Our Story

We seek out produce that is close to home that demonstrates true freshness of flavours.
The thing about simple honest food is that there is nothing simple about it; it’s the blood, sweat and tears that go into it long before it even enters the kitchen and it’s this integrity that makes simple food extraordinary.

Steve Earl

Owner & Head Chef

Born in Winchelsea, Steve has always had an affinity for the Great Ocean Road and admired those who source produce from local areas and treated it respectfully. His uncle from Holland was a chef who inspired Steve to understand environment through appetite and at 17 Steve decided to develop culinary skills to complement this vision.

“100% organic, grass-fed, no bullsh!t…
It’s nice that this is no longer an occasion but this is just how we do things now, common practice the common sense way.”

La Bimba Restaurant was established in 1999. 14 years ago, Steve Earl took over the business and, adopting the ethos of paddock-to-plate he utilised regional produce and local food systems to support the local economy.

The restaurant is in the coastal town of Apollo Bay. Apollo Bay is at the foot of the Otways and home to one of Victoria’s remaining fishing-ports and pork, lamb and beef farming. It has a village-like atmosphere, offering beautiful surroundings for hiking, fishing, diving and surfing. Being in this pristine environment, it makes sense for the region to dictate the menu.

Today, the La Bimba team continue to celebrate the region’s produce, which is demonstrated in the menu and relationships with local businesses. 


125 Great Ocean Rd
Apollo Bay VIC 3233
(03) 5237 7411