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.
Bird In Hand Winery | $85 or $130 per person
Their share-style lunch menus feature fresh, natural and local produce, constantly evolving to reflect the changing landscape of the Adelaide Hills. Both lunch experiences are an exciting culinary journeys that unfold to reveal an elite progression of ingredients, flavours and textures.
You also have the option to do various wine flights paired with lunch from $30-$100 per person.
If you want to experience chef Paul Baker at his best, we suggest going with the seven course dégustation option. With the option of an extra cheese course, the Botanic Gardens Restaurant knows what we like… even if we don’t know how to pronounce it. We don’t care that we don’t know what saltbush tapenade, black garlic soubise or lemon verbena are, they sound delicious and make us sound extra fancy (when we find out if we’re pronouncing them correctly).
d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant | $95 per person, $150 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. 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 White Sangria Sorbet. Don’t worry though, we’re sure the next menu will be just as amazing!
Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard | $95 per person, $140 with wine pairing, $165 with premium wines
MLRV offers a 5 course degustation (as well as a la carte) every Friday, Saturday & Sunday lunch. They also offer the Vigneron’s Table exclusively on their top deck, which is a 7 course menu curated by their chefs, cooked & presented specifically for that table, all matched with premium wines for $195 per head. Minimum 4 people maximum 10 people.
Topiary | $95 per person, + $65 with matched beverages +$45 with half pour matched beverages
* Beverage match prices may vary depending on courses and wines chosen that night
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, you can’t look past Topiary which offers a Saturday night degustation experiences. They’re set in the middle of Newman’s Nursery 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. The entire wine list is sourced in SA and over the past few years, they’ve been exploring their surrounds and researching what is edible, beautiful, inspiring and different. Most of their plates are hand-made in the Barossa, meats are all sourced locally, garnishes hand-picked within walking distance of the restaurant and they have an ever-changing menu to support seasonal availability.
Available for only 5 months of the year, this bucket list of degustations is one to check out. Step into a fairytale, where you dine beneath the boughs and embraced by the leaves of an ancient fig tree planted by the early settlers. Over many years, the gnarled branches have touched the ground to grow again, forming enchanting rooms with ceilings of swaying leaves and dappled light. This unique dining experience is seasonal from December to April, before the leaves start to fall. Enjoy a 7 course lunch with sides from Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays).
Windy Point Restaurant | $115 per person, $185 with wine pairing
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 makes our mouths water: Korean Fried Broccoli and Caramel Pork Belly? More like get in my belly.
Chloe’s Restaurant | $125 per person, $200 with wine flight
Chloe’s Restaurant is well-loved in the Adelaide fine dining scene, and with over thirty years of excellence they’ve definitely set the benchmark. With eight courses made of up two entrées, two mains, and one dessert, you’re sure to agree. Delight in their porcini mushroom risotto with shaved wagyu bresaola and cheesecake parfait with strawberries marinated in wine, while you sip on their fine wines (collected over thirty years) and take in the refined ambience of their antiquities.
The Gallery, Bird In Hand | $130 per person
Featuring ingredients from local growers and their own kitchen garden, the onsite farm-to-table restaurant offers a seasonal menu of standout dishes in an elegant, yet relaxed, environment. It’s an exciting culinary journey that unfolds to reveal an elite progression of ingredients, flavors and textures. It’s only available Friday, Saturday and Sundays from midday, and you should allow three hours to fully absorb yourself in the deliciousness! Get excited about the Tagliatelli with Crab!
Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant | $160 per person, $265 with matching wine
While you can go for the slightly cheaper Short Story Menu, our philosophy is if you’re gonna go for dégustation, go big or go home. With nine courses on the Full Story Menu, you’re definitely going big. If you manage to complete the seven courses prior, in course eight you’ll be served a chocolate orb (like the ones you always see on Instagram!) So set your phone to film and watch the magic unfold! Step it up a notch and stay the night on site at Mount Lofty House for the complete experience.
Orana | $175 per person, $325 with matching wine
With 18-20 courses, enjoyed over two and a half hours, this is definitely one to treat yourself with. The dining room at Orana is an intimate space that can accommodate 31 diners across ten tables. The seasonal menu focuses on local and native wild ingredients, and honours Australia’s incredibly varied food history. The menu celebrates the nutritional properties of Indigenous ingredients, respects the produce’s relationship with the land and strives to integrate all this to define Australia’s modern gastronomic identity.
Hill of Grace | $175 per person, $295 with wine pairing
The Hill of Grace’s Dennis Leslie has a unique cooking style, influenced by his diverse culinary background and extensive professional experience. Bringing South Australia’s spectacular produce to the forefront of every dish, they also pair every course with a carefully chosen Henschke wine. Don’t get too full before the Seared Paroo Kangaroo, it’s a treat. Set in Adelaide Oval’s magnificent surroundings, steeped in 144 years of rich history and nostalgia, you’ll have a delightful view with your food.
Hentley Farm Restaurant | $185 per person, $250 with wine
Get the full experience with the most decadent dégustation in town! Their Discovery Menu is seven courses and with plenty of additional treats, including Hentley Farm’s award-winning wine – you’ll be drowning in pure goodness. They’ll even do half pours for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the experience while maintaining a lower alcohol consumption (ha!). 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. If you dine in the evening, check in at their cellar door building and you’ll be escorted by their restaurant team to your dining experience, fancy!
Melt Pizzeria | $39 per person
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!
2KW | $69 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 Mezcal and ginger, tuna sashimi; Charcuterie, peach, blue cheese, lemon confit, leaves; Asparagus, parmesan custard, cured duck egg, truffle oil; Market fish, seaweed salsa verdé, Goolwa pippies; Bultarra North Flinders lamb shoulder, lemon and mint caramel, soy beans; and Ears of iceberg, Diana olive oil, Fleur de sel Triple cooked, salt and vinegar potatoes. You can also enjoy a Dessert tasting selection by adding $10 per head.
The Olfactory Inn | $69 per person
The Olfactory Inn kitchen works with local produce on hand to create regularly changing menus that minimize waste, are sustainable & contribute to evolving dishes. The ‘Feed Me’ on their menu option offers up 5 shared courses, with a minimum of two people dining.
Alere | $70 per person
Having opened in the Hub after the upgrade at Flinders University, Alere is a charming balance between valued traditional cooking techniques and contemporary styling. Offering five courses with a focus on seasonal vegetables, grains and herbal ingredients, it’s one of the most classy and cheapest tasting menus in the South of Adelaide. Complementing the dining experience is the innovative wine list including an exciting selection of biodynamic, organic and minimal intervention wines, craft beers, and botanically inspired cocktails.
Penfold’s Magill Estate | $75 per person
Penfold’s Magill Estate Kitchen menu literally begs you to let them feed you. The menu is up to the chef’s discretion, but you can bet you’ll be in for a real treat! The Magill Estate boasts a casual dining experience with breathtaking views of the vines and city. What more could you want for $75?
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!
Cos 18 Leigh | $85 per person, $120 with wine
This multi award-winning restaurant in Adelaide’s West End, where you can dine inside their beautiful restaurant or alfresco in the courtyard, is one of our favourites. Cos’ chefs feed you slowly over four delicious courses, and like the turtle who wins the race, Cos’ food will definitely win you over.
Bistro Dom on Waymouth | $85 per person, $135 with matching wine
For Bistro Dom on Waymouth, foraging is a way of life. Due to the seasonal nature of the plants, flowers, berries and fruits they find, their menu is ever-changing. With a five course menu for $85 per person (add on a cheese course for an additional $10pp), you’ll be continually surprised by their innovation and creativity.
George’s on Waymouth | $89 per person, $149 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 $60 extra per person, for the ultimate taste sensation.
There’s no menu. Just a pledge from owner, Max Mason, and his kitchen team to use the natural seasonal ingredients to produce a stunning and unique menu. These guys have been listed in QANTAS Insider Top 10 Restaurants in Adelaide. If people have dietary requirements, they will ensure they construct dishes with this in mind, and otherwise they’ll just ask people to let us feed them.
For a more relaxed session, you can’t get better than a three-course meal starring Oliver’s Taranga’s very own taranga raised dorper lamb on a spit matched with Oliver’s Taranga wines. The views from the deck overlooking the luscious vineyards are incredible! These long table dinners only run every so often too, so when you hear about them – book as soon as possible! The next two dinners are Sunday 9th April and Sunday 15th October from 12-4pm.
Oliver’s Taranga Porchetta Party | $100 per person with matching wine
Oliver’s Taranga also put on epic all inclusive Italian-style Sunday lunches throughout the year.
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.