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Cptn Jack's

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by Peter Hancock (subscribe)
Journalist, historian and naturalist living in Perth's eastern suburbs.
Published November 24th 2021
Restaurant at Heart of Yaringa Boat Harbour Revival
Newly renovated and restyled, Cptn Jack's restaurant on the fast-evolving Yaringa Boat Harbour at the top end of Westernport Bay, has been based on the tale of a romantic, raffish sea captain.

Cptn Jack's, Cpt Jacks, Somerville, Yaringa, Lizzie Hart, modern Australian food, boat harbour restaurant, waterfront restaurant, Mornington Peninsula restaurant
Cptn Jack's in the evening.


Under the new management of Mal and Lizzie Hart, the story goes that the captain's heart and soul were captivated by the magic of the sea. Creative Director, Lizzie Hart, says the idea is to make guests feel they have been swept away to another world.

Cptn Jack's, Cpt Jacks, Somerville, Yaringa, Lizzie Hart, modern Australian food, boat harbour restaurant, waterfront restaurant, Mornington Peninsula restaurant
Lobster is among the seafood dishes on offer.


Head Chef, Dave Cafarella, has created an a la carte menu featuring fine Australian seafood, Mornington Peninsula produce and local wines, as well as premier wines from around Australia.

The restaurant is the first step in Mal and Lizzie's vision to combine Mal's wealth of experience in the international boat building industry and Lizzie's expertise in creative direction to make Yaringa Boat Harbour a premier destination on the Mornington Peninsula.

Cptn Jack's, Cpt Jacks, Somerville, Yaringa, Lizzie Hart, modern Australian food, boat harbour restaurant, waterfront restaurant, Mornington Peninsula restaurant
The bar at Cptn Jack's on the Mornington Peninsula.


The waterfront restaurant has been completely refitted and restyled with a new kitchen, stylish interior and fresh approach to the menu. Chef Dave has spent more than 20 years cooking, including 15 years in the Yarra Valley wine region cooking at wineries including Chandon, Rockford Wines, Oakridge and Meletos.

Cptn Jack's, Cpt Jacks, Somerville, Yaringa, Lizzie Hart, modern Australian food, boat harbour restaurant, waterfront restaurant, Mornington Peninsula restaurant
The deck is a great spot to watch the world go by.


The menu of modern-Australian style dishes is built around the flavours the imaginary Captain Jack would have tasted on his travels around the world.

As well as creating a destination dining venue, Lizzie says Cptn Jack's is a perfect spot to hang out and watch the comings and goings of a busy working harbour. The view from the windows is water and boats being launched and going past.

People can sit on the deck with a coffee or a glass of wine and watch the harbour in action.

The restaurant features an open stone fireplace, tumbled cutlery, pewter tankards laden with fresh cut flowers, blue and white china, locally made captain's chairs and old glass sea buoys.

Cptn Jack's, Cpt Jacks, Somerville, Yaringa, Lizzie Hart, modern Australian food, boat harbour restaurant, waterfront restaurant, Mornington Peninsula restaurant
Eggs benedict with trout.


As well as the restaurant and bar, a 'Tuck Shop' window sits beside the restaurant, serving morning coffee and fresh pastries, ideal for those wanting to enjoy a relaxed moment on the dockside lawn Jack's Green.

Totem tennis and old-school rope quoits provide entertainment for the kids while the adults can enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.

On Sundays Cptn Jack's has live music.

Cptn Jack's, Cpt Jacks, Somerville, Yaringa, Lizzie Hart, modern Australian food, boat harbour restaurant, waterfront restaurant, Mornington Peninsula restaurant
The restaurant at Cptn Jack's.


The restaurant is ideal for special celebrations, romantic seaside dinners, celebrating a wedding anniversary or a long lunch with a group of friends.

It also offers functions, weddings and special events with space for a stand-up cocktail party for around 120 people or a more intimate affair of 50 people seated.

The beautiful destination is ideal for people to bring their boats, stay overnight in the harbour and enjoy a meal.

Cptn Jack's is about an hour's drive from Melbourne and can be found at 1 Lumeah Rd, Somerville.

For details on opening times and bookings, go to www.cptnjacks.com.au or find them on Facebook or Instagram @cptnjacks.
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Why? Fabulous food, local produce and great wine, at a relaxed and stylish waterfront restaurant with harbour views.
Phone: (03) 5977 4939
Where: 1 Lumeah Rd, Somerville, Victoria
Cost: Small plates from $14 to $22, large plates from $28 to $38.
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