Hungry? your place is set at adelaide's best restaurants.
From 16-course degustations using some Australia’s most unique indigenous ingredients, to authentic Napoli-style pizzerias, African-inspired diners and fine-dining in historic cellar doors, Adelaide dishes up some incredible restaurants. Sample your way around the city's best places to eat and drink on a gastronomic safari with our guide to Adelaide's best restaurants.
Unfortunately Bistro Blackwood is now closed.
1. RESTAURANT ORANA, ADELAIDE CBD
Not only one of the best restaurants in Adelaide, Restaurant Orana is officially the best restaurant in Australia. Named Australia’s Restaurant of the Year 2018 by Gourmet Traveller magazine and Restaurant of the Year 2019 by the Good Food Guide, Indigenous ingredients harvested by local communities underpin chef Jock Zonfrillo’s 16-course degustation menu. Working with aboriginal elders and experimenting with native ingredients, it’s as much an indigenous food experiment as a fine dining restaurant. Zonfrillo boldly uses native ingredients like bunya nuts, green ants and quandongs to create culinary works of art. A must for all foodies.
2. SHOBOSHO, ADELAIDE CBD
If your experience of Japanese cuisine is limited to plastic sushi plates rolling around a conveyor belt, then head to Leigh Street’s Shōbōsho and prepare for a flavour revelation. The latest venture from prolific South Australian restauranteur Simon Kardachi and with executive chef Adam Liston at the helm after stints in Shanghai and Melbourne, the Japanese-inspired menu blends smoke, steam and fire – the ancient traditions of Japanese yakitori. Raw, cured, pickled and fermented dishes complement smoky flavours with sashimi, noodles, yakitori, dumplings and bao on the menu. Décor is slick, rich and warm with a distinctly Japanese feel. The kitchen is open all day serving lunch and snacks, then dinner and drinks.
3. Madre, Adelaide CBD
Sea water from the oceans of Puglia, Tipo 00 flour sourced straight from Italy and a little bit of science are the secrets behind Adelaide’s best traditional Napoli-style pizza. The result? A light, airy and down-right delicious pizza base that has rightly earned Madre a place on our list of Adelaide’s best restaurants. It’s little wonder the pizza is so good, Madre is from the same team behind McLaren Vale’s Pizzateca and head pizzaiolo Ettore Bertonati has a PhD in chemistry. Madre's menu features eight minimally topped but flavour-packed pizzas, calzone and a huge range of sides and salads, and the extensive Italian wine selection is equally exciting. Vegan Mozarella is available too, for your herbivore friends. Can’t decide? Leave it up to the chefs and sample the best bits of the menu with the shared degustation.
4. Fino Vino, Adelaide CBD
One of South Australia’s best regional restaurants – Fino at Seppeltsfield – is now more accessible for hungry city slickers. Fino Vino, an urban interpretation of the iconic Barossa restaurant, is nestled in Adelaide’s Flinders Street. With a philosophy focused on seasonal produce, supporting local producers, growers and vignerons and minimal waste production, the menu is a fresh, tapas-style affair matched by chic, yet rustic interiors. With booths, communal tables, kitchen seating and a bar, it’s the perfect space for after work drinks and a bite to eat.
5. NIDO, KING WILLIAM ROAD
Intimate, boutique and constantly evolving, Nido, is one of the best restaurants in Adelaide if you’re in search of an Italian feast. With former Shōbōsho head chef Max Sharrad - named Young Chef of the Year in the 2018 Appetite for Excellence awards - taking the reins, Nido’s menu is underpinned by an Australian interpretation of traditional Italian flavours. The popular Hyde Park haunt serves up some of the best pasta in town, which is made daily on-site. Tucked away on trendy King William Road, Nido, meaning 'nest' in Italian, also dishes up artisan cured meats and salumi, plus bar snacks, larger plates including grilled meats and drool-worthy Italian desserts. The gnocco fitto – golden pillows of fried gnocchi bread – is a must. Nido also moonlights as an aperitivo bar, with an impressive wine list exclusively featuring Australian and Italian wines and some of the best cocktails in town.
6. AFRICOLA, ADELAIDE CBD
One of the hottest tables in town, Africola is best enjoyed when shared. Let the spices of Northern Africa unleash your adventurous spirit to try something wonderfully unfamiliar. Opt for the sumptuous four course chef’s selection or fill your table with plates like golden dahl, sprouted lentils, fried cauliflower, sardine with harissa, falafel and marinated eggplant. With chef Duncan Welgeoed’s raving fans and great value, Africola is one of the best restaurants in Adelaide so make sure you book ahead.
7. Osteria Oggi, Adelaide CBD
Osteria Oggi is another must-try for pasta aficionados. Tucked on Pirie Street, this local pasta powerhouse is famous for its hand-crafted pasta made fresh daily, but beyond the pasta this modern Italian restaurant has a lot more to offer. The menu traverses appetizers and salumi, through to the pasta, slow-roasted meats and fish, and Italian desserts with a twist. Oggi’s sleek design was also awarded the top gong at the prestigious World Interiors Awards for Restaurant Interiors in 2019. Oh, and there’s a cheese trolley. Need we say more? Mangia Mangia!
8. Gaja by Sashi, Adelaide cbd
MasterChef Australia 2019 winner Sashi Cheliah’s newly opened restaurant is a homage to his Singaporean culture. Dishing up hawker-style food on Pirie Street in the heart of Adelaide, bold flavours are on the menu at Gaja by Sashi. Curries, satays and finger foods are heavy on the garlic, spice and chilli (in the best possible way) with Chinese, Indian and Malaysian influences at play. There’s plenty of vegan and gluten free options too. Supported by a casual party atmosphere with an extensive drinks’ menu, expect the music to be played a notch higher than usual.
9. SUNNY'S PIZZA, ADELAIDE CBD
Retro and wonderfully kitsch, Sunny’s Pizza is a must-visit Adelaide restaurant for authentic Napoli-style pizza, cocktails and party vibes. Opened by five friends and designed by Adelaide’s Studio-Gram (the architects behind Africola and Osteria Oggi), digging into a pizza at Sunny’s feels like a meal at your most eccentric friend’s house, but with the addition of an awesome bar, DJs and, let’s face it, probably much better food.
10. PARWANA, HENLEY BEACH ROAD
Afghan might not be the first cuisine you think of when exploring Adelaide’s food scene, but Parwana is more than just a restaurant. It’s a connection straight into this fascinating culture and Afghanistan’s street-style food, decorative interior, and generous family-run hospitality. Owners Zelmai and Farida Ayubi migrated from Afghanistan with their young family in 1987. With them, they brought generations of culinary knowledge, resulting in some of the best Middle Eastern food in Australia, and one of the best places to eat in Adelaide. Just minutes from the city on Henley Beach Rd, generous plates of delicately flavoured meats, spiced rice and flavour-packed vegetable dishes give curious diners a taste of this mysterious land. If you’re looking for middle eastern city eats, sister restaurant Kutchi Deli Parwana awaits in Ebenezer Place in Adelaide’s east end.
11. PENFOLDS MAGILL ESTATE Restaurant, MAGILL
Just 15 minutes away from the CBD in Adelaide’s beautiful foothills, Penfolds Magill Estate has long held the title of one of Adelaide’s best restaurants. With breathtaking views over the historic Penfolds vineyards and Adelaide city, the multi award-winning restaurant is one of our favourite spots to settle in for a decadent dinner with head chef Scott Huggins taking inspiration from seasonal produce and Penfold’s wine in his fine-dining restaurant menu. For casual dining, Magill Estate Kitchen is the perfect spot for a long lunch. Magill Estate is the birthplace of Australia's most prized wine, Penfolds Grange, so you’re guaranteed a great drop to compliment your feast. Afterwards, explore a labyrinth of underground tunnels and bluestone cellars, and learn about the iconic vineyard’s rich wine-making history dating back to 1844.
WASH IT DOWN IN ADELAIDE'S BOOMING BAR SCENE
What's good food without great drink to match? Finish your night off with a glass of South Australian wine, craft beer, cider or spirits in one of Adelaide's best bars. Take your pick from Clever Little Tailor, La Rambla, Proof, Pink Moon Saloon and so much more. See our our top 10 list of bars in Adelaide and get sipping!