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Restaurants & cafes

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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Gallery Restaurant at Craig's Royal Hotel

Located on historic Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat, Craig’s Royal Hotel is the legendary Australian gold-rush era grand hotel. Opened in...


The Park Hotel

Situated in the west of Ballarat on the picturesque tree lined Sturt Street, The Park Hotel is easily accessible to tourists and locals alike. This...


Rocks on Rosalind

Bank on a delicious experience when you explore the innovative menu on offer in this modern, casual restaurant housed in a heritage-listed building.


Moto Bean

Cruise out to Malmsbury to sample one of the local roasts, check out the vintage motorbikes, and take in sweeping views of historic botanic gardens.


Craig's Royal Hotel Ballarat

Pop in for a French-inspired brekky, get together for a casual lunch, or settle in for a sumptuous evening feast created by head chef Shannon Easton.


Alexandria Tea Rooms & Receptions

Located in Ballarat, the Alexandria Tea Rooms and Receptions overlook the historic strip of Lydiard Street. The Alexandria offers cafe, restaurant...


The Woodhouse Restaurant

Specialising in premium wagyu and dry aged grass feed beef, regional meats and wood fired pizza, The Woodhouse Restaurant is both a local favourite...


Kittelty's at the Gallery

Once you have visited the Art Gallery of Ballarat, sashay down the Victorian staircase to Kittelty's for a well earned recharge. Decked out in...


Willow Room

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


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.


The Lane Restaurant

Get a slice of the good life with wood-fired pizzas and an innovative menu featuring local produce at this restaurant and pizzeria at the George Hotel.



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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