Pair the region’s best wines with local produce from the Yarra Valley for an exceptional dining experience.
The Yarra Valley is famous for being one of the best cold wine regions in Australia, making it a hotspot for wineries and restaurants.
We found the top places to taste award-winning wines and to pair them with the flavours of the valley.
You will find contemporary Australian and seasonal menus alongside scenic views of vineyards throughout our top picks below.
Top Yarra Valley restaurants
Ezard at Levantine Hill
Critically acclaimed views combine with European-inspired dishes at this fine dining experience. In the vineyards, guests enjoy wines paired with dishes to enhance the flavours. Ezard delivers a gourmet experience along with incredible architecture.
882 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
De Bortoli Winery & Restaurant
The De Bortoli family philosophy at the on-site restaurant, Locale, is all about sharing good food and wine with friends and family.
The menu features authentic Italian dishes that are perfect for sharing. The dishes include local and imported salamis, handmade pasta and dishes that reflect the seasons with their ingredients.
58 Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek
Bella Restaurant is a place to indulge in fine dining and local wines. The fresh produce used depends on the season.
The chefs create dishes around the region’s produce with simple techniques to keep the flavours true.
2 Heritage Avenue, Yarra Valley
Boat O’Craigo delivers exceptionally paired paddles and dishes to complement the estate’s wine. Cheese boards are popular as are the antipasto paddles, which include smoked meats, olives and dips. Pizzas, salads and desserts are also available.
458 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville
The Mediterranean feel of Tokar Estate enhances the surrounding area, which is perfect for views of the vineyards, gardens and mountain ranges. The restaurant serves an a la carte menu, set menu or pairings with platters. The menu changes with the seasons and features modern Australian cuisine.
6 Maddens Lane, Coldstream
Alowyn Gardens Cafe
The cafe in the Maple Courtyard at the Alowyn Gardens is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee in the shade of the trees in summer or to witness the leaves change colour in autumn.
Fresh scones and cakes are available along with light lunches. You can arrange group lunches if necessary ahead of time.
1210 Melba Highway, Glen Yarra
Rae’s Restaurant at Balgownie Estate offers irresistible views of the vineyards from the outdoor dining area. You can enjoy hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches, or intimate dinners as well as casual coffees and stylish drinks. Meat, pasta and seafood dishes are also available.
1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen
Coombe Yarra Valley
This modern restaurant offers intimate dining in the restored motor house and clock tower. You’ll overlook the gardens while dining on fresh produce, which is mostly grown on the estate.
High tea and lunch are available during the week with brunch available on weekends.
673-675 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
The Mediterranean feel of Dominique Portet entices visitors in and delivers exceptional views of the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley.
Simple lunches with artisanal ingredients are created to be paired with the estate’s wines.
870 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
Oakridge Restaurant is a farm-to-fork dining experience. The head chef uses ingredients which he finds in the Oakridge Kitchen’s garden and on his foraging and fishing trips around the region.
Dishes pair magnificently with Oakridge's award-winning wines.
864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
Only fresh ingredients that are grown next door and in the surrounding area are used to create the contemporary dishes at Meletos.
Bread is baked every morning and the ingredients used are sustainable.
12 St Huberts Road, Coldstream
Round Bird Can’t Fly
A seasonal menu reflects the ingredients available in the region to create simple comfort food with bold flavours.
All day breakfast is served with vegan menu options. Coffee, tea and wine are also available.
170 Main Street, Lilydale
Food tours and cooking classes
Part of the experience of the Yarra Valley is taking a food and wine tour where you can enjoy the savoury and sweet flavours alongside your wine.
Yarra Valley winery tour with lunch
Yarra Valley gourmet food and wine tour
Yarra Valley food and wine tour