Laura

4.5
78 reviews
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
Named after Pt. Leo Estate’s celebrated Jaume Plensa sculpture, Laura is the intimate, refined dining offering at Pt. Leo Estate.

Designed by Culinary Director Phil Wood, Laura offers a set menu that tells the story of the Mornington Peninsula. With the choice of four, five or six courses, guest are taken on a culinary journey that embodies the season and the region. View our menu below.

Head Sommelier Andrew Murch has curated a wine list to compliment Phil Wood’s culinary interpretation of the Mornington Peninsula.

AWARDS
New Restaurant of the Year – Good Food Guide Awards 2019
2 Chef Hats – Good Food Guide Awards 2019
Hottest Regional Restaurant 2018 – The Weekend Australian’s Hot 50
New Restaurant of the Year 2018 – Gourmet Traveller Restaurants Awards
Best Regional Restaurant – Time Out Melbourne Awards 2018
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KF
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we walked through the door into Laura we knew we were in for a beautiful experience.
The Manager greeted us with such warmth and lovely conversation. We instantly felt comfortable and relaxed. The room is light, bright and airy. The detail is really something. From the Zalto glassware, leather topped tables, natural linen napkins, native flowers, architectural lighting, music that lifted just enough by the end of lunch - all of these little details made it feel special and entirely seamless.
We (table of 2) decided to opt for 5 of the 6 available courses. I chose to enjoy the matched wines, which I highly recommend doing! The Somm had some great insight into each of the wines - I loved every glass!
Our waitress was wonderful. Warm, engaging, attentive, knowledgeable and not too familiar - perfectly professional. She explained each dish with detail and good humour.
Every one of our 5 courses arrived very well timed out of an immaculate open kitchen that seemed to tick along with a calm energy.
My stand out dish was the Veal blanquette Main Course. It was rich but freshened with all the lovely condiments (well dressed salad and an Avocado sitting atop sushi rice with hazelnut, delicious!). I loved it. The strawberry meringue dessert was the perfect, sweet finish.
I cannot thank the team enough for such an enjoyable day. It was one to be remembered! We will most definitely be back! THANK YOU!

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GT
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Superb food and great service although sometimes a bit slow with wine. Ambience is a bit stark but very clean and modern lines. A great addition to the Peninsula.

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

Laura was outstanding and a great place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our waiter, who was also called Laura , was great and we have already made another reservation for March.

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AK
6 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was such a wonderful experience and a beautiful location.

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s
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic, interesting wine matches, very good service.
Overall experience enhanced by the opportunity to have a wine tasting pre-dinner and walk around the sculpture park.

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

A fantastic place to celebrate a special occasion, especially if you go the 6 course matched wine menu. Service was impeccable and the view is amazing. Not cheap so not an everyday option, but great when you want to spoil yourself or someone special. Also take advantage of the great sculpture walk overlooking Westernport Bay over to Phillip Island

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

The magnitude & simple elegance of the facility lures you in on arrival . The greeting is gentle, immediate & warm. The busyness of Pt Leo restaurant awakes you!, and reminds you an abundance of delight awaits you.
The minimalist "Laura" draws you in .
The softly spoken unobtrusive staff awake your senses & entice you to culinary delights anew.
The wine is offered & poured in the finest of glasses & oysters, if preferred are swiftly procured with a vinaigrette , exquisitely made of French Champagne .
Fits as tasteful as the Pinot Gris!
The rest is for the novice , like us to , to delight in !
The Archie's Creek fillet is the best we've ever rated.
Likewise the Exoresso Martini I've observed on the adjoining table ! What a splendid finishing touch .
Bon appertit to all!!!
Pt Leo Estate - we'll will return!

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YB
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant serving interesting food combinations from locally sourced ingredients. Beautiful presentation and friendly helpful staff prepared to suggest alternatives for dietary requirements.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Great concept, great service, but sadly, the food disappoints.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very impressed with friendliness of the staff and their knowledge of the food & wine.
Food was so very different & excellent presentation & taste.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

We were a little disappointed. Having really enjoyed the food in the main restaurant, we felt the experience at Laura wasn’t as good.

It took 30 minutes to be given a menu. With a 8.30pm reservation - we were getting a little hungry!

Drinks took ages to arrive and oysters arrived well before my glass of champagne.

Our first round of brioche rolls were over cooked - dry and too hot. My husband asked for a second and it arrived frozen in the centre. We told the wait staff and they apologised profusely and bought a replacement - completely delicious - soft and buttery. We then asked for a second round of rolls to improve on the first lot, but this time they arrived over cooked (or over reheated) and dry again. I don’t think there is any excuse for a restaurant of this calibre to not be serving freshly baked in house bread.

The staff were very accommodating of dietary requirements and happily arranged a vegetarian, no seafood and no cheese option!

We opted for the 5 courses (skipping the cheese course) and the food was good without being amazing. The service felt clunky.

Overall, it didn’t live up to our expectations (given the awards and media coverage) and it’s very hard to justify that bill when it hasn’t been an impressive experience with superb food and service.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning surroundings, magnificent views, excellent food and impressive service. Staff were warm, friendly, well informed efficient but not intrusive. Well worth the drive to probably the restaurant in Victoria with the best views. A little on the pricey side but for all round dining experience hard to surpass. Right up there with Attica and I would rate better than Vue de Monde. Well done to the team at Laura.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For a truly amazing dining experience of eating beautifully prepared food, served by friendly knowledgeable staff you must visit Laura Restaurant at Pt Leo Estate

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A fantastic lunch although the food was very slow to start. Almost 2 bottles of wine in and well over an hour being seated we had devoured a dozen oysters only amongst 4 whilst waiting for the start of our set menu. Food was sensational and very extensive wine list. The views and sculptures set an amazing backdrop and service was very professional.

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

Laura has to be the best restaurant for combining food and wine pairing in the state or even Australia. The meal was a seamless dream from beginning to end. The views over Westernport Bay with brilliant sculptures to draw the eye; the soft, easy feel of tables and chairs; the quiet, cheerful competence of all staff with truly high praise for the sommelier; the whole atmosphere was perfect.
I do have photos but no photo can show how gorgeous the food tasted. You just have to go see for yourself.

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RS
7 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff go above and beyond to make your meal special. Interesting and flexible degustation menu. Lovely wine list. Great spot and lovely scenery from the dining room.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super fun degustation, especially when the designated driver can feel spoiled with star quality matched mocktails! Amaaaazing! The noise level was way too high. May I suggest some softer surfaces in the fitout?

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LS
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Attentive yet unobtrusive service, great views out to the surrounding sculpture park and a diverse wine list are just some of the reasons to visit Laura, but of course the main reason is the food. Chef Phil Wood has created a seasonal menu that shows off the Mornington Peninsula's best produce (with occasional nods to the Yarra Valley) and each dish in his 4, 5 or 6 course degustation is a visual delight that's jam-packed with flavour. Innovative cooking techniques are used with flair, but there's nothing tricky about this menu - no Heston-style food that looks like one thing yet tastes like another. Instead, Wood and his team use careful combinations of various ingredients to highlight particular flavours - so you might find yourself discovering puy lentils bring out the earthiness of blue cheese, for instance, or that a creamy, chilli-tinged risotto is the perfect foil for a fresh scallop. Dishes are small but very rich - you probably won't need whatever optional extra dish is available - and matched perfectly with various wines (also optional).

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JL
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Could not fault the food or the service. 3 hours went by so quickly! Good use of local ingredients. Would have been good to showcase local wines as well. We will definitely go back.

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HB
15 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fabulous lunch at Laura! Delicious food and attentive service with beautiful views. Great for a special occasion

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JF
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. And the view of the sculpture park added to the ambience.

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C
10 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful local product with a fantastic view. Service is quite casual for a fine diner but that’s fine with me

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GW
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A very special restaurant and perfect for our wedding anniversary.
The staff were excellent and were very knowledgeable about the local produce items on the menu.
We particularly liked the very thoughtful "Happy Anniversary" plate and chocolates presented to us after our meal.
The opportunity to also visit the sculpture park and sample the Point Leo wines were other plusses on the day.

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NL
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The best thing about Laura is its setting and the ambience and design of the restaurant. the tasting menu disappointed and service of food and matched wines was slow and not coordinated. I enjoyed the experience as a once off but am not inspired to return.

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

10/10 amazing location. Food out of this world. Service 👌🏼

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DB
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Dining at Laura is a fabulous way to spend a lazy indulgent Sunday lunch with good friends. Staff were very friendly and sommelier recommendation perfect.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

World class dining and art on the Mornington Peninsula. Go there now

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DL
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Innovative and delicious food sourced from local produce. Laura has a stunning view through the sculpture park across Westernport to Phillip Island. The ambience was relaxed and casual and staggered booking times meant that service was very good.

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T
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic. Only down side was we were told we would have a wine tastings but it was closed!!

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M
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Point Leo Estate deserves the accolades it has received. I’m a bit of a sceptic of high end restaurants but this place was exceptional.

Food was original, deliscious and brilliantly presented. Service was excellent, friendly, informative and importantly not pretentious.

Wine list is excellent and wine by the glass choices good.

It’s expensive but not ridiculous.

Setting is superb.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
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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V
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's easy to see why Laura is Australia's top restaurant. Great food, service and ambiance. Only issue is that its too far from Sydney, where I live

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BL
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
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 on 16 November 2018
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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