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Our top picks – Fine dining in Geelong

It wasn’t long a go when you though of fine dining in Geelong you really only had two choices head to the waterfront and choose between seafood and French, well things have changed, and changed in a big way. Geelong now has a wide array of amazing dining experiences and even more in the suburbs and region. This list is a few of the newer choices close to the city.

 These suggestions are unsolicited and not paid editorials. They are places in our region that the Intown team think have something unique or special to offer both locals and visitors to our region.


Customs House Restaurant and Wine Bar

Located in one of Geelong’s most precious buildings the historic 1856 built sandstone and blue stone Custom House in Brougham Street overlooking the waterfront Customs House Restaurant and Wine Bar has become one of the most popular dining experiences in the city. The menu celebrated the fresh local produce of our region including succulent beef and the freshest of seafood. The restaurant is beautifully fit out with delightful heritage furniture, and beautiful chesterfield leather lounges in the bar area making for a rich and warm atmosphere.


IGNI has taken the gourmet food world by storm and has been at the top of may best food surveys and reviews around the country but very few Geelong people know of this hidden treasure. Located in Ryan Place tucked in behind Ryrie and Moorabool Streets opposite Diversitat Training in a very unassuming building IGNI people can wait weeks if not months to experience the amazing dishes that have are pushed to the boundaries designed by chef Aaron Turner. Reviews rave about the food and even the professional service of the staff something that is often hard to find in many restaurants today.



ALMA celebrates the styles of South America with an Australian twist and is located in Ryrie Street opposite the old Griffiths Book Store, now Lombards. The food is nothing short of delicious with grilled steaks and seafood are amazing as are salads and you can’t leave without trying the most succulent chorizo. ALMA features a huge wine and cocktail list and the friendly staff and vibrant decor only add to the experience of this fantastic restaurant.


Bistrot St Jean

Located opposite St John of God Hospital at high on Moorabool Street Bistro St Jean as the name suggest specialises in French cuisine. The small restaurant is beautifully decorated in a French provincial style this combined with friendly and passionate staff really make for a wonderful atmosphere and great experience. The food is to die for with rich sauces, slow cooked local ingredients and plenty of choice Bistro St Jean will not disappoint.


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