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From its high-end restaurants with waterfront views to its hole-in-the-wall, street food-centric cafes, Geelong, Australia’s dining scene is one of the best in all of Victoria. Watch out, Melbourne, this budding seaside city is coming for your foodie crown. Here is our list of the 10 best local restaurants in Geelong.
Decades of consistently outstanding cuisine and professional service has made the award-winning Empire Grill the ultimate special occasion destination in Geelong, and the go-to place to spoil and impress your dining companions. The décor, highlighted by exposed wooden beams and gold and terracotta accents, is just as luxurious as its entrées. European and Asian influences are evident on the menu, as is the team of chefs’ appreciation for local ingredients, especially in dishes like the prawn and mango salad with nuoc cham dressing and tom yum crisp and the rack of lamb with broad bean purée, cous cous salad and lemon apple relish. If you’re up for a true gastronomical delight, you can also choose to indulge in the elaborate degustation menu.
Empire Grill, 66 McKillop Street, Geelong, Australia, +61 3 5223 2132
Roosted atop a century-old barge secured to the edge of Corio Bay, The Geelong Boat House is an emblem for the city’s connection to its seaside landscape. Climb up to the top deck on a pleasant day to enjoy panoramic views of the city and the bay, or if you’re out on a boat, pre-order a dish or two for lunch and have your meal lowered onto your watercraft by the kitchen staff. Of course, if you’re going to be so close to the water, you’d be wise to order dishes that highlight fresh fish, the boat house burger, made with hand-ground rib-eye, or the Thai fish burger with Asian coleslaw are sure to please, and the fish and chips are perhaps the best in all of Victoria.