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Dainton Brewery, Carrum Downs, AU-VIC

Dainton Brewery

4.5
4.5
327 Reviews
$40 and under
American

The Taphouse is open to the public five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday, pouring Dainton and special guest beers from up to 18 custom taps.

Be wowed by our award winning and unusual beers or sip on some of our more approachable and sessionable styles. We also feature local wine and spirits and a food menu including slow-cooked smoked meats, delicious and interesting burgers, and a selection of smaller sharing plates.

We’ve always got something happening, including live music every Friday night, weekly trivia, special and seasonal events, and limited edition beer launches.

With plenty of seating, family and dog-friendly heated beer garden, live music, weekly trivia, and 3 function areas, this is the perfect venue for a casual drink in a friendly environment.

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Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Pub, Brewery

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9775 0334

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Beer and food go together like Bert and Ernie. Kind of. Either way, we’ve got a bar menu that’ll hit the spot no matter what sort of strange carbonated beverage you’re nursing. Meals are served Wednesday to Sunday, with bookings available for small groups or functions.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer three function spaces for a variety of group sizes, with canape style catering available to pre-order for function bookings. Contact functions@dainton.beer to discuss your next private function with us!

  • Area

    Carrum Downs

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Wednesday Trivia

    Multiple dates available
    Dust off those brain cells for Wednesday Trivia at the Taphouse! Kicks off at 7:30pm sharp.

Menu

Smallish Plates

  • Crispy Eggplant Chips**$14.00

    Crispy Fried Eggplant Chips with Chilli BBQ, Spring Onion and Fried Shallots

    • Buffalo Wingettes**

      Crispy Fried Wingettes coated in Spicy Buffalo with Blue Cheese Sauce

      • Serve of 5$10.00
    • Smoked Chicken Wings**

      Hickory Smoked Wings with Alabama White Sauce

      • Serve of 5$12.00
    • Pulled Beef Tacos**

      Pulled Ox Cheek with Pickled Red Onion and Chimichurri

      • Serve of 2$16.00
    • Kangaroo Sliders

      Pulled Kangaroo Shoulder with Beetroot Chutney and Goats Cheese

      • Serve of 2$16.00

    Salads

    • Tortilla Salad**$20.00

      Grilled Black Beans and Sweet Corn, Chopped Lettuce, Medley Tomatoes and Pickled Red Onion with Tortilla Crisps and Chipotle Dressing

      • Crispy Chicken Salad**$22.00

        Crispy Chicken, Butter Lettuce, Medley Tomatoes and Pickled Red Onion with Citrus Dressing

        Dainton Burger Bar

        All burgers come with side chips

        • Beef & Cheddar***$22.00

          Beef Patty, Cheddar, Butter Lettuce, Sliced Tomato and Pickled Onion with Secret Sauce on a Classic Bun. Pair with Equalizer

          • Beef & Swiss***$26.00

            Pulled Beef Brisket, Roquette, Onion Jam, Pepper BBQ Sauce and Swiss Cheese on a Sourdough Bun. Pair with Overdrive

            • Wild Boar***$24.00

              Spicy Wild Boar Patty, Capsicum Relish and Pickled Onion with Goats Cheese on a Sourdough Bun. Pair with Flamingo

              • Chicken & Avocado***$26.00

                Crispy Chicken, Smashed Avocado, Feta and Cos Lettuce with Citrus Mayonnaise on a Sourdough Bun. Pair with Major Tom

                • Buffalo Chicken***$22.00

                  Crispy Chicken and Cos Lettuce with Spicy Buffalo Sauce and Chive Blue Cheese on a Classic Bun. Pair with Dainton Lager

                  • Barbeque Pork***$22.00

                    Barbeque Pulled Pork and Pickled Cabbage with Chipotle BBQ on a Sourdough Bun. Pair with Jungle Juice

                    Plant-Based

                    All burgers come with side chips

                    • Mushroom & Cheddar***$22.00

                      Crispy Field Mushroom, Butter Lettuce, Sliced Tomato, Pickled Onion and Soy Cheddar with Secret Sauce on a Classic Bun. Pair with Dainton Pale

                      • Beetroot and Jalapeno***$24.00

                        Grilled Quinoa and Beetroot Patty with Radicchio, Jalapeno Chutney and Whiskey BBQ on a Classic Bun. Pair with Blood Orange

                        Sides

                        • Mango Jalapeno Poppers**$14.00

                          with Smokey Ranch

                          • Onion Rings**$14.00

                            with Chipotle Mayonnaise

                            • Cauliflower Bites**$14.00

                              with Alabama White Sauce

                              • Chips**$8.00

                                with Smokey Ketchup

                                Dessert

                                • Cookie Dough Ice Cream$14.00

                                  with Raspberry Sauce and White Chocolate

                                  • Ice Cream Sandwich$14.00

                                    Chocolate Brownie Waffles filled with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and coated in Sprinkles

                                    • Kids Vanilla Ice Cream$8.00

                                      with Sprinkles and Chocolate or Strawberry Sauce

                                      KIDS

                                      12 and under only!

                                      • Chicken Nuggets**$12.00

                                        and Chips

                                        • Mac & Cheese Nuggets**$14.00

                                          and Chips

                                          • Cheeseburger Slider$12.00

                                            and Chips

                                            • Chicken Slider$12.00

                                              and Chips

                                              Last updated: 7 April 2022

                                              What 327 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                              4.5
                                              4.5 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.3Food
                                              • 4.6Service
                                              • 4.5Ambience
                                              • 4.3Value

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                                              1. NH

                                                NatashaH

                                                Melbourne

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall3food2service5ambience4

                                                I’m not a fan of the new menu. I much prefer the one you had over the summer. My bf had the wild boar burger and said he could only taste charcoal. Beer and service were excellent.

                                              2. S

                                                Smokedoogbbq

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                Easy to order, food was fantastic, beers are always great, probs one of the best in Melbourne, 10pm on a Saturday night is way too early to close this was very disappointing.

                                              3. TS

                                                TrishS

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Top place easy to get to. Top music and bands play there. Friendly staff food is good chicken and avocado yummy

                                              4. ML

                                                MatthewL

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                Good beer, we had a quiet time in the Marquee. Will go again, regularly!

                                              5. SE

                                                ScottE

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great beer, great burgers & great atmosphere. Treated to both kinds of music tonight- Country & Western! Highly recommend night out.

                                              6. S

                                                Sammy

                                                Melbourne

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Dainton has been a favourite beer of mine for a while. We went in mid-week for the trivia night, so it was noisy as to be expected. The food was good and the beers were excellent! I will be going to more mid-week trivia nights.

                                              7. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                overall5food2service5ambience5

                                                Bring back the pizzas!

                                              8. SM

                                                ScottM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 28 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fantastic brewery, amazing beers and very tasty burgers! Parking can be a bit tricky but apart from that everything is great. Jungle Juice is my favourite beer of all time.

                                              9. MS

                                                MattS

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                We were disappointed to find pizza no longer on the menu. We’ve had amazing pizza there in the past and is why we go back. While other times we all rave about the food (pizzas) this time nobody was overly impressed by the menu choices or the quality of the meals. Staff were all nice and friendly and we couldn’t have felt more welcome. Unfortunately without the Pizza, we won’t be returning for meals.

                                              10. SM

                                                SarahM

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Good was delicious absolutely exceeded expectations! Great venue, little kids play area outside.

                                              11. BS

                                                BenS

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                Great beer selection and pretty tasty food, but few healthy options; kids meals were the same disappointing deep-fried crap that seems standard in suburban pubs, with not so much as a piece of lettuce or tomato in sight.

                                                Dainton BreweryResponded on 20 April 2022

                                                Thank you for your feedback & we're so glad to hear you enjoyed our beers & food. Sorry to hear that you didn't find our healthier options, we do offer salads which can be suitable for children. We hope our customers feel comfortable discussing any concerns over the menu with one of our friendly staff, who are more than happy to help answer questions & help our customers find the best experience possible. We hope you will visit again soon to try the other options!

                                              12. K

                                                Kristian

                                                Victoria

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                A great place for a couple of beers with mates or listening to a band.. also to go out for dinner or lunch. Please bring back the pizza's they go so well with the beers..Cheers.

                                              13. m

                                                merree

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 15 April 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Great atmosphere, friendly staff. Love to see a bit more variety on your food menu.

                                              14. PT

                                                PT53

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 9 April 2022

                                                overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                Need to bring back pizzas on the menu. Not good enough on current menu

                                              15. BG

                                                BernadetteG

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                overall4food2service5ambience5

                                                Love this place, unfortunately the food was basic, bring back the Pizzas they were fantastic, great venue and the live music is awesome

                                              16. AS

                                                AmandaS

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 26 March 2022

                                                overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                Good drinks and food with a little kid area. May need it to be sand not bark though but other than that really good vibe!

                                              17. DB

                                                DarrenB

                                                Melbourne

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 25 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing food, drink and service. Great place, every time!

                                              18. LM

                                                LeeM

                                                Melbourne

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 18 March 2022

                                                overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                This is a fun venue for a causal night out or celebration. Good live music and great atmosphere.

                                              19. SS

                                                StuartS

                                                Victoria

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 12 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great place to catch up with mates and kick back with a beer. Staff were amazing in accommodating our dog too. Will definitely be back!

                                              20. LM

                                                LindaM

                                                Melbourne

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 11 March 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                Great ambiance - loved the band! Louis King and the Liars Club. Lovely venue!

                                              21. CA

                                                CAROLR

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 March 2022

                                                overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                We specifically came for the live music but were disappointed that the advertised artist did not appear.

                                              22. DA

                                                DeeA

                                                Victoria

                                                3 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 5 March 2022

                                                overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                The staff are friendly, you pretty much serve yourself as you place your order and pay for it at the table. Food is very average, we ordered the corn and sweet potato fritters which were burnt and tasteless. The chips were soggy and the 'mini' pork slidders were exactly that mini with one tiny slice of pork on each. My husband had the cheese burger and more soggy chips also disappointing. We had a schooner of cider each and paid over $75.00 for a unsatisfactory meal and dining experience. Don't think we'll be back.

                                                Dainton BreweryResponded on 12 March 2022

                                                We're sorry to hear you experience didn't meet your expectations on this visit. We pride ourselves on providing friendly and experienced customer service at all times. If any customer is unhappy with their meal, we really hope they feel comfortable enough to raise any concerns with our staff who will happily fix the situation. We hope you come back and enjoy our hospitality again in the future, as we would love to give you a better experience with us.

                                              23. JD

                                                JessicaD

                                                Victoria

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 5 March 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                Great venue, love the play area for kids :) yummy food

                                              24. IH

                                                ItaliaH

                                                Victoria

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 4 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Friendly environment, great music, willing to help staff members. Overall great service and will go again.

                                              25. AR

                                                AaronR

                                                Victoria

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 27 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great value brewery! Food was incredible and well priced. Great open atmosphere and friendly staff!

                                              26. CT

                                                ChrisT

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 26 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                Food was good!!! Beer paddles are great too. Music was a little loud.

                                              27. RM

                                                RobinM

                                                Melbourne

                                                2 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 24 February 2022

                                                overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                Very pleasant atmosphere, nice and quiet , food good, beer good….. Great place for lunch on a Thursday.

                                              28. JM

                                                JaneM

                                                Tropical North Queensland

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 20 February 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Enjoyable enough place but some of the food (onion rings- fries- coffee came out just warm.

                                              29. TS

                                                TimmyS

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 19 February 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                Best pizza I have had for some time. Great service. I'm a local so this is one of my go to places. Haven't been for a while. Now they don't serve pints for any beer over 8%. I'm a fully grown adult and can handle a pint of 8%+ beer. Treating customers like children tbh. $16 for a schooner is just wrong. We went to Mr. Banks to enjoy a PINT of tasty 8%+ stout for $14. I'll be staying at Banks from now on unfortunately.

                                              30. AA

                                                AlexA

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 18 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Was a good night. Prices a little more expensive than I hoped

                                              31. A

                                                Andrewm

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 12 February 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                Good venue, food was nice, beers were great. Couldn't ask for much more.

                                              32. O

                                                Ozzie

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 10 February 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                We had a very pleasant lunch with friends, food was good and the staff very accommodating.

                                              33. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Love this little place of heaven! Beers, food and service fantastic. Finn's service was exceptional.

                                              34. HC

                                                HappyC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This was a great find for a casual Sunday lunch. Thoroughly recommend the chicken wings! And the beers are very tasty with something for everyone. Try the blood orange it’s delicious on a hot sunny day. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Good little play area to keep any little ones entertained. 10/10 from me. Great seeing these places full of happy people post Covid. Keep up the great work.

                                              35. NG

                                                NigelG

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 4 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent venue, great service, awesome staff food was outstanding

                                              36. DA

                                                DarrenA

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 4 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                awesome food, great craft beer kids loved the play area very vibrant and very helpful and friendly staff great service

                                              37. KB

                                                KatrinaB

                                                Melbourne

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 4 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Small menu still hard to choose everything looked great and tasted amazing. Great friendly service

                                              38. GC

                                                GlynC

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 30 January 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                Top afternoon had by all. Good food good beer good service. Band a little bit too loud. Cheers Daintons

                                              39. PM

                                                PhilM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 29 January 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                An absolute fantastic venue! Food and beer is always delicious. The service was fantastic and staff were delightful. Highly recommend Dainton Taphouse!

                                              40. MS

                                                MichelleS

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 28 January 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Had a brilliant time attending Friday and Saturday shows of the Outlaw week. All the bands were fantastic - we are huge fans of Matt Joe Gow so it was great to see him play locally. We had never visited Dainton before and we weren’t disappointed. My husband enjoyed the beer, whilst the cider and alcoholic red lemonade were more to my taste. Sampled a few things on the menu and everything was delicious, particularly the pulled beef burger and chicken sandwich. Will definitely be back! Please put on more bands - the Peninsula definitely needs more venues.

                                              Safety precautions

                                              • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                • Contactless payment available
                                              • Physical distancing

                                                • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                • Extra space between tables
                                              • Screening

                                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                • Staff is vaccinated

                                              FAQs

                                              Dainton Brewery is rated 4.5 stars by 327 OpenTable diners.

                                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                              Booked 13 times today
                                              Experiences are available.
                                              Google Map for Dainton Brewery

                                              560 Frankston-Dandenong Road Carrum Downs, AU-VIC 3201

                                              Dining areas

                                              Additional information

                                              • Area

                                                Carrum Downs

                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                              • Cuisines

                                                American, Pub, Brewery

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Dining

                                              • Dress Code

                                                Casual Dress

                                              • Parking Details

                                                Street Parking

                                              • Payment Options

                                                MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Additional

                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                              • Phone number

                                                (03) 9775 0334

                                              • Catering

                                                Beer and food go together like Bert and Ernie. Kind of. Either way, we’ve got a bar menu that’ll hit the spot no matter what sort of strange carbonated beverage you’re nursing. Meals are served Wednesday to Sunday, with bookings available for small groups or functions.

                                              • Private party facilities

                                                We offer three function spaces for a variety of group sizes, with canape style catering available to pre-order for function bookings. Contact functions@dainton.beer to discuss your next private function with us!

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