Mornington Peninsula best places to eat and drink

Heading to the Mornington Peninsula and looking for great places to eat and drink?

Here are our top picks in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula hinterland.

Foxeys Hangout, Red Hill

Don’t let your first impression of Foxeys Hangout from the carpark put you off.

Yes, it looks like a big shed from the outside – inside, it’s a different story.

You’ll be greeted with a friendly welcome and the amazing smells of the chef’s menu.

Foxeys Hangout offers shared tasting plates that are matched with wines by the glass or bottle.

If it’s a sunny day, we suggest you sit outside on the deck overlooking the grapevines.

All dietary tastes are catered for here. From gluten intolerance to vegetarians, the staff are happy to find the right dish for you.

With a no-bookings policy, Foxeys Hangout is perfect for groups of 2-4 people. Groups larger than this may need to wait for available tables.

And before you head back home, make sure you try some of their award winning sparkling and still wines.

Find out more about Foxeys Hangout here


Montalto Winery & Olive Grove, Red Hill South

Montalto is our go-to place for a quick bite to eat or a special occasion and offers award winning restaurant dining or piazza cafe style dining.

Using the fresh produce from the kitchen garden, every dish is delicious.

Grab a glass of wine and wander through the sculpture walk.

The piazza cafe is open 7 days a week, while the restaurant hours vary depending on the seasons.

Find out more about Montalto here.

 Mornington Peninsula best places to eat and drink

Picture: Montalto Winery & Olive Grove


Barn and Co, Balnarring

Barn and Co offers inside and outside dining options. We suggest you book a table if you’re making a day trip as during the peak season, they get really busy.

Fresh food, local wines and beers , live music and friendly service – a perfect combination.

Find out more about Barn and Co here.

Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery, Flinders

Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery is run by the amazing team from the Flinders Hotel.

Providing fresh and healthy all day breakfasts, great coffee and a drinks list to suit all tastes, this cafe is the go-to place in Flinders.

The produce from the best regional orchards, farmers, dairies, and vineyards results in simple, delicious food that looks great and tastes fabulous!

With bike parking, dog bowls for your four-legged friend outside, and regular cookery classes, Georgie Bass and Cookery is set to become a Flinders institution.


Picture: Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery

Find out more about Georgie Bass Cafe and Cookery here.

Green Olive at Red Hill, Red Hill

Green Olive at Red Hill offers an all day tapas menu with matched wines and local beers. They take bookings and we suggest you make one as this venue is often the go-to place for family celebrations, hens weekends and birthday parties.

The trampoline and play area makes this a great venue for kids and you’ll even get to meet the friendly kelpies.

After you’ve enjoyed the great food and had a coffee made with the coffee beans roasted on site, browse their gift area. From olives to body products, to pickles and gift vouchers.

Everything at Green Olive at Red Hill will nurture your heart and feed your soul.

Mornington Peninsula best places to eat and drink

Picture: Green Olive at Red Hill

Find out more about Green Olive at Red Hill here.

We hope you enjoy your next visit to the Mornington Peninsula.

If you’re looking for more ideas check out Visit Mornington Peninsula and Wine Food Farmgate



Red Hill Epicurean

Red Hill Epicurean is a fabulous restaurant, cafe and wine tasting venue on the Mornington Peninsula.

Situated within the stunning surrounds of the Red Hill bushland, Red Hill Epicurean showcases the finest local produce and wine – it’s the ultimate foodies destination!

The Red Hill Epicurean shed was designed by Hecker Guthrie and furnished by Mark Tuckey. As you walk in, you’ll notice the Carrara marble, recycled wharf beams and local rock which give an eclectic feeling of rustic, classic and industrial chic.

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Red Hill Epicurean is perfect for an impromptu wood fired pizza or a special occasion. Make sure you check out their opening hours here.

If you’re planning a trip to the Mornington Peninsula and you want to eat here, we suggest you book a table – the queues for lunch and dinner can be lengthy. But even if you have to wait for a table, don’t stress!

There’s a fabulous store at the back of the cafe packed with local produce, designer homewares, soaps and candles.

The venue is also a popular choice for special events including weddings, engagement parties, birthdays and corporate functions. The separate function areas seat from 20-80 guests. Find out more about Red Hill Epicurean events here.


The staff at Red Hill Epicurean are friendly, warm and knowledgable. And if you’re not hungry, why not take the opportunity to taste local wines at the bar!

Looking for accommodation nearby? Check out our availability here.

Taste Of Sorrento 2015

Taste of Sorrento 28 May – 8 June, 2015

In a few weeks time, historical seaside Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula will host the Taste of Sorrento. 

This fabulous food, beer and wine event promises to be the best yet!

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The Taste of Sorrento 2015 program takes place in the heart of Sorrento Village and will include:

  • master classes,
  • tutored tastings,
  • cooking demonstrations,
  • degustations,
  • gourmet menus, and
  • a foodie’s market.

Chefs lined up for the Taste of Sorrento 2015 program include Ian Curley from the European Group, Adam D’Sylva from Coda and television presenter and chef author Paul Mercurio.

On Sunday May 31st, Sorrento Village will host a foodie’s market and on Sunday 31st May there will be a ‘taste day’ from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Head here for more information and details.





Peninsula Piers and Pinots

Peninsula Piers and Pinot – Sunday March 8, 2015

Love Pinots? Head to Flinders Pier!

For only $35 you’ll have an opportunity to taste Pinots from twenty two Mornington Peninsula producers.

Arrive by 12noon and stay until 3pm as you indulge in the picnic style food provided by:

  • Red Hill Roast,
  • Calamari Brothers,
  • Flinders Sourdough,
  • Red Hill Cheese,
  • Hart’s Farm, and
  • Handmade Ice Pops.

Bookings can be made here.

Each ticket includes a complimentary Riedel tasting glass, all pinots tastings between 12noon – 3pm and tasting notes.


The Peninsula Piers and Pinots event has been held annually on the Sunday of the Victorian Labour Day long weekend, since 2002 and is a very popular wine event.

Wineries participating in 2015 include:

  • Baillieu Vineyard,
  • Bittern Estate,
  • Darling Park,
  • Dexter Wines,
  • Moorooduc Estate,
  • Paringa Estate,
  • Portsea Estate, and
  • Willow Creek Vineyard.

There will also be a farmers market, live music and a yacht race being held off Flinders. Parking will be available at Flinders Golf Club.

Melbourne Food And Wine Festival 2015

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2015 runs from February 27 – March 15

Here are our top picks on the Mornington Peninsula.

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1 Cheeky Cider Blending Workshop – Saturday March 7

Join Cheeky Rascal’s cider-maker and judge, Wayne Hewett as he shares his secrets of cider making success.

This event is a fabulous opportunity to unleash your creativity using fresh apple ciders, strawberries, passionfruits and guavas.

And after you’ve had fun creating your own blend, enjoy a gourmet lunch at Red Hill Epicurean.

Find out more details here. 


2 Bubbles On The Bay – March 7 & March 14

Take a leisurely 2 hour bay crossing from Queenscliff to Sorrento on board the MV Sorrento as you indulge in high tea and sparkling wines.

On Saturday March 7 the Bellarine Peninsula’s produce will be featured in the high tea and on Saturday March 14, the Mornington Peninsula’s produce will be featured.

Get your tickets here.


3 Regional World’s Longest Lunch – Friday March 13

Enjoy a long lunch at Elgee Park, featuring local produce that’s matched with local Mornington Peninsula wines. This regional long lunch will have food prepared by:

  • Max’s
  • Salix
  • Stillwater, and
  • The Long Table.

Buy your tickets here.


4 The Spanish Experience – Saturday March 14

Immerse yourself in all things Spanish at Crittenden Estate as you enjoy the Spanish wines, light tapas and Spanish entertainment.

Wine maker Rollo Crittenden, with his sister Zoe will take you through a fabulous tasting of their range of Spanish wines (Los Hermanos) as well as other popular Spanish wines.

Bookings and more details here.


5 Mornington versus Yarra – Sunday March 1

On March 1, enjoy a fabulous lunch at Montalto Winery as you discover the unique sub-regional differences between Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley single vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. As you taste the ranges of single vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir with winemakers from Montalto (Mornington Peninsula) and Giant Steps (Yarra Valley) you’ll be served a fabulous lunch in the Montalto dining room.

Looking for a house on the Mornington Peninsula to stay in for a few days? Check our availability here.


Graze The Bays

If you love seafood head to Graze the Bays.

You’ll be in foodie heaven at Morning Star Estate Mount Eliza on March 15th.

While you enjoy the amazing bay views, you can graze on local seafood, drink local wine, watch demonstrations and be entertained.

There will be ticketed masterclasses including fabulous information about local beers, gins and wines.  Click here to buy tickets.

Graze the Bays celebrates Mornington Peninsula’s world land based produce and its world class marine culture.

This event promises to be family friendly with BYO picnic blankets welcome!

Looking for accommodation in the area? Check out our availability here.




Pinot Week Mornington Peninsula 2015

Love Pinot Noir? Head to Pinot Week on the Mornington Peninsula!

The Mornington Peninsula Vigneron Association has organised Pinot Week from February 2-9, 2015. This one week program highlights Pinot Noir with wine tastings, dinners and talks.

Pinot Noir is a fabulous wine that’s made from red grapes. It’s lighter than other red wines and has aromas and flavours that include:

  • berries,
  • currants, and
  • cherries.

The Mornington Peninsula wineries taking part in Pinot Week include:

There are still tickets left for tastings and dinner, but hurry! Click here for more information.

If you’re coming down from Melbourne, why not consider staying over for a few days?

Click here to see if we’ve got availability for you!

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The Peninsula Picnic

Unleash your inner foodie at the Peninsula Picnic

The Peninsula Picnic will be held on 29th March 2015 at the Mornington Racecourse.

If you love eating great food and drinking fabulous wine while hanging out with your friends and family – the Peninsula Picnic is for you!

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This event will showcase the very best that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer, all in one location.

Local restaurants and chefs include Terre (Rowan Herald), Montalto (Barry Davis), Terminus at Flinders Hotel (Pierre Khodja), Max’s at Red Hill Estate (Max Paganoni), DOC Mornington and Dee’s Kitchen (Ricky Woods).

Wineries include:

  • Montalto,
  • Crittenden Estate,
  • Circe,
  • Prancing Horse, and
  • Merricks General Wine Store.

And while you’re enjoying your picnic you’ll be entertained by music from The Waifs, Paul Dempsey, Timpan Orange, Pierce Brothers and Hayden Calnin.

Organisers advise to purchase tickets before you arrive – click here for tickets and further information.

Want to spend the whole weekend on the Mornington Peninsula?

Check out our availability here.

Summer on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula comes alive over summer.

There’s more to the Mornington Peninsula than great beaches though!

Whether you’re staying for a few days or are visiting for the day, here’s a couple of things to do.


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Go to Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove

As part of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove is hosting a twilight jazz event on January 4, 2015.

There’s two ticket options for this event:

  1. a lawn ticket for $50, or
  2. a ticket that includes: an Estate nibbles plate, main course, dessert, tea and coffee for $130.

Head to this page to book in.


Head to Three Palms Spiegeltent at Sorrento

Opening on December 16, 2014 and continuing until January 2015, Three Palms at Sorrento will host a dance, cabaret and circus spectacular in a Spiegeltent.

Jason Coleman’s latest show, Spiegelicious promises to ‘tantalise, titillate and amaze’ as you dine on the fabulous food from Three Palms.

Click here to find out more.








Melbourne Food And Wine Festival

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has been running for over 20 years.

This annual state-wide event celebrates Victoria’s wine and food industry.

From its grassroots beginnings, it’s now regarded as one of Australia’s best food and wine events.

Culinary stars and trailblazers from around the world travel to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to cook alongside Victoria’s best chefs.

The Mornington Peninsula is playing host to a regional long lunch on Friday March 13, 2015.

Long tables will be positioned on the Sorrento foreshore, next to The Baths Restaurant – taking in the fabulous scenery that the Mornington Peninsula is renowned for!

Over the last few years, the Sorrento long lunch has raised over $60,000 for Rosebud Hospital and local schools.

In 2015 three courses will be served from Loquat restaurant, Stringers, The Baths Restaurant and Sorrento catering company – all accompanied by local wines of course!

Tickets can be purchased here.

And if you’re looking for some accommodation why not check out our availability here – we’re only a short distance from Sorrento!