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Mornington Peninsula's First AUSTRALIAN WHISKEY - Tar Barrel Brewery & Distillery, Mornington, AU-VIC

Tar Barrel Brewery & Distillery

4.7
4.7
289 Reviews
$40 and under
Pizzeria
Tar Barrel is a well known 'local's corner' on the Mornington Peninsula and named by road builders storing tar barrels during road building through the area.
TAR BARREL Brewery & Distillery has seen Matt Bebe and Andrew Gow reunite to continue producing award winning craft beers at 72 Watt Road Mornington. And now with the introduction of a whiskey and gin distillery it has widened their ability to offer more crafted taste experiences.
The venue will also maintain their belief in 'The Spirit of Local' - a commitment to supporting and sourcing from the Mornington Peninsula community.
Core and specialty beers, produced onsite, are available on tap to enjoy alongside their smoked BBQ and famous wood-fired pizzas. You can also try their crafted spirits - Australian Whiskey, Gin & Vodka, as well as local wines.
Sit back and relax in the beer garden. Dogs on leads always welcomed.
A true Mornington Peninsula experience.
A destination not to be missed.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 10 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pizzeria, Brewery, Distillery
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 5975 9643
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Mornington
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 289 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Victoria

    Hot spot

  • Victoria

    Great for live music

  • Victoria

    Lively

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Best Overall

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Best Service

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Best Ambience

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Best Value

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Child-friendly

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Good for groups

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Hot spot

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Lively

289 Reviews
  1. Juan

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Quite disappointing!!! Sat down and looked at their menu, it was mostly pizzas, some appetisers and a couple of mains. I was looking forward to their BBQ menu that i saw online alongside some great photos. Only to be told that they lost their chef a couple of months ago and still had not been replaced. We still decided to stay and gave them a chance by ordering a couple of pizzas. Pizzas came looking good but were far from good. There was barely any ingredients on them, especially for the price. The dough was very thin and hard, the taste just was not there. There was a guy entertaining, he would sing two songs then have a 30mins break. we thought that the ambiance would hype up with time especially on a Friday night but it was quite monotonous and unappealing. To finish on a good note, the staff were friendly, polite and provided fantastic service. The drinks were good , deco was nice. Good place for a quick drink but stay away from the food.

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  2. LibbyW

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the experience however we were disappointed with the pizzas which were undercooked.

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  3. SueH

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had gone to tar barra for the smoke meat no meat on the menu only pizza very disopped the chef gave us loaded fries with pork and gravy complimentary very nice of her but still disopped

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  4. Jegga

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely night! Good friends, awesome music, great drinks and food! I could not ask for more!

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  5. TraceyL

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love this place! Everyone is so welcoming and friendly! The food is that good that everything apart from the Pizza was sold out on Saturday but it didn’t matter because the live music and amazing beers definitely made up for it! A big shout out to Clancy who was beyond amazing and really looked after us and our 2 dogs 🥰 and Paul the manager who is absolutely wonderful! See you next week haha

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  6. TyroneF

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly staff and beer was great. Had the porter dark and two other ales. Pizza was good value for money and yummy. Lovely atmosphere and all 7 of us enjoyed the experience.

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  7. KazW

    Victoria

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tar Barrel is fantastic. Great food, music and drinks. We had such a great afternoon. We will definitely be back and book Saturday night for some smoke meat platters. Can’t wait !!

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  8. JonathanL

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, fantastic food, beer and gin and excellent customer service. Will definitely be coming back!

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  9. MelA

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Tar Barrell 3 times and every time has been a great experience The staff are outstanding and they make yummy Cosmoploitans as well. Will definetly be going back again

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience for our guests - good food and quality service

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  11. NicolaD

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have visited the tar barrel several times while visiting relatives in Australia and it has been a total pleasure. The staff are lovely, helpful and very friendly. I would recommend the beer and the food to everyone who is looking for a great place with a wonderful atmosphere. I look forward to visit again on our next holiday xxx

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  12. DylanK

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great, the place was flat out and the whole crew handle themselves really well. 100% be back

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  13. Benv

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place, staff was very kind and welcoming. The owner (Matt) took the time to welcome us, and even took the time to show us around and have a little chat with us. Beer was very good, nice clean beers as they should be.

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  14. brooked

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately the meat wasn't available. Pizza wasn't as good as normal. The base was undercooked and as a result, the pizza was soggy.

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  15. CraigM

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, drinks and staff. Been there a few times and Friday nights get quite busy with the live music. Only fault I can find is the tables aren’t cleared often enough.

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  16. EllG

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, relaxed atmosphere, super friendly staff & good variety of products to sample. The brewer even gave my partner a personal tour of the brewhouse.

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  17. TV23

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool bar and dinner spot. Dog friendly too. Steak night is great value

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  18. Poss

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time, good food and great beer! Staff are awesome and music is awesome

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  19. AngelaM

    Victoria

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff were very friendly and informative about the making of the beer Service was quick Great music Nice to have the choice of inside or outside seating. Dog friendly Menu was restricted only because the chef had left the day before. However there was still plenty to choose from and tasty

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  20. KATE

    Victoria

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our end of year work break up at Tar Barrel. We all loved it. We had an outside bench table and the weather was perfect. The atmosphere was great as everyone there was also celebrating another working year. The drinks and food were great. Love all the extra food options you now offer. We were all fed beautifully and all enjoyed our day. The service was great, they kept on clearing the tables and the food came out really quickly.

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  21. RebD

    Bath

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The beer is great, very tasty and well-brewed. The food was not bad at all. The service (mostly disinterested teenagers on a relatively quiet shift) was pretty appalling from the get-go. A general lack of proactive service-oriented attention, perhaps lack of any training (in customer service, product knowledge, can-do attitude etc), lack of following-up on requests. The live music was ok, albeit in such a small place, did not need microphone or amp, an acoustic set would have been so much better, as the music (one guy with a guitar) drowned out any chance to talk with even staff at the bar or people sitting next to you. Just generally disappointing, as this place could so easily be an absolute gem.

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  22. JohannasS

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great to see the employees with smiles on their faces

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  23. SarahP

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a fantastic afternoon with friends at Tar Barrel - beers, music and food all delicious!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time service and staff Was great. We will return. Thank you for a wonderful day. Tim the singer was great. We will tell our friends to come here. Thanks once again. Regards Bill Save

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  25. BrentF

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great little place. Great atmosphere , great food, great beer.

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  26. BreeK

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere, great and friendly staff, tasty food and an all round perfect place to catch up with friends

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  27. RyanP

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Brewery with an amazing selection of beers and food!!

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  28. DylanD

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had my business Christmas party here and was extremely looked after and well catered for. I would highly recommend them.

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  29. luke

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m hooked Sign me up with a membership 4th time and still not disappointing 10/10

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff were friendly. Good service. Would happily book again.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good friendly staff with good food (Crispy Pork sliders) and excellently brewed beer.

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  32. TrudyA

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pizza, lovely onion rings and chips with gravy. We took our grandchildren who enjoyed the food the Mac cheese was a bonus. I suggest the outdoor seating if you take children.

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  33. KarenM

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I found the pizza disappointing…. We were after wood fire pizza ✅ I’d had the pizza pre COVID and it was much better Being totally honest the pizza served Friday night was flavourless and far too cheesy; oily and mozzarella on its own blah!!

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  34. jayb

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our Sunday afternoon at Tar Barrel. We shared the lamb plate and a pizza between 4, and it was absolutely delicious! It all paired perfectly with the live music. Looking forward to coming back!

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  35. SandraW

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place!! Awesome Friday lunch with friends! Staff are really attentive and it’s a really nice feel 👏🏼

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  36. jason

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    all 3 of our steaks were cold!!! understand they are only $25 but.

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  37. JRicho3

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Really pleasant and bright service. A must to give a try.

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  38. JohnD

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my best finds for lunch. The food was great.

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  39. PhilipM

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great time with a group of friends. Nice food and great mix of drinks. Staff were very friendly.

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  40. Jose

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great beer and pizzas accompanied by live music! We’ll be back 🍻

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Tar Barrel Brewery & Distillery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 5975 9643.

Tar Barrel Brewery & Distillery is rated 4.7 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tar Barrel Brewery & Distillery

72 Watt Road, Mornington, AU-VIC 3931

Additional information

  • Area
    Mornington
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pizzeria, Brewery, Distillery
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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