Top 10 restaurants in Geelong, Australia

December 31, 2017 Diedre Savory

Discover the best restaurant in Geelong, Australia including Empire Grill, Black Bull Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Telegraph Hotel Restaurant, Cafe Go, Tulip Bar & Restaurant, Little Creatures Canteen, Pakington Pantry, La Vista Authentic Italian Restaurant & Cafe, Bistrot St Jean, Brunenzo's Italian Pizzeria
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1. Empire Grill

66 McKillop St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 5223 2132
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 324 reviews

Empire Grill

Reviewed By MickyC-AUS - Melbourne, Australia

The Empire Grill was a truly magnificant place for Christmas Lunch. The table settings and decorations were beautiful, service was impeccable and the food was delicious. There was no rush and the course timings were perfect. Very impressive indeed!!!

2. Black Bull Tapas Bar and Restaurant

48 Moorabool St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 52296100
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 273 reviews

Black Bull Tapas Bar and Restaurant

Upcoming chef Daniel Brehaut has recently opened the excellent Black Bull tapas restaurant in Geelong, VIC, Australia and deserves a mention in Tripadvisor.

Reviewed By david m - Geelong, Australia

We had another great night at Black Bull. The food was excellent. Good variety of tapas and some excellent main course choices. The duck was fantastic. Reasonable wine list with well priced choices. Service very good. Highly recommend.

3. Telegraph Hotel Restaurant

2 Pakington St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3218, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards International, Wine Bar, Gastropub, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +61 3 5222 2471
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 406 reviews

Telegraph Hotel Restaurant

This pub has had a complete makeover about six months ago. They've done a great job doing up the building inside and the food and service are amazing.

Reviewed By Rennie F

We popped in for an early dinner with friends (3 school age kids combined).
Overall we had a great night. While the food was good the highlight was the service.
Our waiter David was terrific (he let us know that a huge group had arrived so we could order first and was super attentive all night).
The food was good (I’ve had better here before) but nothing to complain about. The serves were good and the prices ok but importantly they were quick (particularly with the kids meals).
A great night overall.

4. Cafe Go

37 Bellerine St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 3 5229 4752
Excellent
52%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Cafe Go

Reviewed By Mister8888 - Hong Kong, China

Apart from the creative breakfast menu which spans the whole range from muesli to breads there is an exciting lunch menu with clear European/Turkish influences. These dishes are high on taste impact and supported by the freshest of veg and salad ingredients. Serves are generous. Staff seem to enjoy there work, always a good sign. No table numbers here, we had a Snoop Dog identifier. Lovely eating area at the back, some nice art. Good coffee, more choc and berry flavoured. All in all a nice place for breakfast or lunch.

5. Tulip Bar & Restaurant

111 Pakington St | Shop 9, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3218, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 5229 6953
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 228 reviews

Tulip Bar & Restaurant

TULIP Geelong Tulip is located on Pakington Street, Geelong West - Geelong's vibrant centre of multiculturalism. Situated at the north end, Tulip is nestled amongst boutique shops and select restaurants characteristic of the cosmopolitan precinct. The décor lends itself to a contemporary but relaxed vibe, with flexible and shared dining options. The menu hosts an impressive list of modern dishes each centred on a main ingredient. The element of simplicity carries over to the wine list which boasts Victorian wines. Friends and chefs Matt Dempsey (Gladioli) and Graham Jefferies combined their experiences and vision to open Tulip. Flexibility, simplicity and quality combine making Tulip a unique dining experience.

Reviewed By mitsille1 - Sydney, Australia

Busy for a Wednesday night,while the rest of Pakington st was quiet, so good start.
Oysters with seaweed vinegar were exceptionally fresh and highly recommended.
the half lamb shoulder with smoked eggplant was plenty for two people.
wines by the glass or half glass was refreshing idea and a way to balance courses with selected local wines.

6. Little Creatures Canteen

221 Swanston St | ., Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +61 3 5202 4009
Excellent
42%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 202 reviews

Little Creatures Canteen

Reviewed By SJBNZ - London, United Kingdom

Came here with a group of friends for lunch. Great social setup, with plenty of large tables for big groups. Air con appreciated on a hot day. Food to share was really good and reasonably priced. My only criticism is the share plates came out way before the pizzas, so half the group ate while the others waited. But would defiantly come back here and make a day of it, making the most of the brewery tours and events on.

7. Pakington Pantry

U 3 328 Pakington St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 3 5223 3232
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

Pakington Pantry

Reviewed By WayneAP - Geelong, Australia

We hadn’t been here for a long time but remembered how good it was. The summer menu looks good, chia and oatmeal porridge with grilled banana stewed rhubarb with a crunchy crumble topping was very tasty. The Bircher muesli had poached pear, honeycomb, sliced apple with lemon curd and candied almonds which is a taste sensation.
The smoothies are very refreshing and reasonably priced. The only let down is the coffee came out half way through our meal, this is due to the walk ins for takeaway coffee that seem to get preference and also we ordered large and got small, not ideal.
Well worth a visit.

8. La Vista Authentic Italian Restaurant & Cafe

120 Brougham St | Corner Bellarine & Brougham St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 6152217153
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 248 reviews

La Vista Authentic Italian Restaurant & Cafe

La Vista is a sophisticated yet very affordable Italian restaurant that has recently opened up near the Waterfront of Geelong. Located at the corner of Brougham and Bellarine Streets, with the cafe downstairs serving great coffee and a lovely restaurant upstairs where you can choose from a delicious selection of traditional Italian fare. Owner and Head Chef, Salvatore De Cola brings over 30 years experience in Italian cooking. His homemade gnocchi will melt in your mouth and they serve the best authentic Italian food you have ever tasted. La Vista is fully licensed and now offers BYO (wine only) and have a fantastic wine list that complements all of their dishes. Stop by to enjoy a fantastic Italian experience. A new lunch time menu is now available with very affordable prices and a la carte menu is available on the weekends.

Reviewed By sandrewk2017 - Greater Melbourne, Australia

In Geelong for business (accompanied by my husband) so we took the opportunity to stroll along the waterfront. We found this wonderful restaurant. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. We felt like well-loved family - and then the food! Wow - I'm still savouring the risotto - Delicate yet very tasty.

9. Bistrot St Jean

239 Moorabool St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +61 3 5298 2408
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 413 reviews

Bistrot St Jean

Reviewed By Arch69er - East Victoria Park, Australia

One of the best restaurants in Geelong, everything from the atmosphere to the service is top notch, not to mention the food, simply awesome.

10. Brunenzo's Italian Pizzeria

5/163 Bellarine Highway, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3221, Australia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +61 3 5248 6061
Excellent
81%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 87 reviews

Brunenzo's Italian Pizzeria

Reviewed By Ian J - Geelong, Australia

We ate here recently, for the first time, and the food was just sensational !! The servings were very generous and the food itself was sensational. We will definately go back and will have real problems just trying to choose which dish to order. The level of service was also tremendous - not pushy, but very appropriate. Do yourself a favour, as Molly would say, and get on down there - you won't be disappointed. Just make sure you make a booking because a walkup won't get you a seat at a table !!

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