Restaurants You Must Visit in Orange
The hub of the New South Wales Central West and about 254kms west of Sydney, Orange is a thriving regional city. The undulating hills that surround it are home to beautiful vineyards and wineries, plus farms that produce incredible fresh produce including apples, berries, truffles and grass-fed beef.
With access to such amazing fresh ingredients, there’s little wonder the dining and wine scene in Orange is setting such a high standard. To help you venture out and explore the region and all its deliciousness, here are some local restaurants you should check out.
CHARRED KITCHEN & BAR
Located in the heart of Orange, Charred serves serious food in a relaxed setting with a menu inspired by the team’s travels across the globe. Local produce forms the basis of the lunch tapas menu that expands at dinner with delectable dishes cooked on the custom-built “Lucifer” wood fire oven. This commissioned piece imparts unique flavours and goes a long way to explaining the “Charred” name.
The wine list showcases the best Orange has to offer and includes over 500 Australian wines in all, plus delicious offerings from international brands. Beer lovers will appreciate that Charred is just as serious about ale.
Dine with a date or celebrate as part of a group and let the award-winning team take care of your stomach.
1-5 New Street, Orange, NSW
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am-11pm
Situated within the newly-built museum precinct, Groundstone Café is the perfect place to stop for a bite between exhibitions. The architecture takes cues from contemporary Scandinavian design while the menu keeps things simple and delicious.
Fresh and seasonal ingredients are sourced locally when possible with distinct offerings available across breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. All wine, beer and cider are sourced locally, making this the perfect place for discovering new favourites.
Locals and visitors to the region can take their love for Groundstone to the next level with the café offering to cater your next birthday, corporate event or intimate wedding celebration.
151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW
Open Monday to Friday 7:30am-3:30pm / Saturday to Sunday 8:30am-3:30pm
LOLLI REDINI RESTAURANT
Established in 2001 by acclaimed chef Simonn Hawke, Lolli Redini is Orange’s go-to restaurant for Australian produce cooked in a manner that is creative yet approachable.
Located in the cosy heritage federation cottage in Orange, Lolli sits side-by-side with Hawkes General Store – the well-regarded giftware store run by Simonn’s sister Coco. They serve great coffee from 9am.
48 Sale Street, Orange, NSW
Tuesday to Friday 6pm-12am / Saturday 12pm-4pm, 6pm-12am
Part of the picturesque La Colline Vineyard at the foothills of Mt Canobolas, Racine Restaurant is another must-do Orange regional dining experience.
Owners Shaun and Willa Arantz create beautiful food from ingredients sourced locally. “We want to give our guests an amazing experience, good food, good wine and good service that creates a ‘flavour of the region’ in a sophisticated way. We want them to feel like you're in our house.”
The menu is designed in a way that encourages diners to enjoy everything on offer – settle in for a lovely lunch, aperitivo hour at sunset on the terrace, or enjoy dinner in the restaurant. The wine list is predominantly filled with local regional drops with a great selection from almost every vineyard. There’s also a smaller range of Australian and international wines to complement the local selection.
If you’re visiting in the morning, the on-site bakery offers fresh coffee and a selection of perfect pastries and sourdoughs.
Plus, there is the Racine Bakery that’s located in the heart of Orange. It delivers amazing baked goods hand-made on site using the best possible ingredients. Choose from a delicious range including organic sourdoughs and regular breads, beautiful real butter pastries, cakes and biscuits, butter pastry pies and sausage rolls, plus fresh sandwiches and salads. And of course, they make a great coffee!
La Colline Vineyard, 42 Lake Canobolas Rd, Nashdale, NSW
Open lunch: Friday to Sunday 12pm, dinner: Thursday to Saturday 6pm
166B Summer St (rear entrance of) Orange,NSW
Monday to Friday 7am-5pm, Saturday 7am-3pm.
For more on Orange, check out our cellar door guide.