The best places to eat in Daylesford

We love to eat, so we’ve gone out of our way to try out most restaurants in Daylesford to give you your shortlist.

When it comes to food and wine, the Daylesford region has a lot to offer. With its abundance of top-quality local produce, passionate chefs and restaurateurs are able to create dishes that are nothing short of sensational.

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, or a friendly country pub, you won’t be disappointed by the quality of food and wine in the area.

Fine Dining in Daylesford

Choose from a range of fine dining experiences in Daylesford and surrounds to suit any occasion.

You can take your pick from a range of delectable menu items at The Lake House, which is also set amongst beautiful gardens. If it’s a perfect surprise menu you’re after, head to Surly Goat in Hepburn Springs for an unforgettable experience.

If you want a more relaxed experience, head out to one of the surrounding vineyards for lunch or dinner. Passing Cloud’s Restaurant is open Friday-Sunday from 11am-3pm for lunch, and offers both indoor and outdoor seating with gorgeous views over the vineyard. The restaurant is located just outside Daylesford.

Country Style pubs and easy dining

Daylesford’s Farmers Arms Hotel has stood on the main entry road into Daylesford for decades, welcoming locals and tourists alike to enjoy a cold beer, classic pub food and a good yarn. The Daylesford Hotel is another iconic Daylesford fixture that’s served the community for over decades.

If you’re feeling peckish and just want to go somewhere casual and easy, there are plenty of great options.

Hotel Frangos on Vincent Street has a great Italian-style menu and bar. Try their pizzas or the pastas, all in a very relaxed atmosphere with a friendly staff. And don’t forget to try some of the cocktails!

The Virgin in Hepburn Springs is part of Hotel Bellinzona and serves contemporary Australian cuisine. The restaurant also has a range of local wines by the glass.

Why not try some of the newest restaurants in Daylesford?

Betel Boy Asian contemporary restaurant on Vincent Street. It’s stylish, so sit at the bar and watch the chefs work.

Bistro Terroir, a French restaurant on Howe Street. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is upmarket but laid back. Don’t forget to try their classic French cocktails.

Breakfast and brunch in Daylesford

Daylesford and Hepburn Springs have some of the best breakfast and brunch spots around.

If you’re looking for a place to kick off your day with a hearty meal, there are plenty of options in town. You can get your fix at Cliffy’s Emporium, The Virgin, or one of the menu other places in town.

Cliffy’s Emporium is a one of the best known spots in town for breakfast and brunch that serves up delicious dishes like eggs benedict.  They also have great coffee drinks and fresh juices. The Virgin in Hepburn is another popular option for locals.