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Restaurants in Geelong

 It’s not all about Melbourne: Geelong’s restaurant scene is heating up

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.

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Parkers Steakhouse - Geelong

Parkers Steakhouse - Geelong

Geelong CBD
Steakhouse$$$$
5.4/6567
Parkers Steakhouse - Geelong
Parkers Steakhouse - Drysdale

Parkers Steakhouse - Drysdale

Drysdale
Steakhouse$$$$
5.4/6240
Parkers Steakhouse - Drysdale
Pistol Pete's Food & Blues

Pistol Pete's Food & Blues

Geelong CBD
American$$$$
5.5/6218
Pistol Pete's Food & Blues
Tomodachi - Izakaya & Bar

Tomodachi - Izakaya & Bar

Geelong CBD
Japanese$$$$
5.1/662
Tomodachi - Izakaya & Bar
The Groove Train - Waurn Ponds

The Groove Train - Waurn Ponds

Waurn Ponds
Australian$$$$
5.1/650
The Groove Train - Waurn Ponds
The Groove Train - Geelong

The Groove Train - Geelong

Geelong CBD
Australian$$$$
4.5/633
The Groove Train - Geelong
Golden Dragon Yumcha

Golden Dragon Yumcha

Geelong CBD
Chinese$$$$
4.8/634
Golden Dragon Yumcha
Malee Thai - Highton

Malee Thai - Highton

Highton
Thai$$$$
5.3/628
Malee Thai - Highton
Tuptim Thai - Geelong Waterfront

Tuptim Thai - Geelong Waterfront

Waterfront
Thai$$$$
4.6/631
Tuptim Thai - Geelong Waterfront
Jashn on Pako

Jashn on Pako

Newtown
Indian$$$$
6.0/61
Jashn on Pako
Mad Kitchen

Mad Kitchen

Geelong CBD
Asian$$$$
5.3/63
Mad Kitchen
Rook Sri Lankan Fusion

Rook Sri Lankan Fusion

Geelong CBD
Asian$$$$
5.8/65
Rook Sri Lankan Fusion
Tuptim Thai - Lara

Tuptim Thai - Lara

Abbotsford
Thai$$$$
5.0/65
Tuptim Thai - Lara
Tandoori Cuisine & Bar - Indian Restaurant

Tandoori Cuisine & Bar - Indian Restaurant

Geelong West
Indian$$$$
5.5/62
Tandoori Cuisine & Bar - Indian Restaurant
Jashn - Torquay

Jashn - Torquay

Torquay
Indian$$$$
5.3/63
Jashn - Torquay
Bay View Bar & Grill

Bay View Bar & Grill

Waterfront
Asian$$$$
5.0/62
Bay View Bar & Grill
The Rheingold

The Rheingold

Geelong CBD
German$$$$
4.5/64
The Rheingold
House of Shalimar

House of Shalimar

Geelong West
Indian$$$$
5.0/61
House of Shalimar
Hi Sushi - Waurn Ponds

Hi Sushi - Waurn Ponds

Waurn Ponds
Japanese$$$$
4.7/63
Hi Sushi - Waurn Ponds
Black Bull Tapas

Black Bull Tapas

Geelong CBD
Spanish$$$$
4.0/61
Black Bull Tapas
  1. 1.

    What’s on the menu?

    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!
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    Straight from the sea

    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.
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    All this food talk has made us thirsty

    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.
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    But how do you choose with so many top-notch Geelong restaurants?

    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.