Merne at Lighthouse Drysdale

Multi-Award winning restaurant with a passion for excellence

Nominated for Golden Plate Award in 2021

  • Street Address: 658 Andersons Road, Drysdale
  • Category: Restaurant Contemporary Dining
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Australian
  • Gluten-free and Vegetarian available
  • Head Chef: Josh Smith
  • FOH Manager: Caleb Fleet
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  • Serving Days and hours:
    • Thursdays and Sundays From 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm (lunch)
    • Fridays and Saturdays: From 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm (lunch) and 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm (dinner)
    • Mondays to Wednesdays CLOSED
  • Bookings essential
  • Cards accepted: Visa and Mastercard
  • $$
  • Off-street parking
  • Covid-safe Measures in operation

What the first Judges’ said in 2021 

Merne located at the very centre of the Bellarine Peninsula shines as a lighthouse of the region’s culinary scene.  While in easy reach of residential areas this elegant restaurant feels as if it is a million miles removed thanks to its surrounding olive groves and vineyards.  Dining at Merne means enjoying seasonal produce, award-winning wines and local beers that the Bellarine is renowned for. Dining here features  a “shared seasonal grazing” model offering a choice of two degustation menus of two and four courses, of five or six delicious and textural ingredients per dish, artfully prepared and plated by a kitchen brigade headed up by Award-winning chef Josh Smith.  And two courses doesn’t mean two dishes – you’ll receive eight generous plates to share!  And the drinks list at Merne is a tour de force of Australian wines, beers and spirits, with a solid leaning to local greats such as Oakdene Wines and Bellarine Distillery Whiskies. With around 20 wines by the glass and well over a hundred by the bottle to choose from, its comforting to know that sommelier and co-owner Caleb Fleet, can guide you to the perfect drop to suit the foods and your tastes. 

The standards are high at Merne, but the rewards for food lovers are higher,

Special strengths

Golden Plate State Winner 2017 and 2018.  Delightful setting and ambiance. Exceptional FOH team. Very high standards but relaxed dining experience.  One of the most extensive lists of quality drinks around. Amazing value for money. 

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Awards in 2019

  • Winner Best Front of House Person Award – Caleb Fleet (Sponsored by Maxim PR & Marketing P/L)
  • Winner Best Menu of Local Wines, Beers and Ciders Award (Sponsored by Furphy)
  • Highly Commended Best Contemporary Dining Award (Sponsored by Comcater P/L)
  • Highly Commended Best Customer Service Award (Sponsored by Maxim PR & Marketing P/L)
  • Finalist Peter Watson Memorial Award for Best Chef: Josh Smith (Sponsored by Luxury Escapes)
  • Finalist Best Menu of Local Produce Award (Sponsored by Provinir)
  • Finalist Best Value for Money Award (Sponsored by The Gordon Institute

Andersons Road 650
Drysdale 3222 VIC AU
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Thursdays and Sundays From 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm (lunch) Fridays and Saturdays: From 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm (lunch) and 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm (dinner) Mondays to Wednesdays CLOSED