Located on the magnificent Geelong Waterfront, Customs House is an elegant restaurant that has stayed true to its 1850s Victorian exterior. Vintage Street lamps frame the alfresco dining area, partitioned by glass and an ornate wrought iron gate. It’s a stylish area with white table cloths and large umbrellas to shade you from the elements. The alfresco area is a lovely spot during summer to take advantage of their all day grazing menu with a wine or two.
If you prefer indoors, then you will find the main dining area through the bluestone arch, where tables and chairs are unassuming and the room is decorated in a mix of earthy tones.
There are also two private dining areas, the Balmain room and the Cornish room, both are separated from the main dining area by blue stone walls. Each room has a long table with opulent velvet chairs and a chandelier over each table. The thick red velvet drapes not only add to the cozy feel but also serve to separate the two areas to create an intimate space. These private rooms can be booked at no extra charge.
If you are just dropping by for a drink, there is a lounge area with chesterfield couches and a library where you can sit and have a scotch on the rocks or a cocktail or two. It boasts a fireplace for the colder months and its own bar area. One could easily be mistaken for feeling as though you are sitting in an old English manor with it’s old world surrounds. The bar area also features candles throughout that create an intimate and relaxing ambiance.
The ladies and gentlemens lavatory is not forgotten either! It features a large old world mirror, stone basins with traditional tapware and a nice touch of Aesop hand wash and individual hand towels provided.
I have dined here on a number of occasions and almost always in the private room. I have found that each time the service has been perfect, the staff both attentive and knowledgeable. I love the opulent feel to the private rooms and a great choice for that special occasion. The food is very good with around 8 choices on offer from the dinner menu, ranging from $30 to $44 or you can opt for the 2 course fixed menu for $60 per person. There is also an extensive wine list with prices ranging from $40 or if your budget allows right up to $800! The alfresco area is very popular in the summer months with a lovely outlook beyond the lawn to the Geelong waterfront. Overall a wonderful dining experience in elegant surrounds.
Tip: Watch the cost of the sparkling water as you can easily rack up a bill for this alone with continual unnoticed refills.
Customs House is open for breakfast from 9 a.m to 12 p.m on weekends
Lunch seven days from 12 p.m to 3.30 p.m
Dinner and Degustation Menu Tues to Saturday from 6 p.m
Alfresco dining offers an all day grazing Menu
57-59 Brougham Street
Geelong Victoria Australia