The Best Restaurants in Bright?

Well, Here’s Our Take On It

Regional Victorian towns are known for offering some of the best local produce around. And the Alpine Shire is no exception.

We don’t pretend to be experts, but here are a handful of favourite eating places that really float our boat and are all within walking distance from our accommodation. No ‘nominated driver’ necessary!

1. Restaurant 

If you are looking for somewhere special to blow your socks off, Elm Dining ticks all the boxes. We went all out with the Chef’s tasting menu with matched wine from their extensive wine list. It was exquisite and the friendly staff made our experience even more memorable. Elm is located on the main drag in the heritage listed ‘Doctors Surgery’, which was originally built in 1857.

So, as you dine on modern day fare, you also soak up the history of colonial Bright.

And if you are looking for something less fancy schmancy, their adjacent venue, The Yard Bar and Grill – a Mexican-inspired al freso cantina – is the perfect place to lounge on a bean bag on the front lawn or under-cover in the outdoor dining area. Their slogan, ‘work hard, play hard, eat tacos’, says it all!

2. Eat and Walk, Walk and Eat

You can sit down and relax, too. But for those famous Aussie staples, whether savoury or sweet, you can’t go past one of Victoria’s most famous bakeries, Beechworth Bakery Bright. Hot pies, sweet treats and a great country atmosphere is on offer here. Really friendly staff, too!

And same goes for Gumtree Pies: all manner of savoury flavours of pie, bought hot for immediate enjoyment or in cold packs for cookin’ up ‘back at the house’.

3. Pub grub

There are no pubs without beer here and you have three to choose from.

You can stick with the classic pub, of which there are two: the Alpine Hotel or the Star Hotel, where you will no doubt grab a good parma and a pot. But our favourite go-to is the Bright Brewery ‘born from a passion for well-made beer’. The craft beer is the bomb, the vibe is the best and the food is the business! Many good ‘meetings’ have been held there.


4. Take it Away 

If you just want to relax and eat at your accommodation – or by the river – Bright’s town centre features a large range of takeaway options, from Chinese to Italian, Thai to Japanese to good old fish and chips. A simple Google search of ‘takeaway food Bright’ shall reveal all.

5. Fusion/Bites — Dr Mauve (revisited) and Tomahawks

Aside from great cocktails, Dr Mauve offers fantastic shareable (or non-shareable) bites for eating at ‘afternoon tea’ time or dinner. Asian fusion is the name of the game here, and for drinks, Dr Mauve prides itself in having the most adventurous cocktail menu in town. And beer and spirits, for those who just want a more conventional quality drink.

Tomahawks, on the other hand can fill up your belly with burgers or share plates. Every single thing on the menu is delicious (yes, we’ve tried them all)!) You can also take your burger away and enjoy it by the river. No bookings and always busy, but the wait will be worth it.