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Rare Hare

9.3/10
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Excellent
9.3/10
based on 101 reviews
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Quality of food :9.4/10
Service :9.5/10
Setting :8.9/10
  1. Darko J.
    Darko J.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Amazing food and service we had a great night & staff were awesome Would definitely recommend it and visit again Really relaxed vibe & a place you could comfortably spend the afternoon at as a couple or with a group of friends. Beautiful view and spectacular outdoor area with entertainment that allows you to easily mingle with people

    Rare Hare

    Hi Darko, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H

  2. Dean S.
    Dean S.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Rare Hare was great - very good service, food, and wine. The only small observation - waiting staff uniforms ( grey overalls) were not a very good look. It was the only negative thing we all spoke about.

    Rare Hare

    Hi Dean, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write a lovely review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the service, food and wine. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H

  3. Julie H.
    Julie H.
    • one review
    9/10

    Really lovely place to eat with friends, food excellent, service terrific, views to die for - but the noise levels were next level - screaming/squealing children and loud music were tough to tolerate!

    Rare Hare

    Hi Julie, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the food and service and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H

  4. Chris N.
    Chris N.
    • 29 reviews
    9/10

    We were warmly welcomed on arrival and immediately shown to our table. A little disappointed it was a shared table on Valentine's Day evening. Waiting staff were friendly, helpful and full of information. Food was share plates as salumi, starters, staples, mains and sweets. We over-selected based on recommendations but the salumi, starter and staples dishes were excellent. The cured kingfish, iceberg lettuce and stracciatella dishes were stand outs and highly recommended. We were little disappointed with two others seafood dishes we selected. The barramundi wings were tasty but awkward and with little fish meat. The salmon steaks were beautifully presented (as with all dishes) but lacked flavour. We would definitely come again as we live close and we know now what to expect but a little more flavour in the fish dishes would be nice.

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write a lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the service and almost all the food. We love locals and look forward to welcoming you back soon, Cheers, R.H

  5. Bel l.
    Bel l.
    • 8 reviews
    10/10

    Beautiful place to bring visitors, food was well presented and great setting.

  6. Paige H.
    Paige H.
    • one review
    10/10

    Stunning setting and delicious food. Would be a great place to take guests from interstate or overseas. Great service and nice to do wine tasting after. Will definitely return.

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write a lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers R.H

  7. Marion K.
    Marion K.
    • 8 reviews
    7.5/10

    The restaurant was buzzing with atmosphere, friendly staff and noise! When I booked, I requested a table near a window for the 4 of us baby-boomers. We were seated near the bar/ kitchen area which was extremely noisy and nowhere near a window seat. However, at my request we were moved, after a table near a window was vacated. It was quieter & there were less diners as it was around 3pm. Then the music, with noticeable base, was turned up. It was rediculous. We still couldn't hear each other speak. I again made a request to lower the music, which the staff did graciously. The food, wine, service and ambience were excellent as we'd previously experienced. As a diner, I can't understand why loud music needs to be played in a restaurant? In fact, I don't think any music is necessary in a dining situation. It may be relevants in a pub or a Dinner Show venue.

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to provide us with some feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed the food, service and ambience. Your comments regarding the music levels will certainly be taking on board. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H

  8. Julie C.
    Julie C.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    We recently dined at Rate Hare And it’s a stand out The menu was really good. Food delicious, interesting and well priced. Rare Hare is a real winner

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the menu and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H

  9. Paulie P.
    Paulie P.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Dinner was excellent. We shared the salumi platter, sardines and olives, all were very nice, the kingfish was perfectly cured , presented and the combination of flavour and texture was delightful, my pick of the dishes for sure. Only small dislike was the romesco on the squid being too rich for us, but that is personal taste, not a complaint against the menu. Wines were good too. We'd go back in a heartbeat.

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the king fish dish and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H

  10. Adam S.
    Adam S.
    • 10 reviews
    10/10

    Food was absolutely standout, some very memorable dishes like honey-baked brie and spicy barramundi wings - amazing! Plus the view was fantastic, and the staff very helpful, top marks :)

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for joining us at Rare Hare and taking the time to write such a lovely review. The honey baked brie is a new dish so we a thrilled to hear you enjoyed it. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H.

  11. Kerry  C.
    Kerry C.
    • one review
    10/10

    Been dying to get a chance to go to Rare Hare and I was not disappointed. Had my birthday lunch today with friends and couldn’t rate the service highly enough. Amazing staff, delicious food and exceptional wine. Can’t wait to go back!

    Rare Hare

    Firstly, Happy Birthday! Thanks for dining at Rare Hare, we are thrilled you enjoyed the food and service and look forward to welcoming you back. Cheers, R.H

  12. Andrew H.
    Andrew H.
    • one review
    10/10

    My friends and l really enjoyed our evening. The food was superb. A huge range of tastes. We liked the share meals. Staff were great. We will go back.

    Rare Hare

    Thanks for dining at Rare Hare we are thrilled you and service and look forward to welcoming you back. Cheers, R.H

  13. David H.
    David H.
    • 12 reviews
    10/10

    Just fantastic food prepared to Perfection! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone going to Mornington.

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare are taking the time to write a lovely review. We are trilled you enjoyed your experience and thank you for recommending us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H.

  14. Terry S.
    Terry S.
    • one review
    8/10

    Being elderly people we found the share tables very unsettling and the menu very confusing especially being told the dishes were for sharing. The food was excellent what we had and the staff very good but it is not our type of restaurant I am afraid.

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the food and service. You might like to try our other on site restaurant, Doot Doot Doot, for a more traditional table setting and servings. We hope to welcome you there soon. Best, Rare Hare

  15. Janice l.
    Janice l.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Very nice views of the winery and next to Jackalope Hotel. Awesome food and service. Will return next time to try other food. Plenty of parking spots

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write a lovely review. We are thrilled you loved the food and service and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H.

  16. Ian R.
    Ian R.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    The staff were great and well versed in what they do which makes it a great experience. Food was great but some dishes maybe a little pricey for the serving size. Overall I would recommend.

    Rare Hare

    Hi Ian, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your time and Rare Hare. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H.

  17. Diego B.
    Diego B.
    • one review
    9.75/10

    We found the food to be inventive, tasty and really fresh. Will definitely be back

    Rare Hare

    Hi Diego, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare we are thrilled you enjoyed the food and look forward to welcoming you back! Cheers, R.H.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 280 reviews
    10/10

    Beautiful setting and excellent service

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews
    8.5/10

    Beautiful food, lovely location will definitely be back!

    Rare Hare

    Hello, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare we are thrilled you enjoyed the food and location. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, R.H

  20. Alan Y.
    Alan Y.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    We were given a voucher from family and very much enjoyed the shared plate style of eating and also the beautiful views.

    Rare Hare

    Hi Alan, Thank you for dining at Rare Hare and taking the time to write a lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the food and beautiful view. Cheers, R.H

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How to get to the restaurant

166 Balnarring Road, 3926, Merricks North (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

Mornington Peninsula

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