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Open Sesame! As Restrictions Relax, Restaurants Reopen

Open Sesame! As Restrictions Relax, Restaurants Reopen

It's fair to say we can't wait to sit down for a socially-distanced meal at one of our many favourites around the region.

Expect door-lists, deep cleaning, smaller seatings (6 per table seems to be the standard) and don't expect to stick around for a long boozy afternoon. 

Bookings and a bit of patience will be absolutely essential, but every time you take a bite you'll be helping the local hospo community get back on it's feet. Bon apetit.

So here's an ever-updating list of who will be open this this weekend and beyond... 


From fine dining to suburban favourites, we've got wineries and pubs and all kinds of cuisines.

Alma at Home - South American style dine in and takeaway.

Archive Wine Bar - Bar, bottle shop and deli.

The Beach House - Indoor and outdoor options.

Café Go - Cosy cafe styles.

Clyde Park Vineyard & Bistro - Pizzas, platters and award winning wines.

The Continental Geelong - Think post-war European style.

Eastern Spice - Geelong's finest in Indian cuisine.

Edge Geelong - Waterfront bar and restaurant.

Emerge - Contemporary Australia, with some serious steaks.

Empire Grill Geelong - A fine dining fixture.

Elephant and Castle Hotel - A truly classic pub.

Geelong Boat House - Fabulous fish n chips.

Geelong Cellar Door - Old world charm and ambience.

Grounds of Society - Cool coffee and cafe fare.

Hahndorfs Fine Chocolates - Coffee and chocolates.

Lipari Italian Restaurant - Traditional Italian with speciality pastas.

Moorabool Valley Chocolate - All local chocolate legends.

Mt Duneed Estate - Relaxed dining with a glass of something special.

Norlane Hotel - Something for everyone.

Pistol Pete's Food and Blues - Southern and Louisiana specialities.

Provenance Winery - Locally sourced and high quality, plus matching wines.

Recess Bar and Eats - Central Geelong’s only Gluten Free restaurant. 

Sailors' Rest - Historic waterfront favourite.

Sawyers' Arms Tavern - A true Geelong original.

Son of an Elk - A CBD cafe classic.

Sporting Globe Geelong - Eat. Drink. Sport.

SUMI Geelong - Asian influenced Robata grill.

Wah Wah Gee - Funky and fresh on the Pier.

The Wharf Shed Cafe - Popular waterfront redevelopment.

Waurn Ponds Hotel - Sustainable, organic and original.

Ocean Grove

Local legends and waterfront newcomers are welcoming you back, while a number of cafes are open too.

Banks Road Vineyard - Family run winery with tasty options.

Brewicolo Brewery - Legendary local taproom.

Driftwood Cafe - A fan favourite for cafe classics.

The Dunes Ocean Grove - Friendly service, great food, incredible location.

Mr Grubb - Casual dining among the vineyard.

McGlashans Wallington Estate - Gourmet grazing and fine wines.

Barwon Heads

Just a couple of beachfront favourites so far, but there's still plenty of takeaway options around town too.

Annie's Provedore - Italian inspired, and home cooked cafe treats.

At the Heads - Unique dining on the river-mouth.

BeachHouse Barwon Heads - Cafe and restaurant fusion in the old fire station.


Plenty of delicious options for hungry Portarlington people, fresh seafood perhaps?

Bennets on Bellarine - Relaxed family run winery.

Bouchon at Bellarine - Fresh take on French provincial.

Edina Waterfront Cafe - Fresh waterfront cafe classics.

Grand Hotel Portarlington - Great pub meals in the bistro and front bar.

Little Mussel Cafe - Your magical mussel and seafood supply.

Pier Front Pizzeria - Traditional hilltop Italian.

Queenscliff & Point Lonsdale

Exciting to see some big names back in operation, with cafes, wineries and fine dining options ready for you.

360Q - Majestic marina location and food to match.

Basils Farm - Winery and restaurant.

Lombardys on Hessy - Gourmet Pizza and Pasta.

Ripview Bistro @ Queenscliff Bowling Club - Fab food on the green.

RORO Cafe on the Beach - Beachfront breakfasts can't be beat.

Saltbush Fine Foods - Eclectic mix of tasty treats.

Shelter Shed Bar and Eatery - Local produce is the star.

Elsewhere on the Bellarine

Make the most of your newfound (relative) freedom and take a drive to one of the many options around the region.

Bellarine Estate - Highly acclaimed, family affair.

The Bungalow Restaurant - Food for the soul.

Common Ground Project - Innovative cafe and projects.

The Door Gallery Cafe - Gallery, cafe and winebar.

Fork and Flower - Casual ambience in the flower farm.

Little Sirens Cafe - Historic boathouse and kiosk.

Lara Sporting Club - Popular local pub and eatery.

Manzanillo Grove - Gourmet delights.

Merne @ Lighthouse - Fine dining with panoramic views.

Moorabool Ridge Vineyard & Cafe - Historic cafe and award winning vineyard.

Nicol's Paddock - Relaxed wining and dining.

One Day Estate - Unique environment and fabulous food.

Scotchmans Hill - Legendary local winery and restaurant.

Shadowfax Winery - Handcrafted and high quality.

The Whiskery - Relaxed vibes and award winning gin.