Laura

4.5
47 reviews
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$101 and over
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Local Ingredients
Laura is Pt. Leo Estate’s Marquee Restaurant. Named after Pt. Leo Estate’s celebrated Jaume Plensa sculpture, Laura is the smaller, fine dining offering from Culinary Director, Phil Wood. Laura offers a set menu that tells the story of the Mornington Peninsula. Diners can choose from four, five or six courses with the menu changing regularly as produce supply dictates.
Please ensure you have arranged transport when dining in the evening.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Dinner
Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Phone number
(03) 5989 9011
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Additional
Beer, Wine
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
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4.0
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had. The food and wine were superb. The staff were very passionate and took the time to explain each course and accompanying wine. The views were spectacular. I will be returning again.

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

Four friends go for an annual LLL ( long liquid lunch) and this year it was my turn to host. I live on the peninsula and invited the friends for the weekend. It would be exaggerating to say I was embarrassed, Laura is better than that, but this restaurant did NOT live up to it’s hyped status. I specifically booked it after it won Good Food Guide award recently. We had 6 course degustation with matching wines. That was my first mistake. There wasn’t a single red wine in the selection and some of the selections were interesting but not of the quality we expected. After about 4 courses we ditched the matching wines and asked waiter to bring us the wine list (which is very good but mark ups are excessive) and we selected our own.
I think this is one of those restaurants where they try so hard to be creative that the sometimes lose sight of the basic need to produce truly delicious food. We reflected this morning and can’t remember one of the courses that was “to die for”. Food was good but not great. Total cost in the end with tip added was $350 per head. We have no problems at all with that price tag if you get an Ezard’s experience or an Attica but this is not on the same page as those restaurants. In fact I would say that nearby Doot Doot Doot at Jackalope is a better option if you’re into fine dining.
No doubt the location, views and the service at Laura are all 5/5 but we’d sacrifice that for a better dining experience next time. Sorry but this is just how we felt.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful venue, excellent reception, service and attention to detail by wait staff BUT did not appreciate having to send main course back with tough veal and over salted sauce, even though staff were apologetic and replaced with fish immediately.
We elected to have paired wines with our dégustation - did not expect Madeira and Saké nor did we enjoy experimental Pinot Gris. Given we were enjoying local produce expected to enjoy some of the magnificent Mornington Peninsula wines to match.
Can only presume they only want to showcase their own wine and not advertise the opposition.
To pay $550 a couple for lunch and walk away disappointed and agreeing we would not return to Laura is a shame. We dine in top restaurants regularly and are happy to pay accordingly but I can’t say that any one of us really enjoyed the meal.
The venue is a credit to the owner and an asset to the area but for us- over priced and under delivered.

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s
12 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was delicious and the service was amazing however I don’t think the price was reflective of what was given. It was overpriced. Would I recommend? Sure. Would I jump to go back? No.

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LF
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a perfect way to celebrate a birthday. From the moment we arrived the staff were attentive, explaining the menu clearly and helping us select our drinks to match the food.
We were able to look out at the sculptures from their tables and see the big storm roll past us (dark clouds, lightning and plenty of wind) as we enjoyed every dish.
The dessert (strawberries and cream) was a highlight for me, but all the dishes we fantastic.
Was a lovely surprise to have a opera cake delivered to the table with 'Happy Birthday' written in chocolate on the plate.
Wonderful experience.

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

World class in every way. Innovative food with clever and unconventional wine matching. Worth every penny if you value the very best in Australian cuisine.

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E
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very impressive in every way. Can’t wait to go back

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C
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch time degustation menu for two with wine pairing, booked for a birthday.
Very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive staff without being 'in your face'
Relaxing atmosphere, no feeling of being rushed and spacious and good ambient temperature control.
Restaurant has an open plan feel but separated from the noise of the bistro and wine tasting areas.
Floor to ceiling glass windows with great views on to the gardens, and sculptures and Western Port Bay in the distance.
Complimentary entry to the sculpture park (which is worth visiting separately for $10).
Food was excellent using local ingredients where possible ; wine pairing was excellent and not just from the estate itself.
We will return for another celebration, it is much better than most other similar restaurants on the Peninsula, but it is quite expensive for a casual visit!

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D
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service some courses were outstanding some were not as high a standard

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R
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Unfortunately this didn’t compare to other two hat restaurants that we’d eaten at. Service was great, but everything else was well below a two hat standard.

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BP
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely place, the girls in service were wonderful. Risotto- awesome, Potato Fish pie nice but too hard on top to cut, Main Event- Veal next to totally raw, so chewy and stuck in your teeth and therefore lacked texture and flavour. Recommended matching Orange wine had to send back and somelier not really interesed. Leather top table pushed together so you sit at the join didn't feel sufficiently elegant to match the beautiful surrounds or differentiate from the bistro next door. Fab glassware. Palate cleanser, Olive Oil drizzled on lemon granita just yukky. Dessert was yummy. We still had a lovely day, but left somewhat dissapointed. PS the Wine list is a work of art itself, but very difficult to keep for a little while to study, as we were asked 5 times if it could be taken away.

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

Great service, great food great ambience A wonderful date lunch

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

Phil Wood has outdone himself. Really enjoyed this! Particularly loved the scallop risotto and the veal - beautifully cooked and the menu felt like a story about the Mornington Peninsula. Can’t wait to come back. A walk around the grounds afterwards was the perfect digestive!

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CN
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service. Great showcase of local ingredients. Absolutely cracking wine pairing. Beautiful outlook!

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TC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We chose the five course option (four and six course options were also available), which was preceded by a 'complimentary' brioche roll with wonderful olive oil and a small starter. Each course was small, but very flavorsome. The highlight was perhaps the mini scallop risotto, served in a scallop shell. If I had any criticism of the food, it would be that the final 'cheese course', was served on a thick, crumbly 'biscuit' which was a bit too sweet, to my taste, to accompany the cheese. The service was generally very good, with a few small issues: one waitress spoke with a somewhat effected and annoying 'lilt' in her voice; another asked if we were celebrating a special occasion two minutes after the maitre'd had told her that it was my wife's birthday; after ordering a bottle of arneis, the wine waiter returned to tell us it would be ready in 'seven minutes' because it had arrived that day and had been put into the wrong cellar. He did however offer us a (presumably) complimentary glass of champagne while we waited. Overall an excellent, if somewhat expensive, meal.

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U
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

We really expected to be in the dining area near the entrance, not Laura. Just thought 'Laura' was the name for the whole area when we booked.

Overall, it is terribly pretentious and outrageously overpriced. Why?

Of the 7 courses offered, there was no choice on the menu. One of our group didn't like duck. Luckily a replacement was made available, but not on the menu. (This was the best 'course' any of us had!)

The descriptions were meaningless. What is 'strawberry, basil, coconut'? What arrived bore no resemblance to the ingredient mentioned eg spinach, 'heritage duck eggs' was in fact some sort of paste that bound the other ingredients together!

The menu is said to be 'local' and the courses are named after towns and areas, but our duck (Tyabb, Boneo) was said to come from the Great Ocean Road!

The courses were miniscule. eg the 'cheese' course consisted of one square of cheese about 2cm x 2 cm. Really. Plus a 'sponge cracker' and 'honey, lentils, pear', which constituted a teaspoon of food.

I suspect we would have been happy to eat in the first area that we walked through to get to 'Laura'. I will never go to Laura again. What a shocking waste of money. If this is what results in restaurant awards, I will have to avoid such restaurants too, though I have had great meals in many in the past.

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AO
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just sensational, well worth the trip. The food, service & view were faultless. We can’t wait to return.

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L
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Celebrated our anniversary here food was excellent and service wonderful. Extensive wine list a bit pricey but fine for a special celebration.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply excellent, particular highlight was the vegetarian menu.

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DE
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A classic high end restaurant with inventive food mixed with fine service and several small added touches.
Overall a memorable dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

The location and ambience was great. We had a 5 course menu that was set. I was very disappointed when a signature high end restaurant served a potato as one of the five courses. The main event was pork and as good as something you would expect from a gastro pub but not of the standard of fine dining. The desert was a cream pudding it was sweet with no other flavour.

Overall my impression is that they served up cheap produce and dressed it up as high end and charged high end prices. I left feeling short changed. Considering it was a fixed menu were they had the opportunity to hone each course, they really dropped the ball.

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BO
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

"Laura" was the perfect, special place to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We appreciated being given a small chocolatey anniversary gift. Very thoughtful.

Excellent food, well matched wines, attentive but not obtrusive service, panoramic view over the ocean - everything! Thank you! We will be back.

We also appreciated the free tickets into the sculpture garden.

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d
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great location, great service, glad to see it on this side of the peninsula. Will return again and again hopefully during the day next time with the grandkids to walk the gardens

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J
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A special dining experience perfect for a special occasion whilst on the Mornington Peninsula. Food truly sensational and if you can allow- highly recommend the matching wines.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding in every facet.

Food that is creative, daring and comforting in the same instant, delivered with the upmost care and attention to detail from staff.

Laura is well on the way to being one of the best restaurants in country, and can't wait to get back there again to see how it evolves.

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RZ
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 5

Point Leo Estate is a stunning establishment. Fabulous building with great views and sculptures.

We were slightly disappointed from the start. We arrived a few mins after our time of 6 but were told the staff were still being briefed. We had to find our own way to the bar. After 30 mins or wondering what was going on we had to find the waitress again to take us to our seat which was apparently now ready.

When seated we were just left there and had to ask to order meals and drinks.

The food was good but at those prices you expect more. Wine was great but the serving sizes were a little on the stingy side given the price for paired wines.

This is the sort of place you really want to love because it is stunning. But prices, food quality and service let it down.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The good was interesting and delicious. Service friendly and efficient but not intrusive. Overall a delightful dining experience. Would highly recommend.

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S
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional service and knowledge of food and where it was sourced. Wine list was outstanding.

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M
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were extremely well looked after. The set meal was devine. Matching wines beautiful. Little cake for our birthdays was such a lovely surprise. A wonderful evening.

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

Amazing lunch. Delicious food with perfect beverage matching. Excellent staff and stunning views. It exceeded expectations, I can’t wait to go back.

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HR
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I really enjoyed this restaurant. The excellent service was the standout. Lovely view and decor. The food was to a high standard with lots of technique and quality ingredients, but it was missing the punchy flavours I enjoy.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Staff were wonderful particularly the sommelier. Food courses varied greatly in quality from delicious to ordinary. Some trying too hard to be different. Left wanting green vegetables. Building and sculptures superb.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were extremely courteous and knowledgeable. Food and wine first class.
Nice gesture to sing happy birthday to my daughter
Window seat adjacent to the sculpture park added a nice delight to the experience

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AB
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were here for a special occasion and the staff were wonderful
The food was tasty and creative with little extras offered to make it even more special.
Whilst it’s a bit pricy to go for the odd night out,I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion

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RD
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Would be in the absolute best Restuarant’s on a he peninsula- outstanding quality food and ambience. The sculpture art work with the distant views spread throughout create memorable vistas which is a credit to the owners vision leaving a legacy for generations

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l
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, amazing atmosphere, loved every part of our experience at Laura! Can’t wait to go back again!!

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GO
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

No explanation of the food until a waiter with the cheese, I am sure the chef would have liked his hard work showcased!.. Menu, the oysters were great, an extra $30 for the caviar dish, nothing grabbed us on first look. All delicious when eaten but the whole experience not good at all. Have had much better in the Point leo dining room.

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IL
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Laura is great resturant for special occasions as it is a little expensive but the food was amazing. The Point Leo Estate Resturant is more suited to regular visits. Great winery

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S
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

I found the restaurant too “bistro” for a fine dining restaurant albeit there was less noise. . I was hoping for an alternative experience to dining in the everyday bistro adjacent to Laura. The service was very slow as they seemed to be at least a couple of wait staff down. The food was however very good.

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AH
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Sensational. Phil Woods at his best in a magical location.

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