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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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Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

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Eleonore's at Chateau Yering

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

Healesville Hotel

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

Oakridge Wines

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

Ezard at Levantine Hill

Revel in views of the vineyards and sample adventurous cuisine from acclaimed chef Teague Ezard.

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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.

Lake House Restaurant

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

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.

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Geelong & the Bellarine

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Igni

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

Gladioli Restaurant

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

Tulip

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

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Great Ocean Road

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Fen

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

Brae

Feast at Dan Hunter's hatted Otways hideaway,The Age Good Food Guide's Restaurant of the Year.

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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Masons of Bendigo

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

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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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Public INN

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

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Grampians

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High Country

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The Murray

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