Latest Reviews

"Food was amazing. Super friendly staff. Definitely come again"

Leah Peters 16th January

"Great food and friendly staff.

Great food and friendly staff. Calamari salad is fresh and tasty. Good family atmosphere and nice beer garden"

maryjoemm 16th January

"Our favourite pub in Geelong! The staff are lovely, food is great and prices are cheap. The schnitzels are amazing"

Erin Dohrmann 16th January

"Great food ..great staff"

Graham Nind 16th January

"My wife and I go for Lunch every Saturday. The Staff are always friendly and the Meals are very well priced and are always cooked to perfection. Highly recommended"

John Pigott 15th January

"Steak night Monday and Tuesday and what a beautiful well cooked steak it was came out with a decent amount of chips and the staff were lovely will be going back!"

Upacls 10th January

Awesome honest food

"Stopped buy for dinner, two adults and two kids. We a number of different meals all of which everyone commented were really good. Service was excellent, those serving we polite and attentive. Meals came out quite quickly. We will definitely be returning."

rohbrown 7th January


Fabulous pub - awesome staff

"I attended the pub for dinner with my family last night and found that the meals were delicious and the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. This was our first visit and we'll definitely be back."

V3088DYmelanief 7th January

"Really good food"

Leslie Berry 6th Jan

"We went with a large group with kids, the staff were great and very attentive. The food was also great. Would recommend!"

German M 6th Jan

"Great food. Probably a good idea to book if you want to eat."

Colin 4th Jan

"Great pub, great food, great value, great people, no more to say. Thanks all."

Paul Smith 2nd Jan

"Great meals!!!"

Janet Smith 23rd Dec

"What an unreal find this was. Amazing food, such friendly staff and I just couldn't believe the prices for such top quality food. We will be back again soon as my kids are already asking to go back again."

samgA2989JN22nd Dec

"Great food, friendly staff"

Marja Hoffman 21st Dec


"Fantastic Aussie Pub! Family run, great food, and super friendly. Wish I lived closer to eat there every week. Definitely worth a visit!! DO IT!"

James Hood 20th Dec

"One of the best economical restaurants we have come across. Lunch for 4 adults and one child about $100 (incl drinks). Extremely friendly and obliging staff. Due to Covid restrictions, there were not many people there, but it did not change anything. I highly recommended this place."

Junette Kelman 7th Dec

"Wonderful meal, everyone enjoyed. Will go back again."

Cheryl Butler 4th December

"Incredibly friendly staff. They went above and beyond for me and my friends making us the drinks we wanted that werent on the menu and moving us to a warmer table. Every one of them were so open and easy going. Our night was made by their service!"

Shannan Vicary 18th October

"Great food and great staff. Thanks for looking after my crew ☺"

Janette Shaw 15th October


"Great Service! The Food Was Amazing! Staff Were Excellent & Polite! Definitely Will Visit Again & Again!"

Adrian Van Der Linde 12th October

"Great food and service!!!

Sue Clarke 10th October

"the Meal was Epic and the Staff were Great!!"

Adrian Kofoed 13th October

"Beautiful tasty meals. Generous serves. Wonderful service, staff are so friendly nothing is too much trouble for them. The staff even sang happy birthday for my 60th. Great place to spend some time"

Kathryn Stones 10th October

"Has become a regular venue of ours, it has to be to the best pub food in town, the steaks are unreal and service to match 👌"

Sam 23rd September

"Friendly customer service and great meals defs be back"

Brina Staines 21st September

"Our favourite pub in Geelong. Awesome meals every time, great service, family friendly you will not be disappointed. 5 stars hands down 😊"

Debbie Low 18th July


"love this place, meals are very nice indeed,staff are friendly and welcoming"

Elizabeth McAuliffe 18th July


"Had an awesome Steak cooked to perfection👌Highly recommend great local family owned Pub"

Cheryl Poyner 14th July

"Best pub in TOWN! Family owned pub and it shows! Nostalgic pubs like this are a dying breed. 11/10"

Tolga Biyik 11th July

"Beautiful place to eat! Here every friday and it always delivers! Great service"

Thomas Joseph 11th July

"Great service, great food."

Daniel Janssen 10th Jul

"Great little pub, great lunch with friends"

Donna Organza 4th Jily

"Best steaks you can find always top guality"

Renate Rousseaux 1st July

"Friendly staff, great food and nice atmosphere around the place."

Jamie Nielson 1st July

"Came back second night in a row! Had the steak special with creamy garlic sauce and it was heavenly!!"

Danielle Pangiarella 30th June

"Thanks to Sam and the girls for a great evening meal while we were celebrating our daughter's birthday. Friendly service, yummy food and a lovely fire. Enjoyable evening. The Kellys'"

"Amazing honestly!! Food was sooo good! My partner had the porterhouse and he loved it, i had the parma and it was up there with one of the best I've had!"

DP 29th June

"Delicious meals"

Kelly McKenzie 26th June

"Great service, excellent good quality food and heaps of variety, beautiful warm environment and reasonably priced. Thank you for a lovely night."

Claire D 24th June

"I booked in for dinner last tuesday and the staff were just awesome. We were seated and everything was explained to us so there was no confusion on anything and full table service (COVID19).
The venue prices were sooo reasonable and the food was delicious.
The staff were so friendly. I can't wait to go back."

KT Zikovic 21st June

"Had another amazing meal today, really lovely family who make you feel so welcome. Was lovely to finally see baby Isla today too,what a cutie."

Lisa Hayman 17th June

"Best Steak in a city known for good steaks. Make sure you get the scalloped potatoes as a side. Friendly service and cold beer is nice too."

Gerard O'Connor 16th June

"My wife and I just had a great meal, highly recommend this pub.
Big shout out to Sam and the friendly staff."

David Bell 13th June

"Third time my wife and I have been, and we were not disappointed. Fantastic, friendly and quick service. Highly recommend, and we will most certainly be back!"

Kain Patten  12th June

"Really lovely cooked steak, and a pleasant, traditional pub atmosphere."

Sean Murphy 11th June

"Well sometimes you come across a REAL GEM of a place to have a meal, & today we found it. The Sir Charles Darling Hotel. A real cosy well run family business. I opted for the porterhouse steak with creamy peppercorn sauce. The knife just fell through the meat as I cut off a piece. It was absolutely beautiful. Because of social distancing, our group of 11 was spread over 2 tables which was not a problem. But, all 11 of us raved over our meals. From Steak to hamburgers to parmis, NOT one complaint. All the staff were so friendly, polite & helpful. Thankyou very much. I, we, will be back for a meal often enough. It was well worth the 2hr drive from home to Geelong."

Peter Wiggins 7th June

"Excellent pub food, had chicken schnitzel w/chips & gravy Friendly staff. Reasonable prices"

Lyn Humphries 4th June



"Beautiful family run pub, so happy that hours are clearly displayed on the website. Great burgers and parmis, pretty decent menu and beautiful food. Love the way they also looked after the little ones, talking to them and giving them books to keep them occupied."

Carol S 13th March

"Easy going pub, one of the last ones in Geelong that's still a pub."

Benjamin Wray 10th Mar

"Food and service was excellent."

Noelene Turner 8th February

"Great food"

Carolyn Hart 7th March

"Nice lunch ,made to feel welcome good price"

Chris Boucher 4th March


"Fair meals,close to town and parking"

Rodney Stevenson 25th February

"Fantastic food - fresh and great tasting. Little family run business, it was packed when we got there but the staff were very happy to accommodate us."

Rad Gupta 22nd February

"Meals to really rave on about

Mon & Tue 300gram Porterhouse Steak $19.50 - Wed Seafood - Thu Parmi - Fri Burger and all for $16.50 Geelong's Sir Charles Darling hotel easily beats other hotels for great weekly specials"

ourhappyholidays 20th February

"Laid back but good

Might have been that we were in the bar rather than the bistro but there seemed to be a relaxed atmosphere and lots of locals. Service was good, always love a place with Egglant Parmigiana and my friend struggled to finish all the fish on his dish! Comfortable seating, good ambiance also. Friend thought the tables were a bit low but, seemed ok to me. Reccomended."

David H 20th February

"A great experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the best Parmi I have ever eaten when lunching with my son. Great service and loveliest people"

Maggie L 18th February


"Great food at a reasonable price, good selection of wines and beers."

Peter Hayman 14th February

"Fantastic service and food great prices too"

Jenny Hillebrandt 9th February

"Great choice for lunch. Went purely on reviews and wasn’t disappointed. Both had grilled barramundi, perfectly cooked and served, one with veggies, other, salad and chips. This circa 1855 pub offers great atmosphere, excellent hospitality, value for money and is group and family friendly. Will be back."

helenmJ5162XY 5th February

"If you love your Steak this is the place, the only disappointment is that they don't have RibEye Steak. (owner comment: Ribeye when served without the bone is called scotch fillet in Australia and NZ)

Great sized Chicken Schnitzel?Parmi meals and the Prawn Linguini was amazing so my Beautiful wife said, cheers and enjoy."

Gary Walker 2nd February

"Great as always, been going to this pub for years, never disappointed."

Anne Milverton 1st February

"This is our go to place in Geelong, a pub that gives you a real salad not just a handful of greens."

Sally Nicholas 30th January

"Excellent little hotel. Brilliant service, very comfortable with flawless food. Nothing over the top or pretentious just great size servings cooked perfectly. Would highly recommend and return...."

Chez Boozey 26th January

"Good service and great food"

George Mifsud 25th January


"We are regulars and love it, great food, great staff and service and fantastic with the kids, so very child friendly!

Should have done this review sooner, great prices, we love it as a family and been going for six years! Over all amazing!!

Emily Finning 24th January

"Amazing food and service, coming back this week, keep up your all amazing thank you, amazing team 👍❤"

Debbie Sharp 20th January

"Best steak in Geelong"

Ben Weymouth 20th January

"Terrific menu and value for money, great food and service."

Darren Rizzo 18th January

"On behalf of the Under18’s and the Under16’s Western Australian Baseball Players and Staff I would just like to thank you and the staff for looking after us on the nights we came for dinner.
The food at your Bistro Pub is just awesome, when asking the players and staff where they wanted to eat it was yours that they wanted to go to every time.
Your staff are all wonderful and we couldn’t have asked for better service, also please let the chefs know that the boys couldn’t speak highly enough of the meals.
Thanks again for having us look forward to hopefully be back next year..

Yours Sincerely
Deanne Saupold 15th January

"In Geelong for family pre-Xmas visit and went to the Sir Charles Darling Hotel to have beers and dinner. Hadn't been there for 40 years, so on the advice of regulars, we tried their famous Steak Pie Special. Home-made and cooked in a Pie dish with golden puff pastry and really tender pieces of steak in a flavoursome gravy - YUM."

Calvin Ambrose 14th January

"Old school glory. Get the croquettes (scalloped potatoes?) instead of the fries."

Danny Dalton 11th January

"Friendly, competitively priced, and the food was good."

Matthew D 6th January


"Cheap meals and drinks. Great atmosphere for family"

Jonathon Steele 6th January

"Sunday roast was amazing!"

Melanie Savona 5th January


"Friendly staff - good food reasonable prices"

Tommy McLaughlin 5th January

"Good prices, pleasant staff, lovely venue"

Andrew Smith 29th December

"Good prices, pleasant staff, lovely venue"

Andrew Smith 28th December

"Delicious food, great friendly service"

Jo Van Gestel 27th December

"Great value for your meals"

Gary Frazen 24th December

"Great eatery and pub.  This an older pub with plenty of character with excellent food and friendly staff. The menu catered for all tastes but better still the meals were enjoyable and not expensive. This pub is suitable for couples, families and small groups."

115GregW 24th December


"Great food very busy had to wait a little while but worth it. Garlic Prawns were delicious"

James Lunney 12th December

"Very good"

Mariaanna Blake 10th December

"Beautiful food."

Jessica Aldag 10th December

"Good food good service"

Barbara Jones 4th December

"Great casual family atmosphere, pleasant staff, lovely meal. Also have lunch specials. Convenient location and easy parking when we visited. Will be back"

Mar Lea 29th November

"Very friendly staff and nice meals. Nice atmosphere."

Gerhard Schulz 29th November

"Got Monday steak special. Porterhouse. Absolutely delicious. Got mash and veges upgrade and superb. Good efficient service. Great pub offering."

Murray Green 19th November

"Great food and service"

Liz Pinner 14th November

"Great lunch time meals and serving lunch till 5pm"

Yvonne Werbik 8th November

"Good Pub food, from budget meals to higher priced. Vegetables served are fresh and nicely cooked. All staff are very friendly and very helpful. We have been there numerous times, and have never had a thing to complain about yet. It's all good."

Neil Johnson 6th November

"Amazing Eggplant Parmigiana  Great menu, peaceful environment. Lots of Vegetarian options with menu clearly defining various options for those with dietary restrictions. Eggplant parmigiana was best I’ve had in Australia. Wish they offered it was sub for lunches also. It was just so good. Great steak, with great potato and veggie options. I’ll be going back!"

Lane86 5th November

"Awesome food and the staff are always friendly."

Dana Novak 2nd November

"The best food for the money. Staffs are good and welcoming too. I have visited their place at least a dozen time but never found disappointing."

enamul miazi 29th October

"Dropped in for a bite to eat and was pleasantly surprised. It was light and airy, friendly staff, great menu with large variety. Settled on the porterhouse which was extremely good with creamy mushroom sauce and vegetables. Big serve could not finish it. Very very nice steak, I have paid twice the price in Geelong for steaks that did not even come close. Highly recommend and I will be back."

Jacob Burris 31st October

"Excellent service and nice food"

Maria Nelda Nataba 20th October


Levi Beazley 12th October

"OMG the food is bloody beautiful. Steaks all cooked to perfection. The service was excellent. Everyone was so welcoming and attentive. Definitely will go back.

Poppy Heidemann 5th October


"Can't rave enough,thk you guys,ABSOLUTELY brillant..Steak for tea yum,dessert yum,service Fantastic..We'll definately be back.😀

Tracy Daley 5th October

"The food here is great, The service is also very good, it only took my family and I around 8 to 10 minutes to get our food! and the waitress came around to ask if we were happy with our meal, overall the staff are friendly and I would definitely consider going again !! :)"

_._moya_._ 30th September

"Perfect meal perfect prices well worth the visit"

T Sharman 27th September

"Haven't eaten at Sir Charles Darling for a few years until last night. The meals were excellent staff very friendly. Will definitely be going back very soon."

Jenny Noble 26th September

"Went here on the 21st September for family reunion, great pub the meals were good and not overpriced for a Saturday, it was cold and wet outside but the fireplaces inside kept it warm, would go again if down in geelong again."

William B 25th September

"Amazing steak night."

Ross Jacobi 23rd September

"One of the few true pubs left in Geelong. The menu is fantastic and extremely affordable, great serve sizes and fantastic staff. A must."

Matthew Motorniak 23rd September

"Great pub grub at great prices"

Cassie Mahon 8th September

"Good location nice food"

Amber Rose 3rd September

"Spur of the moment drop in for a bite to eat. Dear lord the food is bloody great value for pub meals. We had the eggplant parmigiana, the flathead and the grilled snapper. All for the price of a dozen oysters other supposedly well to do restaurants are charging. We will definitely keep this place in mind seeing as we are from out of town. Staff were so friendly and helpful. Food was amazing, Very reasonable prices and even received a birthday present. Great place, great atmosphere, great service. Will continue to visit this venue"

Leighton Tinsley 29th August

"Great steaks, really good value"

Martin O'Connor 29th August

"Great service today Thank you and beautiful meal"

Tessa Rose 25th August

"Pub with beer and food, what more do you want?"

Hoogle Gater 16th August

"Great meals"

Jackjill Grubb 16th August

"Pretty chilled out place, good food and atmosphere."

Ralph Vitelli 15th August

"Great food , great service"

Ross Mac 12th August

"The best lamb shanks I have ever had. Highly recommended."

Lisa Warren 11th August

"Great steak, awsome snitties I highly recommend it"

Bomber T 6th August

"Beautiful food and just the nicest people running the place."

Emm mmm 2nd August

"Lunch time parmi great value for money"

Robert Intagliata 2nd August

"Top prices and great food"

Michael Pope 1st August

"The meal was great and very well priced. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was very relaxed. The meal was most certainly prepared by a chef, not a cook We will be back. We go to a different pub for lunch once a week and rate them on quality, and The Darling rated very high."

Ralph L 31st July

"My partner & I and our 3 boys came in for lunch on the 31/07. The staff were so accommodating. The meals were great value for the low cost and absolutely delicious. We all loved our meals. Will be returning for sure, and we came from Werribee. Recommended to all. Thanks Guys !!!"

Chrystal Rowland 31st July

"Love this place. Proper old fashioned pub"

Belinda Mann 27th July

"Lovely staff. Quick service. Quality food at budget prices."

Hunter Jayne 23rd July

"Awesome service from Mitch, meals were good as usual. 
Would recommend calling in for a meal 😊"

Lynne Green 11th July

"OMG the best hospitality and food very friendly especially Sam thanks for looking after us while in Geelong"

Tracey Maree 9th July

"Great meals for good prices. Friendly staff, nothing is a problem for them. Special requests o.k . Family friendly."

Nick Williams 8th July

"Meals are always good and value for money"

Christine Timms 6th July

"Amazing service"

Paul Scaffidi 4th July

"Very nice, very good size meals. The hosts are lovely people who seem determined to give their customers a great experience."

Ross Davis 4th July

"We love the service the food is wonderful it is a great place to eat"

David Gordon 15th June


"My go to pub for a nice quiet atmosphere with great food and service."

Stuballs20 14th June

"Delicious food and unbelievable prices! A winner for sure."

Audra Czyzewski 3rd June

"I would rate this pub 10/10, the meals are ALWAYS consistent. Best Pub for a steak in Geelong, great prices all round. Friendly Staff also."

Libby 27th May

"Good meal at a great price"

Dennis Nankervis 26th May

"Great meal. Reasonable price.good service."

George Udvardy 20th May

"Caught up with some old acquaintances in this great little pub. Meals were affordable and more than adequate. Beer was of good quality and the staff really looked after us well. Would go again."

Denis Valenta 18th May

"Always a good sized meal, vert tasty and good value"

Gil Glasp 14th May

"Fantastic value"

Highton 14th May

"Great. Lovely food. Steak cooked just as I like it. Friendly staff. Thank you."

Phillippa Clark 14th May

"Amazing place to eat great food and service amazing Love family atmosphere and welcome by parents and son (proprietor s) Fantastic mothers day menu enjoyed by all THANKYOU ☺"

Scott Murrell 12th May


"Great service and even better meals... always going above and beyond. Been there many times and will be back for many times to come:

Troy Ellis 8th May

"Great affordable bar meals...fabbo staff"

Haych Storm 7th May


"Always a great experience, everytime!"

Brad Mullen 7th May


"Best value for money...bonus that they serve all day"

David  Addyman 6th May


"Great pub, very consistent meals and service. Fantastic price."

Brett Warne 4th May

"Amazing food. Cheap and quick service highly recommend the parmi will definitely keep going there"

Dylan Pargeter 4th May

"We love coming here, staff are very friendly and the meals are always amazing"

Debbie Low 31st April

"Great friendly service, good meals at great prices."

Janelle Stehn 25th April


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