Basils Café

Basils Café

Basils Farmhouse Café seats 45 indoors and the adjacent lawn area, surrounded by landscaped gardens, provides seating for over 100.  Sit amongst the mature fig and citrus trees and absorb the breathtaking views across the lawned area and potager garden to Swan Bay and the historic township of Queenscliff. Even the kids can have fun, playing our outdoor games, digging in the sandpit or exploring the edible garden.

From September to April visitors can enjoy our “Sunday Sessions” – a relaxed vibe of acoustic tunes from talented local musicians, every Sunday afternoon. Please check our Events page for artists and dates.

Our seasonal menu prepared by chef’s Greg and Jeremy, always includes fresh produce from of our own gardens.  Don’t be surprised if you see one of the kitchen staff scurry past your table and out the door headed to the potager garden… then pass you on the way back loaded with armfuls of freshly picked produce. Chances are it’s about to be served up to you for lunch.

It’s who we are and what we do.

Sustainability and supporting local producers is important to us. If it’s not fresh out of our garden, it’s direct from one of our specialty local producers – Cheese from Drysdale Cheeses and Apostle Whey, meat and poultry from Farm Foods Queenscliff and Ravens Creek Farm, milk from Timboon Farm, organic breads from Zeally Bay Sourdough and coffee beans specially roasted for us locally by Ocean Grind. We also make all our cakes in-house.

Basils Café offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the full range of Basils Farm wines including – Kiltynane, Basils Farm and Pn2, in addition to a selection of local boutique beers, organic juices and soft drinks.


Regular Business Hours 

Monday – Tuesday: Closed.

Wednesday and Thursday 9 am – 3 pm

  • 9 am-11 am. Coffee, cakes and breakfast rolls.
  • Lunch from 12pm-2pm. Full Café menu available.
  • “Locals” special – Main meal from the specials board or main meal and a glass of wine for $30. Coffee & Cake for $10.
  • Wine Tastings conducted in the Cafe.

Friday:  9 am – 5 pm

  • 9 am-11 am. Coffee, cakes and breakfast rolls.
  • Lunch from 12pm-4pm. Full Café menu available.
  • “Locals” special – Main meal from the specials board or main meal and a glass of wine for $30. Coffee & Cake for $10.
  • Wine Tastings at the Cellar Door, open 11 am to 5 pm.

Saturday:  8 am – 5 pm

  • 8 am-11 am. Full breakfast menu.
  • Lunch from 12 pm-4 pm. Full Café menu available.
  • Wine Tastings at the Cellar Door, open 11 am to 5 pm.

Sunday:  8 am – 5 pm

  • 8 am-11 am. Full breakfast menu.
  • Lunch from 12 pm-4 pm. Full Cafe menu available.
  • Wine Tastings at the Cellar Door, open 11 am to 5 pm.

OPEN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: 12 noon to 5 pm.
Please note: A 15% Surcharge will apply on Public Holidays

Summer Extended Hours

Please note we will be CLOSED on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th December. We open again on Boxing day Tuesday 26th December from 12 noon – 5 pm. 

Extended Summer Hours – Saturdays: 6th Jan to 27th January.
Main meals will be served until 5 pm and antipasto and cheese platters will be served until 6 pm. Basils will also have an outside bar and the Café will be open for drinks until 7 pm.

Extended Summer Hours – Sundays: 7th to 28th January.
Mains served until 5 pm and we will be operating an outside bar. The Café will also be open for drinks until 7 pm.

Twilight Dinners on Friday 12th, 19th and 26th January. 5.30 pm – 9 pm.
Dinner served from 6 pm – 7.30pm. Bookings essential. See our EVENTS page for further details. 

Mid Week Breakfast Menu
From 27th December we will also be offering a light breakfast menu during weekdays (full menu is still available on the weekends). Monday to Friday – 8 am to 11 am, a limited menu including: Housemade Granola, Egg and Bacon rolls and Smoked Salmon and eggs Florentine.