Best Restaurants on Phillips Island

Get a taste of the local island flavour on Phillip Island. This 26-kilometer region packs a variety of zesty restaurants whose ethnic cuisines that will have you licking your lips for more!

By Matt Pruys

Mad Cowes Cafe

Looking for a brekkie hot spot? With outdoor eating and all the morning meals you dreamt about last night, Mad Cowes will quickly become your No.1. Try out the eggs royale, serving up two poached eggs on toasted English muffins, baby spinach and smoked salmon topped with hollandaise sauce. Afterwards, you can’t go wrong with their famous homemade raspberry and white chocolate muffins. The staff is helpful and once your belly is full, feel free to hang out and digest on the pier while watching the fishing boats set sail.

Youki’s Licensed Tapas Bar

Delight on some authentic Japanese food at Youki’s Licensed Tapas Bar. If you’ve never tried tapas with a Japanese twist, this place is a must. It is named after Youki, the owner’s nephew who is a jolly young boy born with cerebral palsy. He loves working in the restaurant and adds to the unique, humbling and rich atmosphere. The miso soup is nostalgia-worthy and the sasami skewered tenderloins get two thumbs-up. They offer vegetarian, gluten-free dishes and take out if you’re on the run. Youki’s is open from Tuesday through Saturday.

Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Bar

Sip on Phillip Island’s only handcrafted ales at Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant and Bar. The specialty flavors include malts, hops, yeasts and a pinch of oak, orange, vanilla and extra spices. Its team of internationally-trained chefs use fresh local produce, such as the beef pie and beer-battered fish with french fries. The prices can get a little steep, but if you’re searching for a hearty meal, look no further.

Pino’s Trattoria

This family-run business at Pino’s Trattoria cooks up delicious Italian food. Located on the northern tip of the island, Pino’s is known for its authentic pizza with thin crust and heaps of toppings. The rucola pizza is a crowd favorite, but the calamari flanked with a fresh salad gives it a run for its money. You can’t go wrong with the risotto either. Rosa, the manager, is attentive and loves to please. If you’ve traveling with a large group, Pino’s is ideal.

Tides of Rhyll

Dining on an island wouldn’t be complete without a splash of seafood. Regulars and visitors alike rave about the fish and chips at Tides of Rhyll, on the eastern shores. The fish served here is as fresh as it comes, many of which from its very own farm-grown produce. Savor the rainbow trout, prawns and scallops, and finish it all off with homemade crabcakes. Tides is kid-friendly, and makes for a perfect lunch or dinner.

Kristo’s Charcoal Rotisserie & Salad Bar

In the mood for finger-lickin’ Greek food? Kristo’s Charcoal Rotisserie and Salad Bar is known to cook up the best pork and lamb souvlaki on the land. The salads are not only tasty but healthy for you, and the staff is amiable and prompt. Considered one of the most family-value places on Phillips Island, Kristo’s will charm you away.

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