Lake House - Daylesford

4.9
718 reviews
$100 and over
Modern Australian
Lake House is located on the shores of lake Daylesford within 6 acres of country gardens that also house the iconic hotel and spa.

The dining room holds 2 chefs hats from the national Good Food Guide and multiple awards for it’s cellar and service.

A team passionate about hospitality delivers beautiful, modern, seasonal food matched with wines from one of Australia’s best wine lists. Under the direction of Culinary Director Alla Wolf-Tasker AM, the kitchen work with great Australian produce including a raft of excellent small scale local suppliers and growers and their own Dairy Flat Farm.

The restaurant offers magnificent views through wonderfully large windows to the treetops and shores of the lake. Large expanses of outdoor deck also offer the opportunity for aperitif with beautiful views.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 718 People Are Saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent place to have lunch on an escape from Melbourne. Beautiful produce either selected by the chef or from their own farm, a good menu with 4 courses all with a few options worth trying. All around a great place to dine with friendly attentive staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch at The House, Daylesford was amazing and lived up to expectations. Wines were matched perfectly with meals. Recommend for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a great experience, food & service.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunchtime experience at the Lakehouse yesterday. These people know what they are doing and there is a mastery evident about everything - food, service, ambiance. I really like the menu format - half a la carte , half degustation. The wines of offer were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really enjoyable lunch there was a variety of choice on the menu. Staff were attentive. All in all a really lovely culinary experience in a beautiful location

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Never fails to disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine especially the expertly made sauces with great depth of flavour.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lake house lived up to it’s reputation! I now understand why it holds 2 chef hats and well deserved!
Top quality-ingredients with top quality-service. Filippo really went above and beyond to ensure that my expectations were met and really looked after my dietary needs, making sure all of my preferences and intolerances could be accommodated.
I really did have the best experience not to mention the food was sensational and I left feeling content. I can’t wait to come back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was faultless, we were never made to feel rushed.
Being italian we were so pleased to have been served by Filippo From Rome where we could have a conversation in Italian

I do a lot of home cooking g myself and it was wonderful to have a beautiful meal together with my husband as it was our 40th wedding anniversary on the day we dined. It was a very pleasurable and delicious dining experience
Also the little touch of “happy anniversary “ written with chocolate on our dessert platees

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You pay for what you get.
Food tasted as good as they look.
Every piece of food...every sauce...down to the bread roll was so good. Couldn’t fault anything...

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve ever had

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined around the world at many "starred" restaurants. A few of these experiences have rated as could not get better, so maximum score. Now here is anther dining experience to add to the maximum score list. The core of ambience as energetic was only because of a diner at a near by table who had a haughty laugh.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day Lunch .
Beautiful, made me feel so special. The food and service was amazing. Thank you all at the Lake House.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daylesford Lakehouse cannot be faulted in any way.
Food, service, staff, atmosphere, pricing is reasonable considering the experience and location and most of all the quality of everything you experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The quality of food and service was excellent. Loved the house made mini ice creams we received as a treat for our anniversary. Only downside we felt, was that the restaurant was a little overpopulated. We could easily hear the conversations of other tables next to us.
It was a beautiful way to spend our anniversary and will do so again.
We will and have recommended it to our friends already.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just spectacular - the best meal I've had in years, in all aspects. Yes, it's expensive, but in all, much better value than most top end city restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service in a picturesque setting particularly with all the Autumn colours overlooking Daylesford lake. The menu structure was perfect and every one of the 4 courses outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
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Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food but service wasn’t as great as I expected. It was certainly good but not to the level we expected for the price (waiting for drinks to be refilled and we were missed with the drinks cart etc)

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary having lunch at this iconic restaurant. The service was impeccable and appropriate for the style of restaurant but the staff were humorous and welcoming. The food was extraordinary and gave us tastes that we had not experienced previously. Looking out over the lake at Daylesford is such a pretty sight. Very much enjoyed the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely. Our only slight negative was that it took a long time to get our server to take our order and similarly, it took a long time to get someone’s attention to give us the bill. Perhaps hey expect that everyone wants to drag out the experience for as long as possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of four were not disappointed. It was a four course set menu, with choices within each. As each dish was presented to us, we all took a moment to appreciate how they looked before eagerly tucking in. The wine list was extensive. Exquisite, surprising combinations, delicious and extremely satisfying would be how we would describe the food. Whilst still at lunch, we all agreed a return visit is a must. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, quality and premium food.
Love this place 3rd time over a period 10 years.
We went for my 60th Birthday.
Thanks for a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an extra special restaurant set magnificently in the serene and scenic vista of Lake Daylesford. The service was impeccable, the wine list regarded as one of the best in Australia served every palate for every gustatory delight.

The food was everything hoped for from a 2-chef hatted restaurant and yet more. Highlights (besides the bread) were the Kingfish, truffled pecorino tart with artichoke, the lamb and the amazing "chocolate plum" dessert. Visually stimulating intensely satisfying

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect Birthday lunch as the food was exceptionally delicious and beautifully presented on plate. Staff was amazing and really friendly as well as professional. Ambience was great to spend a perfect special occasions. Overall it was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food! 4 course degustation for lunch - you choose what you would like for each course. Presentation and quality of food is exquisite!! Recommend for Special occasion !

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the Lakehouse for our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. The food is top quality and the service was also exceptional with such attention to detail. Food was presented in the most appealing way. The views were unmatched and so well maintained. It was a delight to view a wedding in the afternoon in the Lakehouse grounds on a beautiful day. would not hesitate to recommend and will be definitely returning in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing and enjoyed the matched wines as well. All very good. Beautiful setting and views . Special occasion place as quite pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit reluctant to go because of cost but totally worth it will definitely go again

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Professional and friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch at the Lake House Had been wanting to come for years and deliberately made a detour to come to Daylesford from Sydney whilst in Victoria because of this restaurant Totally lived up to expectations Was very pleased to be be able to have half serves of matched wines for each course Food was exciting and original .
Next time will try and stay here as well

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined here for our wedding anniversary - we indulged in the four course dinner, and had a cocktail and glass of wine each, as well as a sherry with desert.
The food, drinks, ambiance, and service were all impeccable. Could not fault a thing!
We've enjoyed a variety of fine dining across Victoria and this has been our favourite to date. Would highly recommend for a special occasion.
Looking forward to returning in the future to try their lunch menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received a voucher at Christmas time and we were delighted to have a gorgeous 4 course lunch in lovely surroundings. The staff were very welcoming, friendly and explained the menu perfectly. The food was presented beautifully and the flavours were amazing. The champagne and Rum was amazing and we even had 2 glasses! The cup of gorgeous tea and sweet treats out on the balcony overlooking the Lake was a lovely way to finish off and amazing high dining experience so close to Home. Thankyou

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to the Lake House and for a milestone birthday.
Everything was very professional from booking online to a SMS reminder one day ahead to greeting, seating and service.
Three choices for each of the four courses and the quality of presentation and taste was exceptional in every case.
Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lake House lunch is spectacular. We lunched on a beautiful sunny day and our food and service was sensational. I felt when booking it seemed expensive but in reality it was excellent value, each course of the 4 course lunch menu was so well presented, was just the right quantity and quality first class , very tasty and when we left we felt full but not too full. I would go as far as to say that it ranks among the top restaurants we have eaten at!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 22 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went as a group of 8.
Each of us found the food was delicious, the service was spectacular.
Huge variety of wines and it was walking distance from the city center of Daylsford.
Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, imaginative food in a beautiful dining room with attentive and friendly service. We appreciated the view of the surrounding landscape and went for a pleasant stroll around the gardens and lake after lunch. A place we’ll continue to return to over the years.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the return of dining en mass, the restaurant was full of happy diners just pleased to be out and about enjoying what good food has to offer. Alla and her team lived up to expectations and the food, as always, superb! We had a glorious 4 hours enjoying a 4 course offering and finishing with coffee and petit fours on the veranda overlooking the lake, what more could you ask for as, within 10 hours we were heading for a 5 day Covid lockdown!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great location. While I say great service, I did feel that there could be a little bit of casual chat with waiting staff. It was very efficient and formal to suit the venue, however I didn’t get to know the name of the waitress to be able to interact on first name basis. This was my wife’s comment, not just a male comment.
The timing in between servings was spot on, good gap, adequate time to enjoy and discuss food and appreciated being asked about finishing.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful- the Lake House is in a class of its own. No detail is spared. When I booked I shared it was a special birthday and asked for a lovely table if possible- they delivered, along with a little birthday surprise at the end of the meal. Can not fault anything about our experience and can’t wait to return

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Lake House - Daylesford is rated 4.9 stars by 718 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.