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Restaurants & cafes

Whether you're after a relaxed cafe lunch or a luxurious dinner, you'll find what you're looking for in the Goldfields. With dining experiences that combine fresh regional produce, progressive cuisine and some of the finest wine in the state, you'll be returning again and again.

The good life

The Goldfields region is fast becoming synonymous with quality contemporary dining. In Ballarat, Catfish boasts fresh, modern Thai and The Lane restaurant is becoming a local favourite for its relaxed dining and regional produce.

Bendigo boasts the stylish offerings of Masons of Bendigo and the Dispensary Enoteca, and the grilled goodness of the Woodhouse. Not to be outdone, Castlemaine has become a major player in the dining arena with a host of great options including the European inspired Good Table and the Public Inn.

Cafe culture

Soak up the local village atmosphere in cosy cafes dotted around the region's historic towns. Watch the roasting at work at Bendigo's Brewhouse Coffee Roasters, go Mediterranean at El Gordo and find your favourite corner in Percy and Percy. In Ballarat, get your Axil coffee fix from Yellow Espresso or go retro at Eclectic Tastes. Get serious about small-batch micro-roasted beans at Castlemaine's Coffee Basics or nab a rooftop spot for the best views in town at Togs Cafe.

At the wineries

For a different type of outdoor dining experience enjoy a meal overlooking the vines at a local winery restaurant such as Merindoc, Balgownie Estate and Flynns in the Heathcote region, or Bress Wine Cider and Produce in Harcourt.


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The Park Hotel

Situated in the west of Ballarat on the picturesque tree lined Sturt Street, The Park Hotel is easily accessible to tourists and locals alike. This...


Craig's Royal Hotel Ballarat

Pop in for a French-inspired brekky, get together for a casual lunch, or settle in for a sumptuous evening feast created by head chef Shannon Easton.


The Woodhouse Restaurant

Specialising in premium wagyu and dry aged grass feed beef, regional meats and wood fired pizza, The Woodhouse Restaurant is both a local favourite...


Percy and Percy

When one Percy just isn't enough, savour classic breakfasts, seasonal lunches, coffee, sweets and treats at this Bendigo corner-store turned cafe.


Togs Cafe

Stop in for breakfast classics and a seasonal, weekly changing lunch menu with an emphasis on local product. Nab a rooftop spot for great views.


Brewhouse Coffee Roasters

Watch coffee roasters at work as you linger over your specialty brew, all-day breakfast classics and lunchtime sandwiches and pizzas. Fully licensed.



Get a taste for elegant, authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine and libation at this local treasure tucked away at the foot of Sovereign Hill. Kampai!


Schnitz Ballarat

Dedicated to making the best schnitzels in the world, Schnitz brings the culinary tradition of schnitzels to modern-day tastebuds through fresh...


Suttons House Of Music

Suttons House of Music Café / Restaurant is a cultural music and entertainment hub. It is Ballarat's best destination for quality musical acts and...


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.


Paleo Cafe Ballarat

Local food with a difference. Beautiful and tasty local and ethically sourced produce all served with a smile. Breakfast and lunch served daily with...


Moto Bean

Cruise out to Malmsbury to sample one of the local roasts, check out the vintage motorbikes, and take in sweeping views of historic botanic gardens.


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