Drink and dine among iconic vines and stunning coastal vistas at our top 10 McLaren Vale restaurants.Gorgeous beaches and prime wine country collide in the Fleurieu Peninsula’s McLaren Vale. Just a 40-minute drive from Adelaide, spend your days dining on farm-fresh, sustainable produce, sipping world-famous wine and staying at luxurious retreats.
Experience the best McLaren Vale restaurants in our top 10.
1. THE D’ARENBERG CUBE, MCLAREN VALE
Set your coordinates for the otherworldly d’Arenberg Cube. Spend a day navigating the five-storey multi-functioning wine centre, featuring a wine sensory room, 360-degree video room and beautiful panoramic tasting area with superb vineyard and ocean views. Top it off with lunch at the Cube’s restaurant: the first in Australia to create food using a 3D printer.
2. MITOLO WINES, MCLAREN VALE
Situated in the heart of McLaren Vale, Mitolo cellar door offers unique and personalised tastings of unique single-vineyard wines. Discover luxury fine dining at Mitolo’s Bocca di Lupo Italian restaurant: a natural extension of the wine tasting experience, open for lunch and dinner.
Head chef Tom Jack's cooking style is a complex fusion of modern Australian and subtle Asian combined with contemporary Italian. Since opening in late 2017, Bocca di Lupo was awarded a AGFG Chef Hat Award in 2018.
3. RED POLES, MCLAREN VALE
Red Poles Café and Restaurant is the perfect blend of food, wine, art and ale in the middle of a vineyard, surrounded by natural bushland. The menu focuses on local produce from around the Fleurieu Peninsula and an onsite kitchen garden. Red Poles gallery showcases the works of emerging and established South Australian artists: it proudly showcases local Indigenous art, representing communities throughout South Australia.
4. THE CURRANT SHED, MCLAREN VALE
Set between a delightful lime grove and beautiful vineyards, The Currant Shed was once a part of a homestead where early McLaren Vale residents made their living from mixed farming enterprises. Today, the Currant Shed blends inherent charm, stunning views and one of McLaren Vale's finest menus, all under the guidance of owners Hamish Maguire and Emily Dowie.
5. CORIOLE VINEYARDS AND GATHER RESTAURANT, MCLAREN VALE
Steeped in McLaren Vale’s winemaking history, Coriole produces multi-award-winning estate-grown Shiraz and Cabernet and has pioneered a range of Mediterranean varieties including Sangiovese, Fiano and Picpoul.
The charming Gather Restaurant is nestled between Coriole’s original 1850s homestead and ironstone barn. The restaurant's focus is seasonal, locally-sourced, locally-produced and foraged fare. The relaxed, grazing menu utilises Coriole’s onsite kitchen garden as well as many local artisan producers.
6. The Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale’s iconic Salopian Inn plates-up some of South Australia’s finest food, straight from the garden of owner Karena Armstrong. The Salopian Inn’s menu is eclectic and ever-changing, reflecting Karena’s persistent culinary journey. The seasons dictate what is served, with a rotating menu featuring organic fruit, vegetables, locally-sourced beef, lamb, poultry and freshly-caught seafood.
7. 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.
8. Pizzateca, McLaren Vale
Pizzateca is a family-run Italian restaurant in McLaren Vale, specializing in Neapolitan wood-fired pizza. Recipes have been passed-down from one generation to the next and are served from inside a gorgeous white weatherboard cottage. Décor is slick and modern, and the pizzas are mouthwateringly good.
9. Maxwell Wines, McLaren Vale
Maxwell Wines is set in a stunning Limestone building with breathtaking views over the rolling McLaren Vale hills. Showcasing the best of the region, Head Chef Fabian Lehmann offers a versatile menu including à la carte options in Maxwell Restaurant. Taste wines before you dine to ensure the perfect selection, or simply let it all happen, with wines expertly matched from the estate vineyards.
10. Leonard’s Mill, Second Valley
Set in a beautiful 160-year-old flour mill, Second Valley’s Leonard’s Mill is a paddock-to-plate restaurant, proudly creating everything from scratch. Enjoy long lunches on the deck in summer and fireside wines in winter. There are two bed and breakfast cottage rooms onsite, which are the perfect base for McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula exploration.