10 places to eat when visiting Adelaide

Every now and again I’d receive an email from a person visiting from interstate or overseas asking me for suggestions on where they should go and eat whilst visiting our city for the weekend, I’m always more than happy to oblige and quickly shoot them an email with a few of my favourite places. So why not have a blog post about it and share the love for future visitors. πŸ˜‰

Alphabetically ordered.

Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar

andres cucine and polenta bar
Polenta con ragu’ di salsiccia: creamy polenta dressed with calabrese style sausage ragu’ and parmigiano

Italian goodness! Pick the ‘feed me’ option where the kitchen will take charge and feed you a feast. They surely won’t disappoint you! πŸ˜‰

Bar 9

bar 9
Creamy truffled mushroom ragu

Amazing coffee and one of the best places for breakfast, brunch and/or lunch! Their creamy mushroom ragu is to die forrrrrrr… it’s been a struggle for me to order anything else from their menu unless the ragu has been sold out!

Burger Theory Pearl’s Diner

burger theory

An American diner within the burbs of Adelaide… who would’ve thought? The menu is short and sweet. Come here for burgers, fries, chicken wings, slaws and waffles! Their brother/sister joints are Burger Theory the food truck that started the food van movement in Adelaide and their other permanent location, Burger Theory on Union Street in the East End of the CBD.

So it appears as if Pearl’s Diner has been closed! Not to worry, Burger Theory’s the place to be and serves much of the same offerings as it did at Pearls… minus the waffles!

d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant

Lobster medallion with blue swimmer crab and prawn ravioli and lobster bisque (entree)

IF you can make it out into McLaren Vale during your visit to Adelaide, this place has got to be on your list! The food is beyond amazing. Food is sourced locally therefore everything on the menu is in season and super fresh. I still have dreams of this lobster dish. Oh, and you’re in McLaren Vale, better stock up on some fantastic wines! πŸ˜‰

EST Pizzeria

est pizzeria

Wood oven pizzas made to order with fresh ingredients and an impressive beer and wine menu to boot!


nordburger, nord
Nordburger: beef, pickles, tomato, lettuce, mustard, ketchup and nord sauce with crinkle cut fries and fry sauce; $7.80, $3.00 and $0.50

Quick, easy and super yummy! It’s like Hungry Jacks/Burger King… but more gourmet in a sense that ingredients are fresh and local and of high quality. Mmmmmm nord~

Peel St

peel st

A hole in the wall type restaurant with a super relaxed and warm atmosphere. Food is fresh, vibrant and delicious; Modern Australian with a modern twist of Asian and Middle Eastern flavours. Staff are incredibly helpful and friendly and the vibe is top notch. Bookings are recommended.

Press* Food & Wine

Press*: Organic charolais rib eye with trimmings

Considering how many times that I’ve dined at this place, it’s no surprise that it makes it on this particular list! Large restaurant with plentiful seating options upstairs, downstairs and outside. Bookings are for upstairs only and downstairs is for walk-ins – the trick is to get in early if you haven’t secured a booking. Fantastic food with loads of flavour, great beer and wine selection and a really chill atmosphere. Pick a handful of starters to share if you’re with a crowd and settle with the crab pasta and/or steak. In fact, I don’t think you could go wrong with any item from their menu. πŸ˜‰

Steven ter Horst

steven ter horst
Steven ter Horst: chocolate cloud – chocolate mousse, vanilla cream, crunchy cocoa nib disc over flourless chocolate sponge

High quality delectable chocolates and desserts and delicious hot and cold beverages from coffee, teas and iced teas.


wasai, aburi salmon roll
Wasai: aburi salmon roll

Another firm favourite of mine, and a relatively affordable one too. Wasai Japanese restaurant is plonked on a side street within walking distance from China Town. Their service is efficient and accommodating and the food is tasty and colourful. Don’t leave Wasai without ordering their aburi salmon roll. You can thank me later.

Now who said that Adelaide doesn’t have delicious food? You just have to know where to go. πŸ™‚

What other places would you recommend to visitors? Share your thoughts.

PS. Happy Valentine’s folks! πŸ˜‰


9 comments for “10 places to eat when visiting Adelaide

  1. February 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Awesome list! Couldn’t agree more. Holy moly that Salmon roll looks gooooooooood!

  2. February 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    G’day! Great list Dee!
    Wasai is on the list for me!
    Cheers! Joanne

  3. meg
    July 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    What a great list. We are off to Adelaide for a 4 day weekend next week. This list was perfect. What do you recommend for breakfast places to eat?

  4. November 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Can’t wait to visit some of these places when my friend and I are visiting Adelaide for the first time in a couple of week time!

    Thanks for the recommendations!

    • dee
      December 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Hope you enjoy your stay whilst you’re here! πŸ™‚

  5. Sarah
    May 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Looking for a restaurant for a Sunday lunch with cousins, either around Brighton or Henley beach or the Hills

    • dee
      May 15, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      Hi Sarah,

      My top pick would be Mestizo Cocina Peruana in Glenelg South, plenty of street parking around the area too.

      I’ve also heard good things about Swedish Tarts in Henley Beach, The Lane Vineyard in Hahndorf and Harvest Mylor Cafe in Mylor. Have a great weekend, I hope whichever one you choose to go, you guys enjoy it!

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