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Davidson Restaurant

Average price $38
9/10
192 reviews

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price $38 Special request
Pan-fried ocean fish in a mussel broth (GF)
Braised beef shin with anchovy butter, pearl barley polenta and radicchio
Braised French chicken with ratatouille (GF)

Dietary options

Gluten free,

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Ratings & Reviews

Excellent
9/10
based on 192 reviews
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Quality of food :9.2/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.6/10
  1. Liz H.
    Liz H.
    • one review
    10/10

    I have always been supremely impressed with the creative & delicious food (as has my entire family & all invited friends). The service is prompt and the waiting staff are informative - this is always appreciated, as is the willingness and ability to offer all courses for those with special dietary requirements. Highly recommended!!

  2. Danielle L.
    Danielle L.
    • one review
    10/10

    This is the second time. I highly recommend it. It is a must . I think City of Greater Geelong residents should be proud and making the most of the opportunity that is being given by the Gordon.

  3. TRICIA F.
    TRICIA F.
    • one review
    10/10

    We arrived right on time for our lunch at Davidson's and were greeted warmly. The wait staff remained attentive all the way through the sitting, but not annoyingly so. We all ordered 2 dishes each, and mixed them up so, we did not order the same dish twice for our group. All the food came out warm, and presented nicely. Out of the six dishes we ordered, we could not find fault with any of them. With the deserts, they were super nice, and were presented on the plate like rock stars. If we had to be picky we would say, maybe the panna cotta was a bit too stiff, and the cappuccino we bought to go with our desert was a bit on the cool side, but heck I feel ashamed of myself for even mentioning these. Have eaten in great restaurants around the world, and enjoyed yesterday at Davidson's as much. Sorry!! have not told you about the great building, will leave for next time.

  4. Andrew B.
    Andrew B.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    An excellent three courses prepared by Cert3 students. Kangaroo tender in the entree with a red cabbage jus. The chicken roulade main was filled with a tarragon flavoured stuffing and the banana brûlée rounded off the meal nicely. The choice of wine includes 375ml bottles and mine from the Bellarine Winery was very food. This place deserves more patronage.

  5. Denise C.
    Denise C.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    This is an inviting setting and has a lovely atmosphere. Others were there before me, waitress was great with water and wine order. food waitress plonked down food after announcing the dish in front of first person she saw. Like she needed to get rid of it. We had to reinforce several times about who had ordered what. She did not seem comfortable at all.

  6. Susan R.
    Susan R.
    • 5 reviews
    9.5/10

    The Davidson’s thoughtful multi choice menu equally benefits trainee chefs and diners. Food is perfectly prepared and cooked. Service is efficient and friendly. Thanks to an amazing offer of main meal and dessert for $10 the lovely old dining hall was booked out.

  7. Lisa M.
    Lisa M.
    • 5 reviews
    9/10

    The atmosphere and service were very good. The waiting staff were friendly. The setting was excellent. The mains were tasty and the dessert was lovely.

  8. Tony A.
    Tony A.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Fantastic food.

  9. Rosemary S.
    Rosemary S.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    The whole experience was excellent each member of our group thoroughly enjoyed the entire night we will return at another time Please keep me on the mailing list with emails of all your functions. Thank you

  10. Rosemary S.
    Rosemary S.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    everything was fantastic food drinks service all superb the whole group was very impressed we will return.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 263 reviews
    8.75/10

    Wonderful array of flavours

  12. Margaret  W.
    Margaret W.
    • 3 reviews
    9.25/10

    The food was delicious.

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 261 reviews
    9.25/10

    Great TAFE hospitality training venue. Fresh and tasty food beautifully and creatively presented.

  14. Paula D.
    Paula D.
    • one review
    8/10

    Great service, meal presentation excellent. student chefs helped with serving of meals as they were short staffed. Lovely and friendly, it was good being able to pass on our compliments directly. It was the first time for my parents and they loved it and expressed they would like to go for lunch next time Well done everybody

  15. John Q.
    John Q.
    • one review
    8.75/10

    An amazing opportunity for low income people, pensioners etc. to have a fine dining experience.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 269 reviews
    9.25/10

    Quality well presented food,good wine list and incredibly well priced and excellent service.

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 276 reviews
    7.75/10

    Lovely meal, well presented good service

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 260 reviews
    9.25/10

    A good experience with well presented delicious food

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 285 reviews
    9/10

    Good food. Good service. Affordable price.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 275 reviews
    8.25/10

    We thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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How to get to the restaurant

Cnr Fenwick & Little Malop Streets, 3220, Geelong (VIC), Australia

About the restaurant

A taste of history and a look into the future.

Built in 1887 as the very first building of the Gordon Institute, the Davidson now operates as the training restaurant of the Gordon Culinary School where its hospitality and cookery students gain the real life experiences necessary for them to become the industry professionals of the future.

The modern degustation style menus of 3 and 4 courses change regularly and offer modern dishes focused on local and seasonal ingredients with a formal yet relaxed service style.

By dining at the Davidson Restaurant will be helping the students of the Gordon Culinary School refine the skills needed to reach their career goals.

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