Adelaide’s restaurant and cafes are among the best in the country, and a new guard of renovated pubs, small bars and pop-up eateries have added a new dimension to the city’s food and wine scene.
4 East Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
South African born chef Duncan Welgemoed spent 11 years working in France and England under the likes of Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay before forging his reputation at the renowned Bistro Dom. Loud, garish and buzzing, cooking at Africola is done straight on fire with an emphasis on bespoke produce including vegetables, seafood and rotisserie meats.
94 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Enjoy the Italian food and atmosphere at Andre’s Cucina and Polenta Bar on Frome Road. This cosy restaurant takes traditional Italian dishes and serves them in a colourful, if sometimes chaotic, atmosphere. Owner Andre Ursini was one of the first MasterChef contestants, and his testament to good food sees him sourcing produce from his Italianesque agriturismo property in the Adelaide Hills. Earthy, real, and saucy.
Botanic Garden, North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
Head Chef Paul Baker has been named Chef of the Year in The Advertiser Food Awards, and with very good reason – with the entire Botanic Gardens kitchen garden to forage from, this modern Australian restaurant ensures that only the very freshest ingredients arrive on your plate. A very cultured food menu will surprise and delight. Promenade under the 150 year old Moreton Bay fig trees to savour your meal.
15 Peel Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Specialising in the American fanfare of hot dogs, burgers and wood grill offerings, Bread and Bone Wood Grill has recently opened in Peel Street above new bar Maybe Mae. Indulge in a burger before making your way down to Maybe Mae for an after-dinner drink. You’ll find yourself kicking on well into the night.
132 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Influences from China, Thailand, Malaysia and beyond. Always fresh, and always local produce for this fusion restaurant. Just order from the entrees if you want an Asian-style tapas experience!
20 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000
A stalwart of Adelaide’s dining scene, come here for an easygoing Mediterranean menu that takes advantage of seasonal fare. The signature dish is Lamb Press, pancetta, mustard fruits, parsnip and apple candy. You’re welcome!
309 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Golden Boy is the newest venture from The Botanic on the intersection of North and East Terrace. Having abandoned their famous $6 pizzas, they have replaced one half of the bar with Golden Boy restaurant, serving authentic Thai food in a cosmopolitan environment. Golden Boy has embraced the latest trend of long shared tables combined with smaller, more intimate tables.
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide SA 5000
Two South Australian identities, the Adelaide Oval and Henschke family wines, have united at the redeveloped Adelaide riverbank precinct to deliver a stylish culinary journey. Guests can choose between the four course menu and the eight course degustation with the South Australian wine list, of more than 150 options, completing the experience. Along with the view of Adelaide Oval, spectacular in its own right, is the world’s only complete collection of Henschke’s Hill of Grace wines.
Stall 28 Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide SA 5000
If you’re after a quick bite between runways, pop into this cafe by Poh Ling Yeow, ex MasterChef Australia season one runner-up and presenter of TV series Poh’s Kitchen and Poh & Co. Everything at Jamface is made in-house, and served with love. Also a brilliant breakfast spot, but get in early!
31 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000
A stalwart of Indian cuisine for 33 years, you can depend on the Jasmin to deliver on the original promises of Mrs Singh. The spices are imported and blended by hand, and there are loads of vegetarian options.
45 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Hidden away on the lower floor of the spectaular Mayfair Hotel is this beautiful restaurant that caters to those seeking something special. Executive Chef Bethany Finn skillfully weaves magic in her classic dishes, but it is the High Tea that we truly recommend here. Old fashioned charm.
38 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Great for tapas and pizza and set in a modern restaurant with a huge wall of art. The Waymouth Street restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and always abuzz with a crowd.
1/285 Rundle Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Orana has unofficially claimed the title of Adelaide’s most prestigious restaurant, thanks to the incredible skills of celebrated Scottish chef Jock Zonfrillo (ex Marco Pierre White, David Cavalier at Michelin-starred Chapter One, and Renee Redzepi at NOMA, named Best Restaurant In The World several times over). Orana serves creations you would never attempt to cook at home, featuring freshly foraged native Australian ingredients. Situated above his other lively venture Restaurant Blackwood, Orana offers patrons a smaller, more intimate experience with a focus on more complex dishes in a fine-dining setting.
9 Peel Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Peel Street is one of Adelaide’s funky cafes, hidden in the heart of Adelaide. They adopt a really simple formula – the food has to be simple, fresh and delicious. They work on making everything they do generous, abundant and buzzing with robust flavours.
78 Penfold Road, Magill SA 5000
Jump in a taxi and experience one of Adelaide’s jewels in the city! Situated at the spiritual home of Penfolds, the restaurant combines modern architectural style with the natural attributes of its historic Adelaide foothills location that delivers a contemporary and comfortable fine dining atmosphere. Contemporary food, an extensive collection of world-famous Penfolds wines, exemplary service and stunning views completes one of Australia’s finest food and wine experiences.
46 Exchange Place, Adelaide SA 5000
Known as one of the best lunching spots in the CBD. Pranzo’s excellent modern Italian food is served promptly but it’s not a rushed dining experience. The emphasis appears to be on quality seasonal produce and robust flavour.
40 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Press* took Adelaide by storm and continues to dish up feasts especially for meat-lovers. From a half-suckling Berkshire pig to a range of offal, The Waymouth Street restaurant has got it covered.
142 Tynte Street, North Adelaide SA 5006
Ruby Red Flamingo is one of the best restaurants to hit Adelaide, and whilst technically not part of the CBD, it falls on the outskirts in North Adelaide. Ruby Red Flamingo was one of the first restaurants in Adelaide to opt for the no booking policy and given its popularity, it doesn’t need one. Alternatively, Ruby Red Flamingo has a small bar upstairs where you can have a drink. Serving Italian food with a twist, Ruby Red Flamingo is a guaranteed good time.
Station Road, Adelaide SA 5000
Positioned down Station Road off North Terrace, the restaurant backs onto SkyCity and is a short walk from the Riverbank Precinct. Named after chef and restaurateur Sean Connolly, Sean’s Kitchen embraces alfresco dinning, communal tables and revolves around serving food for the soul. You’ll find fresh, melt-in-the-mouth canapés, classic Australian grilled prawns alongside new age Waldorf salads, and decadent desserts that will make you linger longer than planned.
54 Pulteney Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Named after the famous street food address in Bangkok, ‘Soi 38’ brings the best of Thai street food to Adelaide. Meat and seafood is ethically sourced, and their menu changes regularly to make use of seasonal, local ingredients.
120 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
The Playford is a favourite for special occasions, combining cultural delights and world influence with fantastic local produce. Situated in one of Adelaide’s top luxury hotels.