Food Drink

Guide to sunset wine-ing and dining on the Marina Pier

Marina Pier is always bustling with community activities and some of the finest seafood restaurants in the state, here’s your guide to wine-ing and dining in the precinct.

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The perfect antidote to the scorching weeks we’re expecting as we head into summer? Why, blue as far as the eye can see, complemented by a delicious meal.

Waterfront dining is a summer highlight, particularly when it’s combined with a gorgeous sunset, and Marina Pier in Glenelg is particularly known for some stellar sunsets.

Often buzzing with the locals and trekkers alike, Marina Pier hosts a range of markets and events throughout the year. Year-round however, The restaurants on Marina Pier form a precinct of gorgeous dining (alongside a healthy dose of wine-ing).

In no particular order are your next go-to foodie destinations with a glorious sunset view.

Sammy’s on the Marina

With a 270° view of the water, Sammy’s on the Marina has some of the best seats in the house for Glenelg’s majestic sunsets. A venue perfectly fit for functions, intimate dinners, and the lot, the interior is as gorgeous and pristine as the view. The cherry on top is their extensive menu; oysters, prawns, Moreton bay bugs, salmon, and more, all locally sourced.

Find Sammy’s at 1/12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg SA.

Marina Sunset Bar

Sunset Bar’s sand level deck is the proper way to eat waterside. With the bay at your feet (basically), an eye-gasmic sunset view, and a host of classics on offer; expect pizzas, tapas and more. Their drinks menu expands past just a wine menu to heaps of cocktail and fishbowls (plus a wide range of gins and top shelf liquor).

It’s worth staying tuned to their what’s on page, to see their happy hours, Fishbowl Fridays, half price pizza day and free pool day – yes, please!

Find the Marina Sunset Bar at Shop 3 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg.

Ellenika Taverna

Greek food was designed to be eaten by the sea — which is the exact experience you can expect at Ellenika Taverna. Share meze’s amongst your crew whilst you watch the boats bop along in the Marina in the fading light of the sun. You’ll find all the usual Greek suspects such as pitas and dip, moussaka and pastitsio, and seafood or meat platters.

You can find Ellenika Taverna at Shop 6/3 Chappell Drive, Glenelg.

Luciano’s Marina Pier

Marina Pier destination, Luciano’s is a Tuscan paradise, full of marble and pink textures. Taking heavy inspiration from its surroundings and Italian background, the menu heavily features seafood. Courtesy of their huge oven, the pizza menu is similarly vast, with the pizza reaching 400+ degrees, (less than in two minutes cooking time). Looks like the place to be trying.

Luciano’s is located at Shop 13-15 Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores Marina, Glenelg.

Seafire on the Marina

Are you a steak-kind-of-person? Seafire on the Marina deliver a salivation inducing selection of grass fed steak specialties. Their menu selection also include fresh Coffin Bay oysters and a range of other seafood faves, as you’d expect from a Marina Pier restaurant. Seafire are equally well-known for their drinks menu; cocktails galore and a carefully curated wine list.

Seafire can be found at Shop 2, Holdfast Shores Marina Pier, Glenelg.

Oyster Bar

The Oyster Bar is known for providing some of the best oysters in South Australia. These fresh beauties can be enjoyed indoors or alfresco, with 9 different flavours including the classic natural or Kilpatrick oyster to Thai, chilli and cheese, or Panko. Seafood, tacos, halloumi fries and smoked salmon bowls round off the popular menu.

The Oyster Bar also create gorgeous oyster packs, with oyster specials on Wednesday’s and an Oyster of the Month. Oh, and their oyster shots are definitely something to try.

Oyster Bar is at Marina Pier, 10 Chappell Dr, Glenelg SA 5045

The Wharf

The Wharf is cosy and intimate, ideal for a first date. The menu is chock full of seafood delights, such as scallops, whiting and mussels and grill options ranging from crisp pork belly to black Angus eye fillet.

The cocktails are themed appropriately including the Bright n’ Windy, a hit of gin, to the Dark n’ Stormy with a hum of spiced rum, and the Mermaid Lemonade and the Cabin Cooler, if that sounds like a Summertime dream to you, that’s because it is.

The Wharf can be found at Shop 4, The Marina Pier, Glenelg 5045.

Tomiko Japanese Steak House

Tomiko Japanese Steak House brings locals the authentic taste of Japanese teppanyaki and steak to Adelaide. Catering for every possibility, Tomiko also provide a two-person degustation and a set menu that can go between eight to twelve courses! You can expect an absolute feast here. Park yourself at one of their new look terraces, and head into the night in true style.

To accompany the delicious food, the drinks list is similarly incredible, providing the best of Japanese sake, Japanese whisky, wines, flavoured liquors and spirits.

Find this delight at Marina Pier, 7 Holdfast Shores, Glenelg 5045

Veloce Paninoteca Espresso Bar

Coffee by the sea? Don’t mind if we do. Veloce is pouring 100% Arabica beans roasted to perfection, with a range of sweet and savoury food items suitable for brekkie, lunch, and even just a mid-morning or afternoon snack. A great little spot for a break after wandering up and down Marina Pier!

Find Veloce at Shop 23 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg.

Asian Flavour House

Amongst the seafood and Mediterranian flavours in Glenelg, you’ll find Asian Flavour House bringing you exactly what the name suggests. They’re offering up a fusion of Asia’s most celebrated cuisines all in one place. Dig into classics like Black Bean Beef and Pad Thai, or choose from dishes like Peking Duck Wraps and Laksa — you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Head over to Marina Pier 6/12 Holdfast Shores, Glenelg to get a taste of Asia.

Sea Lounge

Located on Marina Pier Glenelg South Australia, Sea Lounge is the happening Restaurant where the locals go to dine, drink, and socialise. Their menu features dishes assembled from the freshest ingredients, sure to bring bold and inspiring flavour into your life. Starting their business in 2020 with one goal in mind: providing an enjoyable dining experience to the Glenelg area.

Get yourself a little taste of Sea Lounge at Marina Pier Holdfast Shores Shop 5, Glenelg.

To make sure that diners get the best of the Pier, COVID-safely, the restaurants have all been hosting a slew of events that are modelled around keeping patrons safe.

For more info on Marina Pier, its restaurants, and events, head to

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