Top 10 Places to eat in McLaren Vale

Top 10 Places to eat in McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is a foodie’s paradise, not only is it one of the finest wine regions in South Australia but offers an array of beautiful cuisine and amazing restaurants. There is something for everyone from fine dining degustation’s to simple yet elegant casual cafes – the only problem you’ll face is choosing where to go….

 Aside from the food there are the views and wine to accompany the visit and make it a mouthwatering day to remember. Whether you are coming from afar or lucky enough to have McLaren Vale on your doorstep there is always something new and delicious to try.

So, consider this our list of the top 10 places to eat in McLaren Vale offering a range of food, experiences all in a beautiful backdrop that will make you want to come back again and again, hey work through the list – you won’t be disappointed.

 We do recommend booking ahead especially for larger groups, then sit back, relax and enjoy the delicious food, stunning views and maybe a wine or two….

The Kitchen at Bec Hardy
The Kitchen at Bec Hardy is an elevated casual dining experience. It is set in a converted winemaking shed where a large oak vat still adorns the corner. The combination of rustic barn styling makes for an elevated yet relaxed space in which to immerse yourself in a quality McLaren Vale wine and food experience. Produce is sourced from their own Tipsy Hill Estate Garden and the broader Fleurieu region crafted into two feed me menus, The Short Story and The Long Story crafted by chef Connor Bishop. Both menus seek to tell the story of season and place through seasonal and sustainable produce alongside paired wines from the Bec Hardy and Pertaringa ranges. Enjoy the serenity while admiring the native flora and fauna, paired with stunning views across the vineyard. The whole experience is nothing less than wonderful from the food and service to the wine and ambiance. Grab your friends and experience it for yourself….

d’Arrys Verandah 
With breathtaking views overlooking the scenic hills of McLaren Vale, d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant is the idyllic place for an unforgettable dining experience. The restaurant is housed in a restored 19th century homestead, where spectacular views sets the scene for long leisurely lunches. d’Arry’s showcases the best of local and seasonal produce, the food experience complimented by the d’Arenberg wine portfolio. The food here is both creative and meticulous. Guests can choose from a degustation or à la carte menu. Give it a try – it won’t disappoint.

Salopian Inn
A cute cottage style venue that will leave you wanting more - food at the Salopian Inn is eclectic – an edible story, if you like – of Karena’s culinary journey. The team loves to cook… and only with local, seasonal produce. they take great pride in their craft by making all that they offer from scratch. The Salopian Inn’s menu is ever-changing, reflecting their persistent culinary journey and need to learn more, eat more and cook more. The seasons dictate what is served, with a rotating menu. definitely one to add to the list.

A great place for a casual brunch. They serve wholesome, healthy (at least, mostly...), and delicious food made with locally sourced ingredients. Check out the menu for the breakfast and lunch options, or pop-in and try some of the tasty homemade cakes and treats! Located on the main street – you can’t miss it. The cafe is kid and family-friendly . They also have a licensed bar and serve specialty coffee roasted locally  A great place for that casual day time catch up with coffee and a yummy bite to eat.

Frankies – Mitolo
Frankie Italo Dining & Disco Lounge is a traditional yet simple Italian restaurant, that will leave you feeling like you’ve taken a trip to Europe. The restaurant’s menu is inspired by traditional Italian Cucina Povera, which emphasizes frugality, humble ingredients, and simple techniques – but don’t let this shape your expectations as its the perfect place to kick your feet up, let your hair down and feast. Perhaps a roman style pizza or a handmade pasta . The dishes that are meant to be shared  so casual and great with a bunch of friends. If you want authentic pizza – then look no further…. “Gustare”

Premium Picnic at Tipsy Hill
Bec Hardy offers a unique Premium Picnic experience that you and your girlfriends will love. The package includes a full picnic setup, including wooden picnic tables, picnic rugs, cushions, and cutlery + crockery. The whole day is taken care of so you can celebrate the bride-to-be, a birthday, or any other special occasions with a one-of-a-kind premium picnic experience in a stunning location…. Sounds good? Sure does! You’ll get a 3-hour drinks package and shared grazing platters. This one of-a-kind premium picnic experience is at either one of Bec Hardy’s two stunning venues, the spectacular Tipsy Hill estate or the Bec Hardy Cellar Door. Tipsy Hill offers one of the most breathtaking locations in McLaren Vale with 360-degree views across the vineyards and a beautiful garden. The garden is known as one of South Australia’s most famous private gardens and is exclusively yours to explore for the duration of your picnic. The Bec Hardy Cellar Door is in the eastern foothills of McLaren Vale, surrounded by native flora and fauna with stunning views. So, get your girl gang together and sip sip hooray….

Pizzateca is an Italian restaurant with a cool vibe . Referred to as the ‘pizza of your dreams’ they specialize in making authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, which is thin with a soft, airy crust…. The restaurant uses locally sourced South Australian ingredients and techniques passed down from generation to generation.  Their sugo, which is made by the hands of the family, uses local, Virginia-grown Roma tomatoes.  You’ll feel like you’re eating in an authentic Italian pizzeria in the middle of Milan “Che Buona”. 

This charming restaurant is nestled between Coriole’s original 1850s homestead and ironstone barn.  The restaurant is part of the Coriole Vineyards, they serve local, seasonal produce for lunch . It’s a must visit for any foodie wanting a delicious experience. The menu is served in shared format, just like at the family table. You can choose from 2 “Feed Me” tastings.  The restaurant also offers an optional wine pairing to make the day complete.

The Currant Shed
The Currant Shed restaurant is situated in a restored 1916 currant drying shed and is surrounded by a Tahitian lime grove and vineyard. It serves regionally inspired lunches in a relaxed environment.  The Currant Shed blends inherent charm, stunning views and one of McLaren Vale's finest menus. The restaurant has amazing reviews as the food served here has been described as mouthwatering and delicious, with amazing local produce chosen by the chef. So, if you’re looking for a gastronomic experience in McLaren Vale, The Currant Shed is definitely worth serious consideration.