Food and Nightlife

It’s not called Dinner Plain for nothing, regardless of whether you define dinner as the meal you have in the middle of the day or the evening! There are a handful of Dinner Plain restaurants for “dinner” and for a remote mountain village, it’s surprising that most of the fare is reasonably gourmet.

Daytime Restaurants Dinner Plain

The Mountain Kitchen is THE place to head for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a coffee. It is a cute little café and local produce store that serves up homestyle gourmet food including homemade pies with fantastic chutney, muffins, risotto, frittata, and deliciously naughty slices. The staff are super friendly and the Mountain Kitchen is pretty much the daytime social gathering spot of Dinner Plain, regardless of whether you get cosy inside or sit outside on sunny days. The Mountain Kitchen is open during both the winter and green season.

Cafe Play at the base of the Dinner Plain ski run serves up coffee, hot chocolate, simple hot food, and a small selection of alcoholic bevies.

Otherwise for lunch you can head to the Dinner Plain Hotel (the pub) or High Plains Hotel for a burger.

Dinner Plain Restaurants – Evening

Hotel High Plains is our number one pick for Dinner Plain evening dining. It is a beautiful establishment with classic Dinner Plain décor with raw timbers, lots of stonework, and fabulous fireplaces. The restaurant section of Hotel High Plains serves a large range of international fare, whilst the dining emphasis in the bar area is on gourmet pizzas from the woodfire pizza oven. You can also get take-away pizza if you want to retreat back to the comfort of your couch.

The Ramada has a reasonably small menu and you can either dine in the bar area or in the more formal restaurant. The food is very good (but don't expect the fine dining of the former Rundells) and reasonably priced. The wine list is equally small and mostly targeted around cheap nasty wines.

Alphutte serves up gourmet pizza that’s rather pricey and the restaurant is somewhat unreliable regarding the opening times.

The Dinner Plain Hotel is a popular option for dinner, particularly with families who spread out at the upstairs tables or make the most of the small play areas downstairs. The pub serves up typical pub fare and pizzas. Prices are lower than the other Dinner Plain dining options, but a snow currency still exists here. Considering the large size of the pub, they sometimes have difficulty fully heating it, so dress warmly just in case. 

Bars & Nightlife

All the evening dining establishments also double as bars.

Hotel High Plains attracts an eclectic mix of young and old folk, and is a favourite of the locals. The bar often has live music and seems to always have a great vibe regardless of whether it’s a quiet sedate night or the place is pumping. High Plains also offers a bus service up to its sister pub at Mt Hotham, The General.

At the Dinner Plain Hotel the family masses clear out early in the evening after the kids play a game of pool, and they are generally replaced with the youngies who’ve just reached drinking age. The liveliness of the pub varies significantly from dead to happening.

The Blizzard Brewing Company (near the base of the ski run) is Australia's highest brewery. Water is the main ingredient in beer and the spring water in DP is the purest so it's the "Beer Above All". The brew house is open from mid afternoon and you can head down to taste the Dinner Plain beer and they also have a snacks menu.

The other Dinner Plain bars are more suited to a refined and sedate cocktail, gluhwein, whisky or wine.
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