Food Drink

Your Guide to the Best Restaurants in Adelaide and South Australia in 2024

Whether you’re in the mood for a casual catch-up or a romantic evening out, Adelaide’s culinary scene has something to offer.

Adelaide has firmly established itself as a must-visit destination for culinary enthusiasts. With its vibrant mix of cultures, Adelaide offers an eclectic array of dining experiences, from 16-course degustations in botanical settings to African-inspired eateries and historic cellar doors.

Whether you’re in the mood for a casual catch-up or a romantic evening out, Adelaide’s culinary scene has something to offer. Here’s your guide to our list of the best restaurants in Adelaide and South Australia for 2024 that are worth checking out, sorted alphabetically for your convenience. There’s also a regional section with plenty of options worth travelling for!

Africola, Adelaide CBD

Africola lights up Adelaide’s dining scene with its bold Northern African flavours. This vibrant eatery, beloved for its communal dining experience, serves up a feast for the senses with dishes like golden dahl, fried cauliflower, and sardine with harissa. Chef Duncan Welgemoed’s innovative approach has not only won critical acclaim but also attracted celebrities to its tables. Opt for the four-course chef’s selection for a truly adventurous culinary journey.

Arkhé, Norwood

Nestled in Norwood’s historic sandstone building, Arkhé is a testament to chef Jake Kellie’s passion for open-flame cooking. This restaurant transforms Australian produce into exquisite dishes, such as lobster platters and rum-glazed pineapple tarte. Arkhé’s intimate chef’s table offers a front-row seat to Kellie’s culinary wizardry, making it a must-visit for those seeking a unique dining experience.

Fugazzi, Adelaide CBD

Fugazzi is where Adelaide’s Italian cuisine meets New York chic. This hotspot is a favourite among celebrities, known for its luxurious velvet and marble decor, and its menu that features dishes like hand-rolled duck cappelletti. Fugazzi’s take on Australiana, including the Roman Vegemite finger, showcases its innovative approach to Italian dining.

Garcon Bleu, Adelaide CBD

Garcon Bleu, located in the Sofitel Adelaide, offers a slice of Bordeaux with a progressive Australian twist. Chef Gianni Delogu’s menu pays homage to French culinary traditions while highlighting South Australian produce. The restaurant’s stunning views and local collaborations make it a standout dining destination.

Golden Boy, Adelaide

Golden Boy is Adelaide’s go-to for contemporary Thai cuisine. With its lively atmosphere and authentic, flavour-packed menu, this restaurant is perfect for a night out. Signature dishes include wok-tossed mussels and eight-hour beef cheeks, complemented by an impressive cocktail list.

Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Adelaide Hills

Perched atop Mount Lofty House, Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant offers fine dining with breathtaking views of the Adelaide Hills. Known for its generous portions and use of local produce, this award-winning restaurant provides a dining experience that’s both luxurious and heartwarming.

Kiin, Adelaide CBD

Kiin Restaurant offers a modern-Asian culinary adventure, thoughtfully paired with South Australian wines, designed to deliver an unforgettable journey of flavours. Founders David and Ben have dedicated themselves to a concept that not only showcases their passion for northern Thai cuisine but also emphasizes their commitment to the Adelaide community by sourcing ingredients and beverages from local businesses. Kiin stands as a testament to their philosophy of supporting and being supported by the local ecosystem, offering a menu that marries traditional Thai flavours with the best of South Australia’s produce.

73 Angas Street, Adelaide. For more information click here.

Nido, King William Road

Nido, a gem in Adelaide’s Italian dining scene, is known for its intimate atmosphere and evolving menu. Led by chef Max Sharrad, Nido specializes in hand-made pasta and traditional Italian flavours with an Australian twist. Its cozy setting and exceptional wine list make it a local favourite.

Osteria Oggi, Adelaide CBD

Osteria Oggi is a modern Italian paradise on Pirie Street, celebrated for its hand-crafted pasta and sophisticated ambiance. The restaurant’s design, a winner of the World Interiors Awards, complements its menu of Italian classics with a contemporary edge. Don’t miss the cheese trolley for a perfect end to your meal.

Parwana, Torrensville

Parwana brings the rich flavours of Afghanistan to Adelaide. Run by the Ayubi family, this colorful eatery offers a menu filled with traditional dishes like Ashak and Kabuli Palaw, each a reflection of their heritage and love for Afghan cuisine.

Peel St Restaurant, Adelaide CBD

Peel St Restaurant is known for its generous plates of fresh, seasonal food. With influences from the Middle East, South East Asia, and the Mediterranean, the menu is a vibrant mix of flavours. Located in the heart of Adelaide, it’s perfect for any occasion.

Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, Magill

Just a short drive from Adelaide, Penfolds Magill Estate is a culinary landmark. Offering stunning views and a menu that showcases South Australian produce, this restaurant is a testament to the region’s rich culinary heritage. The birthplace of Penfolds Grange, it’s a must-visit for wine lovers.

Press Food and Wine, Adelaide CBD

Press Food and Wine stands out for its loft-style ambiance and focus on South Australian produce. Located in a former print factory, the restaurant offers a menu that’s both innovative and comforting, with a special nod to its signature Press Burger.

Restaurant Botanic, Adelaide

As Australia’s Restaurant of the Year for 2023, Restaurant Botanic offers a dining experience like no other. Chef Justin James’s menu, inspired by Adelaide’s botanic gardens, features dishes that are a celebration of local flora and fauna. Set amid the gardens, it’s a culinary journey not to be missed.

Shobosho, Adelaide CBD

Shobosho offers a modern take on Japanese cuisine, blending smoke, steam, and fire. Located on Leigh Street, this restaurant is a favourite for its yakitori, noodles, and dumplings, all served in a vibrant atmosphere.

SORA, Adelaide CBD

SORA is a new gem in Adelaide’s dining scene, where the allure of Asian-Western fusion cuisine takes centre stage. This stunning venue, promises an unforgettable experience with its unique blend of culinary traditions, sophisticated cocktails, and lively dance floor. At the helm of Sora’s kitchen is the acclaimed Executive Chef Adam Liston, whose illustrious career includes stints at notable establishments like Northern Light in Melbourne and T8 in Shanghai. Liston’s menu is a testament to his global culinary journey, drawing inspiration from the diverse flavors of Japan, Korea, and China, all while maintaining a minimalist Western touch.

Topiary, Tea Tree Gully

Set in the lush Newman’s Nursery grounds, Topiary is a celebration of sustainability and local produce. With a focus on underutilized ingredients and a zero-waste philosophy, it’s a dining experience that’s both eco-friendly and delicious.

1361 North East Rd, Tea Tree Gully. For more information, click here.

2KW Restaurant and Bar, Adelaide CBD

For stunning city views and a menu that highlights native Australian ingredients, 2KW Restaurant and Bar is the perfect starting point for your Adelaide culinary adventure. Located in the heart of the city, it’s known for its local produce and South Australian wines.

REGIONAL

Anvers, Adelaide Hills

Located within the Anvers Wines cellar door, the restaurant is housed in incredible surrounds. The food delivers as well, from casual bites like wood fired pumpkin, and jamon and leek croquettes to its delicious range of pizzas, the casual dining menu is just as exciting as elements found on the a-la-carte menu. At Anvers, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients take precedence in the creation of dishes. Head Chef Adam Bowden recognises the importance of utilising the best produce and emphasises the common sense of incorporating seasonal ingredients for optimal flavours. The restaurant proudly works with Quercus truffles in Piccadilly, Goolwa Pipi, and Queens Cut Honey from Echunga, among other notable local producers.

633 Razorback Rd, Kangarilla. For more information click here.

Cobb’s Hill Terrace Restaurant, Adelaide Hills

Embracing the essence of sustainability, the Terrace Restaurant is an ode to the bounties of Cobb’s Hill’s working farm. With an array of Black Angus cattle, Southdown sheep, and flourishing vegetable patches, the restaurant’s cuisine aims to celebrate the estate’s own harvest. The kitchen features a 3-metre-long grill and wood-fired oven. Under the guidance of Head Chef De Buys Nortier and the consulting expertise of Adam Liston from Shobosho, it has a seasonal menu focusing on flame-cooked dishes. 

382 Swamp Rd, Oakbank. For more information click here.

Elementary by Soul Co, Mount Gambier

Visit the stylish Elementary by Soul Co on Margaret Street in Mount Gambier, nestled on the Limestone Coast, for a dining experience that celebrates locally sourced and foraged ingredients. Set in an ambiance marked by dim lighting, elegant dark wood tables, and vibrant green tilework, this venue promises a memorable evening whether you’re planning a romantic date or a lively meal with friends. The menu features dishes crafted with local ingredients complemented by a diverse selection of international wines to satisfy every taste.

12 Margaret St, Mount Gambier. For more information click here.

FINO Seppeltsfield, Seppelstfield

As far as last meals go, you’d be hard pressed to find a more satisfying end than Fino’s Basque cheesecake and a nip of Seppeltsfield Para Vintage Tawny. Recently appointed head chef Daniel Murphy was sous chef back when Fino Seppeltsfield opened in 2014 and his longstanding connection with the state’s finest produce drives the share-style menus. 

730 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield. For more information, click here.

Hentley Farm, Seppelstfield

A dining experience at Hentley Farm is akin to a culinary journey. With chefs personally welcoming guests and a menu that showcases local produce, it’s a celebration of the Barossa’s bounty. A spectacular five-course menu and lengthy parade of snacks awaits, including a chicken-liver parfait tart coated in tiny muntries tumbling in sweet lemon-thyme syrup.

Cnr Gerald Roberts Rd and Jenke Rd, Seppeltsfield. For more information, click here.

Line & Label

Located at the Peter Teakle winery in Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula, Line & Label is celebrated for its commitment to sourcing the freshest local produce from both land and sea, offering a menu that is a tribute to the region’s rich agricultural and aquacultural heritage. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Mark Jensen, Line & Label has not only elevated Port Lincoln on the culinary map but has also become a pivotal destination for gastronomes.

LVN, Bird in Hand, Adelaide Hills

Under the lead of Executive Chef Jacob Davey, formerly of Adelaide’s three-hatted Restaurant Botanic, along with winery co-founder Andrew Nugent, LVN Restaurant promises an ever-evolving menu paying homage to Bird in Hand’s diverse origins across Woodside (Peramangk), Finniss (Ngarrindjeri), and Tasmania (Paredareme).

LVN, Bird in Hand Winery, 150 Pfeiffer Rd, Woodside. For more information click here.

Maxwell, McLaren Vale

Overlooking the Fleurieu Peninsula and McLaren Vale vineyards, Maxwell is a celebration of chef Fabian Lehmann’s European heritage and global culinary adventures.  Charming service, led by restaurant manager Imogen Henning, solidifies its place as one of the country’s finest regional restaurants.

19 Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale. For more information, click here.

MUNI, Willunga

When this intimate spot opened late in 2021, the natural wine and sake offering challenged some McLaren Vale locals, but the adventurous 11-course menu quickly solidified Muni as a destination.  Chefs Mug Chen and Chia Wu craft dishes that are both nostalgic and innovative, promising a dining experience that’s both familiar and surprising.

2/3 High St, Willunga. For more information, click here.

Singapore Circus, d’Arenberg Cube McLaren Vale

Singapore Circus is a vibrant homage to the rich, bold, and thrilling tastes that emerge at the crossroads of diverse cultures. The experience is an adventure for the senses, offering a lively and welcoming atmosphere where every dish is designed for sharing, making it the perfect spot for gatherings. Choose from shared banquet menus, à la carte options for those seeking a more tailored dining experience, pre-booked specialty dishes that showcase the chef’s culinary creativity, and balcony dining for those who wish to enjoy their meal with a view.

The Currant Shed

The Currant Shed’s kitchen team, boasting years of diverse regional experience, excels in crafting dishes that embody the essence of the Fleurieu and South Australia’s finest produce. Sourcing from local suppliers, they offer a menu that includes dishes like handmade smoked ricotta gnocchi with heirloom carrots, and locally sourced Barramundi accompanied by greens from the restaurant’s own garden. Their commitment to seasonal menus ensures an ever-evolving dining experience that is both innovative and grounded in local flavours.

104 Ingoldby Rd. McLaren Flat. For more information, click here.

The Enchanted Fig Tree & Gastronomo, Kangaroo Island

Nestled amongst the ancient canopy of a fig tree at beautiful Snellings Beach on Kangaroo Island, The Enchanted Fig Tree, offers a Summer dining experience that celebrates minimal intervention, minimal waste, intuitive cooking, and the inviting warmth of fire. Chef Alana Brabin’s culinary journey invites you to savour memories and embrace sustainability, all while indulging in an unforgettable gastronomic adventure. In Winter, experience the mystery and joys of Gastronomo, an equally phenomenal dining experience in a converted shearing shed on the same property.

For more information, click here.

The Kitchen at Bec Hardy, McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale cellar door Bec Hardy Wines launched its new food experience just last year, paving the way for the winery’s visitors to enjoy a different side to the beloved cellar door. The Kitchen at Bec Hardy is housed in an old converted winemaking shed where a large oak vat still adorns the corner. Produce is sourced from its own Tipsy Hill Estate garden and the broader Fleurieu region crafted into two feed me menus, The Short Story and The Long Story. Both menus crafted by head chef Connor Bishop seek to tell the story of season and place through local, seasonal and sustainable produce alongside paired wines from the Bec Hardy and Pertaringa ranges.

327 Hunt Rd, McLaren Vale. For more information click here.

Villetta Porcini, Adelaide Hills

One of SA’s most elusive dining experiences, Villetta Porcini is an invite-only, hidden destination where guests must request a spot on their waitlist. Located in Mylor in the Adelaide Hills, guests experience a unique culinary experience where everything is special, intentional and warm. Villetta Porcini, or “tiny porcini cottage” in Italian, is surrounded by blue gums and conifers, and sits at the end of a winding gravel path. Small groups of guests are invited to dine encircled by nature, with an emphasis on the connection between land and table. The food on offer moves with the seasons, philosophising “excellent produce surrounded by nature and completely in the moment.” Due to the small, intimate, and weather dependent nature of Villetta Porcini, opening dates and bookings can only be confirmed 7-14 days in advance. This guarantees the best experience possible for diners.

Location: Somewhere in Mylor. For more information click here.

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