Customs House Restaurant & Wine Bar

Located on the Waterfront Geelong, Customs House Restaurant & Wine Bar provides a unique ambient dining experience, with professional and personalized service that encapsulates the Geelong lifestyle, offering fresh local produce and one of the most extensive wine lists in the region. In honor of the 1850's bluestone building our main restaurant design is classic Victorian to create an elegant and sophisticated dining experience for lunch and dinner, maintaining a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

First Judges’ Comments 2017

Colonial style on Geelong waterfront

Customs House Restaurant is situated in a prime location on the Geelong Waterfront in an impressive colonial bluestone building dating from 1855.  In addition to the main dining room there are private rooms, a period bar, and alfresco area overlooking the bay for use in good weather. When entering you feel like you are travelling back in time with dramatic stone walls, open fireplace, mood lighting, old lamps, regal lounge chairs and comfortable Chesterfields.  A lovely setting for enjoying pre-dinner drinks.  Although in the middle of kitchen renovations when we visited customer service was friendly and informative. The meals featured generous portions with something for everyone and the dishes sampled offered good flavours and presentation. Stand outs included the local mussels, smoked duck legs, pulled pork, pasta dishes, zucchini & broccoli fritter, the golden crusted pie of the day, and fresh salad with pomegranate, mandarin, and beetroot. Desserts included sticky date pudding, and ice cream with butter scotch sauce. The Customs House drinks list was comprehensive and included local, interstate and international drops, many Victorian wines by the glass, an impressive list of cocktails, and an entire page of the menu dedicated to teas (served in pots).  Our visit to Customs House was enjoyable, the prices fitting for this class of venue and particularly reasonable for children.

Special Strengths

Impressive colonial build in prime location on Geelong’s waterfront. Friendly and helpful Customer Service. Good quality meals. Generous servings. Exceptional drinks menu. Reasonable prices.

2017 Awards

  • FINALIST – Best Contemporary Dining – Sponsored by Comcater P/L

2016 Regional Awards

  • FINALIST Best Contemporary Dining sponsored by Harwood Andrews
  • FINALIST Best Customer Service sponsored by European Affair 


Brougham Street 59
Geelong 3220 VIC AU
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Restaurant - Contemporary Dining Contemporary Australian Cuisine Gluten free available Bookings recommended Cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Amex, DinersClub and Entertainment $$$ Mondays to Fridays 9:00 am to 11:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight Street parking and public parking close by