Pair fine food and wine with iconic coastal views at Adelaide’s best beach restaurants and bars.
1. The Moseley Beach Club, Glenelg
The Moseley Beach Club returns in 2020, luring crowds to the white sand and lapping waves of Adelaide’s favourite city beach. Grab a cocktail and settle-in for the day on premium sun beds or fully-serviced lounges. Casual dining is available as well as a bar, with live music and DJs providing the perfect summer soundtrack.
2. SeaSalt, Henley Beach
Perched overlooking beautiful Henley Beach, just a 20-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD, SeaSalt plates-up mouth-watering South Australian seafood. Designed by Studio Gram (the team behind Adelaide’s legendary Osteria Oggi and Shobosho), SeaSalt’s décor is one of its biggest drawcards. Sip local wine and dig into classic seafood favourites under the shade of retro-inspired striped umbrellas, or from cosy booths, framed by classic louvre windows.
3. Stella Restaurant, Henley Beach
Located right on the beach at Henley Square, Stella is a famous for its eclectic menu, featuring a wide range of dishes, made from only the best local and imported Italian ingredients. With incredible ocean views, there are few better places in Adelaide to take-in South Australia’s iconic summer sunsets.
4. Hortas Restaurant and Café, Port Noarlunga
Set on the sunbathed shore of Port Noarlunga, Hortas Restaurant and Café serves mouth-watering Portuguese and Mediterranean-inspired dishes in intimate surrounds. Locals rave about their Portuguese tapas menu, best enjoyed watching the summer sun set from the balcony, glass of McLaren Vale wine in-hand.
5. Star of Greece, Port Willunga
Port Willunga’s award-winning Star of Greece restaurant is South Australian foodie royalty. Here, you’ll dig into South Australia’s most succulent seafood, overlooking towering cliffs, taking-in iconic views of Gulf St Vincent. This is a restaurant that doesn't rely on grand architecture or flashy décor, instead focussing all its efforts on plating-up unsurpassable food and wine in naturally stunning surrounds.
6. Melt, Henley Beach
With so many exceptional west-facing beaches so close to the city centre, Adelaide’s sand and surf are virtually inescapable. Pull-up a stool at Melt, Henley Beach, for the best seat in the house. Perched above SeaSalt, Melt’s décor is bright and airy with a retro pastel palette. The pizza menu is as extensive as it is impressive, offering gourmet toppings from Spanish meatballs to scallop and truffle.
7. West Bar, Henley Beach
Above Melt, in the same booming beach shack, West Bar concocts a colourful range of cocktails from a beautiful walnut timber bar. Grab a glass of South Australian wine and stroll down the bar’s terrace, linking the indoor bar to a stunning outdoor seating area. There’s no better place to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, just 20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide’s CBD.
8. Bacchus Bar, Henley Beach
Just off Henley Square, mere steps away from the beach, Bacchus Bar is one of Adelaide’s most popular beachside hangouts. Bacchus mixes-up fruity cocktails while offering an extensive lunch and dinner menu. Chill out with live music and DJs on summer weekends, soaking-up Henley’s buzzing atmosphere.
9. Chicco Palms, Henley Beach
Chicco Palms is a California-inspired pizza shop, pairing Italo-American classics with neon-splashed, retro décor. Their menu features pizza, pasta, traditional sweets and antipasto share plates, paired with Italian and South Australian wine.
Let summer days linger at Adelaide’s Best City Beaches
One of our favourite things about summer in Adelaide is our beautiful west-facing beaches. End the day with a cocktail and canapes after dining at some of the best Adelaide beach bars and restaurants. See our top 5 Adelaide beaches for more inspiration.