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Local cuisine, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 14 October 2021 via mobile

We had a lovely lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the shared plate experience. The dishes were full of flavour with beautiful fresh ingredients. We loved the inventive way they used vegetables. The upside of Covid restrictions meant the dining area was relatively quiet with plenty of...space between tables. The view from our table was stunning. The staff were attentive and friendly. They topped off a great experience.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 27 September 2021

The atmosphere and service was fantastic however I didn't feel like the food was worth the money. The food was good, just wouldn't be going back there in a hurry.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 19 September 2021

I was starting to think that no restaurant (or hotel) knew how to do a slow lunch, well if you like a lunch that goes for hours then Merne is for you. We made our booking on the strength of the positive reviews. From the...moment we arrived we were treated like welcome guests. The menu choice was made easy and explained to us. We went for the lesser course option but had the option of adding dessert at the end if we had room which we did. The wine list is impressive. The staff are great. The venue and views are amazing. The food is good. We plan to go again. Recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 7 July 2021

Running late due to a taxi blunder but from the moment we did arrive, we were treated like family and made to feel special by the whole staff. The food here is nothing short of amazing, the wine list is superb, and everything is so...reasonably priced. We went for the four-course option between the 5 of us and felt just right at the end of the night. Sharon and Caleb are incredible hosts and really helped make my birthday dinner here extra special. Can't recommend Merne highly enough. We might have to come back for my birthday next year too.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 18 June 2021

The food here is absolutely phenomenal- great portion sizes, the staff tell you exactly what's in each dish so you get a good idea of what you're eating. The staff are also the most friendly wait staff I've ever had, just lovely lovely people. This...restaurant is well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 12 June 2021 via mobile

We went there to try after reading the TripAdvisor reviews. They were spot on. Brilliant food with lots of variety in the banquet....beef brisket was the highlight. Service was excellent and the wine list extensive.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 12 April 2021

Took our company customer service team out for a well deserved fine dining experience and we were all so impressed with our experience. It surpassed what we expected, especially at the very economical price point for fine dining. We had the 4 course option and...each dish was just fantastic and the dessert was something we all raved about this morning at work - 3 days after. Staff were so easy to deal with, had excellent local knowledge in regards to the ingredients used and the local wines. Matched the wines really well and we were simply blown away with this "hidden gem". Definitely booking again soon.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 April 2021 via mobile

What an amazing gem. Absolutely delicious!! Wonderfully friendly staff, beautiful view, impressive meal size for a set menu. Great local wines.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 13 March 2021 via mobile

Fantastic night. Service was great. Caleb and the two ladies were fantastic. Friendly and happy to have a chat and laugh but service was well done and informative. Food was delicious. We had the $95 course menu and it did not disappoint. We chose trout...and lamb. All the dishes had great local produce and each one distinctly different and beautifully presented. We enjoyed the Oakdene local wines. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 2 March 2021

We were a group of 10 requiring a variety of dietary needs, including coeliac, to be catered for. Calib was exceptional in his advice & assistance & answered all my emails promptly. The meal was delicious, plentiful & well paced. Accompanying wines were perfectly matched...& showcased the local Bellarine varieties. I have no hesitation in recommending Merne for lunch or dinner & look forward to returning.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5