5 best new restaurants in Geelong that you have to try

Here is an insider's guide to the coolest new restaurants to try out in this coastal Victorian city.

A spread of food at The Greek in Geelong.
  • Samantha Alleman
  • October 2019

Enjoy somewhere different on your next night out in Victoria’s second largest city with one of these new dining venues.

The Greek @ Customs House

What do you get when you cross a heritage-listed building with a Greek taverna? A dining hotspot. With chef Peter Conistis (formerly of Sydney’s Alpha) at the helm, this Hellenic restaurant’s specialities include King George whiting plaki and twice-cooked octopus. An express lunch menu, divided into Gaia (From the Land) and Nero (From the Sea), is the perfect opportunity to sample several meze-style dishes.

57-59 Brougham St, +61 (0)3 5246 6500, thegreekcustomshouse.com opens in new window

El Santo De Los Tacos

The decor at this Ryrie Street eatery is as bright and loud as its menu is flavoursome. Try a trio of tacos or tackle a Californian burrito, a carb-lover’s dream with chips both inside and on the side.

115 Ryrie Street, +61 (0)3 5221 2880, elsanto.com.au opens in new window

An open taco at El Santo de los Tacos in Geelong.
The vibrant decor at El Santo matches the bold Mexican flavours.

Oriental K

A Korean restaurant with a dash of Japanese, this cosy eatery is on Pakington Street in Geelong West. Traditional Korean offerings such as bibimbap, beef bulgogi and spicy pork arrive on hotplates or in hotpots. The desserts – think chocolate-filled spring rolls – sizzle too.

Shop 2/136 Pakington St, +61 (0)452 624 569, orientalk.com.au opens in new window


Attention steak lovers – there is a new gathering place in town. Emerge is family friendly and the menu includes a variety of cuts, chargrilled and served with your choice of sauce. Centrally located and open late, it’s great for a meal after the final siren sounds at the footy.

112 Ryrie St, +61 (0)3 5229 5511, emergedining.com.au opens in new window

The Beach House

The team behind some of Melbourne’s most popular cafes like Higher Ground and Kettle Black are set to re-open the heritage-listed Beach House on Geelong’s foreshore in January next year. The much-anticipated menu will feature the modern café favourites the team are famous for, but with a local twist.

Looking for more great international flavours in Geelong? Try these top restaurants putting the world on your plate. opens in new window