Geelong’s Centra Hotel named in the top 10 best Italian Restaurants across Australia

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Geelong’s Centra Hotel named in the top 10 best Italian Restaurants across Australia

Centra has also been hailed as Australia's 13th most-loved restaurant for 2022 by TheFork.

We absolutely love this time of year when we get to reflect on the year that has been, especially when it comes to acknowledging the restaurants, bars and cafes continuing to kill it across the region.

As part of this, TheFork, the well-loved Australian restaurant booking platform, has released its annual wrap-up of the most sought-after restaurants. The platform has collated the top 100 restaurants in Australia based on thousands of reviews, diner ratings and popularity to compile its ‘Dished Up Top 100 list’, featuring features tried and trusted locals and hidden gems amongst hatted restaurants and trendy eateries, all with one important thing in common – they have been proven to deliver exceptional service time and time again.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

The Top 100 List includes the top Italian, Asian, Modern Australian, Pub Grub, brunch, Good For Groups, among others.

Coming in at number two on the Top 10 Italian Restaurants is local favourite Centra Hotel, who also claimed 13th spot in the overall Top 100 restaurants of 2022 and number two in the pub grub category. (Explore the Dished Up 2022: Australia’s Favourite Restaurants by Cuisine here).

Located at 131 Yarra St, Geelong, Centra has long been the place to go in Geelong if you’ve got an urge for authentic rustic Italian done right. It’s modern, stylish, classy, and best of all is only about the locally sourced seasonal produce that’s flavoursome, expressive, honest and (most importantly) delicious.

Boasting a lavish European-inspired menu, Centra have the ability to cater to every type of foodie. From the Caprese salad, arancini and tagliere di salumi, and the ricotta gnocchi and seafood linguini, to the lamb ragu pappardelle and the four cheese pizza, you’ll fall in love with the food – time and time again. Plus, there’s tiramisu and creme brulee for dessert.


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James Walmsley, Head of Marketing for TheFork Australia, said: “Congratulations to all of the restaurants who made the list in 2022 and helped to spread the joy of dining out.

“We analysed the bookings, ratings and verified reviews of thousands of diners across Australia to determine the restaurants that have delivered consistently exceptional results throughout the year.

“From hidden local gems to renowned hatted restaurants, this list reflects the most loved restaurants around Australia, according to TheFork diners.”

Centra Hotel was the only Geelong restaurant to make the list, and joins the likes of esteemed restaurants The Meat & Wine Co Southbank, Bambini Trust Restaurant & Wine Room (Sydney), Fish at The Rocks (Millers Point), Rose and Crown (Guildford) and Richmond’s Bouzy Rouge.

The Top 10 of the Top 100 restaurants of 2022

1. Fish at The Rocks – Millers Point (NSW)
2. Tulum Restaurant – Balaclava (VIC)
3. Bouzy Rouge – Richmond (VIC)
4. Bambini Trust Restaurant & Wine Room – Sydney (NSW)
5. Yaya’s Hellenic Kitchen & Bar – Cairns City (QLD)
6. Lezzet – Elwood (VIC)
7. Roast Republic – Sydney (NSW)
8. Tsindos Greek Restaurant – Melbourne (VIC)
9. Rose and Crown – Guildford (WA)
10. Balcon By Tapavino – Sydney (NSW)

You can explore the top restaurants here