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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 Geelong (Igni, Regional Restaurant of the Year) and Port Fairy (Fen) to Beechworth (Provenance) and Mildura (Stefano's).  

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.

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Brae

Get a taste of what all the fuss is about at Dan Hunter's Otways hideaway, now ranked number 44 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

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Royal Mail Hotel

Experience destination dining at its best in the Grampians at the justly celebrated Royal Mail Hotel, awarded two hats in The Age Good Food Guide.

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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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Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

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Eleonore's at Chateau Yering

Treat yourself to elegant, multi-award-winning contemporary fine dining in a historic homestead.

Oakridge Wines

Sample subtle, complex refined wines with a superb seasonal menu at the cellar door and restaurant.

Healesville Hotel

Dine on chef Clinton Camilleri's seasonal cuisine in the country pub that started it all.

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Mornington Peninsula

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Port Phillip Estate

Treat all the senses at Port Phillip Estate, with terroir, design, wine and food in the spotlight.

Montalto

Catch the infectious love of all that's fine from Montalto's setting, art, design, wine and food.

Paringa Estate

Enjoy award-winning food and wine with magnificent valley views at this winery and restaurant.

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Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

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Lake House Restaurant

The well-trod path to the Lake House is worth travelling for innovative food in an inspiring space.

Du Fermier

Feel the warm embrace of French farmhouse-style cooking at Annie Smithers' latest venture.

Source Dining

Wander down Piper Street to this local eatery that celebrates all that is fresh, seasonal and local.

Kazuki's Restaurant

Delight in chef Kazuki's skilful fusion of Japanese understatement and modern Australian cuisine.

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Geelong & the Bellarine

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Gladioli Restaurant

Do your best to nab a table at Gladioli, lauded by The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.

Igni

Savour a charcoal degustation experience from The Age Good Food Guide's Chef of the Year.

Tulip

Tuck into contemporary creations from chefs Matt Dempsey and Graham Jefferies in Geelong's west.

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Great Ocean Road

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Brae

Discover Dan Hunter's Birregurra restaurant, now at #44 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

Fen

Celebrate the coastal landscape with a meal at Fen - hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

Chris's Restaurant

Only food as fine as that at Chris' could rival the Great Ocean Road views from the dining room.

a la grecque

Hotfoot it to this popular Greek Australian restaurant, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

Pickled Pig

Head down to Warrnambool to discover chef Brenton Banner’s imaginative take modern European cuisine.

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Goldfields

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Catfish

Set the cat among your tastebuds with an ever-changing menu of contemporary Thai curries and street food, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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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.

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Masons of Bendigo

Get a taste for the best of central Victoria's produce at this stylish eatery, wine bar and pantry store hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Grampians

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