The Best Restaurants in Daylesford for a Gourmet Night Out
Make your holiday a feast with a delicious meal at one of the best restaurants in Daylesford.
The charming town of Daylesford is one of Victoria’s best regional getaways, with luxurious spa retreats, cosy cottages and storybook landscapes inviting holidaymakers from all over. It’s also a magnet for food lovers, home to everything from historic gastropubs and European bistros to hatted fine diners. Book into a few of the best restaurants in Daylesford to devour some of Spa Country’s most delectable fare.
The two-hatted Lake House is a heavyweight of Daylesford’s dining scene. Here, truly seasonal fare is served in a gorgeous sunlit setting by a passionate and accomplished team. They produce almost everything onsite, from growing vegetables and baking bread to even curing their own charcuterie. Enjoy magnificent views of treetops and lake shores as you dine on dishes such as butter poached pheasant with chestnuts or spring lamb with asparagus and morels. After dessert, move onto the outdoor deck for an aperitif under the stars.
4 King Street, Daylesford
Kadota may be one of Daylesford’s newest restaurants, but it’s already won a flurry of acclaim and national interest. Japanese-trained owner and chef Aaron Schembri has an impressive CV, having worked at a three Michelin star restaurant in Osaka along with stints at the Press Club and Saxe back home. With Kadota he and his wife have created a calming, timber-filled venue that champions slow and restorative dining. The seven-course menu changes with the seasons, with inclusions such as fresh sashimi, shio koji braised free-range pork dumplings and scallop ceviche.
1 Camp Street, Daylesford
Set on a beautiful 125-acre estate overlooking rolling fields of lavender, Sault is a destination restaurant unlike any other. The seasonal, modern Australian menu showcases regional produce alongside herbs, vegetables and fruits grown on site, with sumptuous dishes such as market fish with buttermilk sauce and avruga caviar. What’s on the plate is only half the experience, however – the stunning country house setting offers intimacy and elegance, while a post-meal walk around the nearby lake, lavender farm and forest stirs memories of regional France.
2349 Ballan-Daylesford Road, Sailors Falls
This historic gastro pub – open since 1857 – is a must visit while you’re in town. Behind the ivory-trailed brick façade and arched leadlight windows is a pillar of the community and some of Daylesford’s finest bistro cooking. The Farmer’s Arms serves an ever-changing menu, sourcing local produce for dishes such as venison and wild mushroom ragu, roast pork belly with apple cranberry relish, and rustic rhubarb and pear cobbler. Glowing with country charm and hospitality, cosy up in their cushioned booths with a glass of wine to feel like a proper local.
2 East Street, Daylesford
Schedule a delicious rendezvous at Bistro Terroir, a French neighbourhood bistro located in the heart of Daylesford. Terroir is the passion project of chef-owner Matthew Carnell, who brings experience cooking in Michelin-starred restaurants in France to a relaxed, intimate venue of his own. Dive into classics like confit duck, beef tartare and steak frites, paired with lush wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Howeve while the cuisine may stick to tradition, a dramatic black and exposed brick fitout is starkly contemporary.
6/8 Howe Street, Daylesford
Betel Boy is the new kid on the block, bringing vibrant pan-Asian cuisine and zingy cocktails to Daylesford’s main street. The restaurant’s energetic, contemporary design makes it perfect for groups and get-togethers, with a menu made for sharing. Start with snacky entrées like Thai-inspired ocean trout fish cakes, spiced chicken ribs and duck leg pancakes before moving onto nourishing mains ranging from earthy eggplant Penang curries to crispy barramundi salads.
57A Vincent Street, Daylesford
This charming neighbourhood trattoria serves modern Italian cuisine worth travelling for. Framed by elegant leadlight windows and local artwork, Beppe sports both a casual pizza bar and a more formal restaurant. Expect moreish antipasti, crisp woodfired pizza, silky handmade pasta and hearty mains, while to drink there’s an impressive list of local and Italian wines, liqueurs and spirits. Beppe inhabits a site once belonging to the 19th century Athens Hotel, and celebrates the energy and culture European migrants have brought to Daylesford since gold rush times.
32 Raglan Street, Daylesford
For comforting classic pub grub (that’s a cut above), check into the Daylesford Hotel. Here burgers are couched around wagyu beef, risotto is made with smoked beetroot and you can order salted cod croquettes and chicken liver parfait as beer snacks. The 1910s brick pub features lovely stained glass windows, a roomy beer garden for afternoon drinks and even an upstairs verandah to catch the sunset from. Choose your poison from a large selection of local beers and wines, and there's even an adjoining bottle shop if you fancy a drop to take home.
2 Burke Square, Daylesford
Fancy a long lunch with a view? The Boathouse Daylesford is located right on the banks of Lake Daylesford, meaning tranquil vantage points from any table, but particularly when seated on the al fresco dining deck. The fare is simple and refreshing, from country-style pork terrine and house cured ocean trout to start, to grilled fish, pastas, tarte tatin and salads for mains. Take your time and soak in the surroundings over a glass of local wine and a vanilla crème brulée for dessert.
2 Leggatt Street, Daylesford
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