Good Food Guide Awards Winner: The Restaurant at Montalto

Last night at the Good Food Guide Awards in Melbourne, The Restaurant at Montalto picked up its 20th hat!

The Restaurant at Montalto 15.5/20

Genuine garden-to-plate experience.

Few menus feature a note from a dedicated kitchen gardener rejoicing in the romance of winer pruning. But few restaurants operate like this one, where you can play “match the produce to the plate” as you stroll through the garden. Here are the Brussels sprouts you forked from a verdant knoll of chilli-spiked pumpkin seed cream; there are the charred carrots that added bite to shell-shaped conchiglie.

Children tumble on the lawn in front of the restaurant, which overlooks an undulating sculpture garden and vines that provide some of the grapes in the affordable house wine pairing. But you’re likely to find something more memorable on the special by-the-glass list, whether from Burgundy or Beechworth.

Pace yourself ahead of wood-smoked beef rump cap, its rendered fat balanced by the pepperiness of romesco, but say “yes” to the dash of rum offered alongside steamed ginger pudding with cooling peach-pit ice-cream.


"To say that we are beyond thrilled and extremely grateful would be an understatement. Our sincere thanks goes out to our extraordinary team in The Restaurant. This achievement is a reflection of their unwavering commitment to hospitality excellence throughout each service, across every season. Special mentions go to…


Michael Clancey, our Head Chef in The Restaurant, for his creativity and commitment to showcasing our seasonal estate-grown produce, alongside the very best ingredients sourced from across the Mornington Peninsula


Julie Bennett, Produce Manager, for continuing to nurture abundant crops of heirloom, organic produce throughout each season which serve as the backbone to every menu.


Gauthier Georgelet, Restaurant Manager, for his world-class service standards that inspire our whole front of house team.



Mark Coffer, Food & Beverage Manager, for his ongoing support of The Restaurant team.


Craig Penglase, Executive Head Chef, for his mentorship of the kitchen team.



A team effort, from the best team.” Luke Gooley, General Manager – Operations.


The Restaurant is open from Friday – Monday for lunch. Reservations essential.

The menu is specifically designed to share with curated collections of dishes arriving at the table in a series of courses. Each course masterfully highlights the deep connection between our estate gardens, our kitchens and our award-winning wines.



For the very first time, we’re excited to be offering discounts to non-Wine Club members for our Black Friday sale!

If you’re looking to stock up for Christmas, New Years and summer, watch out for our Black Friday EDM coming soon!


Montalto is the perfect place to enjoy long weekends in late spring. We’re excited to welcome visitors throughout the 4-day long weekend, including in The Restaurant on Tuesday 7th November (Cup Day).

Here’s all the ways you can spend the long weekend with us in Red Hill:



We’re thrilled to share our Festive Dining @ Montalto packages for this year’s Christmas / New Years and summer celebrations! The options are endless when it comes to enjoying private, exclusive events across the estate.



Our sister-estate Tucks has installed a state-of-the-art, all weather, marquee specifically designed to host exclusive events throughout the year.



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