The choice of Lorne restaurants has ballooned in recent years, and visitors to this seaside resort town no longer need to accept overpriced and underwhelming food just because of the scenic location.
A Melbourne transplant, the Lorne outpost of MoVida serves up the same high-end Iberian tapas that the city’s residents have come to know and love, such as the signature Cantabrian anchovy on a crouton with smoked tomato sorbet. It’s part of the Lorne Hotel complex, which also has its own bistro, plus a beer garden with ocean views. And as of 2021, the hotel’s top floor has now become the permanent home of another Melbourne heavy hitter, Coda. Expect a seafood-heavy, pan-Asian menu at this beachside venue.
Another first-class Lorne restaurant well worth the outlay is IPSOS Restaurant & Bar: a hatted, Modern Greek eatery that revolves around seasonal, locally sourced produce, to create fresh-tasting dishes that spotlight both meat and seafood and feature plenty of herbs, spices and nuts.
Bringing a bit of South American flair to the Great Ocean Road, Mestizo has won a legion of loyal followers for its flame-grilled meats and punchy cocktails.
If you’re in the mood for burgers then head straight for The Bottle of Milk. A tried and true diner/cafe, there’s a host of beef, chicken and veggie options to pick from, not to mention a rather stellar breakfast line-up too.
Get your caffeine fix at almost any of Lorne’s establishments, such as quaint little Riverbank Cafe, Moons Espresso Bar or Lorne Central.