Skip to content

Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Australian Restaurant
$$
“Igni literally means 'from fire' in Latin and here at Aaron Turner's restaurant, tucked away in the backstreets of Geelong's CBD, there's no shortage of fire – both literal and metaphorical. A worthy finalist for Best Restaurant of the Year in the 2020 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, and winner of two hats from Good Food Guide, IGNI's dining experience is based around the charcoal grill, which, along with the imaginative flavour combinations and seasonal ingredients, provides much of the drama. With a minimalist interior, all blonde wood, muted greys and polished concrete, the focus remains on the food at all times and so it should. There's no menu here, just the understated authority of a chef in control. So take a seat, choose from the five- or eight-course degustation, and let Turner and his team do the rest.”
  • 14 locals recommend
French Restaurant
$$$
“Love this place, great staff - wonderful food - ask Tony to sing something!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great little Northern Italian Restauant serving great food & italian wines. Lunch & Dinner”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great coffee and all day breakfast and fabulous food for lunch. Staff friendly.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
$$
“On the weekend's they have live music, and during the day a little beer garden which is great to soak up some sun!”
  • 10 locals recommend
French Restaurant
$$$
“Classic an iconic Geelong Restaurant - quality meets an amazing location on the waterfront”
  • 6 locals recommend
Korean Restaurant
$$
“This hole-in-wall Korean restaurant is a knockout! Delicious food, great staff and cool vibe - but be sure to book!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
$$
“Quality Dining is a great atmosphere Reasonably priced for very good quality. Nearby - you can walk there”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
$$
“A cool place to people-watch on the spectacular Geelong Waterfront. Enjoy a coffee, drink or fabulous food from this iconic restaurant/ bar which features an extensive sun-drenched alfresco area and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“Bright, boutique eatery with contemporary, woodsy-chic decor, serving Modern Australian dishes. Fine dining. Book in advance.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Great environment and one of the oldest hotels in Geelong. Serves local drinks with amazing tastes. Good selection of food available on the menu.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
$
“Quaint space decked out in white and pale green, for eclectic meals with a local, seasonal focus. Multi-award winning.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
$$
“Great for families, beautiful deck area and playground and sandpit for kids, decent coffee and food.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$$
“The best steak you will ever eat! Honestly I have recommended many of our guests and they will be back to stay just to have a steak here!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
$
“Great food and only a stones throw away around the corner. Huge beer garden area which is great in bot warm and cold months. Usually quite fun on a Sunday if you're up for a drink!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great pizzas cooked in traditional wood-fired oven. A small but delicious selection, washed down with Spanish wine - a perfect combination!”
  • 4 locals recommend