Posted: 17 Apr 2013

Bendigo’s top 5 places to dine

Described by The Age as Victoria’s coolest boom town, Bendigo has a thriving food and wine scene with four coffee roasters, some of the best wines in Australia, a burgeoning craft beer community and restaurants putting many in Melbourne to shame.

Needless to say, Bendigo residents are darn proud. It’s all on show online at I Heart Bendigo, the source of a recent Facebook poll of locals to find out the town’s most loved restaurants. Here are the top five…

Masons of Bendigo1. Masons of Bendigo

The new kid on the block, and a very impressive one at that. When the zucchini flowers stuffed with lamb caponata were served and tasted by a patron recently, she actually clapped and cheered. Masons‘ Nick and Sonia Anthony create gorgeous food with local produce.

2. The Woodhouse

Another newcomer to the restaurant scene in Bendigo, the Woodhouse features a wood-fired grill that delivers awesome steak, pizza and other delights.

3. The Dispensary Enoteca

This warm and welcoming cucina has great service, tunes, food and a very impressive drinks list – and not necessarily in that order – all at once.

Whirrakee Restaurant Bendigo4. Whirrakee Restaurant

Editor’s note: Wirrakee closed in February, 2015

Overlooking the historic Rosalind Park and View Point, Whirrakee is a top class restaurant, boasting a top class experience.

5. Wine Bank on View

Bendigo’s finest local wine list. Tick. Historical setting. Tick. Great food. Tick. Keep ticking, and imbibing. Wine Bank on View a true bank of wine – what’s not to love.


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