Half Acre

4.6
78 reviews
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$40 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Casual
We here at Half Acre are inspired by seasonal, modern cooking and the focus on farm to table practices and local, ethical sourcing.

The Eatery & Bar offer seasonally focused dishes — using traditional cooking methods - on an open fireplace and in a wood-fired oven.
Half Acre has a 75 seat glasshouse dining room which opens into a luscious courtyard, with a 12 seat semi-private dining room attached.

Half Acre bar is no different, we aim to source the best local products in beer, wine and spirits. With 9 Australian beers on tap, including local collaborations with Victorian brewers.

The grandeur of the old mill – with its exposed brick walls and soaring stained timber ceilings dates back to the early 1900s. Built in 1912 the building was originally used as a paper mill and then used by the country roads board. It sets the scene for a relaxed, comfortable, intimate, and rustic dining and event experience.
What 78 People Are Saying
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SR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was terrific and the service was good. enjoyed the share plates but would have liked a little more lamb on the larger plate.
Would definitely come back

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V
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place great food and would highly recommend this place to dine. I can’t wait to go back!

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TS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

I was impressed with the venue; a great layout offering a relaxed yet high end feel with a great bar if you're a bit early or fancy a nightcap.

The quality of the food was great, some really nice dishes however the night was tarnished by the wait between courses (about 45 minutes) and the wrong dishes being sent to our table. This was particularly annoying as we had ordered side dishes to come with the main but instead came on their own in dribs and drabs creating a slightly odd grazing menu.

I would recommend the food & venue but for the price of the menu I would expect to have a better level of service where sides and main dishes arrive together or at the very least the issue to be acknowledged by the staff.

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VC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very lovely spot with a nice menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

That is the second time that I have dined with you. The first time I really enjoyed the open spacious calm atmosphere which is so different from so many restaurants these days. The other night I thought that the music was way too loud and did not complement the overall ambience of the restaurant. Given the noise level the square table with two people on each side meant that it was quite hard to conduct conversations easily.

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S
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We will be back, thanks Max or waiter for looking after us

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E
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved Half Acre. The menu was extensive and delicious.
The staff very friendly & knowledgeable.
A fabulous night. Can't wait to go back.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

this was the second time I went to Half Acre, food is excellent, but the level of noise is so high. There was a group of young male shouting and making more than normal noise. Another issue was the weather; in summer I believe its very hot there and not enjoyable.

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BS
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We came on a recommendation and we were pleasantly surprised. Funnily enough we had not heard of Half Acre before. Food was interesting and tasty with enough options to please us. The ambiance was very cool with a relaxed feel and the service although good coud have been a bit more attentive. Overall a great experience and will definately return and recommend to others.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Absolutely exceptional! Beautiful space and will definitely be back again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A place where heaven meets earth!

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RC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the ambience and decor. It was only matched by the fantastic food and view to the open kitchen. Was my first time dining at half acre and it’s definitely becoming one of my favorites!

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A
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Took my partner here for his birthday the other night and had a fantastic meal. The food is great and not at all overly priced for the quality. I will say the pizza isn't anything special, I'd probably give it a miss, but the cabbage and the kingfish are absolute must haves. Really beautiful space and gorgeous drinks as well. Will definitely be coming back here. Would be perfect for date night, lunch with friends, events, anything!

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B
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The bar was awesome and made a great impression on us walking in, but when we moved to the restaurant we felt disappointed. It was a bit like the dining room at a church camp. The food was ok but not brilliant and for the price we paid, I expected to be impressed but wasn’t. The service was excellent though and should be commended.

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s
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We and our friends had a great time, this is my second visit, would highly recommend to others.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. The venue, the food, the drinks and the staff!! Can’t wait to go back.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food, service was lovely but it was bit noisy. I would prefer going in the morning in comparison to evening. Food is yumm and consistent.

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C
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, service, ambience. Seriously tasty sharing plates which leave you wanting more. Rustic and authentic dishes which tantalise ervy single taste bud. Thoroughly recommended and I can't wait to go back for more!!!

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JD
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Our second visit in two weeks. We took guests who were very impressed with the food and ambiance.

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FM
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner on Sunday night at Half Acre. The food was superb as were the cocktails. However we found it difficult to get our drinks refilled (hard to get the staff's attention) and we were never offered a wine list or asked if we would like wine with our meal. A missed sales opportunity as we would have spent money on bottles of wine. Staff could be more attentive, otherwise we really enjoyed it!

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KH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Service was all over the place. Three different people came up and asked if we wanted drinks, or if we had ordered or if we had had our food yet. Red wine was spilt because the tables are so small and rocky and the staff took a long time to notice and assist.
Food was quite nice, although serloin steak had quite a bit of grissle. Cabbage was delicious. Liked the open kitchen. Staff were friendly.
All in all wouldn't go back.

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G
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food is amazing as is the venue...attentiveness of table service was not great, we had to actively catch the waiters attention to get service for drinks or anything outside of the initial order. The staff were friendly and professional and probably the best G&T in town!

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JD
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Was a beautiful night and perfect for this venue. We ate early which was probably a good idea as it was quite full by the time we left. Definitely book. Food was good as was the service.

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QW
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Beautiful setting and amazing food! Service still needs to match the venue and food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent.
My only issue was the sun coming in through the roof light at lunchtime.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

lucky yo have such a great place as my local! brilliant

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BC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A most wonderful dining experience. Well worth the 30 minute drive from our house.

My only recommendation would be a short menu for children. Sometimes we can't get a babysitter in time!

Even one pasta or fish option for them would be worth considering.

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TF
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love amazing food and finding gems, this restaurant is seriously up there as one of my favourites! Loved everything about it.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a great spot, amazing food, and value for money. Really impressed and will be back again and again!

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JT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service and venue. Will definitely come again and would easily recommend to anyone looking for a feed or a place to drink

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P
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing and delicious food , every dish is tasty and one is never enough . Design & atmosphere of restaurant is also divine .

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K
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Easy parking, reasonable price, great interior, good wine list, true to ingredient food <3
Defs going back!

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GN
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Local to the area we thought we would try somewhere different but still local to our normal restaurants.
Half acre certainly did not disappoint.
It was truly was a tastebud treat, and in an ambience that is very different to the normal cramped up, everyday restaurants that you find inner city. Half Acre has a very open feel, the garden views not far away and a spectacular bar as well.
The menu presents itself as more of a list to do, rather than, what might gamble on tonight. I found myself allocating what I will have in my next visit, and then after the meal I was already considering what I'm going to try over the coming weeks.
The staff were very attentive and looked as though they all enjoyed being there as much as we did.
I will continue to visit this gem of a place without a doubt.

Greg. Sth. Melb.

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r
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really great food and ambiance. Friendly service. Only thing I would suggest is they need to have MilkBar for almond milk 😂😂😂👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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KC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved Half Acre- the service was fantastic and the food was delicious and the homemade bread started and ended our meal!! Who needs dessert right? The only criticism we had was that we felt we were shouting for most of the meal, as the noise levels really heightened once the restaurant filled up. We will be back to try the pizza!!

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AL
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

love the place but u lost my umbrella. Twice there and both times not quite sure where to pay.
I do love the food and service. X

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NG
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I felt like I was eating in a winery in the Yarra Valley but I was in South Melbourne

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JC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

bit loud due to layout but everything else was mint

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EN
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food, stylish venue and lovely staff!
Would definitely recommend.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I had a wonderful time at Half Acre. We went for lunch on a Sunday and had such a wonderful meal. The food was so fresh and delicious, the wine was beautiful and the actual venue is so stunning. The staff were so friendly and helpful and overall we had such a great time. I would love to go back for dinner. Highly recommend Half Acre!

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