A guide to South Australia's jaw-dropping dégustations & tasting menus

A guide to South Australia’s jaw-dropping dégustations & 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.

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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 online shopping addiction – prices low to high. Granted not all of them take into account the cost of wine, but do we ever budget for wine? The answer is no.

Just in case you were worried that these venues may not have re-opened yet post-COVID, we have taken the liberty in making sure these ravishing dégustations are still up for grabs, or are at least soon to be.

Make sure you subscribe to the Glam Adelaide eNews to keep up to date with all the latest events, as there are also plenty of one-off dégustations happening around SA that you won’t want to miss!

Dégustations Year-Round

Windy Point Restaurant | $75 per person

You need to give Windy Point 24 hours notice if you want to try their dégustation menu, but believe us (and the thousands of other Adelaidians who’ve taken their partners on a date here) it’s worth it. Even their sample menu from executive chef, Justin Miles, makes our mouths water: Tunisian pork cigar and 12 hour Coonawarra lamb shoulder… YUM!

Phone| (08) 8278 8255
339 Belair Road, Belair

Topiary | $80 per person for 6 courses or $140 per person for 9 courses

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, you can’t look past Topiary which offers a delightful degustation experience. They’re set in the middle of Newman’s Nursery in Tea Tree Gully which is lit up at night to feature the surrounding trees and shrubs. The team there make their own cheese, butter, bread and cured meats all on-site and grow a decent amount of produce in their very own garden which features heavily on their tasting menus. They’ve been exploring their surrounds and researching what is edible, beautiful, inspiring and different. The restaurant offers an ever-changing menu that adjusts to seasonal availability.

Phone | (08) 8263 0818
1361 North East Roads, Tea Tree Gully

Topiary

Botanic Gardens Restaurant | $90 per person, $150 with wine

Hidden within the lush Botanic Gardens, this Adelaide institution is a wonderland of fresh Australian produce. $90 will get you a generous 5-course serving of elegant and innovative food. If you’re game the multi-award-winning Botanic Gardens Restaurant offer a 7-course degustation for $115, $205 with wine flight. The spectacular garden and pond views set the scene for you to sit back and relish in smoked Hiramasa Kingfish, grilled short rib, Gazander oysters and seared tuna. We could go on but we’ll leave it for you to discover yourself.

Phone | (08) 8223 3526
Plane Tree Dr, Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, Adelaide

Botanic Garden Restaurant
Botanic Garden Restaurant

Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard | $95 per person, $145 with wine pairing, $170 with premium wines

MLRV offers a 5-course degustation (as well as a la carte) every Friday, Saturday & Sunday lunch. To get the most out of your journey up to Adelaide’s highest point, we suggest investing in the wine tastings to accentuate the glorious flavours of the menu. If you’re after a quick dégustation, MLRV offers a 3-course option at $80 per head.

Phone | (08) 8389 8339
166 Harris Rd, Lenswood

Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard
Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard
Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard

d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant | $100 per person, $160 with wine pairing

For those who like to go all the way for a fraction of the price of some of the bigger restaurants, d’Arry’s Verandah offers a full dégustation menu, with wine pairings for each course selected from the amazing d’Arenberg stable of wines – they also offer vegan and vegetarian dégustation options too. Their menu changes per season, so if you want to try anything on the current menu, you’ll have to be quick! We personally want to try their Passionfruit soufflé. Don’t worry though, we’re sure the next menu will be just as amazing!

Phone | (08) 8329 4888
Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale

Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant | $185 per person, $305 with matching wine

While you can go for the slightly cheaper Short Story Menu ($125 per person for 4 courses), our philosophy is if you’re gonna go for dégustation, go big or go home. With seven courses on their dégustation, you’re definitely going big. If you manage to complete the six courses prior, in course seven you’ll be served a dark chocolate ganache with passionfruit ice cream. Step it up a notch and stay the night on-site at Mount Lofty House for the complete experience.

Phone |(08) 8339 6777
1 Mawson Drive, Crafers

HVR – Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant
HVR – Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant
HVR – Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant

Hentley Farm Restaurant

Tasting Menus

Melt Pizzeria | $35 per person for lunch $45 per person for dinner

The share table at Melt Pizzeria is one of the cheapest multi-course options in Adelaide, but it still packs a punch! With a selection of tapas, pizza, salad & dessert included, you’ll be stuffed for the rest of the day! Melt Pizzeria also has a pretty incredible bar upstairs too, so don’t forget to factor your drinks there into the equation!

Phone | (08) 8272 8186
1/160 King William Road, Hyde Park

Golden Boy | $64 per person

Hail a ‘Tuk Tuk’ at Golden Boy for a tasting menu full of spice and flavour. Coming in on the comparatively cheaper side of Adelaide’s ‘feed me’ menu options, Golden Boy offers visitors an exquisite Thai-fusion tasting, with dessert included. Famous for their kingfish sashimi and wagyu-beef massaman curry, the restaurant is for those wanting to explore the best of Thai food. Add this to your list if you’re wanting more than just a Pad-Thai for dinner.

Phone | (08) 8227 0799
309 North Terrace, Adelaide

2KW | $70 per person

The ‘Let us feed you sample menu’ at 2KW serves up some of their best dishes and is well worth a look. At the moment the menu is packed with amazing dishes like the Mussels escabeche bocadillo, radish, smoked cauliflower; Paroo kangaroo tartare, cashew cream, rosella flower, linseed crackers; Market fish, Coffin Bay vongole, salsa verde, bunya nut labneh; Seasonal leaves, Forest Range apple cider vinaigrette, green goddess dressing; Warm doughnuts, riberry and rhubarb custard, lemon myrtle, macadamia.

Phone |(08) 8212 5511
2 King William Street, Adelaide

2KW

Africola | $75 per person

Renowned Africola chef Duncan Welgemoed has crafted a tasting menu that won’t disappoint. For $75 a head this reasonably priced African-inspired menu will have your mouth watering and leave your stomach full. From Peri Peri chicken with brown rice & schmaltz to wood-fired cauliflower served with a tahini cream & agrodolce. There is a heap of vegan and vegetarian options for all the non-meat eaters out there too. Their everchanging menu will keep you coming back for more!

Phone | (08) 8223 3885
4 East Terrace, Adelaide

Jolley’s Boathouse | $85 per person

Jolley’s Boathouse doesn’t let much on about their Chef’s Tasting Menu other than the price, but based on their reputation alone, we know you’ll be impressed. Seasonal and regional ingredients are their mantra, so can be sure you’ll get the freshest and tastiest flavours around. With their current share menu you’ll get their incredible Crisp Skin Cone Bay Barramundi Fillet!

Phone | (08) 8223 2891
1 Jolleys Ln, Adelaide 

George’s on Waymouth | $95 per person, $160 with matching wine

George’s on Waymouth’s tasting menu highlights the staff at George’s favourite dishes to eat in the restaurant. Their chefs will feed your senses, tickle your tastebuds and invigorate your palate with their five-course tasting menu. They even match wines for you for an additional $65 per person, for the ultimate taste sensation.

Phone | (08) 8211 6960
20 Waymouth St, Adelaide

Ones to Watch

Acacia

Keep your eye on Acacia at Henley as the venue regularly hosts tasting events with local chefs and restaurants. On Friday 31 July, Acacia’s Duane Tilka, and Topiary’s, Kane Pollard are combining forces to create a one-off menu showcasing SA produce where the hills meet the sea. Unfortunately, this event has already sold out, but that just means you’ll have to go to the next experience they host.

Phone | (08) 8221 6502
3/269 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach

Siberia

The Siberia Bar & Restaurant is the east end’s newest player, championing South Australian spirits and European inspired cuisine. The restaurant is inspired by high end European cuisine, with dishes featuring wild boar, duck and venison. Rumour has it that Siberia is planning to start themed events with dégustation evenings. Stay tuned!

Phone | (08) 8359 2255
6 East Terrace, Adelaide

Oliver’s Taranga Porchetta Party  $110 per person with matching wine

Oliver’s Taranga put on epic all-inclusive Italian-style Sunday lunches throughout the year. This beautiful four-course lunch including Porchetta-on-a-spit matched with Oliver’s Taranga Wines is not to be missed. The next event is happening on Sunday 2 August.

Phone | (08) 8323 8498
246 Seaview Rd, McLaren Vale

Hentley Farm Restaurant

The acclaimed Hentley Farm Restaurant will be returning in September with subtle enhancements to their renowned menu, including the addition of an intimate kitchen table. The restaurant focuses on harvesting produce from their 150-acre farm, with wild, foraged ingredients and fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in their garden beds and orchard. Bookings open August 3.

Phone | (08) 8562 8427
Corner of Gerald Roberts Rd and Jenke Rd, Seppeltsfield

Here’s some more to check out

We’ll be adding further details as we go so keep an eye out on this guide.

Orso | $75 – $110 per person shared Chef’s menu
Phone | 08 8364 1008
36 Kensington Road, Rose Park, Adelaide.

Harvest Kitchen | $49 per person savoury selections only, $59 per person with dessert.
Phone | (08) 7523 3950
284 Magnolia Rd, Vine Vale.

Maxwell Wines
Phone | (08) 8323 8200
19 Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale.

Gather at Coriole | 5 course tasting menu $75 per person, 7 course tasting menu $90 per person (optional wine pairing $40 per person)
Phone | (08) 8323 8305
Chaffeys Rd, McLaren Vale.

The Gatsby Lounge | $65 per person
110 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.

Pike & Joyce | $74 lunch, $95 dinner
Phone | (08) 8389 8102
730 Mawson Rd, Lenswood.

Kosho
Phone | (08) 8267 4083
26 O’Connell St, North Adelaide.

Bai Long Store

Sunflower Vietnamese Restaurant

Chianti

Bar Torino

Yiasou George

Martini on the Parade

Red Ochre Grill

Inglewood Inn

Bird Box Pizzeria & Tapas

The Moseley

Hut & Soul

Anchovy Bandit

Ruby Rose Cucina

The Currant Shed

Buk Buk Southern Hot

Musque Food and Wine

Coates Wine

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Sparkke at the Whitmore

Leonard’s Mill

Cru Tapas Bar & Kitchen

Gaja by Sashi

Leigh Street Wine Room

Mr Nicks Pasadena

Samurai Teppanyaki House

Tomiko Japanese Steak House

Hollick Estates

From Melt Pizzeria to Hentley Farm Restaurant, you’re sure to find something that suits your palate and your wallet. Some of these are pretty expensive for a normal night out, but for a special occasion, or to treat a special someone, it’s definitely worth the price.

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