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Best restaurants – Regional Victoria

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.

Highlights

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Bella Verdere, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Bella Vedere

You could dine weekly at Bella Vedere in the Yarra Valley and not have the same dish, as the menu is updated to reflect what's ready at local farms.

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Healesville Hotel, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Healesville Hotel

Hatted again by The Age Good Food Guide for its high-end seasonal cuisine and low-down country charm, the Healesville continues to wow.

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Eleanor's Restaurant, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Eleonore's

Explore Chateau Yering and adopt old world airs and graces for a luxurious dinner at Eleonore's, awarded a hat in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Mornington Peninsula

Ten Minutes by Tractor

Ten Minutes By Tractor

Make time to indulge in the award-winning cuisine and fine wines at this celebrated winery restaurant, listed in the top 50 of the AGT Restaurant Awards.

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Port Phillip Estate

Port Phillip Estate

Treat all the senses at Port Phillip Estate, with terroir, design, wine and food in the spotlight, and a well-deserved hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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Paringa Estate

Paringa Estate Winery and Restaurant

Enjoy award-winning food and wine with magnificent valley views at this Red Hill winery and restaurant hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Monalto Vineyard and Olive Grove

Montalto

Catch the infectious love of all that's fine, with Montalto's art, design and wine flattering the food, awarded a hat in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

Kazuki's Restaurant, Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Kazuki's Restaurant

Delight in chef Kazuki's skilful fusion of Japanese understatement and contemporary Australian cuisine, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Lake House Restaurant

Lake House Restaurant

The well-trod path to the Lake House is worth travelling for perennially innovative food in an inspiring space. Two hats in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Annie Smithers’ Bistrot, Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Annie Smithers Bistrot

Make a beeline down Piper Street to pioneering Annie Smithers, with its kitchen–garden sourced menu and hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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Great Ocean Road

Gladioli, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Gladioli

Do your best to nab a table at Inverleigh's Gladioli to try Matt Dempsey's sublime cooking, lauded by The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.

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Chris's Restaurant, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Chris's Restaurant

Only food this sumptuous could rival the stunning ocean views from the dining room. Deserved winner of a hat in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Brae, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Brae

Book your table for a taste of celebrated chef Dan Hunter's Otways restaurant, named Restaurant of the Year by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Grampians

Royal Mail Hotel, Grampians, Victoria, Australia

Royal Mail Hotel

Dine on international foods in a very Victorian milieu at the justly celebrated Royal Mail Hotel, awarded two hats in The Age Good Food Guide.

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High Country

Tani Eat & Drink

Tani Eat & Drink

Discover Tani's contemporary approach to regional and seasonal produce at their informal eatery, awarded a hat by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Provenance, High Country, Victoria, Australia

Provenance

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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Gippsland

Neilsons, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Neilsons

And so it should be that you dine on show-stopping food in the shadows of the Strzeleckis. Neilsons is one of Gippsland's true fine-dining experiences.

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