Nothing reflects Adelaide’s diverse population more than the incredible number of places to eat around the city and suburbs. Adelaide’s restaurant and cafes are among the best in the country; while a new breed of renovated pubs, small bars and pop-up eateries have added a new dimension to the city’s food and wine scene. Entire streets including; Rundle Street, Gouger Street, Melbourne Street and O’Connell Street are devoted to dining with styles varying from al fresco to cultural. Most Adelaide restaurants, pubs and wine bars feature the state’s produce and wines on their menus, so visitors can get a real taste of South Australia without leaving the city.
Enjoy the Italian food and atmosphere at Andre’s Cucina and Polenta Bar on Frome Road. This restaurant strives to make traditional Italian dishes and serve them in a colourful, if sometimes chaotic, atmosphere.
Alphütte restaurant was built in 1983 and has been operated by owner Leo Schadegg since. The Swiss influenced eating icon is proud of its relaxed atmosphere, attentive service and reliable consistency of flavour and quality over the last 30 years.
The Apothecary 1878 Wine Bar & Restaurant is located in the heart of the West End precinct. The name comes from the 133 year-old antique pharmacy cabinets, which grace the front bar. A range of dining spaces, from rustic cellar to snug mezzanine, fuses together the mouth-watering menu and equally stunning wine list.
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.
Fusions of Japanese and French cuisines are the focus for Ginzo Miyaki, a modern Adelaide restaurant with an international experienced Japanese chef at its helm. Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture in the traditional style seating area or relax in comfort in the beautifully furnished western style area. The specialised menu serves up traditional dishes incorporating modern techniques and flavours.
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.
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.
From the centralised open kitchen, with hanging small goods providing a visual and aromatic flare, Jamie’s Italian serves rustic, simple and honest food. King William Street’s newest restaurant stand-outs are the wooden ‘planks’ laden with Italian inspired South Australian delicacies. Playing homage to the South Australian wine industry, Jamie’s Italian Adelaide offers a unique wine list alongside the set wine list found in other Jamie’s Italian venues across Australia.
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.
Orana is the second of Jock Zonfrillo’s ventures and sits directly above Street-ADL in Rundle Street. In direct contrast to Street-ADL, Orana offers patrons a smaller, more intimate setting with a focus on more complex dishes. Orana has unofficially claimed the title of Adelaide’s most prestigious restaurant.
Peel St is one of Adelaide funky cafes, hidden in the heart of Adelaide. Peel St adopts 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.
Situated at the spiritual home of Penfolds, the restaurant combines modern architectural style with the natural attributes of its Adelaide foothills location & historic surrounds and delivers a contemporary and comfortable fine dining atmosphere. Contemporary food, an extensive collection of Penfolds wines, exemplary service and stunning views completes one of Australia’s finest food and wine experiences.
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.
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.
Rigoni's Bistro opened its doors in 1979. Since this time they’ve become known as Adelaide’s original business lunch haunt through presenting some of Adelaide’s best–loved Italian cuisine. Complementing the menu is Rigoni’s relaxed bistro atmosphere, great service and superb wines. Also open for dinner.
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.
Sean’s Kitchen is the newest Adelaide restaurant to open its doors and embrace the vibrant laneway culture. 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.
Located at the Intercontinental Adelaide Shiki offers Authentic award-winning Japanese cuisine. Observe the skill and talent of Kenny Trinh, the Chef de Cuisine, as he and his team create delicious and succulent dishes through their culinary mastery. Since its opening in 1988, Shiki has quickly risen to the heights of culinary success and countless commendations. Decades later it has still managed to maintain its spot as a favorite Japanese restaurant in Adelaide, and outperform its competition while garnering excellent reviews, whether from food critics, hotel guests, or local patrons. Shiki was ranked #2 most recommended Adelaide restaurant among more than 700 other restaurants in Adelaide on the TripAdvisor. The menu contains a wide variety of a la carte options while providing patrons with a host of authentic teppanyaki dishes in Japanese style.
Street-ADL is the first of a two part venture from chef Jock Zonfrillo. Offering informal dining, cocktails and ‘street food’, Street-ADL has embraced the growing popularity of American-inspired food.
The Lion Hotel is just a short eight minute walk to Adelaide Oval. Located in North Adelaide, The Lion Hotel is a stunning heritage listed building from the 1880’s with a thoroughly modern and sophisticated interior. With an award winning restaurant, stylish bar and contemporary courtyard, casual dining in Lion Express and live music every night of the week, there’s always something happening at The Lion. Open from 8am until late every day of the week
Vegetarian and Vegan Cuisine
With a number of restaurants dedicating their menu to plant based ingredients. Adelaide’s multiculturalism and welcoming of vegetarian and vegan cultures sees most, if not all, restaurants having a selection of vegetarian meals. If you see something you like that isn’t vegetarian or vegan friendly, just ask the staff, many restaurants are happy to adapt recipes if they can.
A short step from busy Gouger street, sit down and relax with a large menu of vegetarian, gluten free, organic and free trade meals and drinks.
7 Compton St, Adelaide.
Ph: 08 8231 0205
Step back into the retro 1970’s and enjoy organic and vegetarian home-style cooking.
118 Prospect Road, Prospect.
Ph: 08 8344 7448
Specialising in egg-free, vegan and vegetarian desserts and cakes, Eggless Desert Cafe tempts everyone’s tastebuds. (evenings only)
162 Goodwood Road, Goodwood.
Ph: 08 8272 0777
Vegetarian and vegan take-a-way meals created around the ethos of whole foods that are chemical free and full of taste and nutrients. (daytime only)
18 Elizabeth St, Croydon.
Ph: 08 8340 8872
Gouger St, Adelaide. (Market hours)
Ph 0410 527 824
A 100% vegan café specialising in apothacary shots, tonics and elegant food. (daytime only)
10 Rosetta St West Croydon.
Ph: 0434 353 047
A restaurant dedicate to authentic Indian street food flavours.
4/85 Prospect Rd, Prospect. (in Foodland Mall)
Ph: 08 7120 2030
A Taiwanese restaurant and tea house serving up vegetarian meals with a Taiwan twist.
110 Gawler Place, Adelaide.
Ph: 08 8232 7988
A tea house with an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu based on cuisine from the East and West.
17-19 Bent St, Adelaide.
Ph: 08 8223 2058
Budget Food - Delicious & Affordable
Adelaide has a wide range of cafes and restaurants where you can find cuisines from all around the world, and some terrific budget eats and specials. Food trucks pop up on street corners serving burgers, chips, vegetarian delights and even dessert items. At Chinatown you’ll have trouble deciding where in the world to eat. Hotels throughout the city and surrounding suburbs have specials on weekdays, with some extending these to the weekends. If your travelling party all have different tastes and desires head to a food court off Rundle Mall, choose your cuisine and then regroup to eat together. Keep a look out for ‘kids eat free’ nights at a range of restaurants, cafes and hotels in and around the city, the kids will enjoy the tasty menu and you can save a few dollars too.
For more information visit the Adelaide Visitor Information Centre in James Place, Adelaide or Phone (within Australia): 1300