The Restaurant

Mercato has become an institution in Daylesford with a mix of locals and visitors that make it to the tables of this popular country restaurant each week.

A contemporary dining experience awaits you in this 1864 timber building. Lovingly restored with polished floor boards, high ceilings and soothing colours, Mercato is a well laid out restaurant thanks to head chef & owner Richard Mee.

The stylish decor with lovely banquettes and subtle lighting all match perfectly to create a pleasant, relaxing and welcoming dining environment.

The creative menu of modern Australian cuisine with regional flavours prepared by Richard Mee and his team is easy to like – with a focus on regional produce Richard produces a sophisticated ensemble of dishes to suit the most discerning of tastes.

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“Mercato” Italian for “market”.Respecting the Italian heritage of Daylesford and the proximity of the famous Daylesford Market. In early European history, the town market place was the heart and soul of the town. All walks and staions of life came together to satisfy their needs, from the most basic to the most extravagant.All forms of business were carried out from the administration of justice to the declaration of intention to marry in front of the market cross. The market was a gathering place of people and goods from around the world. Full of vibrant colours, a myriad of smells and tastes, the creative and the unusual, the unique and the necessary, and of course the gossip and intrigue.Markets reflect life and all its rich tapestries. Come and join us for a while. Relax and ponder the amazing diversity and beauty of the world in which we now live.

Come and enjoy the diversity and beauty of Daylesford.

Richard Mee