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An Iconic Adelaide Hills Dining Location Steps Up Their Game

Maximilian’s has long been one of Adelaide’s go to hills destinations for delicious food and wine and they only continue to up their game

Maximilian’s Restaurant – just 12 minutes up the freeway from Adelaide is once again becoming one of the most iconic dining locations in the Adelaide Hills – thanks in no small part to an enthusiastic team, several new dining and socialising areas and a cellar door arrangement with the award winning Sidewood Estate showcasing their extensive range of cool-climate wines on its famous Verdun site.

Andrew Friebe and Emily Kneebone took over the famous restaurant 2 years ago and have undertaken extensive renovations and changes including the recent opening of a 250 seater function pavilion, open plan ‘dining on the deck’, SA’s only floating golf hole and an entirely new team including head chef Jamie Laing.

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The stunning Pavillion.

“Maximilian’s has always been an iconic destination. The original restaurant – with a few subtle changes – remains, but importantly we’ve expanded and improved. We opened up the deck adjacent to the Sidewood Cellar Door with views overlooking the valley and dam on which we’ve put a floating golf green. We have expanded capacity with our pavilion and our menu is a lot more reflective of today’s style with several dining options including more casual and lighter meals as well as a la carte – all fresh and local of course” said Maximilian’s owner Andrew Friebe.

The new Maximilian’s functions pavilion is fast becoming popular with wedding bookings and parties as well as with casual diners enjoying its cosy atmosphere in winter yet light, airy vibe in summer and its sweeping views of the estate and lake.

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Floating golf!

“The word is certainly spreading about the ‘new-look’ Max’s. What we’re really excited about right now though is that Maximilian’s can host large Xmas functions this year for the first time” said Mr Friebe.

The ‘re-launch’ has been soft and in stages, with diners discovering or re-discovering the venue – and by all reports, loving it!

“We’ve been really pleased with the growth in recent times” said Andrew.

“Rather than do a big splashy opening, we’ve slowly but surely expanded and improved and it’s paying dividends. Our week-end sessions are huge – reservations to dine are essential and the only floating golf hole in SA – with a $2000 prize for a hole-in-one, is always a hit with the patrons.”

The charming cellar door.

The charming cellar door.

Maximilian’s has also just expanded its dining options to include lunch Wednesday to Sunday and dinner Thursday to Saturday. An exclusive Mapping lunch on Fridays celebrates their on-site cellar door with Sidewood and the 2013 Mappinga Shiraz being named world’s best. It is the only venue in town to offer the wine by the glass.

The Adelaide Hills are a beautiful asset to the city. Head up the freeway and you’ll find yourself in a different (and much more relaxing) world. A visit to Maximilian’s – just 12 minutes from the tollgate at the start of the freeway is certainly a magical destination! or giving them a call on (08) 8388 7777.

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