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Lilo Cafe

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published March 17th 2013
Cool Retro Cafe in Mornington
Lilo Cafe


You will find Lilo Cafe perfectly positioned opposite Fisherman's Beach on the Esplanade, Mornington.

Lilo has a great vibe, with an open, relaxed dining area filled with cool retro items, with table and chairs spilling out onto the footpath.

It's easy to see why Lilo won the 2011 Best Regional Cafe Restaurant in Victoria.

Professional wait staff oversee the tables at Lilo, whilst owner Mark takes orders at the counter and keeps things running smoothly.



For Mark and his Wife Maryke, Lilo has been a labour of love. Formely residents of St.Kilda and owners of a bar Platform 3 in Richmond and Maryke, experienced in design and also writing and producing a lifesyle feature that gave her the opportunity of studying the best cafes and restaurants. Pooling their expertise together they created Lilo, for the perfect lifestyle to raise their children.

The building that now houses Lilo is an original Art Decco building from the 1920's, that has been fully restored by Mark and Maryke.
My favourite item is the serving counter, made in the 1870's and restored by a local builder.



At Lilo, all food is made on the premises, with only the bread being bought in. Keeping the principals of food less travelled, so everything is fresh, local and in season to produce the freshest meals. The menus change seasonally with the produce.

Lilo is a licensed cafe and offers many Mornington Peninsula wines.



The most popular item on the menu is the corn fritters with bacon, avocado, tomato, spinach and sour cream and the only item that never leaves the menu due to customer demand.

The cakes are all made on the premises and look amazing, I can't wait to go back to try more on the menu.

Lilo is a popular breakfast/lunch spot open 6 days a week, every time I have driven past, (which is daily) there are always lots of cars parked out the front.

Lilo caters for children and is reccomended by little eats. They have toys, books, pencils and paper for the littlies.



Mark and Maryke strive to make Lilo Cafe the best cafe on the Mornington Peninsula, day in day out.

I think as a regional award winner already, they can stretch their ambition a little further now.

Lilo looks amazing set up for weddings, cocktail parties and birthdays.

Lilo is open Tuesday to Sunday 8am - 4 pm

Functions by appointment
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Why? For great food and relaxed seaside atmosphere
When: Tuesday - Sunday 8am - 4pm
Phone: 59750165
Where: 1/725 Esplanade, Mornington
Your Comment
Thank you Lorraine for the recommendation. I read your article on Saturday morning and flipped into visit Lilo for lunch with my young son. The corn fritters were soooooooo delicious I can never eat my pathetic attempts at this dish again. The service was attentive and delightful, a top spot to visit!
by tasqu (score: 0|0) 2311 days ago
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