9 Best Restaurants in Murray River Region, Victoria

Bridge Road Brewers

$$ Fodor's choice

Taste great craft beer and eat amazing pizza at this busy brewer, one of eight craft breweries of the High Country Brewery Trail. Tucked away down a little lane off the main street, the brewery is housed in an 1850s coach house built during the gold rush era. Choose a picnic table beneath the umbrellas and listen to a folk band while you share a quality pizza or burger made with local produce. Team it up with one of their award-winning beers: their signature brew is the Pale Ale, but they also play with everything from elderflower to chestnuts---the taproom has a rotating list of 20 house brews. The bar also serves gins, whiskeys and wines from the region. Great for families, there's a little playground, the kids' meals are vast, and service is fast and friendly. You can also pick up free Town Bikes here to explore the town and the Rail Trail. The brewery also runs regular tasting tours (A$15).


$$$$ Fodor's choice

Set in an ornate old bank which dates to 1856, this feted restaurant sees classic Australian ingredients such as kangaroo or local goat presented with Japanese preparation and accoutrements. There is a strong showing of sake on the drinks menu, which has a good selection of wines from the Beechworth region. Its four-course, dinner-only menu costs A$150 a person, with up to 18 small dishes presented in the Kaiseki style. The hotel also has three stylish spa rooms in the former stables to the rear of the property, (from A$220 when the restaurant is closed, A$310 when the restaurant is opened, includes an in-room breakfast). Otherwise, the Manager's Residence is the old bank manager's accommodation above the restaurant, which is self-contained, with a kitchen and dining room (from A$230, no meals).

Beechworth Bakery


For a delicious breakfast on the go, this widely admired bakery's eggs Benedict wrap is a great start. For the rest of the day, hit the deli sandwich bar, order a Beechworth steak pie or the robust Ned Kelly pie, a meat pie topped with bacon, egg, and cheese. Vegan options include an Indian curry pie and glazed doughnuts. Gluten-, dairy- and nut-free options are also available. There are also outposts across country Victoria including Bendigo, Ballarat, and Bright.

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Beechworth Ice Creamery


On a hot summer's day, after a bike ride on the rail trail, pull up for a handmade sorbet from this family business, which has been making its sorbets in the back kitchen for 20 years. There is a standard list of 22 flavors, but the real winners are those blended with seasonal, locally grown fruits: the raspberry sorbet is a firm favorite. Try the nectarine sorbet if you're there in season.

Parker Pies


Self-billed as Australia's Greatest Pie Shop, Parkers really are that good. Not just your average pie, here's your chance to try a kangaroo pie—with mushrooms and caramelized onion—or perhaps an emu or buffalo pie, when in stock. Otherwise, their classic steak pies all get top marks: try the Rutherglen Red, chunks of beef slowly cooked in a mushroom, bacon and red wine sauce. Vegetarians aren't forgotten, with a veg pie with sweet chili and cheese sauce.

Pickled Sisters Cafe


A Rutherglen favorite for over 20 years, expect robust, flavorsome Aus-European dishes that include pâtes, terrines, confit duck, and hearty vegetarian tagines. Each menu item is matched with a local wine---a handy way to taste your way around the region, without having to drive. The brunch menu has a lavish way about itself, with truffled scrambled eggs, Bloody Marys and locally produced sparkling wines alongside coffee roasted in the High Country. Afterward, shop its range of bottled relishes, pickles, and Gooramadda olives for a gourmet picnic. Pickled Sisters also runs well-regarded cooking classes.

Reed & Co Distillery


A bright restaurant and café, the real reason to pop in is Reed & Co's artisanal gin, The Remedy—employing such Australian botanicals as eucalyptus and pine—for a quality afternoon G&T or gin cocktail at its bar. The craft gin, created by two former chefs, is complemented by Koji Bird, barbecue chicken served with kimchi, pickles, and smoked mayo.

15 Wills St., Bright, Victoria, 3741, Australia
Known For
  • artisanal Remedy Gin
  • seasonal ingredients from other small Australian producers
  • on-site coffee roaster
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.–Thurs.

Sixpence Coffee


Coffee aficionados make a beeline for here for house-roasted coffee and sensational pastries: the café caters to early birds, opening at 7 am.

15 Wills St., Bright, Victoria, Australia
Known For
  • small-batch coffee roastery
  • delicious pastries
  • beans to go
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends

The Sweet Meadow


Load the brunch table with French toast, waffles, breakfast wraps, and a big fry at this too-cute weatherboard café on Echuca's main street. The café serves all plant-based foods, from its milky coffees to its sweet smoothie bowls and refined sugar-free slices. Fresh, cold-pressed juices, coffee and superfood peanut-butter lattes round out the drinks side of the menu, which is guided by principles of sustainability and veganism.