Ballarat Food and Wine

Ballarat Restaurants, Cafes & Wineries

These days, people are rushing to the Ballarat region for the prospect of discovering gold on a plate or in a glass. Vignerons have long known that Ballarat's soil and microclimate is perfect for elegant, cool-climate wines, and Ballarat's green fields never fail to produce the finest ingredients for the plate.

"Everything's local" chefs and producers will tell you with delight. It lets them bring their customers the best seasonal menus at great prices, and the awards have followed. Australia's national airline, Qantas, now serves a Ballarat local wine, spreading the region's produce far and wide.

DINE

Nestled in luxurious gardens, the Ballarat Lodge and Convention Centre caters for indulgent weekend tastes by putting on a seafood buffet and carvery - right through to a relaxed, every-day menu.

Travel out of town to the Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick for their signature restaurant Harvest 383, but be sure to leave plenty of room for their popular Sunday High Tea.

STOP IN
Step inside the Beechworth Bakery for a creamy 'beesting' delight, book in for high tea on Sundays at Craig's Royal Hotel, soak up the city's main street at the Golden City Hotel, live it up at the newly architecturally-renovated Western Hotel or treat the kids (and yourself) at The Pancake Kitchen.

A WORLD OF WINE

If it's a tipple you are chasing, look no further than Captains Creek Organic Wines for a weekend-drive. A short trip from Ballarat, you will be rewarded for your efforts with hand-crafted, certified organic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - with fresh, in-season, farm produce also available from the cellar-door.

The latest drinking hole in town is Mitchell Harris Wines. Providing a full tasting experience in the heart of Ballarat, the wines are made using grapes from the Pyrenees, Macedon and Goldfields regions. The pulled pork sliders are just as delicious as the wine.

BEER O'CLOCK

Watch the hops and malt turn into liquid gold on-site at the Rebellion Brewery, Ballarat. Sample award-winning, gluten-free, O'Brien's beers, as well as 'The Rat' Bitter Ale. If that whets your whistle - be sure to make a visit to the Red Duck Brewery too. At the brewery and cellar-door, you can drink, taste, talk and buy your way through more than 25 ales.

NEW FARE

A step-up for the Ballarat dining experience has arrived at the new venue, Catfish. Brainchild of former Lydiard Wine bar chef, Damien Jones, it boasts contemporary Thai food as well as intimate cooking classes.

A slice of urban magic is presented at The Lane. Chic decor in the slim-line building makes for a casual, yet intimate dining experience. Catering to the modern palate, the menus range from coffee and cake, to pub-style meals, and even wood-fired pizzas.

Delve into an array of stylish restaurants, cafes and clubs brimming with local produce, food and wine.

Places to Drink

From professional coffee barristers whom roast their own coffee beans to award winning local wineries - Something for all occasions in Ballarat.

Take a drive around the Ballarat region and you’ll see mist-shrouded vineyards on gently rolling hills. The air here is as clean as the water.

Golden Plate Awards

The Golden Plate awards are a reliable guide for people looking for great places to eat out in the Ballarat-Daylesford region.