Eugene’s, Bronte

Since it opened in 2012, Eugene’s in Bronte has long been attracting locals for breakfast and lunch. Located along Macpherson Street, the café is now serving a dinner menu during the warmer months.

Eugene’s, Bronte
Eugene’s, Bronte

Eugene’s offers an intimate casual dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating. The fitout is accented with art deco touches such as light fittings, distressed mirrors and frosted coloured glass.

The succinct dinner menu by chef/owner Eugene Giesinger tempts with a selection of seasonal small plates and mains capped at $28. The venue is fully licensed (no BYO) with a small list of boutique Australian wines, all by the glass and the bottle as well as craft beer.

Eugene’s, Bronte
Chicken Liver Paté

Start with the Chicken Liver Paté ($12) to share, light in texture, served with toasted brioche.

Eugene’s, Bronte
Pomelo Scallops

Pomelo Scallops ($15) come with a Thai herb salad, chunks of pomelo, bean shoots and ribbons of cucumber. The scallops are lightly seared, delicious and juicy. The dish is a delightful zingy summer salad with fresh flavours.

Eugene’s, Bronte
Guacamole Prawns

Guacamole Prawns ($14) consist of two plump Spencer Gulf king prawns, lightly charred and served with avocado smash on crispy polenta and adobo sauce. The dish packs a lot of flavour with spice from the prawns, heat from the sauce and the zesty and creamy avocado.

Both choices make good starters.

Eugene’s, Bronte
Sugar Seared Tuna

Sugar Seared Tuna ($25) combines Asian flavours with a just-seared fish, caramelised on the outside and rare on the inside, with cold soba noodles, and a salad of kale, edamame, strips of nori and a light sprinkling of sesame.

Eugene’s, Bronte
Half a Roast Duck

Try to resist ordering Half a Roast Duck ($28). Generously portioned, particularly when compared to the tuna dish, the bird arrives with crispy skin you want to pick up with your fingers, tender and moist flesh, caramelised onions that melt in the mouth, baby spinach and a Grand Marnier glaze.

Eugene’s, Bronte
Passionfruit Soufflé

When it comes to dessert, the Passionfruit Soufflé ($14) brings the wow factor to the table. Light, airy and fluffy, it tastes as good as it looks and comes with freshly-whipped cream and sorbet.

Eugene’s, Bronte
Chocolate Mousse Terrine

Chocoholics would be well satisfied with the Chocolate Mousse Terrine ($14), a rich and decadent trio of Callebut chocolate mousse with chocolate sorbet in a pool of crème anglaise.

Eugene’s is open for dinner from Thursday to Saturday during the warmer months. On its second week of night trading, locals have already embraced the evening hours so it pays to make a booking. The dinner menu is a delight bringing fresh flavours and seasonal produce to the table in a relaxed and casual environment making it a welcome addition to the Bronte/Waverly dining scene.

69 Macpherson Street, Bronte 2026
Tuesday – Wednesday, 7am-6pm
Thursday – Friday, 7am-9pm
Saturday, 8am-9pm
Sunday, 8am-3pm


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.