Restaurant Guide

Rare Hare

Rick Liston
166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North


Whether you’re a guest at adjacent Jackalope Hotel or a Mornington Peninsula wine-tripper doing the rounds, Rare Hare is a fine place to seek sustenance. The timber-and brick dining room is generally abuzz: views over vine-threaded hills anchor the wine-country story and long shared tables promote conviviality. The food is robust: unfussy, built for sharing and licking of fingers. A wood oven is the heart of this kitchen, touching everything from broccoli with parmesan custard to barramundi wings with sweet, spicy ‘nduja butter, and even an oversized pan-baked choc-chip cookie with a scoop of toasty malt ice-cream. It’s easy to build a meal from snacks: first-rate salumi is served with pickles and crisp toasts, a chive waffle is piled with horseradish cream and salmon roe, and fiercely fried Jerusalem artichokes are set to become everyone’s favourite new chip. The estate Willow Creek and Rare Hare wines dominate the drinks list, with almost all available by the glass. It’s busy on weekends: come early or be prepared to take a buzzer for a kitchen garden wander or into the wine tasting ante-room while you wait.


(03) 5931 2501



Bookings recommened, for 10+ at lunch only


  • Licensed

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair access

  • Outdoor dining

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Guy Stanaway & Andy Bryant

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

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Rare Hare
166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North
Guy Stanaway & Andy Bryant
Bookings recommened, for 10+ at lunch only
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Fri-Sun 11am-9pm; Lunch Mon-Thu noon-5pm; Dinner Fri-Sat 5.30pm-8.30pm

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