly across the road from the magnificent and historic Botanical Gardens.

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