Benalla Gallery Cafe
Housed in the most visited regional art gallery outside of Melbourne, this contemporary cafe boasts a lovely sunny deck over Lake Benalla in the botanic gardens. With an emphasis on alfresco dining, it opens for dinner only during the months of daylight saving. Showcasing quality regional produce, the blackboard menu changes daily depending on what’s seasonal and fresh. In winter, expect soul-warming soups and succulent eye fillet steaks; in summer, tables are laden with antipasto platters of local produce, seafood and dishes such as Cajun-style chicken salad, prawn and scallop salad or grilled asparagus topped with smoked salmon and dill.
Benalla Art Gallery, Bridge St; (03) 5762 3777; open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner