What and where to eat in the City of Churches.
Adelaide has long been a purveyor of high-quality, fine-dining restaurants, award-winning wines and iconic pub nosh, so when in town your best bet is to try a little bit of each.
Wine connoisseurs can do no wrong spending their days tasting their way around the famous wine regions of the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. Those who prefer to discover the city’s burgeoning laneway bar scene should make the rounds down Peel Street.
One thing you can’t leave Adelaide without trying is the iconic pie floater. This is an Aussie meat pie that is topped with tomato sauce and floating in a thick pea soup. It is a pub favourite that dates back to the 1860s.
For something truly unique, take a day to visit the small German town of Hahndorf in Adelaide Hills. Home to the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, it’s also home to some of the finest chutneys, apple strudels and beers around.
For everything else though, these hot restaurants and bars will hit the spot.
Adelaide restaurants and bars
The Playford Restaurant
Housed inside The Playford MGallery hotel, The Playford Restaurant has arguably the most sought after tables in town. It’s the number one restaurant on TripAdvisor and has the clout to back it up, including nailing Best Restaurant in the AHA National Awards for Excellence in 2016 and nabbing two glasses at the Gourmet Traveller 2014-2016 Australian Wine List of the Year awards.
The fare is modern Australian, the produce is South Australian and the buffet breakfast exceeds all expectations.
120 North Tce, Adelaide
Georges on Waymouth
TripAdvisor users hail this one as “a truly upmarket international quality restaurant”, praising it for its attentive service, wines and delicious meals.
Established in 2002, Georges on Waymouth boasts a distinctly European feel both in its simple decor and its fresh seasonal fare. Located in the heart of Adelaide CBD, this is the perfect way to cap off your stay in Adelaide.
20 Waymouth St, Adelaide
Located in what is quickly becoming Adelaide’s bar centre, Peel Street is a restaurant with a motto of “fresh, simple, delicious”. The venue prides itself in using only the highest quality ingredients and in packing as much flavour as it can into its dishes.
The cuisine at Peel Street is European and tasting menus are available for large groups.
9 Peel Street, Adelaide, laneway between Hindley and Currie Streets
Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurants
Penfolds Magill is one winery restaurant that constantly finds itself on the lists for the top restaurants in Adelaide. Located in the historic Adelaide foothills area, it’s an architectural wonder less than 10 kilometres from the city centre.
Inside, you’ll find a contemporary fit-out, which is paired to perfection with a modern Australian menu. But you’re thinking about the wines, aren’t you? The collection is extensive and dates all the way back to the first Grange in 1951. Hope you have your credit card handy.
78 Penfold Road Magill, South Australia
A favourite for after-work drinks, you can find Mother Vine in the eastern end of Adelaide CBD. It’s a wine bar with a menu stocked with local tipples from Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley as well as select international options.
The food on offer is share plates, making it ideal for a quick drink before dinner.
22-26 Vardon Lane, Adelaide
Clever Little Tailor
Delicious magazine argues that Clever Little Tailor is the quality liquor bar that spearheaded the Adelaide laneway bar scene, and it may well have. Located on the famous Peel Street, it’s all about craft beers and quality wines at this swanky establishment.
19 Peel Street, Adelaide
Food tours and cooking classes
Those who consider themselves true foodies can benefit from the wealth of gourmet food and wine tours in and around Adelaide. From markets to wineries, these are some of the best.