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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 Geelong (Igni, Regional Restaurant of the Year) and Port Fairy (Fen) to Beechworth (Provenance) and Mildura (Stefano's).  

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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Brae

Get a taste of what all the fuss is about at Dan Hunter's Otways hideaway, named Restaurant of the Year by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Royal Mail Hotel

Experience destination dining at its best in the Grampians at the justly celebrated Royal Mail Hotel, awarded two hats in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Provenance Restaurant and Accommodation

They say you can't eat awards, but every bite of the east-meets-west cuisine at the increasingly acclaimed Beechworth restaurant is a prize in itself.

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Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

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Healesville Hotel

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

Eleonore's Restaurant at Chateau Yering Hotel

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

Oakridge Wines

Sample subtle, complex refined wines with a superb seasonal menu at the cellar door and restaurant.

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Mornington Peninsula

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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 modern Australian cuisine.

Source Dining

Wander down Piper Street to this local eatery that celebrates all that is fresh, seasonal and local.

Du Fermier

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

Lake House Restaurant

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

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Geelong & the Bellarine

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Tulip

Tuck into contemporary creations from chefs Matt Dempsey and Graham Jefferies in Geelong's west.

Igni

Savour a charcoal degustation experience from The Age Good Food Guide's Chef of the Year.

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Great Ocean Road

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Brae

Discover Dan Hunter's Restaurant of the Year, as proclaimed by The Age Good Food Guide.

Chris's Restaurant

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

Gladioli

Nab a table at Matt Dempsey's sublime Gladioli, awarded a hat by The Age Good Food Guide.

Fen

Celebrate the coastal landscape with a meal at Fen - hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

a la grecque

Hotfoot it to this popular Greek Australian restaurant, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

Pickled Pig

Head down to Warrnambool to discover chef Brenton Banner’s imaginative take modern European cuisine.

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Goldfields

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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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Masons of Bendigo

Get a taste for the best of central Victoria's produce at this stylish all-day eatery, wine bar and pantry store hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Catfish

Set the cat among your tastebuds with an ever-changing menu of contemporary Thai curries and street food, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Source Dining

Cruise down Piper Street and pull up a seat at Source Dining, a local eatery that makes a celebration of all that is fresh, seasonal and local.

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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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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.

Terrace Restaurant

Enjoy Simon Arkless' award-winning cuisine with the magnificent backdrop of All Saints Estate winery.

Provenance Restaurant and Accommodation

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

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