Best Eats in Torquay

Torquay Cafes

With the summer and the school holidays in full swing, Torquay and the surf coast will be packed with visitors from around the region. Don’t stress when it comes to eating out by reading our guide to discover the best cafes and restaurants in Torquay and around the Great Ocean Road.

Looking for local fish and seafood? Head to Fisho’s.

A favourite with locals and seasonal visitors, Fisho’s along The Esplanade is a great spot to grab some fresh, locally sourced and sustainable seafood, conveniently located across the road from Torquay Main Beach. Order the fish of the day with their seasonal salads, and don’t forget to add a portion of their hand-cut Mount Prospect chips. For a family of 4 or more, go for their Share Platter which comes with gummy shark and squid, and a side.

Take a table outside and soak in the sunshine in their outdoor garden or grab a takeout and have the food by the beach – there are plenty of picnic tables located on the foreshore along The Esplanade.

They are open from 12pm – 3pm for lunch, then for dinner from 5pm – 8pm.

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1: Fried fish of the day with Salad (chickpea, carrots, kale and tahini). Bowl of chips, and Poke Bowl. Source: Fisho’s Torquay.

A more substantial lunch? Try Stoop.

Locally owned and operated, The Stoop is located inside a 50’s beach house in the main town centre of Torquay. Sit back and enjoy the food or grab a local beer in their terrace garden. Their seasonal menu has French and Mediterranean influences using local and seasonal produce.

Start off with a few small plates then move onto the Mains, where they do fantastic gourmet burgers, from their Royal Cheese Burger with wagyu beef or their vegan style Falafel Burger.

Open 7 days a week from 11.30am, and breakfast from 9am on the weekends.

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2: Fried Chicken Burger served with southern spices, chipotle mayo & slaw. Image: The Stoop.

Going for a surf or swim in Jan Juc? Try out Bird Rock Café.

With the famous waves of Jan Juc on the doorstep, look out for the artwork on the exterior walls of Bird Rock Café. It is a popular local hangout for surfers and beachgoers.

Their menu is simple and straightforward, choose from one of the three mains – from Pork Belly, to Chef’s Fish of the Day or their Beer Braised Brisket and match it with different sides. They also serve hearty burgers and pastas.

Not only do they do great food, they have an even better playlist with Vinyl Sundays.

They serve dinner from 5pm on Monday to Thursdays, from 3pm on Fridays, and for lunch from 12pm on the weekends.

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3: Pork Belly served with spiced apple chutney. Source: Bird Rock Facebook.

Exploring Anglesea? There’s a vegan heaven at Diggers Vegie Kitchen.

Diggers Vegie Kitchen is a plant-based café serving all-day brekkie. Even if you’re a full meat eater, there is a wide variety of burgers, buddha bowls, sandwiches and pies to satisfy all taste buds! Our favourite is the Toastie with the Mostie, the full works which includes: toasted Turkish bread, sun-dried tomato, spinach, chutney, cashew mayo, avocado, coconut cheese served with a big side salad.

Finish off the meal with a speciality latte or a refreshing smoothie and try one of their cakes. Their nightly menu changes weekly (from an Indonesian feast to African themed specials).

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4: Vegan goodness. Image: Diggers Vegie Kitchen Facebook.

Looking for a quick bite? Visit Bell Street Fish & Chips – plus get 10% off when you show them your Torquay Holiday Park tag!

With over 30 years’ experience, Bell Street Fish & Chips is a place to get traditional fish and chips. Plus, they have homemade burgers and souvlakis with fresh Greek and garden salads, great for a quick fix. Open from 11am to 8pm daily.­

Bell Street Fish N Chips
5: Bell Street Fish & Chips. Image: Facebook page.

Feeling hungry? It’s time to book in your next holiday at Torquay Holiday Park. We have different accommodation to suit all families and groups, and don’t forget to check on our special offers when you book direct with us!

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