Published Friday 17 May 2019, updated 5 December 2019
Chilly days and fireside dining are the quintessential Dandenong Ranges experience.
Baby, it’s cold outside but when you snuggle into one of these cosy restaurants you’ll forget the chill in the air and be slightly obsessed with putting another log on the fire.
Somehow the crackle of the fire while you enjoy a hearty meal makes life pretty much perfect. Add a glass of red wine, and a sticky pudding for dessert and you won’t care if winter lasts all year.
For cosy fireside dining in the Dandenong Ranges try:
Ranges Café, Olinda
Famous for open fires, Ranges Cafe bread, housebaked scones and sticky date puddings! Ambient café and relaxed restaurant dining – all made with love. Meet by the fireplace, drink and eat. Dog friendly too!
Micawber Park Tavern, Belgrave
Stoke up the fire and enjoy some live music too. During the winter months the warming Coonara log fire in the Micawber Tavern Bistro is a favourite hang out for locals, and for anyone who has been before and knows the best place to warm your back, your toes and your nose. Hearty meals a given!
Ripe Café, Sassafras
In winter, setting the fire is a daily ritual and Ripe, a casual eatery nestled in behind a country cottage façade will tuck you in and feed you fresh housemade delights all day!
The Cuckoo Restaurant, Olinda
A supremely delicious Cuckoo Restaurant smorgasbord, a yodel and a celebration of international and modern cuisine. Indulge in a little bit of Bavaria - there might even be some snow.
Season Restaurant @ Cloudehill, Olinda
Outside the horizon is misty and the surrounding woodlands are dripping with an air of mystery. Inside Seasons, it’s warm and friendly, and so delicious. The fireplace is the gathering place at Seasons – a place to share a pre-dinner drink or survey an unhurried world.
SkyHigh, Mt Dandenong
Crackling log fires and panoramic views of Melbourne, a meal at SkyHigh is the memory-making, take-on-the-world experience that will warm your heart.
Just quietly, you won’t be disappointed either if you’re in the mood for pizza. Choose a wood fired pizza venue – those pizza ovens pump out the heat (400 degrees in fact) and provide ambient warmth for everyone to enjoy!