7 Best Restaurants in The Barossa Wine Region, South Australia

Casa Carboni

$$ Fodor's choice

Local winemakers and visitors alike love this cozy restaurant and cooking school run by a married couple. Fiona and Matteo Carboni are united by their love for Italy and moved to the Barossa after living in Matteo's native Italy. Now they share their passion for pasta and wine in the form of wonderful, rustic trattoria meals and classes teaching guests how to make pasta and other Italian dishes from scratch. Each class is peppered with colorful anecdotes and culminates in a four course meal accompanied by wines specially imported from Europe.

FermentAsian

$$ Fodor's choice

Whether it's for lunch (more casual) or dinner, the creative modern Southeast Asian cuisine works wonderfully with local and European wines alike, and the selection here is among the best in the region, if not the state. Vietnamese owner chef Tuoi Do incorporates local ingredients into a menu that speaks of her heritage; a tasting menu is available.

90 Murray St., Tanunda, SA, 5352, Australia
08-8563--0765
Known For
  • innovative dishes with beautiful plating
  • enormous and world-class wine list
  • vegetarian friendly
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch Wed. No dinner Sun.

Hentley Farm

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Lunch at this degustation-only restaurant begins with a walk through the kitchen, and the chefs reappear continually throughout the meal to introduce each new course. It’s just one of the personal touches in a memorable meal that relies heavily on locally grown produce (much of it, including the signature garden leaves that hit the table first, drawn from the on-site gardens). The setting in a giant glass-enclosed atrium offers lavish widescreen views over a creek and vineyards to keep diners entertained between courses and the beverage pairings include fabulous estate wines like the contrasting Beauty and Beast Shirazes as well as a selection of international drops.

Gerald Roberts Rd. at Jenke Rd., Marananga, SA, Australia
08-8562--8427
Known For
  • extended lunches that showcase the best of this top food and wine region
  • meaningful interactions with the chefs
  • the playful passion-fruit "egg" palate cleanser
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Wed. No dinner, Reservations essential

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1918 Bistro & Grill

$$$

This rustic and whimsical restaurant in a restored villa makes exemplary use of the Barossa's distinctive regional produce in a seasonal Mod Oz menu flavored with tastes from Asia and the Middle East. Local olive oil and seasonal fruits and vegetables influence dishes, and the Barossa-centric wine list includes rare classics and newcomers.

94 Murray St., Tanunda, SA, 5352, Australia
08-8563–0405
Known For
  • satisfying proteins
  • beautiful heritage decor
  • garden dining beneath a huge Norfolk pine
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Apex Bakery

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The wood-fired oven at this popular spot has been running continuously since it was first established in 1924, and the fourth-generation owners still use many of the same recipes with slow-fermenting dough that were in vogue then. Bread and sweet and savory pastries start coming out early each morning, and locals are split as to whether the hearty meat pies or the custard-and-cream-filled bienenstich is the better hangover cure.

Die Barossa Wurst Haus & Bakery

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For a hearty German lunch at a reasonable price, no place in Tanunda beats this small, friendly café and shop. The wurst is fresh from local butchers, the sauerkraut is direct from Germany, and the potato salad is made on-site from a secret recipe.

86A Murray St., Tanunda, SA, 5352, Australia
08-8563–3598
Known For
  • <PRO>traditional German pastries</PRO>
  • <PRO>hearty breakfast plates like poached eggs</PRO>
  • <PRO>great spot for supplying your picnics</PRO>
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner, No credit cards

Vintners Bar & Grill

$$$

Locals flock to this sophisticated, long-standing favorite, where giant ironwood beams overlook a light-filled dining room and wide windows open out onto rows of vineyards. An upbeat soundtrack, friendly service, and comfortable charcoal suede chairs make it easy to relax into a leisurely meal, as does the wine list that includes plenty of international options alongside Barossa classics. The menu blends Australian, Mediterranean, and Asian flavors, and features modern takes on classic seafood dishes and choice meat cuts. Prix fixe only on weekends.

752 Stockwell Rd., Angaston, SA, 5353, Australia
08-8564–2488
Known For
  • South Australian seafood
  • a favorite of top winemakers
  • polished country hospitality
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner Sun., Reservations essential