Serafino Wines Restaurant
It may be odd to describe the Serafino restaurant as a hidden gem, after all it is right there on the lake when you leave McLaren Vale towards Karawatha Cottages - but it is the quality of the food that is always taking us by surprise
Sat & Sun | 11.30pm to 2.00pm
Thu, Fri & Sat | 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Karawatha Cottage Guest Special (*): Glass of bubbly on arrival
Mains $28 - $38
(08) 8323 8911
Right at the edge of town, when driving the short distance from Karawatha Cottages into McLaren Vale, is where you find the Serafino complex, with reception centre, hotel rooms plus their cellar door and restaurant.
The obvious drawcard could just be the James Halliday 5 star rated winery, but the quality of the food in the Serafino Restaurant, recently awarded with a second hat by the AGFG (Australian Good Food Guide), is without doubt deserving a visit in its own right.
Previously we had called out here that the atmosphere unfortunately lacks a bit, that the restaurant feels just like another "hotel restaurant" but that the quality of the food more than compensates. Good news is, that the team at Serafino has finished renovating their restaurant (and cellar door) and now describe it as "modern with contemporary finishes, which has added warmth and style to the room" - we haven't checked it out yet but are glad to have an excuse to visit again.
But whatever the restaurant looks like now, key always has been the food and trust me, once the food arrives and your attention focuses on the great food and wines on hand, you will not notice where you are seated anyhow. The quality and preparation of each of the dishes we have tried has been simply outstanding, only matched by the presentation, with each and every item looking impeccable.
Whether it was the little appetizer to start with from the kitchen, the duck breast green curry or the braised kangaroo tail and beetroot gnocchi – either one of those was amongst the best dishes we have ever had. And to finish off, go for the signature ‘smoked chocolate mousse’ … sounds odd? Well it actually is still smoking when brought out to the table and certainly creates a bit of excitement.
To finish, the service throughout our last visit was super attentive, friendly and competent. Being there for dinner, the cellar door was obviously closed but, and that certainly should be one of the perks dining at a restaurant within a winery, the staff allowed us to sample a few wines before deciding on a bottle for the evening.
In short, at Serafino McLaren Vale offers food and wines that are absolutely stunning and we can't wait to see the new restaurant venue.
And as a guest of Karawatha Cottages, you will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival at Serafino.
(*) complimentary glass of bubbly with every dinner booking at Serafino Restaurant.
Let us know once you have booked and we will provide your with you voucher to present to your wait staff at Serafino.
At Karawatha Cottages you can choose from three luxurious cottages - each individually furnished and fully equipped - ideal for a short-break or weekend getaway in McLaren Vale - or a longer stay to explore all the food & wine, our beaches and the Fleurieu Peninsula
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