There’s a reason South Australia is drawing a lot of attention and love from foodies and travelers these days. Not only is the region blessed with amazing natural resources like vast vineyards and fertile grounds for growing fresh produce, there is also now a wide selection of excellent places to eat in South Australia.
Below are some of the best restaurants in Adelaide and the surrounding area for you to enjoy while you’re discovering this wonderful area. Whether you’re there for some wine tasting or just to enjoy the city, one thing is already determined – you won’t go hungry!
Some are classic favorites, others new. But they all offer exotic flavors and tastes you can only find in South Australia. Now, to help take the complexity out of choosing which spot you should try out, here’s a selection of the best places we recommend.
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How to Get There
The good news is that these exciting restaurants are easily accessible. You may need to pick up a rental car at the Adelaide airport to get around to all of them, but some are walkable, in case you’re staying in the city without a car. With a car, you’ll have the freedom to wander around as you please. Plus, it’s more cost-effective than taking a cab and more convenient than taking public transport.
6 Great Restaurants in Adelaide and Surrounds
Located on the northern side of the Barossa Valley, the Hentley Farm is easily accessible by car, just an hour’s drive northeast of Adelaide. This restaurant has won multiple awards and features the Du Jour menu, a four-course dining experience, which takes around an hour and a half to complete. You can also try the Discovery menu, a seven-course meal that will leave you speechless. Both menus can be served with or without accompanying wine pairings.
The service at Hentley Farm is just as wonderful as the presentation of the food. The staff are very knowledgeable about the dishes and the products that are used. This is definitely the place to go for an unbeatable experience.
Location: Gerald Roberts Road | Jenke Road, Seppeltsfield, South Australia 5355
Phone: +61 8 8562 8427
Orana has gained national attention and become Adelaide’s premier dining destination. What makes Orana stand out is the spectacular food that is distinctly Australian. Thanks to Jock Zonfrillo’s unique vision, Orana was awarded Restaurant of the Year by Gourmet Traveler in 2017.
If you want to experience a truly unique dining adventure, you have to try Orana. They use indigenous ingredients but twist it into a modern Australian menu. You can order the short tasting menu, which consists of 7-9 dishes, or you can go big with the dinner tasting menu of 16-18 courses. During the journey, you’ll try things like kangaroo tendon, Tasmanian mountain pepper, and sow thistle.
Location: 285 Rundle St | Upper Level, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone: +61 8 8232 3444
Appellation at The Louise
If you decide to visit the wine-rich Barossa Valley, make sure you dine at the Appellation, located at The Louise hotel. It was one of the first restaurants to adopt the paddock to plate philosophy. Also, the restaurant sources local produce; and the veggies and herbs are grown in the kitchen garden. You should try the Barossa chicken, free-range duck, and pork belly. You can also choose wine pairings to go with each dish, which is a treat when you’re in such a lovely wine country.
Location: Seppeltsfield Rd & Stonewell Rd, Marananga SA
Phone: +61 8 8562 2722
Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant
If you are looking for inspiring views, excellent food and service, be sure to visit Penfolds and the Magill Estate Restaurant. Wine lovers are in for a serious treat. You’ve likely already heard about or even tried Penfolds wine. The restaurant has a cellar which houses a fine collection of wines that complements its impressive menu. You also won’t be surprised to hear that the sommelier is excellent and will expertly pair your dinner with the perfect glass of wine.
On Wednesday nights they have a smaller version of the extensive tasting menu they offer on Friday and Saturday nights. You can also get the lunch tasting menu on Friday and Saturday. We can assure you that you’ll love the Wagyu beef, venison fillet, and sashimi grade tuna belly.
Location: 78 Penfold Road, Magill, Adelaide, South Australia 5072
Phone: +61 8 8301 5551
Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar
For a great Italian dining experience, check out one of Adelaide’s most sought-after restaurants, Andre’s Cucina. It started out as polenta bar, but has now evolved into a larger concept restaurant that offers mouth-watering north Italian dishes, such as slow-braised goat with truffles farro and crisp kale, house-made gnocchi, hearty ragus, just to name a few.
There are two dinner seatings at Andre’s – at 6pm and 8:30pm. The Menu Fisso is the way to go. The dishes are chosen daily by the chefs and prepared with seasonality and freshness of ingredients in mind.
Location: 94 Frome St, Adelaide, South Australia
Phone: +61 8224 0004
For those who are looking for traditional North Indian cuisine, try Jasmin, located at 31 Hinmarsh Square, Adelaide. The restaurant features classic Indian dishes, like sambals, kormas and tandoors, also plenty of vegetarian options. The wine selection is just as good, and it includes a variety of boutique Australian labels. Also, if you are staying nearby and want to enjoy a good meal indoors, Jasmin runs a takeaway service.
Location: 31 Hindmarsh Sq, Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone: +61 8 8223 7837
If we missed any of the best places to eat in South Australia, let us know in the comments. Tell us what your favorite restaurant is and why. We’d love to hear from you!
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Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.