About Merne at Lighthouse

Merne at Lighthouse offers contemporary, ‘shared’ style dining in a relaxed restaurant environment; overlooking the established ‘Lighthouse Oil’ olive grove and emerging ‘Oakdene’ vines; across the water to Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean.

Situated in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula, Merne is central to Drysdale, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Portarlington, St Leonards, Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Curlewis and Wallington; a 15-20 minute drive from Geelong and located just an hour outside of Melbourne.

The kitchen is headed by local Chef, Josh Smith; after three years as Sous Chef at Tulip Bar and Restaurant, this is Josh’s first foray in leading a kitchen team.

Before Tulip, Josh honed his skills at the acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Maze’ in Southbank. He brings a significant amount of experience to the kitchen, which shows in the incredible flavours and textures in the food he offers.

“I want it to be a relaxed experience for diners. I have tried to create an interesting menu that people can share and my hope is that they discover something new and exciting,” he says.

Co-owners Matt Dempsey of Gladioli, now known as Inverleigh Cellar Kitchen (ICK), and Graham Jefferies of Tulip assist in the kitchen from time to time.

Front of House manager, local Ocean Grove resident and co-owner, Caleb Fleet, brings 25 years of experience within the Geelong region to the table; former food and beverage manager at historic Vue Grand in Queenscliff, he spent 8 years at Vue and 7 years at Pettavel Winery and Restaurant as FOH manager, where he worked with both Matt Dempsey and Graham Jefferies.

Combined, the four dedicated and talented hospitality devotees look forward to welcoming you to their restaurant. Lunch is served Thursday through to Monday from 12:00pm and Dinner reservations can be made on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30pm.

To view the current menu, click here.

To make a reservation, follow this link.

Or to enquire about hosting a function, wedding reception, ceremony or celebration, email functions@merne.com.au. For all other enquiries, phone (03) 5251 5541.