Best places to eat on the Mornington Peninsula
The Long Table
It may not have the grand views of a winery restaurant, in fact The Long Table is located in an everyday shopping-strip. But don’t judge a book by its cover, this is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s best bistros, delivering an intimate yet sophisticated dining experience.
Ten Minutes by Tractor
The restaurant accompanying the vineyard of the same name has won many plaudits over the years, including those of the Age Good Food Guide who describe it as a ‘modernistic temple to wine and food’. Accordingly they have awarded it two hats three years running (2013-15). Its chef Stuart Bell uses his classic French training and fresh local produce to create dishes that if weren’t edible would equally be celebrated as works of art.
Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill Estate
Home to some of the Mornington Peninsula’s best views Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill Estate has the food and wine to match. As one of the first fine dining establishment on the peninsula, Max’s has laid a path for many other winery restaurants to follow. The option of three courses with matching estate wines for $105 is the kind of value that should grabbed and run with.
Stillwater at Crittenden
Nestled at the foot of Red Hill within the acclaimed Crittenden Estate is Stillwater, a modern vineyard restaurant. Since opening its doors in 2004, Stillwater has gained a reputation as one of the Peninsula’s finest, showcasing the best of seasons produce in a truly beautiful setting. With sensational views over the estate’s lake, this is a special place to relax with family and friends.
Merricks General Wine Store
Whether it be warm or cool, the charms of the Merricks General Wine Store are equally on show. And it’s no secret – this quaint country style restaurant is bustling all year round. Besides the fabulous food, it retains it general store feel with local produce on sale in the front room. If you want to take a picturesque drive on a lazy Sunday for a delicious lunch, put this one on your short list.
By now you’re starting to get the picture that the Mornington Peninsula is a hotbed of great food and wine. Basically at every turn. Another for this list and yours is Polperro. Like most of its competitors it delivers exceptional food, gorgeous wines and remarkable views. Unlike other however, at Polperro you can do shared tasting plates just as easily as individual meals.
Mornington Peninsula Chocolates
Amongst all the fine wine and seasonal fruit and vegetables produced on the Mornington Peninsula you might be surprised to learn that this beautiful part of the world also produces some delectable chocolate. Mornington Peninsula Chocolates creates blissful flavour combinations that illustrate the fine art which chocolate making is. With its delectable range Mornington Peninsula Chocolates’ has something for every taste and every occasion.
Cook & Norman Trattoria
Like The Long Table, Cook & Norman Trattoria offers a different type of dining to the version typically encountered on the Mornington Peninsula. No views here, but being situated on the main drag in the beautiful seaside town of means that we’re talking more mid-range in the price department. The menu, paired back in traditional trattoria style, offers a traditional Italian experience that has locals and day-trippers loving it.
Delicious cherry bomb image sourced from: Mornington Peninsula Chocolates website