From coffee to cocktails, we've done a round-up of our favourite spots to eat and drink in and around Rutherglen.
If you like strong coffee and genuine country hospitality, The Other Place on Rutherglen's Main Street delivers! Drop in for a coffee on your early morning walk, or grab a perch in their leafy courtyard and people watch the morning away.
A great one for early-birds (breakfast from 7am) and worth the short drive over the river from Rutherglen to Corowa for good coffee and a menu with little twists on breakfast favourites.
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Did you know this Rutherglen foodie institution offers brunch from 9am on weekends (and 10am weekdays, except Tuesday)? The welcome is always warm and chef Stewart’s cooking is local, seasonal and flavour-packed. Grab a sunny spot on the deck to enjoy dishes such as Butt’s Smoked Trout with scrambled eggs or Blue Ox Berries on toasted brioche with mascarpone. Glass of Cofield bubbles with breakfast, anyone?
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You probably know Tuileries as one of Rutherglen’s top dinner venues, but they also offer breakfast from their café, 8am – 10am weekends (and 7am – 9.30am weekdays). Grab a spot in their sun-drenched courtyard for a Chorizo, jalapeno and cheddar omelette or House-made bircher muesli with marinated strawberries.
Terrace has been awarded a chef’s hat in The Good Food Guide for the sixth year running - and with good reason. Chef Simon and the restaurant team weave their magic with so you can sit back and enjoy contemporary dishes including estate-grown pork and lamb in the relaxed terrace setting overlooking the grounds of All Saints Estate.
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Lake Moodemere Estate
The Chambers family has expanded their cellar door café, with a new summer menu featuring lip-smacking estate-grown lamb, native botanicals and fresh ingredients. All dished up in a majestic lakeside location.
Located in Mulwala, a 40-minute drive west from Rutherglen along the Murray Valley Highway, Blacksmith make the best pizza dough going around, with a less-ingredients-is-more approach to toppings (the namesake Blacksmith pizza is our fave). The fit-out is beautiful, with a Miami-meets-Mulwala vibe going on, and there’s a tidy list of regional wines (all available by the glass) to wash down that third round of pizza we know you’re going to want to order!
Self-described as “French country kitchen” in style, Jones Winery’s restaurant was among the handful of venues in North East Victoria to feature in this year’s national Good Food Guide. Head Chef Briony Bradford’s approach to cooking is traditional French technique with a modern twist, nose-to-tail, seasonal, local and from scratch.
Ripe restaurant overlooks the 100-year-old Calliope Vineyard at Buller Wines. Chef Gavin Swalwell heads up the kitchen with a contemporary Australian menu including inventive dishes such as Milawa Duck, Stanley blackberries, charred pear, Scion honeycomb and sweet potato.
As above, Pickled Sisters is a Rutherglen institution!
Open on weekends, St Leonards’ café offers a focused menu designed by Terrace Restaurant chef Simon Arkless. Expect simple dishes done well, such as Pasta, goats cheese, preserved lemon and spring vegetables, or Charcoal grilled steaks with Café de Paris butter and French fries. We love the relaxed vineyard setting down by the Murray River.
Surely you've all frequented this Rutherglen institution? Parker Pies has a sunny courtyard out the back and the tables on the footpath out the front make for for good people watching over your golden pie crust! Our picks are the Chunky Steak, Venison and the Chicken, ham and mustard.
AFTERNOON SWEET SPOT
Save room for a scoop or two from Rutherglen’s cute little gelato shop, Gelatina! Owner Tina makes everything in store with classic and seasonal flavours using local produce. She’s a master of balance with the sweetness levels; her gelato hits the sweet spot but is never cloying. They say a gelato shop is only as good as its Pistachio... trust us, it's gooooood!
James & Co
James & Co.’s cellar door on the Main Street is one of our favourite spots to swing by for an afternoon vino (sparkling rosé, did you call my name again?) and a nibble of cheese. Do a full wine tasting of their range specialising in Sangiovese, or grab a glass and “cheese-your-own-adventure” from their well-stocked fridge.
We love when Friday and Saturday nights roll around, when our favourite wine bar opens its doors! Thousand Pound brings city slick to the country in a relaxed, modern setting. You can sometimes smell the charcoal grill from the street, which makes it hard to go past the selection of steaks though everything on the menu (designed by Terrace restaurant’s Simon Arkless) is top notch. Also great simply for a glass of local wine and some bar snacks if you’re just popping in at cocktail hour!
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Thousand Pound - see above!
Taste at Rutherglen
If you miss Ripe restaurant by day, never fear – chef Gavin is back behind the pans for dinner at Taste restaurant in Rutherglen’s main street. We often share a few entrees from the a la carte menu to enjoy lots of different flavours. Either way, Gav’s contemporary menu has bags of flavour!
Open 7 nights a week, Tuileries is another of Rutherglen’s dining institutions. The Rutherglen Vignerons gather here once a month for lots of wine chat as they open, share and taste masked wines from their cellars over a three-course meal. A lasting food and wine tradition!