Where there are vineyards and fine wine, fine food inevitably follows. So whether you choose a top regional restaurant, relax in a cellar door café or just kick back at an atmospheric bar, you’ll find menus inspired by abundant local produce and often matched to regional wines or handcrafted beers.
On the Mornington Peninsula, five restaurants now hold Chef’s Hats from the Good Food Guide. There’s a vast choice for foodies: coastal and hinterland vineyards with restaurants and casual cellar doors, seaside restaurants and cafes overlooking a beach or yacht marina, and main street cafes and bars.
Wine bars and craft breweries
In the Yarra Valley, two restaurants have Chef’s Hats. A number of wineries boast excellent restaurants, cellar door cafes and wine bars. Then there are country hotels and craft breweries, and village main streets for serious coffee and laidback bars.
Cafes, tearooms and restaurants are seemingly tucked around every corner in the Dandenongs. They’re famous for stylish food in restaurants with spectacular views, Devonshire teas and lots of fresh berry treats in summer.
On Phillip Island, the fresh air and outdoor lifestyle seem to induce large appetites. But the solution is never far away. There are restaurants and cafes scattered about the island, often in the most idyllic and unlikely spots: beside farmland with grazing highland cattle, on balconies overlooking Western Port Bay and in seaside villages looking out on to the foreshore.