All reservations to be made by calling 03 5222 1697

No reservations by email please unless booking a week ahead!

38 Bellerine St
Geelong  VIC 3220



 11:30am to 5:00pm

(Sunday until 2:30pm)


5pm to 8:30pm

(Sunday closed)


Monday to Thursday

11:30am to 9:30pm

Friday to Saturday

11:30am to 10:00pm


11:30am to 3:30pm


New Year's Day  CLOSED

Australia Day Jan 26th OPEN

11:30am to 3:30pm

Public Holiday Jan 27th CLOSED


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Latest Reviews

"Amazing food and service, coming back this week, keep up your all amazing thank you, amazing team 👍❤"

Debbie Sharp 20th January

"Best steak in Geelong"

Ben Weymouth 20th January

"Terrific menu and value for money, great food and service."

Darren Rizzo 18th January

"On behalf of the Under18’s and the Under16’s Western Australian Baseball Players and Staff I would just like to thank you and the staff for looking after us on the nights we came for dinner.
The food at your Bistro Pub is just awesome, when asking the players and staff where they wanted to eat it was yours that they wanted to go to every time.
Your staff are all wonderful and we couldn’t have asked for better service, also please let the chefs know that the boys couldn’t speak highly enough of the meals.
Thanks again for having us look forward to hopefully be back next year..

Yours Sincerely
Deanne Saupold 15th January

"In Geelong for family pre-Xmas visit and went to the Sir Charles Darling Hotel to have beers and dinner. Hadn't been there for 40 years, so on the advice of regulars, we tried their famous Steak Pie Special. Home-made and cooked in a Pie dish with golden puff pastry and really tender pieces of steak in a flavoursome gravy - YUM."

Calvin Ambrose 14th January

"Old school glory. Get the croquettes (scalloped potatoes?) instead of the fries."

Danny Dalton 11th January

"Friendly, competitively priced, and the food was good."

Matthew D 6th January


"Cheap meals and drinks. Great atmosphere for family"

Jonathon Steele 6th January

"Sunday roast was amazing!"

Melanie Savona 5th January


"Friendly staff - good food reasonable prices"

Tommy McLaughlin 5th January

"Good prices, pleasant staff, lovely venue"

Andrew Smith 29th December

"Good prices, pleasant staff, lovely venue"

Andrew Smith 28th December

"Delicious food, great friendly service"

Jo Van Gestel 27th December

"Great value for your meals"

Gary Frazen 24th December

"Great eatery and pub.  This an older pub with plenty of character with excellent food and friendly staff. The menu catered for all tastes but better still the meals were enjoyable and not expensive. This pub is suitable for couples, families and small groups."

115GregW 24th December


"Great food very busy had to wait a little while but worth it. Garlic Prawns were delicious"

James Lunney 12th December

"Very good"

Mariaanna Blake 10th December

"Beautiful food."

Jessica Aldag 10th December

"Good food good service"

Barbara Jones 4th December

"Great casual family atmosphere, pleasant staff, lovely meal. Also have lunch specials. Convenient location and easy parking when we visited. Will be back"

Mar Lea 29th November

"Very friendly staff and nice meals. Nice atmosphere."

Gerhard Schulz 29th November

"Got Monday steak special. Porterhouse. Absolutely delicious. Got mash and veges upgrade and superb. Good efficient service. Great pub offering."

Murray Green 19th November

"Great food and service"

Liz Pinner 14th November

"Great lunch time meals and serving lunch till 5pm"

Yvonne Werbik 8th November

"Good Pub food, from budget meals to higher priced. Vegetables served are fresh and nicely cooked. All staff are very friendly and very helpful. We have been there numerous times, and have never had a thing to complain about yet. It's all good."

Neil Johnson 6th November

"Amazing Eggplant Parmigiana  Great menu, peaceful environment. Lots of Vegetarian options with menu clearly defining various options for those with dietary restrictions. Eggplant parmigiana was best I’ve had in Australia. Wish they offered it was sub for lunches also. It was just so good. Great steak, with great potato and veggie options. I’ll be going back!"

Lane86 5th November

"Awesome food and the staff are always friendly."

Dana Novak 2nd November

"The best food for the money. Staffs are good and welcoming too. I have visited their place at least a dozen time but never found disappointing."

enamul miazi 29th October

"Dropped in for a bite to eat and was pleasantly surprised. It was light and airy, friendly staff, great menu with large variety. Settled on the porterhouse which was extremely good with creamy mushroom sauce and vegetables. Big serve could not finish it. Very very nice steak, I have paid twice the price in Geelong for steaks that did not even come close. Highly recommend and I will be back."

Jacob Burris 31st October

"Excellent service and nice food"

Maria Nelda Nataba 20th October


Levi Beazley 12th October

"OMG the food is bloody beautiful. Steaks all cooked to perfection. The service was excellent. Everyone was so welcoming and attentive. Definitely will go back.

Poppy Heidemann 5th October


"Can't rave enough,thk you guys,ABSOLUTELY brillant..Steak for tea yum,dessert yum,service Fantastic..We'll definately be back.😀

Tracy Daley 5th October

"The food here is great, The service is also very good, it only took my family and I around 8 to 10 minutes to get our food! and the waitress came around to ask if we were happy with our meal, overall the staff are friendly and I would definitely consider going again !! :)"

_._moya_._ 30th September

"Perfect meal perfect prices well worth the visit"

T Sharman 27th September

"Haven't eaten at Sir Charles Darling for a few years until last night. The meals were excellent staff very friendly. Will definitely be going back very soon."

Jenny Noble 26th September

"Went here on the 21st September for family reunion, great pub the meals were good and not overpriced for a Saturday, it was cold and wet outside but the fireplaces inside kept it warm, would go again if down in geelong again."

William B 25th September

"Amazing steak night."

Ross Jacobi 23rd September

"One of the few true pubs left in Geelong. The menu is fantastic and extremely affordable, great serve sizes and fantastic staff. A must."

Matthew Motorniak 23rd September

"Great pub grub at great prices"

Cassie Mahon 8th September

"Good location nice food"

Amber Rose 3rd September

"Spur of the moment drop in for a bite to eat. Dear lord the food is bloody great value for pub meals. We had the eggplant parmigiana, the flathead and the grilled snapper. All for the price of a dozen oysters other supposedly well to do restaurants are charging. We will definitely keep this place in mind seeing as we are from out of town. Staff were so friendly and helpful. Food was amazing, Very reasonable prices and even received a birthday present. Great place, great atmosphere, great service. Will continue to visit this venue"

Leighton Tinsley 29th August

"Great steaks, really good value"

Martin O'Connor 29th August

"Great service today Thank you and beautiful meal"

Tessa Rose 25th August

"Pub with beer and food, what more do you want?"

Hoogle Gater 16th August

"Great meals"

Jackjill Grubb 16th August

"Pretty chilled out place, good food and atmosphere."

Ralph Vitelli 15th August

"Great food , great service"

Ross Mac 12th August

"The best lamb shanks I have ever had. Highly recommended."

Lisa Warren 11th August

"Great steak, awsome snitties I highly recommend it"

Bomber T 6th August

"Beautiful food and just the nicest people running the place."

Emm mmm 2nd August

"Lunch time parmi great value for money"

Robert Intagliata 2nd August

"Top prices and great food"

Michael Pope 1st August

"The meal was great and very well priced. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was very relaxed. The meal was most certainly prepared by a chef, not a cook We will be back. We go to a different pub for lunch once a week and rate them on quality, and The Darling rated very high."

Ralph L 31st July

"My partner & I and our 3 boys came in for lunch on the 31/07. The staff were so accommodating. The meals were great value for the low cost and absolutely delicious. We all loved our meals. Will be returning for sure, and we came from Werribee. Recommended to all. Thanks Guys !!!"

Chrystal Rowland 31st July

"Love this place. Proper old fashioned pub"

Belinda Mann 27th July

"Lovely staff. Quick service. Quality food at budget prices."

Hunter Jayne 23rd July

"Awesome service from Mitch, meals were good as usual. 
Would recommend calling in for a meal 😊"

Lynne Green 11th July

"OMG the best hospitality and food very friendly especially Sam thanks for looking after us while in Geelong"

Tracey Maree 9th July

"Great meals for good prices. Friendly staff, nothing is a problem for them. Special requests o.k . Family friendly."

Nick Williams 8th July

"Meals are always good and value for money"

Christine Timms 6th July

"Amazing service"

Paul Scaffidi 4th July

"Very nice, very good size meals. The hosts are lovely people who seem determined to give their customers a great experience."

Ross Davis 4th July

"We love the service the food is wonderful it is a great place to eat"

David Gordon 15th June


"My go to pub for a nice quiet atmosphere with great food and service."

Stuballs20 14th June

"Delicious food and unbelievable prices! A winner for sure."

Audra Czyzewski 3rd June

"I would rate this pub 10/10, the meals are ALWAYS consistent. Best Pub for a steak in Geelong, great prices all round. Friendly Staff also."

Libby 27th May

"Good meal at a great price"

Dennis Nankervis 26th May

"Great meal. Reasonable price.good service."

George Udvardy 20th May

"Caught up with some old acquaintances in this great little pub. Meals were affordable and more than adequate. Beer was of good quality and the staff really looked after us well. Would go again."

Denis Valenta 18th May

"Always a good sized meal, vert tasty and good value"

Gil Glasp 14th May

"Fantastic value"

Highton 14th May

"Great. Lovely food. Steak cooked just as I like it. Friendly staff. Thank you."

Phillippa Clark 14th May

"Amazing place to eat great food and service amazing Love family atmosphere and welcome by parents and son (proprietor s) Fantastic mothers day menu enjoyed by all THANKYOU ☺"

Scott Murrell 12th May


"Great service and even better meals... always going above and beyond. Been there many times and will be back for many times to come:

Troy Ellis 8th May

"Great affordable bar meals...fabbo staff"

Haych Storm 7th May


"Always a great experience, everytime!"

Brad Mullen 7th May


"Best value for money...bonus that they serve all day"

David  Addyman 6th May


"Great pub, very consistent meals and service. Fantastic price."

Brett Warne 4th May

"Amazing food. Cheap and quick service highly recommend the parmi will definitely keep going there"

Dylan Pargeter 4th May

"We love coming here, staff are very friendly and the meals are always amazing"

Debbie Low 31st April

"Great friendly service, good meals at great prices."

Janelle Stehn 25th April