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.

Related pages:
Best Restaurants in Melbourne
Guide to the Mornington Peninsula
Guide to Geelong


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


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

Ryan Place, Geelong


Point Leo Estate’s in-house fine diner is up there with the Peninsula’s best culinary experiences.

3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks
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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

Paringa Estate

This stalwart winery has some of the oldest vines on the Mornington Peninsula, and some of the most impressive dining.

44 Paringa Road, Red Hill South
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Lake House Restaurant

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

Captain Moonlite

Coastal Mediterranean food, with views over Anglesea beach.

100 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea
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Exceptional eating and drinking, with a hyperlocal, Japanese twist.

86 Ford Street, Beechworth

Oakridge Wines

Undulating hills planted with pinot noir and chardonnay, and a restaurant on par with the city’s best. This is a winery worth travelling for.

864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
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Ezard at Levantine Hill

Elegant fine-dining in a beautiful building.

882 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
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Doot Doot Doot

Jackalope’s in-house fine diner.

166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North
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A modern, leather-clad dining room led by executive chef Josh Pelham that looks out over Fingal Beach.

1 Trent Jones Drive, Cape Schanck
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TarraWarra Estate

Head chef Mark Ebbels brings wild creativity and an infectious passion for farming to the Yarra Valley winery.

311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen
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Seville Estate

A restaurant championing homegrown produce and world-class wine, in a beautiful setting.

65 Linwood Road, Seville