Customs House Restaurant and Wine Bar

If I could review this restaurant in one word it would be ‘wow’.

I had dinner at Customs House recently and loved everything about the evening. This restaurant has a menu that has been well-thought through, friendly and well-trained staff and amazing drinks. I recommend flicking to the back of the menu for a look at the cocktail list; there’s definitely something for everybody, including a list of ‘innocents’ or mocktails.

Our table ordered several entrees, mains and desserts and every meal that came to our table was well presented and really tasty. The tasting plate of the sea had four components to it that were all very different but made sense and worked well together. The pork belly with large seared scallops also went down a treat, with both cooked to perfection. Entrees served here are a great size – not too big and not too small, but just right.

Vegetarian and gluten free options are clearly marked on the menu. There were a large number of gluten free options, but only a risotto for the vegetarians on the main menu. There did appear to be some vegetarian options for sides though, such as roasted kipfler potatoes with garlic and green beans with feta. Items ‘from the grill’ come with your choice of sauce and two sides (from a selection of four). I’m told the sides were tasty and the meat was cooked well.

I enjoyed the harpuka fillet with pickled fennel and orange salad. I had been thinking about something sweet all night, so finished my evening off with dessert. I was very tempted by the souffle that came out to the table next to us, but ended up ordering chocolate fondant served with icecream and peanut praline. Good choice, but the souffle will be devoured next visit.

The Customs House Restaurant has another menu advertised on their website for all day dining. We ordered from the restaurant dining menu. I’m not sure if the all day dining menu is for lunch only or if it can be ordered from during dinner service in a different part of the restaurant. Maybe someone else who has been to this restaurant can comment?

Great food, great service and great drinks!

Details:

Customs House Restaurant and Wine Bar

57-59 Brougham St, Geelong (Restaurant faces the waterfront. Enter from waterfront side of Customs House.)

Open: 7 days
Monday – Friday 9am – midnight
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 8am – midnight

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3 responses to “Customs House Restaurant and Wine Bar

  1. Agree entirely with all comments Very Very disappointed wont be back

  2. Took my friend and his soon to be bride out to this venue. By Geelong standards its probably good because I didnt get food poisining. Any compliments end there. The portions were small , 300g rib eye was tiny and cost close to $40. The wine list was a blowout! Cheapest, $50 for a 10 buck chuck. We were asked to move inside after a couple of hours as it was too much of a hassle to keep seving us outside. We retereted to what passed for a poor attempt at an English gentlemans club where we were promptly told they would be closing in half hour. We couldnt help but laugh at how they had set up a bookshelf and removed all the dust jackets so as to expose the gold embossing on the spine. Not one book was a classic! I spent close to $600 and expect better treatment (and service). These places realy need to take a look at themselves and go to Docklands, Lygon st, Fitzroy st and get a grip on real world prices, service, product education and manners. The fact that is a historical building… more ┬╗Took my friend and his soon to be bride out to this venue. By Geelong standards its probably good because I didnt get food poisining. Any compliments end there. The portions were small , 300g rib eye was tiny and cost close to $40. The wine list was a blowout! Cheapest, $50 for a 10 buck chuck. We were asked to move inside after a couple of hours as it was too much of a hassle to keep seving us outside. We retereted to what passed for a poor attempt at an English gentlemans club where we were promptly told they would be closing in half hour. We couldnt help but laugh at how they had set up a bookshelf and removed all the dust jackets so as to expose the gold embossing on the spine. Not one book was a classic! I spent close to $600 and expect better treatment (and service). These places realy need to take a look at themselves and go to Docklands, Lygon st, Fitzroy st and get a grip on real world prices, service, product education and manners. The fact that is a historical building does not in and of itself add to the dining experience, particularly when that experience is poor. My next foray will involve leaving Geelong, the waterfront prices have achieved such a high benchmark that there is no effective competition and service suffers as a result. this isnt a first.

  3. Although the food and service was excellent, we were disappointed with the seating at the table. It was against the wall and we were constantly being bumped by waiters and customers. A little more thought to the layout and this would be an excellent place to go.

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