As Melbournian's, food and wine is an big part of our social culture. The Yarra Ranges plays host to a huge number of fabulous restaurants, wineries, cafes and taverns. Our favourite restaurants in the Dandenong Ranges include Woods Sherbrooke, Le Voltaire Belgrave and Coonara Springs Olinda.
Great local cafes include Ripe Sassafras, Evolve Belgrave and Ranges Olinda. Close by too is the Piggery Cafe where celebrity chef Shannon Bennett has attracted large numbers of day visitors from Melbourne.
There are some great English style pubs in the hills too. The Pig & Whistle and Kelly's in Olinda and Dine Divine in Sassafras.
Staying longer? Discover the cool climate wines of The Yarra Valley, the local craft beer and accompanying restaurants.
Coonara Springs is a fine dining restaurant that has recently reopened its doors after an extensive restoration of the building and grounds.
Open wed-sat lunch & dinner, sun 'long lunch'. Wednesday bistro is a set 3 courses with a glass of wine for $50. Live music in the gardens on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout summer.
129 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda. Phone: 9751 1686
Cosy tavern with exposed brickwork, serving home brews, ciders and plus sharing plates.
694 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream. Phone: 9739 1794
The Chapel in the heart of Sassafras has been transformed into this fabulous eatery.
Open Friday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Ph: 9751 1489. 345 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras.
Evolve Fair Food Store is a family cafe set just outside of the main street of Belgrave with a focus on organic with vegan and vegetarian options.
Open daily 9am to 4pm. Closed Public Holidays
68 Monbulk Road, Belgrave. Phone: 9754 1437
Hargreaves Hill is proud to be one of Australia’s leading microbreweries in terms of the quality and range of beers.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-8.30pm & Sun 11.30am-4.00pm
25 Bell Street, Yarra Glen. Phone: 9730 1905
English style log tavern in the heart of Olinda serving pub grub and craft beers on tap.
Open 7 days. 1510 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda. Phone: 9751 1056
French Bistro in the heart of Belgrave.
Open 7 nights for dinner with fantastic live acoustic music on Monday nights from 7.30pm. Délicieux!
1677 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave. Phone: 9754 7007
Napoleone Brewery and Cider house crafts and shares small, fresh batches of beer and cider.
Open 7 days from 10am and offer tasting paddles of beer and/or cider for $12 but if you are just looking to chill out and have a few drinks, they offer pots and pints too. So, swing by the cellar door for a picturesque beer and cider experience!
Brewery Tours are also available for $20 a head which includes a tour and tasting, run on Saturdays at 11.00 or by appointment. Bookings essential. 12 St Huberts Road, Coldstream. Phone: 9738 9100
English style tavern in Olinda offering fabulous pub grub!
Open 7 days 11am to 11pm.
1429 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda. Phone: 9751 2366
Bistro open from 9am to 4pm on Thursdays & Fridays and from 8am to 4pm on weekends for breakfast & lunch.
High Tea on Sunday's between 1pm and 4pm - $40 pp. Bookings essential.
10 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke. Phone: 9755 2755
Cafe by day, restaurant by night. Fully licensed and BYO.
Serving breakfast from 8.30 -12.00pm Everyday. Lunch served daily from 12.00pm until 5.00pm.
Dinner Tuesday-Saturday from 5.30pm. All day snacks available until 5.00pm.
5 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda. Phone: 9751 2133.
Ripe Cafe is a cosy eatery adorned with a broad timber decking and a fireplace. A new lunch menu most days offers a gastronomic treat. Locals and tourist alike are welcomed to a friendly, rustic and relaxing ambience, while indulging in a variety of food and wine. Serving breakfast, lunch and cakes all made fresh.
Licensed. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Open 8am - 5pm daily
376 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras. Phone: 9755 2100
Skyhigh and the Observatory sits at 660m on the summit of Mt Dandenong. Unobstructed views of Melbourne and Port Philip Bay, a bistro and function centre, gardens and maze.
Open 7 days. Observatory Road, Mt Dandenong. Phone: 9751 0452
The Piggery Café has been designed in a warm and rustic manner with the design focused on creating a venue dedicated to the promotion of the best of Australian culture across all facets of heritage, architecture, food, art, hospitality and inspiring landscape.
Outside a slew of tables rest under heating strobes looking out to lawn bowls, croquet and bocce pitches. Look even further across the 23-hectare estate and into the distance and you’ll spot the 500-tree trufferie, extensive vegetable gardens (now providing organic produce for Vue de monde and assorted Vue Group restaurants) and an emu enclosure with the grand ambition of sourcing the eggs to use in the Piggery Café dishes.
1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke VIC 3789
(03) 9691 3858
10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday ( No group bookings are taken on weekends )
Lawn bowls available to book $40 per lane per hour
Croquet $20 per court per hour
Bocce $20 per court per hour
An beautiful Asian inspired restaurant on the edge of Sherbrooke forest.
Open weekends - Friday 11am to 11pm, Saturday 9am to 11pm, Sunday 9am to 5pm and most public holidays and Valentines.
21 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke. Phone: 9755 2131.