Half Acre

4.6
102 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
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*** Please note: If you are joining us on the weekend, we offer a $65pp bottomless brunch and DIY cocktail bar with live music from 11.30am-2pm. Our a la carte menu resumes from 2pm on Saturday & Sundays. ***

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.

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 102 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Very impressed. Delicious food, accessible, and friendly staff. I will be back again!

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

Very noicey. Staff found it hard to hear our order. Service wasn’t great to be honest. Drink orders kept coming late or were forgotten. However, we are coming again soon - enjoyed it. Tweak the service and you’re 👌🏼

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BM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Our first visit to HA, always keen to try out the latest venues in the suburb.
We dined as a family of 4, 6.30pm booking on a Saturday night. Kids shared a Pizza (wood fired) which they loved followed by the choc dessert.
The Adults order two starters, mains and sides, there was plenty of food, all was well cooked, well presented and delicious.
Service started off spot on but slipped towards the end of our two hour booking when the staff appeared run off their feet.

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JH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous bottomless brunch. Food was great and the DIY Vodka cocktail bar was a bit of fun. Looking forward to going again soon. Would definitely suit a group of girls for a girls day out :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect setting with great produce and wine selections

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SH
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was very nice service was very good wine choices excellent. It was very busy so can be a bit noisy. Good parking available.

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HR
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wines very expensive, more balance.
Building is incredible- fab work,
Need better exhaust fan from kitchen

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LD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A local favourite - have been 3 times, consistently great food!

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GH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Innovative and interesting food with very good service and inviting and warm envirionment

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were absolutely fantastic! I had a special request to make a night special for my girlfriends birthday and the staff were amazing at catering for that making it a memorable night. Food was incredible and venue is stunning.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a gorgeous venue! Service was friendly and welcoming, and we much appreciated the enormous selection of vegetarian and gluten free options.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We will definitely visit again, loved the food , our waiter was most helpful!

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LS
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The restaurant was very trendy but rather hard to hear each other on a table of 8 .. limited choice of food but was good ..

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A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meals, food was fast and delicious. Highly recommend the cabbage.

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding! Food, service and ambience all impeccable. Have already recommended to others.

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L
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place and menu and would highly recommend
Only remark, The menu but could do with a few other more substantial vegetarian alternatives other then Pizza.

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JM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely food

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TP
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing venue. Feels wonderful inside. Great vibe. Food is pretty solid. Strong emphasis on roast and grill. Solid though - we're so lucky in this town that we could find more "wow" dishes out there. Sound wine list. Recommended for dates and group catch ups but not really for kids.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We had a high table near the bar. They are only little tables so perhaps only book those if you are ordering pizza as the shared plates would be a bit of a juggle to fit. Great pizza from the wood fired oven!

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L
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyable ,especially with a larger group , as this allows multiple dishes to be tasted.
Everything we tried was full of flavor,and reasonably generous.
I have already recommended this restaurant to many of my friends.

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AC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've recommended Half Acre to quite a few now and love that I see them all enjoying it also. Bumped into friends on the same nite we were there.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect place to catch up with girlfriends, great service and lovely food.

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JD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

an accidental Great find .....congratulations to the Adventurers that went all out to create a great vibe in the industrial edge of port melb/sth melb
Had a great night and already planning a return with friends for the round table.
10/10

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ET
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We would 100% recommend Half Acre. Unexpected, beautiful feel and delicious food. We most certainly will be back.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
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
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
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 on 16 March 2019
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
Melbourne / VIC
20 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
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
New York Area
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
Melbourne / VIC
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
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A place where heaven meets earth!

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RC
Melbourne / VIC
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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