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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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Paleo Cafe Ballarat

Local food with a difference. Beautiful and tasty local and ethically sourced produce all served with a smile. Breakfast and lunch served daily with...

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Lake View Hotel

The Lake View Hotel is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers all day dining. The Hotel is situated on the picturesque...

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Willow Room

Choose from individual and share dishes from the feasting style menu featuring excellent local produce and wines at this European-style restaurant.

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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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Masons of Bendigo

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

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Source Dining

Cruise down Piper Street and pull up a seat at Source Dining, a local eatery that makes a celebration of all that is fresh, seasonal and local.

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Ballarat Provedore

Located just out of Ballarat on the road to Melbourne, there is the Ballarat Provedore. On Friday's and weekends, Ballarat Provedore provide...

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Togs Cafe

Stop in for breakfast classics and a seasonal, weekly changing lunch menu with an emphasis on local product. Nab a rooftop spot for great views.

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Kambei

Get a taste for elegant, authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine and libation at this local treasure tucked away at the foot of Sovereign Hill. Kampai!

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Schnitz Ballarat

Dedicated to making the best schnitzels in the world, Schnitz brings the culinary tradition of schnitzels to modern-day tastebuds through fresh...

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Brewhouse Coffee Roasters

Watch coffee roasters at work as you linger over your specialty brew, all-day breakfast classics and lunchtime sandwiches and pizzas. Fully licensed.

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Ballarat & District Trotting Club

The Ballarat and District Trotting Club offers its members a range of exclusive membership benefits and privileges. For Harness Racing enthusiasts,...

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