Red Hill Epicurean: A History of Gourmet Gastronomy
Address: 165 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South, VIC 3937
In an unassuming white shed you’ll find one of the Mornington Peninsula’s best treasures: the Red Hill Epicurean. Inside, the space transforms into a huge industrial-style eatery, oozing a rustic charm you’d expect from a building that’s been a focal point of Red Hill since the 1920s.
Plenty of natural light streams through the beautiful atrium glass ceiling, and stately timber columns – recycled from the old Woolloomooloo wharf – add further historic allure. This set up, alongside the friendliness and professionalism of their team, has allowed the Red Hill Epicurean to keep an energetic but relaxed vibe, no matter how busy they (often) tend to get.
They might occupy a huge, industrial space, but they don’t miss the mark on creating a sense of intimacy through the food they create, the wine they serve, and the atmosphere they set.
The Red Hill Epicurean has a wood fired oven that they centre their Italian-styled menu around. They also focus a lot of attention on using local ingredients, which translates perfectly in the freshness of the meals you can enjoy there.
There is some top quality smaller fare: a smorgasbord of assorted antipasto pastas, delicious polenta chips, and signature sautéed broccolini with spiced almonds that’s more of a showstopper than you might think.
Of course, there’s plenty in the mains too: authentic wood fired pizzas, fresh pasta dishes, and popular choice Scotch Fillet steak. If you can manage to save room (or just think ahead for the drive home), make sure to grab yourself a treat from the Johnny Ripe bakery on site, famous for their mouth-watering cakes and pastries.
Drawing on their heralded Mornington Peninsula positioning, the Red Hill Epicurean is a hub for more than 100 local wines. If that sounds overwhelming, it shouldn’t; their team have a great grasp on helping visitors navigate their way through the various reds and whites.
They’ve also set up quite a unique system that allows you to sample wines usually reserved for bottle purchases. That means you can set up a tasting or enjoy a glass without having to fork out a small fortune on the entire bottle.
Best suited for
With their huge layout and set menu options, the Red Hill Epicurean works really well for large groups. There are even private areas available to book (pending on your size and availability), which can be really advantageous for those travelling in numbers.
Of course, even if you have a small group you’re sure to have a fantastic time.
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What we like
Great food, and great wine; it might sound simple, but not everyone nails it like the Red Hill Epicurean does. They also manage to get their food out fast, which is super important when it’s just one stop on your wine tour.
What we don’t like
All their positive points aren’t exactly a well-kept secret, and because of that they’re pretty much always busy. This amps up even more on the weekends or during summer, this can make for a busy and noisy atmosphere, but you definitely can’t say it isn’t buzzing!