RESTAURANTS

McLaren Vale Restaurants

We could call it our Top 10 McLaren Vale restaurants but that's not what this is all about. For one, there are a lot more than 10 restaurants listed here.

And that is simply because we are truly spoilt in McLaren Vale for choice with plenty of amazing restaurants for lunch, but finding a great place for dinner (especially mid-week) in McLaren Vale can be a bit of a challenge. That's why we have consolidated our suggestions here for you, covering a broad section from fine dining to just having a casual lunch or dinner

First page gives you the essentials, from type of cuisine, price range and the all important opening hours to a little teaser on our thoughts of the meals we have enjoyed there - click through and you will get to our complete review of the restaurant and their food.

 

Good news is that with Covid-19 restrictions continued to  being eased, most of our McLaren Vale Restaurants are open again, but restrictions still apply and many do have 2 fixed seating times only. We have updated our listings below with current opening hours (as of 23 June) and the price range also reflect their new menus. Calling ahead to book is essential for all.

 

Read our reviews below and don't forget, you can now also enjoy the creations of some of our amazing restaurants in the comfort of your cottage

The picture below shows a Heat at Home meal set-up in our Unwind Cottage - have we tempted you yet?

The following McLaren Vale restaurants now all offer Take Away or as some call it "Heat at Home" meals and unless highlighted below otherwise, they all deliver straight to your cottage; or for the aspiring chef, order the ingredients for a 3 course degustation menu at Serafino (they do come complete with cooking instructions and your cottage kitchen is fully equipped to whip it up!):

The Currant Shed  | daily  |   11.30 am - 4.00 pm

Serafino  |  Fri & Sat  |  5.30 pm - 7.30 pm 

Harry's Deli at Wirra Wirra  |  Mon - Fri  |  10.00 am - 3.00 pm 

Oscars  |  daily  | from 12.00 pm 

Pizzateca  |  Wed - Sun  |  from 5.00 pm 

Vasarelli  |  Wed - Sun  | 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm 

Star of Greece | Fri & Sat | from 6.00 pm

The Victory Hotel  |  Thu - Sun  |  5.30 pm - 7.30 pm 

 

Click on the restaurant above and it takes you straight to their menu, with most offering online orders  - or scroll down further to read more about what they offer and our thoughts on it.

Our Restaurant Recommendations

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Woodstock Coterie

Just 500 m from Karawatha Cottages, but the restuarant is going through a transformation, re-opening in spring 2020 again.

The 'Stocks Room' cellar door is open Fri - Sun for seated tastings ... stay tuned for updates on the new restaurant.

Lunch
re-opening in spring with a new offer

 

Modern Australian

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Dinner
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Maxwell's Restaurant

If you need another proof point that McLaren Vale is a true wine and food destination, then look no further than Maxwell’s Restaurant, offering a truly exceptional dining experience. 

The recently revamped cellar door at Maxwell’s features a true fine dining restaurant that now also incorporates what was previously the cellar door deck ...

Lunch in the Dining Room
Thu to Sun | 12
.00pm - 3.00pm

 

Fine Dining

$90 (4 course) 

Lunch on the Cellar Door Deck

currently not available

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The Salopian Inn

Another long time favourite and ‘must visit’ restaurant - now one of only 3 McLaren Vale restaurants  with a Good Food Guide Chefs Hat.

If I have to summarize in one sentence, then the experience at The Salopian Inn is all about the trifecta of the beautifully restored old homestead, high quality local and fresh food and the not to be missed old red wine cellar ...

Lunch
Daily | 12
.00pm - 3.00pm

Dinner

Thu, Fri, Sat |  from 6.00pm

Modern Australian

$28 - $37 (mains)

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Pizzateca

Even after having been at Pizzateca many times now, I am still surprised and instantly feel transposed to Italy.

I am actually not sure why that is – the building doesn’t look Italian at all and the large gum trees don’t fit either, but believe, it is the outdoor dining area, the simple chairs & tables with always a hustle and bustle around, music playing and the smell of pizza in the air that must do the trick ...

Lunch & Dinner
Fri & Sat : 12
.00pm - 9.00pm

Sun & Mon: 12.00pm - 4.00pm

Take Away from 4pm

Pizza

$20 - $28 (35cm pizza)

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The Victory Hotel

It may “just” be a hotel, but there is definitely no ordinary pub food here and The Victory fills a void in the McLaren Vale restaurant scene: reasonably priced fine dining in a casual atmosphere.

And, The Victory is open daily for lunch and dinner, features an outstanding wine cellar, has a beer garden, plus great views ....

Lunch & Dinner

Daily : 12.00pm - 9.00pm

 

Take Away from 5pm

Modern Australian | Fine Pub Food

$20 - $36 (mains)

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Vasarelli

Pasta anyone

There is actually a lot more to Vasarelli Cellar Door & Restaurant, but lovely 'nonna style' pasta with a glass of wine is all we need as an excuse for leisurely night (or lunch) out  

Lunch & Dinner

Wed - Sun: 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Wed - Sat:  5.00 pm - 9.00pm 

Take Away from 5pm - 6pm 

Italian

$26 - $37 (mains) 
Friday Pasta Nights:

$25 for pasta & glass of wine

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The Currant Shed

The Currant Shed has been our personal favourite lunch time restaurant for many years. They simply represent what we believe is a quintessential McLaren Vale dining experience. And even better, the Currant Shed is in walking distance to Karawatha Cottages - so everyone can enjoy food and wine ... 

Lunch  

Thu to Tue | 11.30am - 2.30pm

Take Away from 11.30am to 4pm

 

Fine Dining

$65 (2 course) | $85 (3 course)

$120 (6 course chef's selection)

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Gather at Coriole

Coriole has always been a favourite of ours and one of the top recommen-dations for our guests at Karawatha Cottages -- even if just for some of the best views in McLaren Vale - but who would do that and miss out on the great wines and food on offer?

Since opening Gather at Coriole the culinary experience has been taken to the next level ... 

Lunch  

Fri - Sun | 11.30pm or 2.30pm

 

Modern Australian

$70 (5 course)
 

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d'Arry's Verandah

One of the classic McLaren Vale dining experiences, and rightly so.

d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant has all that makes it quintessential McLaren Vale dining experience:
A 19th century converted homestead as restaurant with sweeping views over the vineyards, amazing food and obviously great wine. 

And did I mention the d'Arenberg wines and The Cube already? ...

Lunch
Daily | from 12
.00pm 

 

Fine Dining

$70 (2 course) | $85 (3 course) 

$100 Degustation (+$60 wine pairing)

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The Kitchen Door

Halfway between McLaren Vale and Willunga, fronted by the iconic 2 story farmhouse, is the Penny’s Hill cellar door and their Kitchen Door Restaurant, which unfortunately has not yet announced a re-opening date yet.

But, the cellar door is open, with an integrated art gallery and on weekends there is a separate gin bar & tasting room. Still worth a visit ...

Currently Closed

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Hortas

Portuguese, Modern Australian and seafood is the food focus here, the views are all about sunsets over the gulf, local wines and just 20 min drive from Karawatha Cottages.

Plus, Hortas is open daily except Sunday for dinner.

And did we mention the Portuguese custard tarts already?  Find out more about what we love about Hortas ….

Lunch & Dinner

Mon - Sat : 11.00am - 9.00pm

Sun : 11:00 - 3.00pm

Modern Australian | Portuguese

$24 - $43 (mains)

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McLaren Vale Hotel

How fortunate are we in McLaren Vale that the historic pub has been brought back to life and is standing proud again along main street. And with Simon Burr as head chef we have a casual dining place, open daily, with outstanding food - from high end pub food to some exquisite takes on local cuisine  … 

Lunch & Dinner

Daily: 11.30am - 2.00pm

           5.30pm - 8.30pm (9pm Fri/Sat)

 

Pub Food | Modern Australian 

$22 - $36 (mains)

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Serafino

Given its function centre, cellar door and hotel complex, Serafino may not be top of mind for fine dining but it definitely should be listed right up there.  Currently operating as pop-up restaurant in their cellar door, the quality and presentation of the food certainly has taken us by surprise ... 

Lunch
Sat & Sun | 
11.30pm or 1.30pm

Dinner

Fri & Sat | 5.30pm or 7.30pm

Take Away Fri & Sat 

Fine Dining

$28 - $38 (mains)

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Star of Greece

First off, other than the name suggests, the Star of Greece is not a Greek restaurant – but named after a ship, The Star of Greece, that floundered at the normally very calm waters off Port Willunga in 1888. 
The restaurant sitting on top of the cliffs offers amazing views over the coastline ....

Lunch
Wed to Sun | 12
.00pm - 3.00pm

Dinner

Fri & Sat |  from 6.00pm

Take Away Fri & Sat

Mediterranean

$28 - $37 (mains)

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Oscars

Known for its gourmet pizzas, Oscars is however not “just another pizza place” but has a lot more to offer.

A Mediterranean inspired menu ranging from salads, pasta to local meat and seafood dishes - with gluten and vegan options available.

Perfect for the casual night out in a McLaren Vale restaurant. Find out more what we like about it ….

Lunch
Daily | 11
.00am - 2.00pm

Dinner

Daily | 6.00pm - 8:30pm

Take Away from 4.30pm

Mediterranean

$19 - $36 (mains)

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Mitolo's Little Wolf

Nestled between vines, just off McMurtrie Road and built from shipping containers is the Mitolo Wines cellar door; the attached fine dining restaurant, Bocca di Lupo, has just been reborn as Little Wolf

And that is not just a name change, but the menu for Little Wolf now reflects an Italian Osteria ... 

Lunch

Fri - Mon : 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Dinner

Sat : 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Shared Plates | Italian

$27 - $36 (large plates)

$70 - 90 ('Feed Me' chef's selection)

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Victor's Place

What an amazing job the team at Victor’s Place has done to bring the old ruins back to life with a brewery, winery and restaurant.

From Tapas to ‘Big Plates’, there is a range of modern Australian dishes – all delightful. Add great wines and beers, outdoor dining for warmer weather and you have a true little gem. Find out more  … 

Lunch & Dinner

Fri - Sat : 11.30am till late 

Sun:         11.30am - 5.00pm

 

Modern Australian 

$58 (2 course) | $75 (3 course)

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Beach Road Wines

Stunning views, wood-fired oven pizza, followed by yummy gelati and coffees - what else do we need for a relaxed afternoon in the sun?

Maybe a showcase of Italian varietals wines, all grown and made here in McLaren Vale?

Then had over to Beach Road Winery & Restaurant ...

Lunch 

Fri - Mon : 11.30am - 2.30pm

Pizza and Platters

$40 (starter & pizza)

McLaren Vale Accommodation

Karawatha B&B Pty Ltd, 285 Blewitt Springs Rd, Blewitt Springs, SA 5171, Australia

Contact: 0434 163040 | stay@karawathacottages.com.au

ABN: 83 909 652 667

 

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