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Jim McDougall in Stefano's Cellar

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Cellars of the Grand Hotel | Langtree Avenue, Mildura, Victoria 3502, Australia
+61 3 5022 0881
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Description: Jim McDougall in Stefano's Cellar, formerly known as Stefano's Restaurant...
Jim McDougall in Stefano's Cellar, formerly known as Stefano's Restaurant, has been a destination for food lovers for more than 20 years. With Jim McDougall as head chef, the restaurant has moved in a more modern direction, while remaining committed to local produce and creating a unique experience for the diner. Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday, and lunch Friday to Saturday, Jim McDougall in Stefano's Cellar serves a seasonal tasting menu in the cellars of the historic Grand Hotel.
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  • 144
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sibling celebration dinner.

Located in the basement of the historical Grand Hotel, Mildura, Stefano's is a landmark regional restaurant. Since being renamed, as Jim McDougall in Stefano's, the format has changed to a much more manageable four course set menu, as compared to its original ten course degustation, which required... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Judi Q
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Adelaide, Australia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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216 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What a disappointment, average pub food expensive for what it was. Staff were very pleasant. Stefano should give it away if this is the best he can do.

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Adelaide, Australia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Located in the basement of the historical Grand Hotel, Mildura, Stefano's is a landmark regional restaurant. Since being renamed, as Jim McDougall in Stefano's, the format has changed to a much more manageable four course set menu, as compared to its original ten course degustation, which required considerable dining fortitude. Our dinner last night was perfect and began with a... More 

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Mildura, Victoria, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Jim has gone, Stefano is back and the price has been adjusted back. Great atmosphere and special local produce. Back to its best

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We were on a road trip from Sydney and decided to see if we could get a booking for our 20 year wedding anniversary dinner. We were booked in on the 1st of April and on confirmation were asked if we had any dietary requirements for our meal, as it was four courses and we were basically going to be... More 

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CRONULLA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Nicely presented food which overall was quite good. I sometimes think "degustation" menus are an easy way out for the kitchen in that they only have a limited number of courses to prepare ( as distinct from servings ) and on the night we dined there were five. The standout was the pasta - papardelle with a veal and mushroom... More 

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Lugarno
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Fabulous 10 - or was it 12 course dinner. its not cheap but its equivalent to fine dining in France. the use of local ingredients, river prawns, local meats, kangaroo, sausage, tiny morsels bursting with flavour. and the presentation is totally original and very appealing.we also had the matching wines which were fantastic- so many boutique wines that I was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We took our two children., 16 and 10 for am amazing lunch on the weekend. I rang to enquire about lunches and they were more than happy to open for us. The food was amazing and the service second to none. Very relaxed but stunning setting.. A must do in Mildura for everyone.. We all felt very welcome. Thankyou from... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We had a wonderful 10 course degustation with matching wines, (very generous serves of the wine) thoroughly enjoyed the food, amazing combinations of flavours. Service was excellent - the staff friendly and knowledgeable.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We went to that restaurant on the advice of a so-called gourmet expert, when we were in Mildura last year.We were then advised by the head-waiter to have the full unknown course to enjoy the evening. We did & what a disaster. We were in shock when we received the different mostly-unknown microscopic ingredients on so-called different unusual unrealistic plates.... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This came came highly recommended and we were not disappointed. We did the 10 course degustation with matching wines, expensive but so worth it. Awesome food and wine, great service, one of the highlights of our trip. Worth doing for sure

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cellars of the Grand Hotel | Langtree Avenue, Mildura, Victoria 3502, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Mildura
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5022 0881

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 43 - 137
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business

Description

Jim McDougall in Stefano's Cellar, formerly known as Stefano's Restaurant, has been a destination for food lovers for more than 20 years. With Jim McDougall as head chef, the restaurant has moved in a more modern direction, while remaining committed to local produce and creating a unique experience for the diner. Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday, and lunch Friday to Saturday, Jim McDougall in Stefano's Cellar serves a seasonal tasting menu in the cellars of the historic Grand Hotel.

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