It is no secret that we are totally spoilt for choice on the Peninsula for fantastic cafes, wonderful restaurants, and stunning cellar doors. Local businesses have really stepped up to recent challenges and we have been blown away with the innovation that has taken place to not only help businesses survive, but to also carry on serving their loyal customers when it is most needed. As we open back up for business this week, we thought it would be great to put together a list of our favourite eateries and watering holes for your next visit. This list will continue to grow…we would love to hear if you have any particular favourites!
Hidden Kitchen Tootgarook
77a Mathis Avenue, Tootgarook
The Hidden Kitchen has plenty of undercover seating outside, both in the courtyard & under the veranda at the front, and have gas heaters should the need arise!
They have also filled their fridge full of ready meals, for you to grab and go and heat at home – pizza, casseroles, roast meats & vegetables, pasta, lasagne, soups. Saving you cooking and saving you a trip to the supermarket!
Pier Street Kitchen Dromana
19 Pier Street, Dromana
Pier Street Kitchen is the home of the Peninsula’s best Shakshouka, amongst many other details. They are now opening their doors again for full service and can sit up to 20 people. Please book a table if you would like to dine in.
Merricks General Winestore
3460 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks
We are thrilled to have recommence dining in, for breakfast & lunch, 7 days a week.
All safe Covid operating procedures continue to be in place.
We are taking phone bookings only at this stage & will recommence online bookings when we can.
Our Verandah coffee window (nestled beneath the vines) is now open at 7am every morning.
Store 360 St Andrews Beach
360 Dundas Street, Rye
Always a favourite place to stop off if you are down in St Andrews. This cafe/bakery offers fresh bread and pastries daily, awesome coffee, local produce, homewares and more. Follow them on Instagram for their latest offerings @store360_rye.
Hunter Cafe St Andrews Beach
Open for takeaways and fabulous coffee. Our favourite vegan cafe just a few doors down from Store 360 on Dundas Road at St Andrews.
St Ernest McCrae
Recommended by one of our property owners restaurant Saint Ernest in Blairgowrie is offering a home delivery service, as well as opening on weekends for meals now. ‘Great food and lovely service’.
Famous hand-baked apple pies and stunning cronuts sums up Johnny Ripe. Visit us on the Mornington Peninsula to experience our full range of delicious sweet treats. Now available at three locations on the Peninsula.
Red Hill Bakery
Frankston Flinders Rd, Balnarring
The Red Hill Bakery at Balnarring is renowned for its expansive range of in-house made and authentic artisan bread, delicious gourmet pies and cakes. Chef prepared take home meals also await and include lasagne, quiches, family pies , bolognaise and weekly specials. In the fridges you will find a range of local gourmet cheeses and antipasto platter essentials.. You can experience the Red Hill Baker in the comfort of your home, with local home delivery available.
Red Hill Cheese
Red Hill Cheese is a family run artisan cheese company that produces small batches of cheese and gourmet produce from our bush property and cellar door in Red Hill.
Miss Drew's Dog Cafe
14 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Tyabb
Somewhere to take your special friend for a puppacchino. Freshly made dog cakes and cookies.
Peninsula Pantry Rye
Rye 43A Wondaree St, Rye
At Peninsula Pantry (Est. 2007) they pride themselves on making everything from scratch on our premises. From our delicious cakes, our hand-rolled pastry includes our pies and pastries, to the patties, take-home meals, and our healthy hearty salads. Whether you are after breakfast, lunch, a coffee & pastry or cake, some take-home meals or a Birthday cake and some catering for your next occasion we have you covered.
99 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
Pier Providore Flinders
38 Cook Street, Flinders
2871 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie
Panda Blairgowrie is fashioned around the simple concept of sharing. The sharing of food, wine, laughter and good vibes was the main motivation when creating both the fit out of the venue, along with the menus.
Blairgowrie Cafe is a family/pet friendly venue with a large outdoor area. Inside is eclectic, cosy and home of the famous Ferger Burger.
Our vibe is eclectic yet homey, which is reflected in our hearty meals as well as our endless range of homemade pies, sausage rolls, cakes and slices made by our passionate team of foodies.
Red Gum BBQ
87 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill
We are OPEN! Come visit our amazing BBQ and beer hall - featuring our slow smoked loveliness and Southern delectables and craft beer from around Victoria. Not to mention the finest wines from across the Mornington Peninsula.
Sisco Pizza Rye
2113 Point Nepean Road, Rye
At SiSCo, you'll find that the flavours are every bit as big as the welcome. All the usual menu favourites are here (including pizzas that fly out of our oven every night) as well as a specials' board that changes weekly to showcase the very best of the season's fresh produce. We're GF-friendly and good value. Bring friends, bring family: everyone's welcome.
Shop 4, 2257 Point Nepean Road, Rye
Captains of Rye
2285 Point Nepean Rd, Rye
Brunch, sandwiches and burgers in a bright, laid-back cafe with offbeat decor and outdoor tables.
The Baths Sorrento
The Baths is a modern Australian restaurant, set on the beach at Sorrento, around 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne.
The Baths are renowned for our breathtaking views and relaxed atmosphere and whether you’re joining us for dinner after a day on the beach or celebrating a special anniversary, The Baths offers a unique dining experience in a beautiful location.
Enjoy a coffee, glass of wine or something to eat anytime of the day in modern and stylish surroundings. We offer a full a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. We are open daily (except for Christmas day and when fully booked for a private function)
22 Main Street, Mornington
Gourmet wood-fired pizza, antipasto and Italian salads in a casual dining room and delicatessen.
Volpino Mount Martha
2/42 Lochiel Ave, Mount Martha
Gourmet wood fired pizza, excellent local and imported wines and a carefully selected and wonderfully prepared mediterranean menu. Child & family friendly.
671 Point Nepean Road, McCrae
Inspired from a long-term love affair with Santorini, and a passion for Greek food and life, Alatonero offers you a true taste of the Greek Islands without the airfare!
The Dubliner Irish Restaurant and Bar
65 Octavia Street, Mornington
We are proud to have created an authentic Irish pub atmosphere, filled with familiar faces and great music.
"It's a pub you would go to in Ireland"
The Dubliner is a quaint Irish Pub with live music every week, Thursday through to Sunday.
Flinders Hotel Flinders
Cnr. Cook &, Wood St, Flinders
Flinders Hotel has been a warm and welcoming meeting place on the Mornington Peninsula for generations. That tradition continues today at The Deck, a casual bar and bistro serving seriously good fare to locals and visitors.
There’s something here to suit every taste, from pub grub classics to contemporary bistro creations. Shared dishes, three course meals, a kids’ menu and daily specials are all on offer.