Dining out

The Bistro, Great Ocean Hotel

Offers an extensive menu and wine list. Often features fresh seafood on the daily specials board. Live bands on weekends and holidays. Open for lunch and dinner.
Great Ocean Hotel Bistro Theme Nights
Monday - Kids Eat Free
Wednesday- International Parmi Night
Thursday - Steak Night
Friday - Pizza Night
pricing: $15-$25
Getting There: 25 metres from The International

Apollo Bay Hotel

Fully licensed bistro offers an extensive menu of pub staples along with Asian influences and pastas. Log fire in the bar makes winter a great time to visit. Live music most weekends.
pricing: $20-$35
Getting There: 170 metres from The International

Wickens Provedore And Deli

Robin and Kate Wickens have made the change from award winning restaurants in Melbourne to a new style of cafe for Apollo Bay.
Chef Robin chose the area in part because of access to high standard produce from the Otways. The cafe side of the business concentrates on freshly baked dishes. The pies are winning rave reviews, this one from Urbanspoon is typical - "Wickens has an amazing array of baked goods and the best pies in the world as far as I can tell. The chef is a master of every old fashioned baking trick and every modern culinary trend. Wickens also has lots of local foods, sensational breads and wicked cakes. I look forward to driving into Apollo Bay since they opened. Go Wickens!"
Having now sampled pies ('lamb, pea and mint' and 'moroccan spiced beef') I tend to agree with the reviewer. Amazing what happens when a skilled chef applies his passion to the humble pie!
Open for breakfast and lunch
pricing: $10-$25
Getting There: 500 metres from The International

Café 153

Café style food and prices. Serves Illy premium Italian coffee and is fully licensed. Sunny main street aspect on the corner of the Great Ocean Rd.
pricing: $15-$25
Getting There: 350 metres from The International

Café Nautigals

Internet café, noodle bar and wine bar. Funky atmosphere and meeting place for backpackers and European travellers. Interesting breakfasts and great coffee. Ph:52376531
pricing: $15-$25
Getting There: 60 metres from The International

Chill @ The Bay

Tapas bar. Modern, funky and vibrant. Superb light dining at very reasonable prices. Great coffee. Cocktail bar.
pricing: $15-$25
Getting There: Pascoe St (rear of The International) 200 metres

Dragon Bay Inn

Authentic Chinese Cuisine. Offering a friendly and cosy atmosphere, our comprehensive Restaurant and Take Away menus ensure you will always receive a quality meal to suit every taste and budget.
Fully Licensed and BYO (Wine Only). Open Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm
pricing: $12.00 - $20.00
Getting There: 350 metres from The International

Thaihouse cafe

New to town next to the Bendigo Bank in Pascoe Street. Specialising in authentic Thai Cuisine. Fully licensed bar with out door seating. Open for Dinner from 5–10pm Tuesday to Sunday. Open for lunch and snacks through summer. Phone: (03) 5237 6766
pricing: $20-$30
Getting There: pascoe st (rear of The International) 150 metres

Apollo Surfcoast Chinese Restaurant

This restaurant serves dishes to suit all tastes, from local favourites like lemon chicken to more traditional styles with lots of chilli. Open everyday for lunch and dinner, and take away all day.
pricing: Around $20 for most dishes
Getting There: 25 metres from The International

Bayleaf Café

The Bayleaf is an Apollo Bay institution. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving casual modern food at an affordable price.
pricing: $20-$30
Getting There: 200 metres from The International

Iluka Café

Take away food shop offering fish & chips, hamburgers, pasta’s, pizza’s, etc. & an extensive menu in the fully licensed café. Open from breakfast till late. Ph:52376531
pricing: $10-$20
Getting There: 100 metres from The International


"Our food is contemporary with a Southern European and Middle Eastern Influence. Fresh seafood is our specialty, along with a variety of Chris’s most popular Greek dishes. In our cuisine, the emphasis is on simplicity and on showcasing the natural flavour of the ingredients. If we can’t get it fresh it isn’t on our menu.
Our wine list showcases the best wines of our region as well as the finest wines that define the character of Australia’s greatest wine regions; especially chosen to complement our menu, with a price range to suit all budgets."
The Age "Good Food Guide" for 2013 awarded Chris's "One Hat" - that puts Chris's in the top 10% of Victorian restaurants. The restaurant has reached this level many times in four decades perched above Apollo Bay. Well done again this year.
pricing: mains $25-$40
Getting There: Approximately 6 km into the hills near Apollo Bay

The Vista

The Vista Seafood Restaurant experience focuses on providing the freshest local seafood and Chefs Glen Fisher and Andrew Jacka transform it into a wonderfully unique modern Australian cuisine. Combined with the Vistas supurb location and setting opposite the main beach the restaurant offers a fabulous back drop for dining out in style in Apollo Bay.
The Vista is a chic & colourful restaurant, adorned in eye catching artwork, wall features, lovely wooden décor and boasting an inviting ambience. Owners of 6 years, Jack & Irene Spanidis, pride themselves on impeccable service which is reflected by their friendly, attentive & experienced staff.
Best breaky in town; greatcoffee. Snacks at lunchtime. Fully Licensed
pricing: $25-$40
Getting There: 300 metres from The International

La Bimba

In The Age "Good Food Guide" for 2013 La Bimba ranked in the top 20% of Victorian restaurants.
It joins only one other restaurant in Apollo Bay to achieve this rating. The Guide noted the owners' commitment to local produce, now enhanced with their purchase of a local truffle farm. Local seafood fills out the offering.
The La Bimba experience starts as you mount the stairs and take in the panorama of the beach and hills. It continues with an interesting menu leaning to Spanish and Portugese, and high standards of food and service.
La Bimba is open every day for lunch and dinner.
pricing: mains $20-$37
Getting There: 200 metres from The International


Licensed - B.Y.O. Italian restaurant open for Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
In recent times we have had lots of good reports from guests, particularly about desserts.
pricing: $20-$35
Getting There: 150 metres from The International around the corner in Moore St

Bluebird Cafe

Internet cafe with extensive take away menu
pricing: $10-$20
Getting There: 20 metres from The International