2 Chefs Hats & Australia's Wine List of the Year Hall of Fame
"Daylesford's Lake House is the success story of regional dining that everyone looks to for inspiration" - Australian Gourmet Traveller
A team passionate about hospitality delivers beautiful cutting edge, seasonal food matched with an internationally acclaimed wine list. Under the direction of Culinary Director Alla Wolf Tasker AM and Head Chef David Green the kitchen work from the ground up producing virtually everything, from house baked breads to an extensive charcuterie range, on the premises. And Alla's dream of a raft of excellent small scale local suppliers has finally come about - due in no small part to her own efforts. Several excellent organic farms are now located within minutes of Lake House.
Produce is often hand picked for a morning delivery. Local lamb, rare breed pork, grass fed beef, fresh water fish, sheep and goat's milk cheese, heirloom fruit from old orchards and windfalls from local gardens arrive at the kitchen, which since the early eighties, has fostered an open door policy, mentoring and supporting small sustainable producers and growers and developing a local food culture amongst fellow restauranteurs, chefs and residents.
Regular guests will tell you of their favourite season and of memorable dishes. Perhaps the butter poached pheasant with chestnuts and Farrow in Autumn, the spring lamb with asparagus and morels. The duck with orange braised witlof; the golden roasted free range chicken of summer with corn and yabbies, or the truffled Pecorino tart with artichokes Barigoule, eel, Murray Cod and trout; rabbit and hare, speak of local waterways and fields.
Wild damsons, Winter Nealis pears, quinces and yellow crab apples feature in fabulous desserts and, in time honoured country fashion, are also made into delicious preserves for enhancing leaner seasons. Each seasonal menu takes you on a trip down country lanes, through the orchards and across the farm paddocks of the region.
During the day, the sunlit restaurant offers magnificent views through wonderfully large windows. Guests enjoying drinks at dusk on the outdoor terraces will witness the daily ritual of our resident kookaburra family flying in to be fed.
Restaurant Awards & Accolades
2 Chefs Hats
The Age Good Food Guide
The Australian Financial Review Top 100 Restaurants
Australia's Best Food & Wine Experience
Luxury Travel Gold List
Hall of Fame
The Australian Wine List of the Year Awards
"You don't just eat at Lake House; you immerse yourself in one of Victoria's most enriching hospitality experiences"
The Age Good Weekend
As part of our policy of developing a direct relationship with our growers and producers - much of the produce used at Lake House is sourced from nearby.
Menus are generally altered twice each season, according to best available produce. These changes generally follow the seasonal calendar, although Mother Nature, marching entirely to her own drum frequently throws some surprises at us.
Lunch includes shared salad, coffee or tea & Sweet Indulgences
Midweek From $95
A la carte 2-4 course
Saturday, Sunday & Peak Periods From $115
A la carte 3-4 courses
Dinner includes shared salad, coffee or tea & Sweet Indulgences
Saturday & Peak Periods From $120
A la carte 3-4 courses
Tasting Menu includes coffee or tea & Sweet Indulgences
Click here to view our sample menu. Please note that it is subject to change.
Our restaurant is open for lunch & dinner daily.
For groups of 10 or more, see our private dining options
Reservations are recommended.
Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm (last reservations) Daily
Dinner 6.00pm - 9.00pm (last reservations) Daily
Christmas Puddings from the Lake House Kitchen
Back by popular demand are our Lake House Christmas Puddings. Hand made in the Lake House Kitchen; the very small batch of rich fruit & nut puddings are now available. Great for your family to enjoy or as a gift, puddings are wrapped in a hand screen printed Russian Linen tea towel featuring the illustration 'The Gaggle' by resident artist Allan Wolf-Tasker. They sold out quickly last year - don't miss out!Order now
Relax and unwind during the week with our special package.
Dine and Unwind 60 min massage plus dining time $198
Spend a blissful few hours at Lake House. Start with a one hour massage designed to ease tired muscles and soothe a busy mind. Then, once you're totally relaxed, enjoy a 2 course a la carte lunch at the multi award winning Lake House restaurant. Monday - Wednesday subject to availability. To find out more about Dine and Unwind or to make a booking please contact us on +61 3 5348 3329.
Do Business at Lake House
Experience one of Australia’s best tailor made food and wine experiences and wonderful team building activities including scavenger hunts, cooking demonstrations, bee keeping, fishing, farm gate tours, private wine tastings and so much more.
With state of the art meeting & event services including the purpose built Terrace Room, six acres of gardens, award winning accommodation and the blissful Salus Spa – Lake House is a complete destination.
Click here to find out more.
All reservations made over our premium times require a credit card number to secure the booking. No deposit is taken, however a cancellation policy does apply. Click here to view our cancellation policy.
Children at Lake House
In the Lake House restaurant we try to accommodate children where possible. Special menus are designed for our younger clientele in mind should they not wish to try the a la carte menus. Families please note that premium evening sittings in the restaurant over weekends are fixed price $120 per person. If you are travelling with children there are several options if you wish to avoid this per person price for young ones. Children’s Menus are offered at lunch or in the evening delivered to the comfort of your room. Babysitters can of course be arranged with notice.
When dining in the restaurant we ask patrons to remember that waiters are working with hot food & liquid and we require all children to remain seated throughout the meal.
A Note on Allergies
Lake House makes every effort to do what’s possible to accommodate guests with food allergies. However, please note, flour, dairy, fructose, onion, garlic, and other similar traditional cooking ingredients are routinely used in our kitchen as part of our normal daily preparation . As a result, a complete lack of any trace of any of these routine ingredients cannot be guaranteed.
Further, given the nature and complexity of our dishes not all ‘diet’ preferences & intolerances can be accommodated. Vegetarian dishes and those that can be modified to be gluten free (note traces may still occur) are noted on our menus. We also offer a specifically designed 8 course vegetarian menu for your enjoyment.