Our Restaurant Recommendations for McLaren Vale, Willunga and the Fleurieu Coast
McLaren Vale Restaurants
We could call it our Top 10 McLaren Vale restaurants or the best restaurants of McLaren Vale - 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 back to normal opening hours again, but restrictions still apply and many do have 2 fixed seating times only. We have updated our listings below with current opening hours and the price range also reflect their new menus.
Calling ahead to book is essential for all.
Fri - Sun | 12.00pm - 4.00 pm
$13 - $20
Just 500 m from Karawatha Cottages is the Woodstock Wine Estate, featuring the 'Stocks Room' cellar door, the 'Coterie Wine Bar & Kitchen', plus their very own wildlife sanctuary.
Open on weekends (cellar door from 11am) you can choose from a range of smaller plates, grazing platter or indulge in a traditional French Flammekueche ...
Tue - Thu | 11.30pm - 2.30 pm
Christmas holidays only
$65 - 2 course | $85 - 3 course
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 ...
Sat & Sun | 11.30pm or 1.30pm
Fri & Sat | 5.30pm or 7.30pm
Take Away/Delivery: Fri & Sat
$28 - $38 (mains)
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.
We haven't see the recently renovated restaurant yet, but the quality and presentation of the food certainly has taken us by surprise ...
Fri to Sun | 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Sat | 6.00pm, 6.30pm or 7.00pm
If you need another proof point that McLaren Vale is a true wine and food destination, then look no further than Maxwell Restaurant, offering a truly exceptional dining experience.
The revamped cellar door at Maxwell Wines features a true fine dining restaurant that now also incorporates what was previously the cellar door deck ...
Daily | 11.30pm or 2.30pm
$75 - 5 course tasting menu
Coriole Vineyards has always been a favourite of ours and one of the top recommendations 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 ...
Wed to Sun | 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Fri & Sat | from 6.00pm
Daily Lunch & Dinner 26Dec - 26Jan
$28 - $37 (mains)
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 sandstone cliffs offers amazing views over the coastline & sunset ...
Daily | 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Thu, Fri, Sat | from 6.00pm
$28 - $38 (mains)
Another long time favourite and ‘must visit’ restaurant - now one of only 3 McLaren Vale restaurants with a Good Food Guide Chefs Hat.
If we 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 ...
Daily | from 12.00pm
$70 (2 course) | $85 (3 course)
$100 Degustation (+$60 wine pairing)
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 we mention the d'Arenberg wines and The Cube already? ...
Daily | 11.00am - 2.00pm
Daily | 6.00pm - 8:30pm
Take Away from 4.30pm
$19 - $36 (mains)
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 & Dinner
Fri & Sat : 12.00pm - 9.00pm
Sun & Mon: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Take Away from 4pm
$20 - $28 (35cm pizza)
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 ...
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 ...
Fri - Mon : 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Sat : 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fine Dining | Italian
from $29 (mains)
$80 - 110 ('Feed Me' chef's selection)
Nestled between vines, just off McMurtrie Road and built from shipping containers is the Mitolo Wines cellar door with an attached fine dining restaurant: Little Wolf Osteria.
Re-launched as a pure Italian fine dining destination, it may not be an Osteria in the traditional sense, but the food is simply amazing ...
Lunch & Dinner
Daily : 12.00pm - 9.00pm
Take Away from 5pm
$20 - $36 (mains)
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 ....
Daily : from 11.00am
Mon - Sat : 6:00pm - 9:00pm
$24 - $43 (mains)
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 ….
Thu - Sun : from 11.30am
Thu - Sat : from 6:00pm
$58 - 2 course
$74 - 3 course
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.
Beautifully crafted food, great wines and beers, outdoor dining for warmer weather and you have a true little gem. No surprise they won 2021 Halliday Best New Winery of the Year …
Wed - Sun: 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Wed - Sat: 5.00pm - 9.00pm
Take Away from 5pm - 6pm
$26 - $37 (mains)
That is actually not doing it justice as there is a lot more to the Vasarelli Cellar Door Restaurant than pasta, but sometimes lovely 'nonna style' pasta, together with a glass of McLaren Vale wine is all we need as an excuse for leisurely night (or lunch) out …
Daily : 11.30am - 2.00pm
Daily : 5.30pm - 8.30pm (pm Fri/Sat)
$22 - $36 (mains)
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 …
Fri - Mon : 11.30am - 2.30pm
Pizza and Platters
$35 (Pizza + glass of wine)
$40 (2 courses)
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 head over to Beach Road Winery & Restaurant ...