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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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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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Tokyo Grill House

Have you ever heard and tasted of Teppanyaki? Teppanyaki is Japanese for Barbecue Hot Plate. Tokyo Grill House is a Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant...

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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.

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Coffee Basics

Get a far-from-basic 100 per cent Arabica, small-batch micro-roasted coffee, plus traditional Austrian culinary treats at this cafe and roastery.

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The Ballarat Golf Club

The Ballarat Golf Clubs award winning Greenside Bistro boasts floor to ceiling views across the manicured golf course. The menu has something for...

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The Lane at George Hotel Ballarat

Located on historic Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat, The Lane offers a cafe, bar and restaurant. The Lane Cafe is a modern city style venue...

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The Woodhouse

Get fired up about premium meats and wood fired pizzas at this Bendigo steakhouse and redgum grill, and save room for the dessert tasting plate.

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Golden City Hotel

The Golden City Hotel was built in 1856 and originally named the Adelphi Hotel. Since its first opening the hotel has seen many changes including the...

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Billy's Bistro & Bar

Billy's Bistro & Bar at Mercure Ballarat is a friendly place with delicious food designed for sharing platter or individual portion dining. Named...

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Gallery Restaurant at Craig's Royal Hotel

Located on historic Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat, Craig’s Royal Hotel is the legendary Australian gold-rush era grand hotel. Opened in...

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Harry Limes Restaurant

Located in Ballarat, relax in the ambience of Harry Limes. Sit down for a quiet drink or a fine meal with friends. With infusions of Australian,...

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Eclectic Tastes

Get a taste for the eclectic at this licensed cafe and bistro decked out in junk shop treasures and an Asian-inspired menu. Open seven days.

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