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Your Guide to the Hatted Winery Restaurants of the Mornington Peninsula

Looking for a new place to dine alongside your family or special someone? Taste sensations are to be found year-round here on the Mornington Peninsula, and we simply love how each destination is unique from the next. In fact, some of our dining rooms are so special they have been awarded with a Hat from The Age Good Food Guide (that’s a pretty big deal in the culinary world!)

Two Hats


With a 4-course or 8-course degustation menu, the elegant Laura in Merricks promotes a quintessential fine dining experience. Fronting the picturesque Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park, any seat at this celebrated restaurant translates to an unparalleled culinary and cultural journey to embark upon.

Take a tour of the distinguished Laura here.

Paringa Estate

A relaxed lunch or sophisticated dinner? It’s your choice to make in the restaurant at Paringa Estate in Red Hill South, where an overall intimate space is accompanied by undulating vineyard outlooks. Local and seasonal are the key elements to guide the menu.

Learn more on the rich story behind Paringa Estate here.

One Hat

Doot Doot Doot

Be dazzled and delighted as you find a seat beneath the glowing golden ceiling at Doot Doot Doot in Merricks North, where flavour is to be found in the unexpected. Combining contemporary with country, the menu at this restaurant of Jackalope Mornington Peninsula promotes playful dishes and inspiring tastes.

Witness the spectacle for yourself at Doot Doot Doot here.


Influenced by the ever-changing surrounding environment, the menu at Montalto’s restaurant in Red Hill South matches local ingredients with the very best estate-grown seasonal produce. Window views of the vineyard hills make for a beautiful backdrop to the day of dining.

Find a new flavour triumph at Montalto here.

Pt Leo. Estate Restaurant

Described as the vibrant culinary heart of the Estate, the Pt. Leo Estate Restaurant in Merricks places significant focus on an a la carte menu to celebrate both seasonal and regional produce. Accompanying the dining experience will be panoramic views out to the celebrated Sculpture Park and beyond to the waters of Bass Strait.

Explore more of Pt. Leo Estate Restaurant here.

Rare Hare at Willow Creek Vineyard

Sophistication and superb surroundings; it’s easy to be inspired when walking into the Rare Hare dining spaces in Merricks North. Between indoor and outdoor settings, the dishes taken from kitchen to table are bursting with heat, acidity, depth of flavour and texture.

Find out more about Rare Hare at Willow Creek Vineyard here.

There's no doubt you’ll be mesmerised by all of these leading winery restaurants around the Mornington Peninsula for your next dining adventure. The hardest choice now is where to begin?

Before we let you go, take a moment to look at other recently published blogs! There was a lot of excitement to be had when highlighting 11 of the best Cellar Doors around the region here. And definitely check out our other sensational Winery Restaurants on the Mornington Peninsula here.


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