Sometimes, it feels like Melbourne is the be-all and end-all of dining in this state. But visit certain parts of regional Victoria and that illusion quickly falls away. You’ve probably heard of Brae, which has twice appeared on the World’s Best Restaurants list. Browse this group of restaurants and you’ll see there are plenty more places worth taking a road trip for, regardless of how many hours the drive is. Our tip? Stay the night and make a weekend of it – it’ll only make the meal that much more memorable and special.

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Brae

It’s one of world’s finest restaurants, but this country cottage also has a comforting, familial character that makes chef Dan Hunter’s creative food that much more enjoyable.

4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra

Igni

Flame licks just about every dish at this tiny 28-seat restaurant, which is among the finest in Australia.

Ryan Place, Geelong

Laura

Point Leo Estate’s in-house fine diner is up there with the Peninsula’s best culinary experiences. Chef Josep Espuga and his team are renowned for their commitment to local produce, so the only constant to the changeable menu is that most ingredients will have come from the Mornington Peninsula, if not from Point Leo itself.

3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks

Underbar

Just 32 diners per week are admitted to this intimate restaurant, where veteran chef Derek Boath prepares degustations using hyperlocal produce, some of which he forages himself.

3 Doveton Street North, Ballarat Central

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel

The dining room of this sleek, matchbox-shaped building has one of the most impressive restaurant views in Australia. The regional menu showcases the Grampians just as well.

98 Parker Street, Dunkeld

Tedesca Osteria

A meal at this intimate 30-seat restaurant, by acclaimed chef Brigitte Hafner, feels like having a long, hearty and luxurious lunch at a friend’s house.

1175 Mornington-Flinders Road, Red Hill

Paringa Estate

This stalwart winery has some of the oldest vines on the Mornington Peninsula, and some of the most impressive dining. Although the restaurant was originally built to help showcase the maturing range of wines, it's since grown an esteemed reputation of its own.

44 Paringa Road, Red Hill South
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Lake House

Long, slow lunches and degustation dinners at the edge of the lake – Alla and Allan Wolf-Tasker have been doing their thing since 1979 and it's never lost relevance.

4 King Street, Daylesford

Provenance

Exceptional eating and drinking, with a hyperlocal, Japanese twist.

86 Ford Street, Beechworth

Doot Doot Doot

Jackalope’s in-house fine diner is just as extravagant and eccentric as the rest of the sprawling complex. But it's grounded by a steadfast commitment to local produce and seasonality. And caviar.

166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North

TarraWarra Estate

TarraWarra's head chef, Mark Ebbels, worked in the development kitchen at The Fat Duck in the UK. Now, he's brought his wild creativity and an infectious passion for farming to this Yarra Valley estate. Expect an unpredictable, invigorating and veg-heavy menu.

311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen

Seville Estate

A restaurant championing homegrown produce and world-class wine, in a beautiful setting. The menu has an unshowy and rustic ethos, designed to highlight the high quality of the ingredients used (many of which are grown in the kitchen garden).

65 Linwood Road, Seville

Levantine Hill

From the helipad to the high-profile architect, no expense has been spared at Levantine Hill. At the restaurant, a Levant-inspired menu that leans into the owners’ heritage. Settle into a wine-barrel-shaped booth for Middle Eastern snack plates, Beluga caviar for an eye-popping $340, three-wine flights and more.

882 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
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