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Ten South Australian Regional Restaurants Worth Travelling For

South Australia’s Best Regional Restaurants
Photo: Ellen Morgan

It is a known fact that Adelaide has some seriously good eateries. But ask yourself, when was the last time you travelled more than an hour from the CBD to get a great feed? It’s time, city-dwellers. There is a literal smorgasbord of world-renowned options, dotted around our great state. Fritz looks at the best regional eats that are well worth the drive.

Del Giorno — Port Lincoln

Del Giorno Port Lincoln

Ever driven seven hours for seafood? We have. When it’s as good as what is on offer at Del Giorno’s, great feats are required. Situated on Tasman Terrace with unobstructed views of the coastline, Del Giorno menu takes full advantage of the Spencer Gulf’s pristine water quality, sheltered bays and exceptional water flow. Try the Kinkawooka Mussel Pot (arguably the restaurant’s flagship dish), served with fresh mussels, chips and your choice of mayonnaise – and crikey, it’s to die for. Or try the Mori Tuna steaks, Port Lincoln’s biggest export, served on poached potato and caponata salsa.

80 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln

No. 4 — Robe

No. 4 Robe

This great little cafe may be a 3+ hour drive away from the CBD, but it’s a journey worth taking. Not only is it a beautiful drive along the coast, but this beauty is also pup-friendly so make sure you bring doggo along for the ride (they even have their own pup menu – Wag & Bone). Recently renovated, this gorgeous restaurant and art-gallery uses ingredients from local, boutique and family-run producers. If you’re looking for a Sunday High Tea with a SA twist – No.4 is the spot. You will be served local savouries, sweets, and organic tea – or a glass or two of prosecco. If you don’t opt for high tea, go for the Lobster Scramble, probably the fanciest breakfast you’ll ever have. We recommend making a booking to be safe.

4 Victoria St, Robe

Bremerton Cellar Door — Langhorne Creek

Bremerton

Only a 50-minute drive from the CBD, this cellar door is one of the most interesting in the region. Bremerton is run by sisters Lucy and Rebecca Willson, arguably the only sister-run winery in Australia. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll no doubt meet one or both of the sister-act when you visit – they’re absolute characters, and super passionate about their product. While there, try Bremerton’s premium wine range, and have a casual bite to eat in the restored 1866 stone barn set against the gorgeous Langhorne Creek vista. Bremerton pride themselves on having good, honest tucker as the likes of gourmet pizzas and seasonal platters. They’ve even got a dreamy dessert menu – a feature you don’t often see at a cellar door. The sweets match the wine beautifully too – think dessert pizzas, brownies and affogato.

Langhorne Creek Rd, Langhorne Creek

Port Elliot Bakery — Port Elliot

Port Elliot Bakery

Anyone who’s been to Port Elliot knows about this little doozy, the constant queue out the door testament to how popular this little pastry haven is. Built in the 1860s, the bakery still uses the original wood-fired oven to bake their daily goodies. Apart from amazing pies, pasties and sausage rolls, they also have a range of signature products, including the Pizza Pie, Honey Stick, and Iced Berliner. Trust us – you won’t want to leave the place without one of these in your hot little hands. A word of warning –  this is an extremely busy bakery, so a visit can feel a bit like a military operation, especially during the holidays. But fear not, you’re getting some of the best baked goods in the state. Promise you won’t be disappointed.

31 North Terrace, Port Elliot

The Salopian Inn — McLaren Vale

The Salopian Inn

If you haven’t been to The Salopian Inn yet, you are doing yourself (and McLaren Vale for that matter) a disservice. By far one of the finest eateries in the state, the restaurant has a rich history of being run by strong women (currently by head chef Karena Armstrong). We’ve eaten there too many times to count, and each was as good (or better) than the last. The pork buns and chicken confit are highlights of the near-perfect menu, which changes regularly. They have a gin collection (260 different gins to be exact) that would make F. Scott Fitzgerald ruin his pantaloons. The kitchen sources local ingredients for the seasonal menu, including fruit, vegetables and herbs from Armstrong’s own organic garden – and boy can you taste the difference. We recommend you treat yourself to the ‘feed me’ option, duck down to the cellar to pick your poison (the wine), and follow it with a few top notch gins – a truly world-class experience.

Corner of Main Road and McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale

The Davery Establishment — Murray Bridge

The Davery Establishment

If you’re a city-dweller, you are forgiven for not knowing about The Davery Establishment. Nestled in the heart of Murray Bridge, this wonderfully retro-styled eatery is fun and fresh. They make a mean coffee, the vibe is always upbeat and the food is always amazing. The menu has all your brunch staples, with the Mushroom Ragout or the Eggs Hemingway among our personal go-to’s. The Davery also has a food truck which you will almost certainly find on Saturday mornings at the Murray Bridge farmers market.

4/4 Seventh St, Murray Bridge

Pipers of Penola — Penola

Pipers of Penola

Words by Katie Spain

Some dishes are worth the drive. Next time you’re in Penola (approximately four hours from Adelaide, depending on whether you stop for a pie in Keith on the way) treat yourself to a meal at Pipers of Penola. This fine-dining restaurant is set in an old church and chef Simon Bowen nails the art of hearty. We particularly dig the double cutlet pork loin, white bean and hock ragoût, braised leek, apple waldorf slaw, bourbon and mustard sauce. It’s like a flashback to childhood. Let Simon’s wife Erika pour you a glass of fine fortified and you’ll forget all about the cold.

58 Riddoch Street · Penola

The Anchorage Hotel — Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor just wouldn’t be Victor Harbor without the good ol’ Anchorage Hotel. Built in 1906 as a guest house by James Halliday, the seafront-facing hotel is still one of the best places to eat in the area. The nautical-themed eatery gives the feeling of being at sea, as does the menu – especially when you order a drink at the boat-turned-bar. The Fleurieu Seafood Chowder is undoubtedly a menu highlight, as is the Barossa Saltbush lamb shoulder tagine. The menu changes seasonally, but you can’t really go wrong with their consistently excellent cuisine. And if you want to make a weekend of it, the Hotel offers very reasonably priced guest rooms.

21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor

Enchanted Fig Tree — Kangaroo Island

Enchanted Fig Tree

This legendary restaurant does exactly what it says on the tin – you dine under an enchanted fig tree. The banquet-style lunch spot is truly special and celebrates the produce of Kangaroo Island (including figs harvested from the restaurant’s namesake) and local wines, made by owner and renowned chef Rachel Hannaford. The set-menu dining experience is seasonal, running from December to June only. As you would imagine, bookings are essential and hard to come by. Do not let this dissuade you though, as it’s a must-do when visiting K.I.

5997 N Coast Rd, Middle River

The Sevenhill Hotel — Clare Valley

The Sevenhill Hotel

When visiting the Clare Valley wine region, make sure you leave a spot on your busy wining and dining schedule to eat at this gem. About  an hour and a half from the CBD, the Hotel’s porterhouse steak alone is reason enough to make the journey. The hotel has an option to dine in the wine cellar too, which may sound dark and dingy, but is actually a very warm and cozy experience (with blankets for those who feel otherwise). The modern Australian fare on the menu is a crowd-pleaser through and though, and because it’s in Clare, it goes without saying that the wine selection is magnifique.

Main North Road, Sevenhill

Have we missed your favourite regional restaurant? Let us know in the comments below.

Smiley Fritz

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Vicky Lamonby

    13/09/2017 at 3:43 pm

    Seed Winehouse + Kitchen in Clare needs to be on your list. The food and service are amazing.

    • Jackson

      19/09/2017 at 8:29 am

      Looks phenomenal Vicky – we will endeavour to get there next time we’re in Clare – thank you for the suggestion.

  2. Steph

    14/09/2017 at 11:19 am

    Unfortunately Yorke Peninsula is forgotten again…
    Not as far as Lincoln or Robe.
    Many great eateries, or book yourself a feast with Yorkes Uncorked and stay at Ballara Art & Lifestyle Retreat!

    • Jackson

      19/09/2017 at 8:39 am

      Hello Steph – thank you for the suggestions, we are working hard to highlight the best parts of our big beautiful state, out of the two paces you have suggested on Yorke Peninsula, what are the go-to meals that we can try? Thank you for the input

  3. Pat Flood

    15/09/2017 at 7:09 pm

    Mr Micks Tapas restaurant in Clare is amazing! Menu that changes with the seasons! Great food, wine and atmosphere!

    • Jackson

      19/09/2017 at 8:40 am

      Hello Pat – Clare sure seems to have a whole lot of good eateries – we will have to make a Guide to Clare by the sound of it… at Mr Micks, what is your go-to dish?

  4. Jenny

    24/09/2017 at 9:17 am

    The Barn Bistro in McLaren Vale would have to be the best in the McLaren Vale Wine Region with consistently high quality food, wonderful service, the most AWESOME wine room and open for dinner every night!

  5. Gina Raisin

    11/11/2017 at 8:34 am

    Metro Cafe – Mount Gambier
    Amazing food, fabulous atmosphere and a pastry cabinet to die for!
    Friday nights at Metro are a blast with live music, lively conversation and dancing styles to behold! It also my everyday coffee shop, it’s the unofficial town square of Mount Gambier.

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