2021 VIC Readers' Choice Awards

"Readers' Choice 2020 - Regional"
Bistro Terroir

Bistro Terroir

French   $$$$$   Opens at 8:00:AM

Daylesford

12 Chef Hat Award
For a little slice of France in the heart of Daylesford, locals rendezvous at Bistro Terroir on Howe Street. This sophisticated neighbourhood bistro is the place to savour fine fare, paired with a car...
"Readers' Choice 2020 - Regional"
The Winery Kitchen

The Winery Kitchen

Italian   $$$$$   Opens at 5:30:PM

Seymour

Espousing a paddock-to-plate philosophy in Seymour is The Winery Kitchen. Located only an hour from Melbourne and tucked into Seymour’s picturesque Somerset Crossing Vineyard, this family-run restaura...
Fook Shing

Fook Shing

Asian   $$$$$   Opens Thu 6:00:PM

Kyneton

Grab your spyglass and follow the clues to find Fook Shing restaurant on Piper Street in Kyneton. This venue, named after an infamous Chinese detective posted to the region during Victoria's Gold Rush...
"smooth sophistication and elegance."
Sault

Sault

Modern Australian   $$$$$   Opens at 6:00:PM

Daylesford

13 Chef Hat Award
Offering up a taste of some of Daylesford’s freshest produce combined with smooth sophistication and elegant style is Chef Hat-awarded Sault. Views are of course abundant and inspiring with the restau...
"Readers' Choice 2019 - Seafood"
Blakes Restaurant

Blakes Restaurant

Seafood   $$$$$   Opens at 5:30:PM

Port Fairy

There’s something fishy going on at Blakes Restaurant on Bank Street in Port Fairy. Cosily nestled in the historic Dublin House, Blakes is the local go-to spot for sparkling fresh seafood and a relaxe...
Gold Mines Hotel

Gold Mines Hotel

Modern Australian   $$$$$   Opens at 5:00:PM

Bendigo

Dine in elegant splendour at historic Gold Mines Hotel on Marong Road in Bendigo. Built in 1872 and representing the height of prosperity during the gold rush years, this beautifully restored hotel bo...
"Readers' Choice 2019 - Steak"
Parkers Steakhouse Geelong

Parkers Steakhouse Geelong

Steak   $$$$$   Opens at 6:00:PM

Geelong

Set in a charmingly rustic bluestone building circa 1853 at the end of Shorts Place is Parkers Steakhouse, a reputable restaurant on the Geelong dining scene. With an inviting atmosphere and rapport f...
"Readers' Choice 2019 - Italian"
Centra Hotel

Centra Hotel

Italian   $$$$$   Opens at 12:00:PM

Geelong

Fronting Yarra Street with easy confidence is Geelong’s Centra Hotel, an all-in-one dining destination for Italian-style cuisine. Bedecked in elements resonating a modern public drinking house, Centra...
"Readers' Choice 2019 - Pub Food"
Hop Temple

Hop Temple

Pub Food   $$$$$   Opens at 4:00:PM

Ballarat

Rejoice with good food, good beer and lots of good cheer at Hop Temple, located at the rear of Armstrong Street North. Rally family and friends to venture down Ballarat’s iconic Hop laneway and revel ...
"Readers' Choice Award - Coffee"
Just as magical as it sounds, Cocoa Moon Cafe in Warrandyte is where sweet dreams are made – both proverbially and literally. Cosy and contemporary in design, this charming cafe on Yarra Street takes ...
"A Slice of Italy in Daylesford"
Pizzeria La Luna

Pizzeria La Luna

Pizza   $$$$$   Opens Thu 5:00:PM

Daylesford

Not far from the scenic Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens and remarkable forests of regional Daylesford, is Pizzeria La Luna. In the evening the scent of fresh basil, tomato and baking pizza dough drifts ...
"Readers' Choice 2019 - Regional"
Boo's Place Cafe & Provedore
Known and loved by the local community, Boo’s Place Café & Provedore on McCrae Street is a cosy, welcoming venue for brunch and coffee catch-ups in Swan Hill. A charming country vibe abounds inside wi...
The Province by Matt De Angelo

The Province by Matt De Angelo

Italian   $$$$$   Opens at 6:00:PM

Mildura

12 Chef Hat Award
Your food is their passion at The Province on the feast street of Langtree Avenue in Mildura. Chef and owner Matt De Angelo brings family and friends together over delicious, simple food with lots of ...
"Readers' Choice 2019 Winner"
The Woodhouse

The Woodhouse

Steak   $$$$$   Opens at 5:30:PM

Bendigo

12 Chef Hat Award
Follow the aroma of delicious smokiness to The Woodhouse on Williamson Street in Bendigo. This steakhouse and red gum grill is a local favourite presenting a rustic dining experience, where guests can...
"2020 Readers Choice- Best in Region"
Red Gum BBQ

Red Gum BBQ

American   $$$$$   Opens at 11:00:AM

Red Hill

Located in the heart of Red Hill, the Mornington Peninsula’s premium foodie destination, Red Gum BBQ speaks to the country feel and atmosphere of authentic Southern BBQ. The converted warehouse space,...
The Stables Restaurant

The Stables Restaurant

Mediterranean   $$$$$   Opens Thu 9:00:AM

Malmsbury

Indulge in a lively Mediterranean feast with friends and family at The Stables Restaurant on Ellesmere Place in Malmsbury. An ideal spot to enjoy the little things in life, relax with a glass of vino ...
"Readers' Choice 2020 Winner"
Middels

Middels

International   $$$$$   Opens at 9:00:AM

Drouin

A local gem in the Drouin region, Middels tapas bar and restaurant on Princes Way continues to lure locals and tourists alike with its entertaining atmosphere and internationally-inspired menu. Enter ...
"Your All-Time Favourite Local."
Brown Hill Hotel

Brown Hill Hotel

Bistro   $$$$$   Opens at 4:00:PM

Brown Hill

For a cold beer and classic pub fare, locals and those passing through stop at Brown Hill Hotel on Humffray Street North. One of the oldest watering holes in Ballarat and nestled next to Yarrowee Cree...
Northern Ground

Northern Ground

European   $$$$$   Opens at 7:30:AM

Bairnsdale

Embracing northern English roots and local seasonal produce, Northern Ground on Main Street in Bairnsdale dishes up big flavours in stylish, modern surrounds. This trendy restaurant sets a relaxed din...
Fish Tank

Fish Tank

Seafood   $$$$$   Opens at 9:00:AM

Brighton

Lucky Brighton is blessed with not only the beach, but also Fish Tank, up there among Melbourne’s finest fish and chipperies. This ever-popular eatery on Church Street offers a healthy alternative to ...