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A guide to South Australia’s jaw-dropping dégustations and tasting menus

From chef’s tasting menus to full-on degustations, we’ve got the best places to gorge your face with excellent food in South Australia.

Who doesn’t want to feel like royalty while they dine on a meal with more courses than they have fingers? We do. Every day if we could. But we can’t, because our purses probably won’t allow it.

If your bank account is what’s stopping you from going down the road of dégustations (other than on the odd special occasion), we’ve made you a nifty little guide to some of the best dégustation offerings in Adelaide.

Arranged the same way we filter our dream online shopping cart – prices high to low. Granted not all of them take into account the cost of wine, but do we ever budget for wine? The answer is no.

(Please check with each venue as offerings may change)

The Lane Vineyard

An immersive, sensory food experience ‘from estate to plate’ – hosted by The Lane’s kitchen team. Enjoy a seven course chef’s menu that celebrates seasonal ingredients – grown and produced either on the estate or by local farmers, growers and suppliers. All ingredients are traceable and ethically produced. Each course is conceived and crafted to perfectly complement the wine.

Price: $250

Address: 5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf 5245 

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Restaurant Botanic

The crème de la crème of degustation menus can be found at Restaurant Botanic, with its Garden Trail beginning at $245. If you’d ever wanted to try a BBQ’d pea, sorrel and wildflower tart, here is the place to go.

Restaurant Botanic’s tasting menu, curated by Chef Justin James, presents over 20 different flavour combinations, including quail egg with fermented truffle.

Price: $245 – $330

Address: Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide 5000

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St Hugo

Much like how winemaking is working in balance and cohesion with the elements, Executive Chef Nik Tucker adapts to what produce the season brings him to create flavoursome dishes bursting with life on your plate—using his exceptional skills working with coals, to allow the natural flavours of the produce to shine through without overpowering the accompanying wine.

Price: $225

Address: 2141 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat 5352

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Hentley Farm

The Atrium at Hentley Farm offers a personal dining experience with a discovery tasting menu of dishes showcasing amazing produce either growing wild in and around the Greenock Creek, tended by Chefs in farm garden beds or from local farmers and backyard growers whose care and passion is evident through the natural flavours of every product.

Price: Discovery menu $225; Discovery menu plus wine pairing $325; Chef’s table (incl. wine pairing) $355

Address: Corner of Gerald Roberts Road and Jenke Roads, Seppeltsfield 5355

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Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant

Situated at the home of Penfolds, the Magill Estate Restaurant (MER) delivers exemplary, contemporary food, alongside an extensive collection of Penfolds wines and stunning views of the Adelaide Hills.

MER offers a 7-course tasting menu from $220 per person, with optional vintage or sommeliers wine pairings.

Price: $220

Address: 78 Penfold Rd, Adelaide SA 5072

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Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant

Hardy’s Verandah serves a seasonally changing, 4- to 7-course degustation menu, following the ‘Valley to Verandah’ concept, paired with a multi-award-winning wine selection, sake collection, and creative cocktail menu.

Price: 4-course $159; 8-course $235; sommelier wine match $145; premium wine match $315

Address: Mount Lofty House, 1 Mawson Drive, Crafers 5152

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Maxwell Wines

Maxwell Wines’ award-winning restaurant offers a multi-course tasting menu, curating a flavour extravaganza featuring abalone, crab, kingfish, wagyu, and more.

Jessica Galletly of delicious Magazine described Maxwell’s degustation as a “wondrous journey of flavour, texture, and technique.

Price: $145 per person

Address: Olivers Road McLaren Vale 5171

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Aurora

Supported by the pillars of sustainability, local produce and social responsibility, the team at Aurora aim to create memorable dining experiences that nourish and engage. A la carte and tasting menus offer inclusive, authentic experiences that celebrate culinary excellence.

Price: 6-course, $145 per person

Address: 63 Light Square, Adelaide 5000

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The Currant Shed

Seasonal Modern Australian meals offered in a minimalist space with outdoor tables & vineyard views. A fan favourite is duck cassoulet topped with a salad of heirloom carrot, radish, micro greens, duck biltong and orange three ways : candied, segmented and crumbed.

Price: 6-course chef’s selection $135; 6-course wine pairing $50

Address: 104 Ingoldby Rd, McLaren Flat 5171

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D’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant

d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant showcases the best of local and seasonal produce, hosting seasonal and plant-based degustation menus. The winter degustation includes salmon pastrami and beef fillet with truffled potato galette and porcini cream – it’s enough to make your mouth water.

Price: 8-course $115 per person; 2-course $77 per person; 3-course $92 per person from the seasonal à la carte menu

Address: Osborn Road, McLaren Vale 5171 (d’Arenberg Cube)

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La Boca

Upmarket Argentinean meals in a roomy, modern setting with an open kitchen & wood-fire grill. Why not try the Smoked Yellowfin Tuna on Mint and Pea Soup Gelée with heirloom tomato salsa, paired with Serrie Terra Torrontes?

Price: ‘Omakase’ 6-course $109; with paired beverages $139

Address: 150 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

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Windy Point Restaurant

Positioned in the Adelaide foothills, Windy Point has all the tranquillity and beauty of the Australian bush, just 15 minutes south of the city, with ample car and tour bus parking. The unique opportunity for a ‘virtual’ tour of Adelaide from the comfort of your dining chair is irresistible. A standout dish is the 12-hour Coonawarra lamb shoulder, black beans, ratatouille, pistou, and glaze.

Price: 5-course $100; including paired wines with each course $155

Address: 339 Belair Road, Belair SA 5052

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Seed

At its core, the Seed Bistro offers simple plates made with quality ingredients – an elevated regional dining experience in a relaxed setting. Care and purpose is seen in every part of the Bistro. All butchery and dry-aging of meat is handled in-house, bread and pastries are baked fresh daily, and produce is sourced from the best producers and suppliers locally, along with select specialty items from around the world.

Price: 5-course $99

Address: 268 Main N Rd, Clare 5453

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Pike & Joyce

The Chef’s philosophy is all about embracing seasonal, local and Adelaide Hills produce. With a creative team at the helm, their dishes represent bold flavours, skilled technique and are bursting with creativity. Coupled with the renowned friendly service team and premium wines, it’s every reason to escape to the Hills. A favourite dish of many is barbequed pork belly, black South Australian squid, ginger rice, paired with a 2021 Sirocco Chardonnay.

Price: 5-course $95; paired wines $35

Address: 730 Mawson Road, Lenswood SA 5240

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Little Wolf Osteria

Little Wolf’s focus is on house made, house grown and locally sourced produce that delivers striking modern flavours influenced by the surrounding sea, and amazing winesEmbracing tradition and much loved flavours of the Italian kitchen, cooked over fire and made by hand. Pesce Crudo—seasonal raw fish, preserves, vinaigrette, paired with a Mitolo Wines ‘Of The Wind’ Chardonnay, is a firm favourite.

Price: $90; $120

Address: 141 McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale 5171

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Yuki in Burnside

Chef’s curated omakase offerings change often, highlighting a diversity of seasons, ingredients,
and the range of textures. Dishes are presented one at a time, at the perfect moment when flavour, temperature and texture are in perfect condition. This allows you to enjoy the true essence of Omakase by Yohei: “Feel like you are in Japan by our food.”

Price: 4-courses $89; 8-courses $185

Address: 548 Portrush Rd, Glen Osmond 5064

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Africola

South African BBQ dishes and banquets prepared in a vibrant dining room with a hip vibe. The eclectic restaurant is led by chef Duncan Welgemoed and features punchy flavours like peri peri chicken with mpumalunga fire, Boston bay pork loin with mustard leaf gremoulata and rangers valley petit tender with Africola bearnaise.

Price: Set menu $85

Address: 4 East Terrace, Adelaide 5000

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eleven

A French-inspired modern Australian restaurant and open-air bar showcasing the best of South Australia and the world in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. The eleven menu is a delicious combination of seafood and protein, including Gazander oysters and lamb shoulder with pickled rhubarb.

Price: 3-course $54; 11-share $90; experience 11 $125; beverage pairing $65

Address: 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000 (enter via Post Office Pl)

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SOI 38

Soi.38 has evolved to showcase the dishes of Thailand’s regions, history and ethnic minority groups. The menu is seasonal and recipes have been gathered by Executive Chef Terry Intarakhamhaeng from across regional and remote parts of Thailand, ethnic minority groups and hill tribes.

Other recipes are sourced from historical records and handed down through family lines. Using only the best local ingredients, Soi.38 has a commitment to source produce as ethically as possible. Some Australian native ingredients are substituted for Thai ones where appropriate, such as using kangaroo tail in place of water buffalo tail for example. 

Price: Lunch $55; 3-courses dinner $75

Address: 74 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000

Find out more here.

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