Lake House - Daylesford

4.8
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615 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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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 22 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a very special tasting journey with Alla Wolf-Tasker and her amazing team on Sunday night.

From the warm greeting on arrival through the carefully curated dining experience to the closing coffee and petit fours, the entire evening was orchestrated with care and skill, creating an evening that will live long in our memories.

A amazing team, intricate and delectable food and a wine list to come back for. We will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply perfect service from arrival to departure. The food was amazing no matter what we chose. Octopus, pork, lamb & dessert was mouth watering

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Fine dining in a beautiful setting. The service was excellent apart from the last ten minutes when we seem to have been forgotten. Wines are expensive but top quality. It’s a special place to go for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A spectacular location with amazing food and pretty good service. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LakeHouse was exceptional as always. The food was just beautiful with amazing fresh produce & bread from the farm. Great wine choices & helpful sommelier.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I loved our dinner at the Lake House. We opted for the vegetarian tasting menu and it did not disappoint; 7 (or 8?) courses of decadent food with high-quality ingredients that are bursting with flavour.
It is a pricey night out but you get what you pay for, and even though we opted for a cheaper Prosecco to accompany our meal, it was delicious and the staff made sure we never had an empty glass.
Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a perfect lunch for my 30th at the lakehouse. The food was exquisite, the wine excellent and the service was wonderful - both the waiter and waitress who looked after us were absolutely lovely and very helpful. Would absolutely go back for another special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was outstanding. We had the set menu and I believe this is the way to go as you can sample all the fabulous cooking that the Lake House offers

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Perfect place to share our 30th wedding anniversary. We were made feel a very valued customer from all of the staff that we had interaction with.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, excellent service and tranquil ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attentive service and exceptional food. Thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the welcoming staff with great service. The food was good, however, I can only give it a moderate score because: 1. the entree was superb, I had the chicken. 2. the main was 50% great, the pork belly was devine but the loin although nice, had an undertone of fennel which I despise, and don’t recall it being on the menu? 3. Dessert was nice but not fantastic!

When you’re spending over $1000 for a meal for 6, you do expect a high level of great food, sadly it did not deliver.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

A restaurant that was on my wife's and my bucket list and travelled from Sydney to enjoy a night at this high profile restaurant. I was very disappointed with the service as we waited for over 40 minutes to be given a menu or any kind of interaction with staff. At a quality restaurant this was handled very badly. This could have been handled so much better. The signature menu with wine was good from that point. However, because of our experience it is unlikely that we would return.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasting menu was wonderfully varied and creative as well as delicious

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, exceptional food and delightful ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
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!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every mouthful was an experience!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Mort56x
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family gathering

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OpenTable Diner
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

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Lake House - Daylesford is rated 4.8 stars by 615 OpenTable diners.

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