The Dandenong Ranges Restaurants

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  • 1. Ripe Cafe

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    With crackling open fires in winter and a covered deck for summer grazing, this buzzy cottage café-cum-providore is the perfect place for a heartwarming casual...

    With crackling open fires in winter and a covered deck for summer grazing, this buzzy cottage café-cum-providore is the perfect place for a heartwarming casual lunch or afternoon tea. The menu changes daily, but may include baguettes, fish, or pasta, with a focus on vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free choices. And while the Dandenongs have a long tradition of Devonshire teas, temptation here mainly comes in the shape of mouthwatering cakes, all made with free-range eggs.

    376 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Rd.
    - 03 - 9755–2100

    Known For

    • Home-baked cakes
    • Locally made relishes and condiments for sale
    • Open fire in winter

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner, Reservations not accepted
  • 2. Miss Marple's Tea Room

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    This determinedly old-fashioned and charming establishment is modeled after an English tearoom and is renowned for its afternoon teas. Named after the famous Agatha Christie...

    This determinedly old-fashioned and charming establishment is modeled after an English tearoom and is renowned for its afternoon teas. Named after the famous Agatha Christie detective, this place is a holdout from the era when the Dandenong Ranges were visited by genteel folk looking for polite conversation over a civilized cup of tea. On the menu are classic light meals such as Quiche Lorraine and cottage pie, but what this tea room is really known for is its scones. The large light, fluffy square-cut scones are served in sets of two (A$11.50), accompanied by homemade raspberry jam and whipped cream. They go nicely with the house tea blend, Yorkshire Gold.

    382 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Rd.
    - 03 - 9755–1610

    Known For

    • Afternoon tea
    • Long lines on weekends
    • Scones with jam and cream

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted
  • 3. Proserpina Bakehouse

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    All the baked goods in this popular café began from Victorian biodynamic wheat flour that's milled here in the bakery. Proserpina bakes its breads daily,...

    All the baked goods in this popular café began from Victorian biodynamic wheat flour that's milled here in the bakery. Proserpina bakes its breads daily, including the popular pane di'casa wheat bread and the sprouted grain spelt and rye. Stock up on Parmesan quiches or croissants stuffed with smoked ham and Gruyere cheese, or sit down for a lunch of fresh or hot pressed sandwiches with such stuffings as grilled eggplant or prosciutto. Finish with an organic, fairtrade coffee, quality tea or a glass of local wine, beer or cider. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.

    361 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Rd.
    - 03 - 9755--3332

    Known For

    • Organic breads
    • Reasonable prices
    • Tarts and pastries made on the premises

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues.
  • 4. Ranges

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    This popular café-restaurant, right in the heart of Olinda, buzzes all day and is the perfect place for a snack or meal after browsing the...

    This popular café-restaurant, right in the heart of Olinda, buzzes all day and is the perfect place for a snack or meal after browsing the adjacent curio shops or gardens. It's open daily for breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon tea. Lunchtime fare includes an Asian-style salt and pepper calamari salad and a daily homemade savory pie.

    5 Olinda-Monbulk Rd.
    - 03 - 9751–2133

    Known For

    • Lively spot
    • Daily savory pies
    • Afternoon tea

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun. and Mon.
  • 5. The Ivy

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    Closed Permanently

    This excellent Italian-inspired restaurant sits on a prominent corner in Olinda Village, with a comfortable light-filled interior and a pleasant open-air terrace. Wood-fired pizzas are...

    This excellent Italian-inspired restaurant sits on a prominent corner in Olinda Village, with a comfortable light-filled interior and a pleasant open-air terrace. Wood-fired pizzas are a highlight here, including such flavorsome examples as the Salsiccia (A$22.50), laden with Italian pork and fennel sausage. The stars of the dinnner service are the wood-fired terra-cotta pots containing various slow-cooked dishes such as slow-roasted garlic and rosemary lamb on Italian beans with goat's cheese, lemon-scented olive oil, and pesto ($35). If you have room for dessert after that (which is doubtful), try the Dolci pizza topped with white chocolate raspberries, milk chocolate, and vanilla bean ice cream (A$15).

    540 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Rd.
    - 03 - 9751–2388

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Wed.
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