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Bar, Pub, Australian, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 18 November 2022 via mobile

We had the pork belly rissoles and panko crumbed beef schnitzel. Meals were tasty and enjoyed. I made a few modifications to my meal, the chef was happy to accommodate my request. Generous servings and good service. New owners are still 'finding their feet' after...taking over from previous owners. Different menu as well. I found inside very clean and tidy, unlike previously, it always looked 'messy' particularly behind the bar! Will definitely visit again.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 7 November 2022

Was NOT impressed when we were told the staff had to check with the chef so see IF we could be accommodated? We should have left at that point. However we chose to stay and I must say it was one of the worst meals...we had experienced in our two month stay traveling through Australia! The steak I had was lacking in flavor and TOUGH!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 24 September 2022 via mobile

Can’t compliment the chef enough after our family dinner last night at the Main Hotel. Lamb curry was sensational! Not a skerrick left on any plate!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 31 May 2022 via mobile

love this grand old hotel and charm . excellent service and outstanding lunch . our food was superb love the furniture and design of this truly amazing local business

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 30 May 2022 via mobile

My husband and I booked dinner for Saturday night while visiting for lunch on previous Wednesday. We left our name and phone number at the time of booking. When we arrived at 6 on Saturday the hotel was in darkness and a sign on the...door informed us that it was closed for a private function! ! As they had the means to contact us we considered it very unprofessional and rude. Needless to say we went hungry as other places in town were fully booked and we had to be at the theatre at 7:30.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Sekove K, Owner at The Main Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2022

Hi, I think you have the wrong place sorry. We did have a function on a Saturday in the middle of the month that has been crossed out of our diary for 2 months. So if you did make a booking our staff would of...More

Reviewed 18 February 2022

The dining room in this hotel is furnished with mismatched antique chairs and tables which gives a kind of warm homely feeling. The food is amazing - it's a cut above the standard pub meals with frozen chips and seafood. The service is really friendly...but we did feel the portions were a little on the small side!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 8 January 2022 via mobile

Don’t let the exterior fool you, lunch was fresh, tasty and cheap. Fresh Salt and pepper squid, battered prawns and eggplant wedges were all delicious and far from the frozen stuff you’d get elsewhere. Friendly service with interesting antique decor. Will be booking in for...dinner asapMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 29 November 2021 via mobile

Best steak that I have had in ages, the local IPA beer on tap was delicious. The service was friendly and country casual( how I like it). I'll be dropping in for another taste from the amazing menu on my way through next time.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 16 November 2021 via mobile

My husband and I dined here tonight The meal was sensational The service wonderful This hotel is a must to dine at

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 12 April 2021

We were a big group of 28 including five children under the age of 10. They had a room set up for us it was laid out really well so every person could see or speak to each other. There was a variety of choice...on the menu for children as well as adults. I don’t know how they did it but they manage to bring all our meals out within five minutes of the first one coming out so we all got to eat together. I would thoroughly recommend trying the main hotel out in Bairnsdale good price good service yummy food good atmosphere.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 21 March 2021

This is an amazing place in Bairnsdale, food brilliant, service fast and professional, the wine list is ok with a number of local vineyards represented

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 5 March 2021 via mobile

Had a last minute dinner at the Main Hotel. The fish and chips -Lakes Entrance gummy - was superb. Crispy thin batter and succulent fish. Enjoyed with local Lightfoot Chardonnay.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 4 March 2021

I dined on 2 evenings in the same week. The Carlton Draught was as well cellared and presented as I've ever experienced. (Rings all down the glass as I sipped). My dinners were nicely presented, served with a smile. Not "trumped up" and very tasty....A grilled flake was washed down with a delightful Lightfoots chardy from nearby. The dining room has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This is hotel caters for all age groups. Recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 27 January 2021

We ate as a family here during a trip through Gippsland and while we weren't sure what to expect based on the outside of the hotel, we were very pleasantly surprised with our meals. Being foodie snobs from Melbourne we have pretty high expectations of...a good dinner and this place certainly didn't disappoint. I had the scallop entree which was fantastic, my husband had the ocean trout which was also amazing. Beautifully presented and tasty dishes. Attentive but unobtrusive staff who were lovely with our slightly rambunctious toddler. Would definitely recommend this place!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 15 January 2021 via mobile

Some restaurants provide good service. For us, service at the Main Hotel went beyond good; it felt as though we were being inducted as honoured and esteemed members of their family. It’s a hotel, but operated very purposefully as a restaurant. No pokies. No TAB....The front bar wasn’t even open when we did our reconnaissance run at 4.30pm, but Kerri opened for us. The restaurant was started a couple of years ago, contending with bushfires then COVID-19, by a determined and passionate young man, Skovi, with a vision to bring great food and a warm experience to diners seeking quality. Following a journey including elite sport and working in a busy kitchen in Tassie, Stovi has turned his hand to carve out a bright future in Bairnsdale. My wife and I both ordered steaks which were perfect. Mine, the daily special, was an absolute treat, the best value steak I’ve ever experienced. Why? 400 grams, Wagyu, MB 5+, rump, cooked perfectly to medium rare at an incredible $45. Try getting that in Melbourne and you’d pay more, for half the quantity. Oh. And did I mention the family and service? I hope this business with thrive under Stovi’s inspired leadership, ably assisted by passionate and welcoming family, including Mum, Kerri.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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The Main Hotel is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5