Restaurant Guide

Captain Moonlite: Restaurant review

The coastal view from the dining room of Angelsea’s Surf Lifesaving Club is surely one of Victoria’s best.


Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club
100 Great Ocean Rd
Anglesea, Vic


Fri-Sun 8am-10pm;
Mon 8am-3pm;
Thu 5.30pm-10pm


E $10-$24
M $30-$55
D $10-$15


Surf lifesaving clubs are as Australian as fish and chips, potato cakes and the slap of thongs on concrete. At Captain Moonlite, the restaurant inside Anglesea's SLC, you'll find all those things, but the potato cake is served on a plate, the fish and chips have a vodka-spiked batter, and the flip-flop of thongs is just as audible as the soft rattle of pearls. This seaside restaurant balances the familiar and the surprising, and most of the time it works, whether it's super-sized prawn cracker dusted in seaweed or a cheesecake of Fromager d'Affinois piped onto an Anzac feuilletine base. Pairing hapuka fillet with ricotta gnudi and Jerusalem artichoke is unconventional yet inspired, but barbecued octopus suffers from too much smoke and competition from other elements on the plate. At times, service can feel disjointed in skill and temperament, but the sweep of the beach, a proudly Victorian wine list and the charm of dining surrounded by club memorabilia all add up. If this is the new formula for coastal dining, send the memo far and wide.
(03) 5263 2454
Bookings essential
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Outdoor dining
  • Breakfast
Accepted card types:
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Matt Germanchis
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.