Half Acre

4.5
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182 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
*** Please note: If you are joining us on the weekend, we offer a $65pp bottomless brunch or lunch with our DIY cocktail & spritz bar and live music. There are two sittings: 11am-1pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm. Our a la carte menu resumes from 4pm on Saturday & Sundays. ***

Half Acre's stunning open kitchen sets the scene for a relaxed, comfortable, intimate, and rustic dining and event experience. Inspired by seasonal, modern cooking, with a focus on farm to table practices and local, ethical sourcing.

Half Acre has an 85 seat glasshouse dining room with a 12 seat semi-private dining room attached, along with luscious outdoors courtyard and separate under cover, heated bar area.
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4.6
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4.2
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4.5
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4.3
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YB
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A favourite place to go. Great ambience. Food excellent and varied. Staff amazingly friendly especially at this time of the year when it is just so busy (fully booked). The whole place is efficient - from seating to food arriving and staff always on hand.

A
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner at Half Acre. Great ambiance, busy and bustling. Food and service were excellent.

DC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

First time at this venue was great. Second visit had some issues with drinks... Like seriously slow drinks. Ordered GnT on arrival and two courses hit the table before I asked where our drinks were. They arrived shortly after. This theme was repeated thought the night. The bar wasn't busy so I have no idea what the issue was.

RG
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome venue, very spacious inside. All the furniture and spaces are well thought out and deliberate. Lovely staff and food was great also.

LL
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always love coming to Half Acre. Have realised best to ask for food to all come together otherwise can end up with vege/salad dishes all eaten before meat dishes come.
Noise level a problem for conversation sometimes. Noticeable on Fri at lunch when restaurant only half full.

MC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great value, delicious food, great drinks, would definitely recommend!

TF
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10 would go again. Lovely venue, very good value for money. Great for groups/friends family catch ups

DS
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Nice place if you are going with a few friends, don't think it is the perfect place for a couple to go. Difficult to get your money's worth give the strict time frame (we were asked to leave) however the food was nice but not extraordinary.
Don't think I would go again, however it is a nice experience first time around.

SC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Overall we had a great experience, unfortunately we had a staff member who had no personality and was VERY slow to take drink orders, after 3 requests for our drinks, we asked another waiter and our drinks arrived within moments. As this is a timed event, order drinks in advance both alcoholic and non alcoholic.
Food was delicious.

SK
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, friendly staff and speedy service. A hidden gem.

KE
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I have liked the restaurant more in the past so I would like to try it again.

KS
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

I recommend the food but definitely do not recommend the $65 Brunch Special. The food was good. There was no real vodka - just flavored stuff which was watered down which they poured for you and you had to mix. You could not get a glass of Prosecco, only a small amount to make a spritz. The drinks were a rip off.

JR
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food.
Loved the oven roasted cauliflower.
Great service.
Great atmosphere.
I'll be back!

J
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience5

We did the feed me $79pp deal. The amount of food was disappointing, with not enough between the 6 of us dining. We felt that this was not value for money. Many of us were all still hungry when we left which was disappointing for the cost to do the FULL sized menu. we were only brought 3 mains & 2 deserts to share between a 6 of us. We did express our disappointment on the night and were compensated with a bottle of wine off the menu which was appreciated. To give honest feedback on the service, the staff were friendly but felt as if you were very understaffed for the size of venue. It took over 20 mins before we ordered our first round of drinks. The venue is beautiful but we will probably not visit again.

F
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing. The experience, service and mainly food. I am looking forward to have a lunch soon.

LM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service could be improved..food was great. Would I recommend to a friend? I'm unsure. If the service improved I definitely would.

TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Half Acre was recommended to me by a friend, and it was perfect for a family dinner with young adult children. Great choice of modern Australian dishes at excellent prices, serves were the right size, the drinks range was spot on, and the food was simply delicious. Service was bright, friendly and upbeat. A big tick in particular to the porterhouse, the calamari, the meringue and chocolate nemesis desserts, and the range of craft beers. Well played.

AE
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and a really nice venue. It’s my third time to Half Acre and I’ll definitely be recommending it to more friends and coming back again !!

LS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food here is absolutely amazing. I would marry the torched cabbage if I could. I found the drinks for the bottomless lunch to be really stingy and seemed really weak.. the live music was a little loud for people to have conversations but he was still great! All in all it was a good experience at this lovely venue but definitely some downsides which would end up in me choosing a different place for a bottomless event.

SD
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food. Will definitely return, next time with lots of friends. Thank you.

DA
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The food was great, the service was friendly and the ambiance pleasant. It wasn't cheap - but we left feeling that we got a great experience that was well worth the price.

NP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

excellent value for money and great ambiance. food is fresh and abundant. There was only one meat option on the day, however great variety for vegetarians.

RP
Perth / WA
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great concept. Fabulous food! Wait service sporadic but staff were lovely.

SH
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Went for the sunday bottomless brunch. Not bad value and some yummy food but few kinks to iron out. Doors didnt open til well after 11 with a line outside so the 2 hr 11am-1pm timeslot was a slow start with lines for everything. Despite a table of 7 they would only allow one drink a person which meant 7 people had to stand in line to get a drink which didnt help and was silly. Limited table service. Food was good - think their ala carte menu is a notch better. Solo music guy was a good touch but a bit too loud and made conversation hard.

VC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed the experience at Half Acre. The ambience was absolutely perfect for a girl's brunch. My only recommendation is that whilst the food was exceptionally yummy, I thought for a Brunch there could have been more Brunch options - it felt like more like a lunch than Breakfast.

S
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

The table was to small for our legs, a long slow line to get in and NO staff to be seen for drinks or clearing of the table. Bar empty at times too. Food was lovely but so frustrated by seating & mess on the table that we would not return. Understaffed. Spoilt something nice. Disappointed and embarrassed I suggested.

MB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

I thought the service was average given that the restaurant was by no means full

MK
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

We ordered pizza we needed to ask for more topping as the pizza topping was minimalist.
So we add up paying $26 for average pizza .
My husband order calamari wasn’t fresh.
The letters salad full of sugar dressing.
Very disappointing.
The place buy himself lovely.lots of parking.
Sorry

MR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Half Acre was a great place for a family meal. It’s lovely to find somewhere that feels comfortable and like home, but still with great modern food and drink.

MM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great format - buffet, with good, fresh food and sustainable and local ingredients.

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten in my life!

l
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Amazing food. Did run low on desserts and drink garnish, but otherwise amazing.

E
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fautless and perfect. The venue is divine, - intimate and warm. The service is so pleasant and accommodating. The food is just SO good, we'll be going back to make sure we eat everything on the menu. So tasty, perfect, and generously sized portions. Amazing, highly recommend!

L
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

I visited Half acre with 3 friends. The food was exceptional. Every single thing on the buffet menu was cooked/grilled/charred to perfection. Zero complaints there. I did feel however that having to line up for your bottomless spritz or vodka took away from being able to enjoy the 2 hours with friends. There was only one staff member serving drinks at the bar and so there was also a certain level of discontinuity about the brunch. Atmosphere is great. I was very aware that 3.30pm had hit and bottomless brunch was over as the wait staff were somewhat hasty with giving the bill and making us pay on the spot without time to ‘review’. All in all a delicious tasting lunch brunch menu. I didn’t necessarily feel relaxed though queuing for drinks and thus limiting the bottomless part of the deal!

N
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Good food.
Only problem was that waiting staff had difficulty understanding requests on multiple occasions. Supervisor had to come over to verify request.
Detracted from the overall experience

CT
Singapore
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and menu! Just a little noisy even if it is a lovely open space.

d
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

the service was terrible. it took ages for us to get our drinks, the waitress took our order but forgot about it, one of the waitresses spoke so quickly we couldn't understand her, they kept calling us 'ladies' in a very patronising way.
i requested a particular table and was told we would be seated there. i told the manager when i booked that it was a birthday and could they please put a candle in the dessert. my request was ignored. we were sat in an area that was dark and had a faulty light fixture, no special effort was made around the birthday celebration.
VERY DISAPPOINTING !!!
i had been there before and love the food.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a cool concept with the bottomless brunch. Staff was so friendly and nice and seemed genuinely happy in their job. Music was very chilled and cool! Loved it all!

SB
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our evening at Half Acre. Great food, service & ambience. Will certainly be back. Found the $79 set menu great value. Small round table for 2 was a little small especially when endeavouring to accommodate several shared dishes at once (food for thought!!) Thx

JD
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Convenient location, great ambience, friendly staff, interesting & very tasty food. Our second visit, we will be back. : )