Half Acre

4.5
53 reviews
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Middle Eastern
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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 53 People Are Saying
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AC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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BC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
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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
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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
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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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A
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great night. Fabulous food. Just a bit noisy

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A
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Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yummy food and good quality ingredients, lovely place to sit and enjoy the company of otherwise, impressive room for a special birthday or event

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MR
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This gem is tucked away in a quiet pocket of South Melbourne - As soon as you enter the venue you find yourself in unexpected awe. The warehouse style fitout is perfect for this venue with an ample amount of seating which will cater for all seasons.
We dined at 7:15pm so the place was buzzing with chatter which created a good vibe - The music was also not too loud which is my preference when it comes to dining (I dislike having to yell when conversing due to loud music).
Food and wine was bang on - All absolutely delicious and presented well, but I must say my absolute fav was the chocolate dessert - I would hands down come back just for this cake! Service was also amazing - Great with suggestions, not pushy, very friendly and professional. Would highly recommend this place for dates or larger groups.

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ML
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great new venue that I visited with 3 friends mid week. It's out of the way in South Melbourne so easy to park. We had a pescatarian with us so the menu was absolutely perfect. The menu is creative enough to keep people who want different flavours and will also appeal to those that need simpler tastes. The staff are obliging if you want to leave off some spices/herbs. We enjoyed everything that we ordered - we all shared . I would say the biggest downside for us is that the acoustics are bad and made for a really noisy evening and hard to hear. I did like the small area in the front that accommodated a group of around 10 or so - much quieter space but missing the ambiance of the place. Worth a visit for dinner and assume would be great for brunch also.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was fantastic however some room for improvement on the service as they missed a couple of dishes in our order (we did have a table of 9 people so can be forgiven).

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JF
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food was good but need more improvement. The atmosphere is excellent but I think it could be loud if the restaurant is packed out. Very hard for my friends and I to converse directly.

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LV
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Tasty and hearty food although some dishes were too oily
The pizza could be better but the chicken was so delicious!
There is a good variety of choices on the menu so its best to have a play.
The desert and cocktail was nothing special.
Service was excellent in the beginning but midway through the evening it wasn't as good. It seemed a bit unorganised.
I would definitely go again but I'd order other dishes.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

ve the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful, smokey, flavourful food. A very considered yet well priced wine list. Balanced service that is not too 'in your face' but attentive and friendly. All set in a beautiful, open, renovated space with a lovely courtyard area for outdoor drinks/dining. We loved it and will be back!

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CC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the food & service. Noise level was fever pitch due to a large group of unpleasantly loud females. This sadly detracted from our overall dining experience.

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EJ
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

We love the food and my friend who is a vegetarian,loved the choices she had.
The only thing we didnt like was the noise level.
But we definetely will give it another go.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The venue and the food are amazing. There were four of us dining together for sunday lunch and we got 2 mains and 4 sides to share, which were all delicious and very reasonably priced. There was a bit of confusion with a cabbage dish and roast pumpkin which we assumed were sides but must have been entrees (though not stated as this on the menu) and we were waiting for the mains to come and but they weren't served until these two dishes were eaten. Service in general was a bit slow, we had to ask for more drinks etc , but this could just be new restaurant teething issues. I'd still go back and highly recommend it.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The location is great but if you didn't know it was there you wouldn't stumble across it. The setting is beautiful, the food amazing but there was 1 hr in getting our 1st main to the last. Something that I'm sure they will fix as it's only early days yet and we had a table of 11. I think 2 to 4 would be ideal but worth checking out

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K
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant - very friendly staff and the food was amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant. The glasshouse roof is really something different and gives a great vibe to the restaurant. From entry to exit everything was wonderful - thank you Half Acre people :)

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K
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

An absolutely beautiful restaurant that could be even better. Still finding its feet with the service, and the lack of acoustic treatment in the room makes conversations challenging, particularly for larger groups. The menu features an array of simple and rustic Mediterranean flavours but execution was inconsistent, with an earlier weekend visit spot on and a later visit a little more haphazard. It makes a lovely local, but perhaps not quite a destinational visit.

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J
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First time here - great local find but it is loud and it takes a while to get used to the woodsmoke. Service and food and cocktails are however...fantastic!

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LC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Fabulous food, including delicious pizza and lots of shared plates. I am vegetarian and there were more than enough options. Only complaint was the noise level, they probably need to address this with some noise reduction measures. Beautiful design, well priced wines and champagnes.

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KR
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy a meal at Half Acre. We go early before it gets busy so it isn't too noisy

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RM
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

So impressed with the creative menu, wine selection, table service/banter and the ease of the dining experience. We were humbled to share a moment with the head chef, and congratulate him again now on a menu that is both exciting and accessible. We'll be back

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BF
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is a 10/10!! We had a large table of guests and every single one of them raved about the food ( an we’re a a tough crowd to please). I highly recommend having dinner here.

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TB
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding food, service and ambience
Highly recommend this very cool light space for lunch or dinner
A destination for foodies

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CG
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the brand new fit out - great space. We enjoyed tasting just a few things on the menu as we were a little short on time, would love to return and taste many more items on the menu and enjoy the wonderful service again.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and really great food. Really enjoyed sharing a few dishes with everyone. Yum pizza, defiantly try the cabbage and the cauliflower dishes! So tasty!

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EM
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Design-wise this is one cool space; and having schlepped across from South Melbourne it is great for parking but is in a very old-school, kind of desolate industrial part of town. When you walk in the smell is terrific, wood-smoke and good food, and it's a fairly up-market more Sth Yarra than hipster crowd. Service was efficient but knowledge of the food and the wine-list was fair to mediocre. The big disappointment was the pizza. We should have stuck with the smaller sharing plates for the pizza was not overcrowded but nor was it remarkable--pub standard maybe. Fancy gastro pub would your closest equivalent.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Service was friendly and efficient, drinks where lovely and food delicious. We had a lovely night and will be back.

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