Where to Eat in Bendigo: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 19, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Discover the best restaurant in Bendigo, Australia including piyawat thai restaurant, Wine Bank on View, The Dispensary Bendigo, Masons of Bendigo, The Woodhouse, Grill'd Healthy Burgers, The Brougham Arms Hotel Motel Restaurant, Sim R Cafe, The Old Boundary Hotel, Curry Garden
Things to do in Bendigo

1. piyawat thai restaurant

Mollison Street, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night HK$102 - HK$173 +61 3 5444 4450
Excellent
49%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 169 reviews

piyawat thai restaurant

Reviewed By kimanddoogie - Bendigo, Australia

The original Thai restaurant for Bendigo. The food is amazing. The range is huge, still trying our way through the menu and it always comes up trumps. Just love this place,

2. Wine Bank on View

45 View St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +61 3 5444 4655
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 348 reviews

Wine Bank on View

The Wine Bank on View is a wine bar & wine merchant, operating from a heritage listed bank building in Central Bendigo. The Victorian era building was constructed in 1876, and was once the home of the Union Bank and the Bank of Australasia & New Zealand (ANZ). Our bottle shop is open seven days of the week, offering a huge range of local, domestic & international wine, and boutique beers. We are more than just a wine bar & wine merchant. By day, our award winning coffee & continuous menu are enjoyed, along with wines by the glass & homemade cakes. By night, Wine Bank becomes a thriving social hub, to relax and enjoy a glass of wine with friends, & a range of dining options. Our drink-in prices are the best you will find anywhere. Our wines are consistently cheaper than any other merchant! Our philosophy is to provide customers with exceptional customer service, providing value with our range of wines and fantastic food. Celebrate Bendigo's Heritage past with beautiful local wines...

Reviewed By DeeDeeCee

I had one of the best meals I’ve eaten in a long time at this restaurant. I dined solo for lunch before the Edith Head Exhibition at the Bendigo Gallery. Very nice restaurant with hospitable and knowledgeable staff. I ordered the chicken liver pate which...MoreThanks for your review, it doesn’t get much better than that. We are looking forward to seeing you back again soon. Regards Mark

3. The Dispensary Bendigo

9 Chancery Lane, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Contemporary, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$63 - HK$243 +61 3 5444 5885
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 283 reviews

The Dispensary Bendigo

Our aim is to create an experience unique to The Dispensary. Supported through exceptional beverage offerings, delicious menu to dine or graze from, fun, relaxed yet professional & knowledgeable service along with an atmosphere to match. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

Reviewed By MJRAust - AUST

Once again took the family, had a great lunch. We ordered a bunch of stuff and shared it, everyone loved it including the kids. My husband sampled the craft beers, always tries something new. Will be back again :)

4. Masons of Bendigo

25 Queen St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +61 3 5443 3877
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 952 reviews

Masons of Bendigo

opened today, awesome, can't wait to review it - Bendigo's Cumulus?

Reviewed By Josephine Q

Waited for more than hour for our food. But, it was worth it because everything was excellent up to dessert. It was cooked with extreme care to details. THE YUMMIEST DINNER!

5. The Woodhouse

101 Williamson St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Australian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$220 +61 54438671
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 715 reviews

The Woodhouse

Step into our restaurant and watch your senses ignite. Smell the delicious smokiness of Bendigo's only Redgum char-grill and dedicated steak house, as we use our unique "cooking with wood" techniques. In the finest tradition of steakhouses across the globe we use locally sourced meat and the very best in fresh, regional produce. Enjoy in-house and regionally prepared Charcuterie, beef carpaccio, organic lamb, or local chorizo styled sausage. Try our free-range pasture-fed porterhouse or smoked Wagyu. Meat is always the star of the show.

Reviewed By jjj733 - Melbourne, Australia

My mate dragged me to this mecca for meat lovers - and I don't eat meat so I didn't expect much choice.
Let's start with him: he had half dozen of Tasmanian oysters and the daily special - T-bone. He drooled over both and a glazed look after he finished his meat.
I had the sashimi which was served quite unconventionally, yet imaginatively. The fish itself was fairly bland but the assortment of other tastes on the plate made it quite special. Small by very nice.
My choice for non-meat were somewhat limited, so I had the Moreton Bay Bug pizza which was delightful.
I also ordered the cauliflower side which was quite a highlight. Ample, different, tasty and filling.
Nice meal but quite expensive.
Service was excellent and attentive but not purile.
To their credit, they accepted Amex without surcharge, complaint or hassle. Thanks guys.

6. Grill'd Healthy Burgers

88 Pall Mall | Bendigo, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available Fast Food, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +61 3 5443 1239
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

Grill'd Healthy Burgers

Reviewed By ArkBright

One "Field of Dreams" mushroom burger, and one "vegetarian" burger; a shared side of very nicely-charred sweet-potato fries, with herbed mayo. One Red wine, one large apple cider. A hearty, tasty lunch that matched our expectations on a cold winters day. No disappointments. Table service. Clean plates, cutlery and large paper napkins. Bill approx $53. Friendly staff.

7. The Brougham Arms Hotel Motel Restaurant

150 Williamson St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$118 - HK$298 +61 3 5442 3555
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 401 reviews

The Brougham Arms Hotel Motel Restaurant

Brougham Arms Hotel is located at 150 Williamson Street, Bendigo, just a short walk from Bendigo CBD and train station. Offering three distinctive dining areas, the restaurant and tapas courtyard, along with a public bar. The restaurant, recently recognized as having the best food and service in the state offers an a la carte menu that changes seasonally. Our pub fare reigns in the public bar. The tapas courtyard presents our acclaimed tapas menu using all fresh local produce. We also cater for private events, either exclusively in the tapas courtyard for up to 50 guests or in our restaurant. Our courtesy bus can be booked to collect and drop you off to ensure that everyone has a chance to enjoy a wine or two from our extensive wine list. Better still, why not book a room in our recently renovated boutique motel rooms. Open from 11am 7 Days a Week. Reservations are taken for lunch and dinner in our restaurant. We strongly recommend to call and book to avoid disappointment.

Reviewed By Debbie S - Malmsbury

Had a lovely midweek lunch here with family on an extremely hot day! Thankfully the restaurant was cool and our waiter quick to take our drinks orders and fill our water glasses. We ordered the salmon cigars and the whiting tostadas, the salmon came with an Asian style salad and was really refreshing for a hot day, the tostadas were delicious and a perfect size for a light lunch, finished with great coffee served with a complimentary cookie. We have eaten here many times and always enjoy the food, the menu is always different and interesting and the food faultless.

8. Sim R Cafe

236 Hargreaves St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, 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 5443 5733
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Sim R Cafe

Reviewed By Keith D

Excellent food. Quick service. Caring and professional staff. Open even on Sundays. Kids and I had a very nice lunch.

9. The Old Boundary Hotel

2 Milroy St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +61 3 5443 6502
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 281 reviews

The Old Boundary Hotel

Reviewed By tassiebob2016 - Bendigo, Australia

“The Old Boundary” looks very inviting from the outside and having driven past it many times we thought to give it a try. Very good website and the menu was attractive particularly the traditional lamb roast. We arrived not to far into lunchtime to find the roast all gone.
Undaunted we decided on the fried whiting with chips and salad. Well this just wasn’t very good at all. The apparently large fish fillet arrived on top of the chips and mostly on top of the salad. The large serving of fish was actually around 70% oily batter surrounding what may or may not have been whiting. We removed as much of the batter as possible to get at our small serving of fish.The chips were soft and oily. The salad was acceptable except where it had been sitting under the battered fish. I really don’t like to give a negative review but, gee wiz,you expect better than this for your hard earned.
In the end we didn’t eat much of any of it. I can only assume there may not have been a senior chef in the kitchen and that the oil was not at an appropriate temperature to prevent excess oil absorption. There are certainly better offerings around Bendigo.

10. Curry Garden

12 Pall Mall, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +61 3 5442 4311
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 143 reviews

Curry Garden

Reviewed By angelebswell - Melbourne, Australia

Popped in on a week night - lovely and quiet. Staff were friendly and helpful. Food tasted fresh like made from real food not a jar. A wonderful meal of beef vindaloo, lamb madras, garlic naan and raita. Pricing good at $53 for two including two soft drinks. Entree and dessert probably not needed if you are each having your own main - we have wbiugh leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Plenty generous - a main with rice and naan could feed two adults. Delicious!!!

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