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All reviews slow roasted lamb mussels burger central fireplace view over the lake service was excellent merino
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful setting great service and food served with a smile. Staff were friendly and welcoming Would recommend

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great location, lovely service, tasty food, kids activities……. Perfect for family dining. Fully recommend to families. Easy online booking with almost instant confirmation- thank u

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Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 26 June 2022 via mobile

Good helpful staff, varied menu with local options- better than just pub- grub…would happily recommend and visit again

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 7 June 2022

Visited on Wed advertised as a 'Burger & Beer' night, 3 words to describe the experience, disappointing, rude, poor. The menu was disappointing as there was no alternative to a ' beef burger'no chicken or vegetarian option, the waitress was very rude and unhelpful she...really didn't want to be there, everything was an effort and when we returned our burgers because the beef was literally still 'beating' it was totally red and rare only to be told that that is how the chef likes it, I did say but its not how I or my husband like it, she said she forgot to ask us and then proceeded to laugh as if it was a joke, the only joke is this place, so poor, Lake Hawea deserves better it is a beautiful location and got so much potential, come on, sort yourselves out, your menu and your staff, as we would love to return, again and again, but not until these issues are addressed.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 19 April 2022

The food was really good and the service was great too, especially considering it was the Easter weekend and it must have been challenging to get staff. The burger was highly recommended.

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Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 30 January 2022

We now live in Lake Hawea and enjoy being able to have the Hawea Hotel locally. We always take visitors for a meal there. The service is always excellent and the food is great. Also dine there with our grandchildren - very child friendly.

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Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 4 January 2022

A group of us staying at the campground visited over a number is occasions. Each time we were met with very arrogant rude bar staff. Each time place was very busy but only one person on the bar so queing to order food an get...drinks for ages. Food is average and overpriced. Charging 15 percent surcharge on public holidays but still had hardly any staff on. Black mould on walls of men’s toilets which we told them about last year but it is still there. To top off bad experiences paid $25 a head for New Years and it was a rip off, previous year was free and so much better.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 31 October 2021

Food only average for our smorgasbord type evening meal for a rather expensive price, they got it really wrong on the service with four people at our table being served food and the other four a good half an hour later. And they had to...be asked where are the rest of our meals! The most expensive drinks I have seen ANYWHERE....by far, to date anyway. There were a large number of us booked in, and a large number of people complaining about being fleeced on drink prices. We also had booked out the entire accomodation facility for the night. This was a goldmine for them, I know the hospitality industry is doing it hard but these sorts of honest reviews will damage them. Did I feel looked after... Hell No. These guys need to rethink their business model urgently.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 27 September 2021 via mobile

Extremely overpriced for what you get. The food is average and the meat and eggs are not even free range for that cost. Expensive drinks, expensive food for nothing special. Not family friendly. Even the locals discount has been taken away. New owner needs to...seriously rethink. This used the be the heart of Hawea. Very sad.More

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

We had lunch, service was great, location and views good, Merino 35hr slow cooked lamb was SPECTACULAR . The best we've ever tasted.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Hawea Hotel is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5