A Unique Shared Dining Experience

MERNE RESERVATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We are excited for you to come and take in the Bellarine Peninsula fine dining experience on offer at Merne at Lighthouse – you won’t be disappointed.

We offer a multiple-dish grazing menu, as well as a selection on mains and desserts, to be shared while absorbing the view from the dining room. Our food is sourced locally as well as responsibly. We see the produce as the hero and use modern cooking techniques to elevate and highlight, without masking its natural beauty.

You can make a reservation by contacting us here, or you can make a booking using the form below.

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CANCELLATIONS

Please note we are a small restaurant in a regional area and depend on our honoured reservations.

Cancelling a reservation at short notice has a large impact on our business as it can be difficult to fill due to the lack of passing traffic.

If you need to cancel a reservation we would appreciate at least 48hrs notice.

CHILDREN

Children are welcome at Merne, however we do not offer a children’s menu. Children are welcome to dine off our grazing style menu. We can if required, offer a simplified meal off our menu.

GIFT VOUCHERS

Gift vouchers are now valid for three years.

Please state in your booking notes if you wish to utilise your gift voucher.

We unfortunately do not offer gift voucher extensions after three years.

We kindly ask you to not redeem your gift vouchers on public holidays. 

TRANSPORT

Taxis and Uber are available on the Bellarine but sometimes can be unreliable. For transport options we recommend www.drivemebellarine.com.au/ 

Be sure to browse our menus to see the fine local produce you will enjoy upon visiting Merne. If you’re looking for a Bellarine Peninsula wedding venue or somewhere to host a stylish private event, we also have several great function packages.

Our menu can easily be adapted to all dietary requirements including gluten free, vegetarian, and pescatarian. Please advise of your dietary requirement/s when making a booking.

TWO COURSE – $85 PP

Grazing Course 1  (all four dishes are served)

Alchemy bakehouse bread with olives from the grove  

Crab, potato, kohlrabi, sunrise lime, crème fraiche

    Stracciatella, pumpkin, wattle, yuzu, walnut

Ocean trout, fennel, smoked watermelon, watercress

Mains (choose 2 per table)

Braised onion, puff, zucchini, pepita, preserved lemon

Duck leg, Brussel sprout, cauliflower, orange, pinenut

Swordfish,  corn, chickpea, cucumber, celery

Beef flank, sweet potato, capsicum, spring onion, green peppercorn

Side dishes (complimentary with mains)

Kale, egg, treacle, hazelnut, sour cherry, buffalo curd

    Corn bread, avocado, cabbage, jalapeño, lime  

Dessert (optional +$17)

    Burnt honey, halva, puffed grain, apple, lemon gum

    Fig leaf cream, pecan, fig, specula’s biscuits 

  Today’s cheese, paste, fig, walnut, lavosh

FOUR COURSE – $115 PP

Grazing Course 1 (all four dishes are served)

Alchemy bakehouse bread with olives from the grove

Crab, potato, kohlrabi, sunrise lime, crème fraiche

    Stracciatella, pumpkin, wattle, yuzu, walnut

Ocean trout, fennel, smoked watermelon, watercress

Grazing Course 2 (both dishes are served)

Octopus, sunflower, chorizo, shard, pomegranate

Kangaroo, buckwheat, parsley, pecorino, pickled walnut

Mains (choose 2 per table)

Braised onion, puff, zucchini, pepita, preserved lemon

Duck leg, Brussel sprout, cauliflower, orange, pinenut

Swordfish,  corn, chickpea, cucumber, celery

Beef flank, sweet potato, capsicum, spring onion, green peppercorn

 

Side dishes (complimentary with mains)

Kale, egg, treacle, hazelnut, sour cherry, buffalo curd

    Corn bread, avocado, cabbage, jalapeño, lime  

Dessert to share

Baked cheesecake, mandarin, pistachio, maplecomb

At Merne we cater for all menu requirements. Vegetarian, pescatarian and allergy/intolerance menus, are all constructed on the day of dining to reflect the seasons. Please advise of all dietary requirements when making your booking.

10% surcharge on public holidays

Wine and Craft Beer List

Merne is situated at Lighthouse Olive Grove, a property that Oakdene vineyards purchased in 2015. Oakdene continues to shine prominently in wine shows across Australia and we are proud to showcase the wines from this amazing local producer.

Our drinks list reflects of what we like to drink ourselves. Its a comprehensive selection of both domestic and international wine and craft beer.

Guest Reviews

Best on the Bellarine Peninsula

We are very fortunate living on the Bellarine Peninsula-great beaches, surf, markets, wineries and food. It is the latter where Merne showcases the best of the Bellarine. 3 of us had lunch on Saturday and could not fault the fixed price menu (we chose the pork and barramundi for shared mains) both were superb. A good wine list and we were recommended the Spence 2016 pinot noir from the Moorabool valley-great choice. We loved it so much we have booked again in 2 weeks to show other friends from outside the area the best of the Bellarine.

John C –Tripadvisor

A hidden gem with unique menu!

It is truly a hidden gem…..a good drive out from SE Melb but worth the effort! Upon arrival, the small but cosy dining area is well presented and has huge glass windows that allows you to see out into the open hills! We were repeatedly surprise by each serving, the so very well presented courses and favours! The food tasted amazing as it is uses plenty of organic grains and surprisingly WELL BALANCED, which is a massive effort and expresses the High level of cooking skills and knowledge by the chefs! The level of SERVICE is AMAZING too which we very much appreciated! Will be back soon as their menu changes with each season.

Ivan8883 - Tripadvisor

A Bellarine Treasure

This is our third visit to this wonderful place, and once again the experience was fantastic. Only a few kilometres from the heart of Portarlington, off the Queenscliff road and hidden amongst an olive grove, the setting is low key and relaxed. The staff are pleasant, welcoming and well informed. Choose from two set degustation options, we had the four courses and as has been the case previously, enjoyed all aspects. Presentation, design and flavours were perfect. The wine menu supports the best of the Bellarine’s vineyards as well as an exciting selection of craft beers.

68rustyjefferson – Tripadvisor

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