9 Stunning Regional Restaurants That Are Worth The Drive Out

By Ellen Seah
20th Mar 2018

Sometimes you need to #treatyoself to more than an almond croissant.

Whether you’re celebrating an occasion, or rewarding yourself for another week of semi-successful adulting—we’ve teamed up with Mitsubishi and their new Eclipse Cross (which is all kinds of luxe), to bring you the nine stunning regional restaurants that are worth the drive out. Because we’re all about luxury, every day.

Petit Tracteur

Main Ridge

Born from Ten Minutes By Tractor, Petit Tracteur is the second child in the Tractor family. A French-inspired bistro and bar, Petit Tracteur brings high-class wines that can be paired with rich dishes or fresh bar snacks. A variety of relaxed seating is available, whether you’re planning to visit for a few glasses (and the view) or a long lunch.

Tuck’s Ridge

Red Hill South

Backed on a spectacular vineyard, Tuck’s Ridge features world-class wines, an outdoor terrace and giant couple swings. One of their wine experiences is aptly named “taste the rainbow”, and there’s an entire section of the menu dedicated to gelato (choc cherry or plum-n-pinot?). It’s an adult wine experience without the adult pomp. We’re so on board.

Inverleigh Cellar & Kitchen


Housed in a restored Victorian cottage, Inverleigh Cellar & Kitchen is anything but flashy. There are two set menus, each highlighting the finest local produce. The restaurant prides itself on sustainably and conscientiously-sourced ingredients—and it’s easy to taste the difference. Choose from their amazing banquet options, or indulge in whatever you like from their a la carte menu.



One of the first restaurants to bring fine dining to the Victorian foodie scene, Brae sources the freshest ingredients from their own organic farm every morning. The set menu changes daily according to the pickings. Menus can be matched with wine or non-alcoholic beverages, and there is also onsite accommodation for a full-day experience.

Wickens At Royal Mail Hotel


Floor to ceiling views of the southern Grampians is only the second most impressive part of Wickens At Royal Mail Hotel. The five or eight-course menus reflect the finest local produce and may include Hopkins river beef, beetroot and black garlic or apple and meadowsweet.

Tinamba Hotel


Dinner, weekday and Sunday set menus change weekly at Tinamba Hotel, but there are plenty of options per course. Dishes could include twice baked Maffra red Leicester soufflé, or a pink lemonade macaron with cream cheese, blueberry sorbet, berry coulis and strawberries. Cabernet suvignon or chardonnay lovers will also enjoy the Gippsland-based wine list.

Lakehouse Daylesford


Casually boasting two Chef’s Hats, the Lakehouse Daylesford is one of the most luxurious fine dining experiences in Victoria. Virtually everything is produced in-house: from house-baked breads to house-made charcuteries.  Menus alter twice a season, and all produce is hand-picked.

The Independent


At the last stop of Puffing Billy, you’ll stumble upon The Independent, an airy Argentinian restaurant that takes a more relaxed fine dining approach. Along with a six or eight-course dining menu, The Independent has vegan-friendly plant-based set menus.

Doot Doot Doot

Merricks North

Doot Doot Doot spares no expense, if the custom-made, 10,000 lamp chandelier roof is any indication. Reflective of bubbling wine, cutting-edge design meets an ever-changing five-course menu in this jaw-dropping space.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

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