When you think about the food scene in Australia, Melbourne will undoubtedly spring to mind. But it’s not all about Victoria’s capital, in fact, this southern state’s second city, Geelong, has a restaurant scene that’s out to rival the best in Melbourne with several hatted restaurants, street food eateries, local roasteries, rooftop cocktail bars and much, much more. Located on the beautiful Corio Bay, Geelong stretches from the plains of Lara in the north to the rolling hills of Waurn Ponds in the south and is a gateway to famous Great Ocean Road. With such a diverse landscape, Geelong’s restaurants are able to source local produce and seafood and the dishes on offer are inspired from the natural beauty of this wonderful part of the world. So, read on for an overview of what you can expect from the restaurants of Geelong.
Being just over an hour away from Melbourne, the cuisines and styles of dining on offer have carried over onto the menus of restaurants throughout Geelong. You’ll find a diverse range of restaurants, cafes and bars here so we thought we’d take a look at some of the dishes you’ll stumble upon in some of Geelong’s best restaurants. For those of you who have a love of all things Asian, you’re in luck. For sushi fans, Hi Sushi is your best bet. With spots all over Geelong, this sushi restaurant is up there with the best of them when it comes to Japanese cuisine. You’ll find fresh sashimi, ramen, tonkatsu and of course a plethora of sushi roll options to boot. If you’re a curry lover, in the heart of Geelong’s CBD you’ll find Sri Lankan specialists Rook serving their famous egg hopper – fermented rice flour crepes, shaped into a bowl and filled with spicy sambal, dhal, chicken or fish. There’s also a plethora of Mediterranean, European, American and Australian restaurants in Geelong as well, so no matter your craving, you’re in for a culinary treat, that’s for sure!
With Geelong located on the picturesque Corio Bay, it’s no surprise that Geelong restaurants know a thing or two about seafood. With freshly-caught seafood coming in fresh and daily, the dishes on offer are some of the best in the state. Keep an eye out for the freshest oysters in Geelong at Waterfront restaurant, Bayview Bar & Grill, where you can relax and take in the beautiful coastal view on the front verandah as you tuck into the grilled lobster tail with herbed butter, spaghetti marinara rossa, or grilled salmon served with chips and salad, washed down with a fresh pinot grigio or prosecco. Or, if you’re feeling like something a little different, Geelong’s own Izakaya restaurant, Tomodachi, serves up dishes like octopus pancake balls, salt and pepper squid and an array of sashimi straight from the sea. Whichever style of seafood dining you like, Geelong’s restaurants have you covered.
While it’s true we’re all about the food, we’re also all about the drinks – and good ones at that. It’s not just the restaurant scene in Geelong that’s buzzing and this up-and-coming city has a nightlife to rival any city with rooftop bars, hidden bunker-style bars, wine bars, craft beer specialists and one spot that doubles as a cocktail bar and dessert cafe in one. After a delicious meal in one of Geelong’s best restaurants, keep the night going by indulging in a nightcap at Union Street Wine listening to vinyl, the Little Creatures brewery, or head to Mrs Hyde for an expertly made cocktail or two. Although, no matter where you find yourself, you’ll be able to treat yourself to an espresso martini, Moscow Mule, Negroni or whatever your preference. A perfect end to an evening in Geelong we think.
Whether you find yourself on the Waterfront esplanade enjoying the 19th-century carousel, checking out the sea bath at Eastern Beach, over in Queen’s Park or relaxing in North Geelong, there are restaurants peppered throughout this vibrant and bustling second city. So to make choosing the perfect restaurant that bit easier, Quandoo is here to help. Just filter your settings according to cuisine preference, location and price, and take a look at the plethora of options waiting for you. Then, after a few clicks on your computer or taps on the Quandoo app, you’ll be booked in and ready to go and enjoy your pick of Geelong’s best restaurants.