Lake House - Daylesford

4.8
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602 reviews
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$101 and over
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Modern Australian
Lake House, in Daylesford, prepares contemporary continental cuisine in its charming award winning restaurant, with a hotel and spa on the premises. The spring artichoke tart with burrata cheese, preserved lemon and crème fraiche and the kingfish carpaccio with spanner crab, jalapeno and green gazpacho make most welcoming appetizers. Some of Lake House's main dishes include the roasted free-range duck with coffee roasted carrots, black barley, almonds, pesto and elderberry sauce, the crisp pork belly croustillant, scampi and squid noodles and the vegetarian soft pasta pillows filled with herbed ricotta, goat curd, mushrooms and white asparagus, all of which are as beautifully presented as they are delicious.

For a sweet end to your meal at Lake House, enjoy the poached meringue with strawberry, rhubarb and caramel or the peanut butter, black sesame, caramel and banana dessert, both superb with a fresh organic coffee.
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4.8
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Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My God it was expensive, However, the food and service was impeccable. Would highly recommend.

OT
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasting menu was wonderfully varied and creative as well as delicious

OT
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal in a relaxing environment conducive to fine dining. The a la carte menu lacked some of the meat options that were only listed under the tasting menu.

OT
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service

OT
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. The staff were friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and helpful with our selections.
The food was delicious.
The setting is beautiful.

OT
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our second time at the Lakehouse and very much enjoyed it like it was our first time. The food was flavoursome yet delicate. The service was attentive and timing between courses was just right. The staff were warm and welcoming.

OT
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, exceptional food and delightful ambience.

OT
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time dining here. I had the signature 8 course menu with pairing and it was perhaps even better than my first experience (very difficult to beat!). Each dish was faultless, absolutely delicious and paired beautifully with the sommelier’s wine suggestions. I look forward to coming back!!

OT
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every mouthful was an experience!

OT
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and ambience diminished a little by the service. Waiters were distracted by some loquacious foodies and missed our petit fours and some rose left in our bottle. Special occasion destination only given the pricing which is approaching excessive.

OT
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

food was excellent , staff very friendly & explained very clearly about the menu

OT
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have a dietary requirement that was catered for - the waitress made suitable suggestions. The waitress was courteous, service was prompt but not hurried. We had a divine lunch over a 2 hour period. Food was exceptional.

OT
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. The service was attentive throughout.The occasion was my husband's birhtday. the staff remembered that and piped a "Happy Birthday" on tyo his dessert plate.
After lunch we walked outside and being a warm day sat on the outdoor chairs. The waiting staff came outside and offered us water. Excellent!

OT
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a terrific experience last night at the Lake House. We were greeted as soon as we walked in with a big smile and offered to have our pre dinner beverage out on the terrace (a must!). The courses came at a really lovely pace and were scrumptious, we didn't feel rushed. The selection of wine, was something that really impressed us!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

OT
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A marvellous experience. The decor, setting, and ambience were wonderful and the food was excellent. I must especially commend the quality of the staff, whose service, knowledge, and expertise in recommending wine and menu choices made for excellent pairings and a wonderful culinary experience.

OT
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A special experience for a special celebration. My partner and I dined at the Lake House last night. The food was wonderful as you would expect from such an
institution, the ambiance lovely, and the staff helpful and professional. Unexpected entertainment from the
kookaburras who also dine at the Lake House. I was able to feed them meat on a fork. Certainly added to the experience. It was delightful to go back to the Lake House and find fine dining is still alive & well there.

OT
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Made us feel comfortable and never were we rushed. Great knowledge of each dish and very friendly

OT
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and nothing was too much trouble. Made to feel welcome by all staff we met. Excellent explanation of all food and wine.
The food with matched wine was exquisite. Flavours of the food and the beautifully complimentary sauces were wonderful.

OT
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My husband and I had the degustation menu where he had the “Art of Vegatable” version and I, their signature menu. Our 5 year old had the “little people’s menu” and thankfully was able to withstand a loooong lunch that we all enjoyed.
Staff were attentive and friendly to us and our 5 year old and the food presentation was absolutely beautiful. Surprisingly the vegetarian dishes were much for tasty than the meat based ones and the seafood based ones were delicious.

OT
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Probably the best eating experience we have ever had - extremely tasty and perfect serving sizes. We were extremely satisfied by the end of the signature menu and very impressed by the quality and presentation of each dish.
Service was delightful, venue was light and airy (not dark and cramped like some other places). The view was beautiful with all the leafy green trees and the lake.
It is expensive but absolutely worth it for a special occasion.
We would love to come back!

OT
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a special meal shared with my sister from interstate. We both loved the tasting menu. Our favourite was the Ocean Trout. The matching wine list was just as good. A memorable lunch.

OT
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we come in the doors for lunch or dinner the waitstaff greet us like old friends. Always the perfect way to start a stellar meal at a stellar venue. Utmost respect for the kitchen who manage to produce incredible lunch deg menus while managing to prep for what would likely be a busy dinner later that night. Will always be happy to spend my money here.

OT
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I'd heard about the Lake House for years and it was a dream of mine to dine there. It didn't disappoint. Friendly, unobtrusive service and wonderful food. A special ambience.

M
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

Incredible food, perfectly balanced. We chose the tasting menu and not one dish was disappointing. Beautiful lakeside surrounds and warm ambiance inside the restaurant. Sadly the service was very substandard and frustrating. Mostly foreign wait staff working in a rural setting extending their visas. Still, even with the service shortcomings I highly recommend this venue.

OT
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tasting menu was exceptional. Staff are wonderful, engaging and professional. It was a great experience and you feel special.
Not stuffy only superb
Can’t wait to go back

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family gathering

OT
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The lamb dish was well received
The fish dish was fairly ordinary
The entree of octopus was pretty good
The “Baba “ dessert was average
The ambience was terrific-what a lovely spot

OT
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb service and delicious food.
Even catered to dairy free requirements and made a special dessert.

OT
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it was an Anniversary for we two. This was recognised by staff led by our excellent waiter, Chris.
it was a wonderful night. we had the long menu so everything on the food list was special.
good choice of wines

OT
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Several highlights- the Tasmanian confit trout, the lovely relaxed setting, quiet friendly service and the nice touches.

OT
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The moment you walk into the terrace the outlook and the charm just blows you away. The service was welcoming, natural and flowing. The waiter knew his menu was polite, professional and charming. The food was amazing, presentation and taste were equally divine. The amount of food was just right, sweets and coffee at the end just sealed the evening with a beautiful bow.

OT
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole experience from start to finish was amazing. Staff, food, drinks and environment were all of a very high standard.

OT
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent and never disappoints, our regular go to place when in Daylesford

OT
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose the degustation meal. Every serving was delicious and beautifully presented. The staff were very knowledgeable and explained each course. They also explained why the matched wines were chosen. The service was impeccable.

OT
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely birthday meal, the food was exceptional and the staff very attentive.

OT
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting and lovely food.

F
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and wine. Cosy friendly quiet dining environment. Very good and suitable for special occasions.

OT
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have heard the recommendations over the years about The Lakehouse and had always wanted to dine there. I was really very excited to finally be going, I said to my partner I hope I’m not disappointed, I’ve built this up in my mind.
I could not have had a more lovely dining experience, the venue was elegant and comfortable the service impeccable. The food sublime. I had the degustation menu and it was a feast of flavour, color and presentation.

OT
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We had the degustation menu with matching wines. The wine selections were hit and miss. The food was presented exquisitely, however the meat dishes (duck and beef) lacked flavour and the meat was unfortunately not tender and a little on the tough side.
Expectations are high at $450 for lunch.

OT
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A perfect venue for a special occasion. Picturesque location, professional staff, stylish decor, extensive wine list & exceptional food. A memorable experience!