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Best restaurants

It's official, some of Victoria's best dining is out of town. Dan Hunter's Brae in Birregurra has earned the coveted Restaurant of the Year title in The Age Good Food Guide and it's just one of many top spots on Victoria's regional culinary landscape.

Across the state, innovative chefs are using the freshest local produce to create an array of groundbreaking local and international dishes. Critics' awards and chefs hats can be found far and wide: from the Great Ocean Road (Gladioli, Chris's Beacon Point, Tulip) to Daylesford (Lake House, Kazuki's) and Dunkeld (Royal Mail Hotel), to the Yarra Valley (Healesville Hotel, Eleonore's), the Mornington Peninsula (Ten Minutes by Tractor) and Mildura (Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar).  

Taste the best of regional Victoria's fresh, diverse and bountiful local produce at the fine dining establishments below. These restaurants will draw you to places you may never have thought to go to, and to places you may never want to leave.

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Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

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Eleonore’s Restaurant at Chateau Yering Hotel

Treat yourself to elegant, multi-award-winning contemporary fine dining in a historic homestead.

Bella Vedere

You could dine weekly at Bella Vedere and not have the same dish, as the menu is updated daily.

Healesville Hotel

Dine on chef Clinton Camilleri's seasonal cuisine in the country pub that started it all.

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Mornington Peninsula

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Montalto

Catch the infectious love of all that's fine from Montalto's setting, art, design, wine and food.

Paringa Estate Winery and Restaurant

Enjoy award-winning food and wine with magnificent valley views at this winery and restaurant.

Ten Minutes By Tractor

Make time to indulge in the award-winning cuisine and fine wines at this celebrated winery restaurant.

Port Phillip Estate

Treat all the senses at Port Phillip Estate, with terroir, design, wine and food in the spotlight.

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Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

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Kazuki's Restaurant

Delight in chef Kazuki's skilful fusion of Japanese understatement and contemporary Australian cuisine.

Lake House Restaurant

The well-trod path to the Lake House is worth travelling for innovative food in an inspiring space.

The Argus Dining Room

Stunning modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, clean flavours and regional produce.

Du Fermier

Feel the warm embrace of French farmhouse-style cooking at Annie Smithers' latest venture.

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Great Ocean Road

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Chris's Restaurant

Only food as fine as that at Chris' could rival the Great Ocean Road views from the dining room.

Gladioli

Do your best to nab a table at Gladioli, lauded by The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.

Brae

Feast with The Age Good Food Guide Chef of the Year Dan Hunter in this hatted hideaway.

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Goldfields

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Catfish

Set the cat among your tastebuds with an ever-changing menu of contemporary Thai curries and street food made with fresh, locally sourced produce.

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Masons of Bendigo

Get a taste for central Victoria's produce with elegant savoury bites and share plates at this stylish all-day eatery, wine bar and pantry store.

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Public Inn

Join the inn crowd for high-end Provincial fare paired with local small-batch wines and craft beers and at one of Castlemaine's oldest public houses.

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The Good Table

Take your seat at the Good Table to enjoy share plates of regional Italian and Spanish dishes made from high-quality local, seasonal produce.

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Grampians

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High Country

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Simones Restaurant

Recognised by The Age Good Food Guide as a gastronomic pioneer and pace-setter in north-east Victoria.

Provenance Restaurant and Accommodation

Every bite of the east-meets-west cuisine at the acclaimed Beechworth restaurant is a prize.

Tani Eat & Drink

Take the time to enjoy Tani's modern approach to regional dining at this informal eatery and bar.

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Gippsland

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The Murray

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Cooking classes

Restaurants

Green Olive at Red Hill

Deliberate over the all-day tapas and wine menu, visit the farm shop and join a Mornington Peninsula cooking class at this haven for food lovers.

Shopping

The Essential Ingredient

Under the same roof as Prahran Market you'll find a fabulous pantry overflowing with specialty food, cookware, recipe books and a cooking school.

Food & wine

A tavola! Cooking School at Pizzini Wines

Katrina Pizzini's A tavola! Cooking School is based at Pizzini Wines in the King Valley. Katrina's hands on classes are held in a purpose built...

Wineries

Pizzini Wines King Valley

Experience true Pizzini style in a warm family atmosphere while tasting top regional Italian varietals. Stay on at the Pizzini Vineyard guesthouse.