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What Are The Best Restaurants Western Suburbs Adelaide?

In case you missed it, Adelaide is fast becoming one of the most exciting foodie capitals in the country. From hidden laneways slinging late-night pizzas that will transport you straight to Italy to fusion eateries that celebrate Australia’s multicultural heart, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in South Australia's capital city.

Whether you’re treating yourself to a staycation or are planning a foodie getaway, it’s time to loosen that belt buckle. These are the best restaurants in Adelaide. 

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The Ultimate Guide To Adelaide’s Best Restaurants

Anchovy Bandit 

Cosy booths and warm Tasmania Oak set the scene for the comfort meal of your dreams at Anchovy Bandit. Here, you’ll dive into bowls of drool-worthy pasta (the lamb rigatoni is a must) and wood-fired pizzas loaded with fennel sausage, provolone and fior di latte. Pro tip: don’t pass on the starters. The scallop Crudo with grapefruit and buttermilk and the ‘roo tartare are game-changers. 

Daughter In Law

If you didn’t already know it, Jessi Sigh could do no wrong. The culinary king has his famous Daughter In Law restaurants in Melbourne, Byron Bay and, fortunately for SA residents, Adelaide. 

Slinging his self-proclaimed ‘unauthentic’ Indian dishes (which blend Western and Asian influences), the restaurant’s pink and navy interior were made for the gram. Feast on Colonel Tso’s cauliflower (a non-negotiable), whole Tandoori corn with curried butter and roasted Barramundi curry. 

Parwana 

If you need more proof that Adelaide’s foodie scene is exploding, then look no further than Parwana. The colourful eatery is run by Zelmai and Farida Ayubi, who fled the war in Afghanistan in 1987 before opening Parwana in 2009 to connect to their history and culture. 

A meal at the Afgan eatery feels like you’re sitting at the Ayubi home with their love poured into every dish. Stand-outs include Ashak (fried dumplings stuffed with chives and topped with lamb mince) and Kabuli Palaw (aged long-grain rice topped with caramelised carrots, sultanas, almonds and pistachios). 

Osteria Oggi

The interior here alone makes Osteria Oggi one of the best restaurants in Adelaide. Dine under concrete carved arches in the underground cellar or pull up a stool at the long, curved marble bar for 'dinner in Europe' vibes.

Loved by locals for its tasty Italian menu, you’ll devour plates of delicate, handmade pasta and melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooked meats. Oh, and special mention must go to the Formaggio cartwheeled out for post-dinner treats. 

Peel St

An exciting, ever-changing menu is the centrepiece of Peel St restaurant and the reason people rave about it. Written on a chalkboard, you’ll find a menu that dabbles in Middle Eastern, South East Asian and Mediterranean style dishes. Think: crispy fried eggplant with Sichuan chilli oil and tofu mayo or Vietnamese grilled beef with vinegared onions, Gia vi, curried lime dressing and shaved cucumber. 

iTL Italian Kitchen

If you haven’t guessed it already, Adelaide is packed with incredible Italian restaurants, and Italian Kitchen is one of the best. Located at the swanky SkyCity, the eatery is run by Italian-born head chef Luca Guiotto—so you know it’s legit. We recommend starting with a negroni and a plate of fritto misto before tucking into one of their delicious pizzas or a hearty bowl of pasta. We love the spaghettino chitarra (crab meat, tomato bisque, silverbeet). 

Madre Lievito

With tones of pale pink and deep navy, the swanky fit-out at Madre Lievito makes the perfect spot for a long lunch. 

At Madre, the crew take their pizza seriously—using seawater from the Mediterranean, Tipo 00 flour sourced straight from Italy and a little bit of science, they craft traditional Napoli-style pizza that the locals rave about. The menu has eight minimally topped but flavour-packed pizzas, calzones and an extensive Italian wine list. 

NOLA

Featuring creole and cajun soul food and housed in former horse stables, this New Orleans-inspired restaurant is one of the best places for a good time in Adelaide. NOLA’s rotating menu—which is big on using local ingredients—has tasty eats like cornbread with maple bourbon butter, spicy fried chicken, gumbo and smoked brisket Po’Boys. 

The cocktail list will keep the thirst at bay, and the live music will transport you to the deep south, no passport required. 

Africa

Hands down one of the best restaurants in Adelaide, Africola puts a modern spin on African cuisine, and it’s so popular you’re going to need to make a booking in advance. Opt for the feed a menu and let the chef show you a good time with their cauliflower steak covered in tahini sauce and spiced butter, crispy eggplant served with chilli and shallot jam, peri-peri chicken, and cool WA pipis in fermented chilli and garlic. 

Regardless of how stuffed you are, dessert is not optional—you’ll roll home, but you’ll roll home happy.

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. 

Bottega Bandito 

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From the same crew behind Anchovy Bandit (so you know it’s the goods) is Bottega Bandito, a Euro-inspired modern delicatessen slinging towering sandwiches and an excellent wine list. From 7 am to 3 pm, they serve a cracking brunch menu featuring eats like chilli scrambled eggs and veal cotoletta. 

But if you only order one thing, make sure it’s one of their sarnies. Our faves are the ‘Mortadella’ with olive tapenade, stracciatella and pickled zucchini or the ‘Sopressa’ with

Permanente d chilli, fior di latte, tomato e pickled chilli. 

Sunny’s Pizza

Say Ciao to Sunny’s, the late-night pizza joint you’ll want to get familiar with. The combination of neon lights, a funky fit-out and roving DJs will make you feel nostalgic for a good, old-fashioned high school house party. 

But excellent vibes aside, the real reason you come to Sunny’s is for their drool-worthy ​​authentic Napoli-style pizza. Pro tip: order the #4—chargrilled pineapple, san Marzano, gabagool, mozzarella and green chilli Verde.

Singapore House

Ten minutes from the city in Frewville on your way to the Adelaide Hills, Singapore House is weak at the knees. Their salt and vinegar eggplant, beef rendang, crispy soft shell crab and roti canai will likely produce the same reaction on you as well. Make a booking, so you’re not disappointed. If you're looking for one of the best restaurants in Adelaide, you've found it.

Golden Boy

There’s something about Adelaide and uber-cool Asian restaurantsGolden Boy is everything you want on a night out with friends. 

Super cool interiors, a menu full of taste sensations and a dedication to making delicious cocktails. Oh, and did we mention dessert? Roti with pandan custard and banana fritters with coconut ice cream, anyone?

Pizzateca

Take a weekend drive out to McLaren Vale and stop by our favourite Nonna in Adelaide’s restaurant, Pizzateca. Enjoy classic Italian starters, pizzas and contorni under the shade of some big shady trees. For dessert, there’s only one option, Nonna Anna’s homemade tiramisu, which is molto bene!

Market & Meander 

If you like your restaurant's equal measures gram-worthy and delicious, then book yourself a table at Market & Meander. Located in the new Indigo Hotel on Market Street, this perfectly pink eatery will delight all of your senses. 

The menu is all about celebrating local market produce, so expect tasty eats like Gawler River spatchcock with peanut sambal and roasted butternut. Sweet tooths must try their famous Cronut Pudding with warm vanilla Galliano custard, orange, saffron and pistachio-cardamom ice cream. 

Adelaide Central Market

Whether you’re hungry or not, a visit to the Adelaide Central Market is an absolute must. It gives the La Boqueria in Barcelona a run for its money! You’ll find fresh produce as far as the eye can see, cheese samples, cured meats and cute little cafes, including Jamface, Poh Ling Yeow’s latest claim to fame. You’ll come home with a bounty of goodies, and that’s a-ok.

Midnight Spaghetti

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Midnight Spaghetti brings with it a whole lot of laid-back charm and a flippin’ good value “spaghettaboutit' ' chef's menu. 

They’ve got all the good South Australian wine on the drinks menu, as well as some regional Italian drops, negronis, spritz’ and bellinis. Plus, they’re open ‘til 3 am, so if you’re struggling with jet lag, they’ve got your food cravings covered.

Penfolds Magill Estate

Nestled in Adelaide’s stunning foothills is Penfolds Magill Estate, which is undeniably one of Adelaide’s best restaurants. Think gorgeous views over the historic Penfolds vineyards and Adelaide city, and an award-winning menu full of decadent dishes full of locally sourced, farm to table style eats with, of course, a seriously cracking wine list. 

Post-meal you can explore the vineyard’s labyrinth of underground tunnels and bluestone cellars from 1844.

Tony Tomatoes

A North Adelaide gem, Tony Tomatoes is cool, unfussy and bloody good. Select the base you prefer—they’ve got a white, thin base that’s been proven for 72 hours, light and crispy wholemeal base, as well as a gluten-free variety—and then choose between the 18 pizzas (plus specials) on offer. And if it’s all too hard, grab the banquet menu. Vegans: it’s your lucky day. Tony Tomatoes does vegan cheese!

Nordburger

Adelaide’s version of Shake Shack, need we say more? We're going anyway. With four outlets across town, Nordburger serves hamburgers, fried chicken, tater tots, and wait for it, FROZEN CUSTARD. For a chilled-out but uber tasty meal, head here. 

Shōbōsho

A modern Japanese gem in the city's heart, Shōbōsho combines ancient traditions with modern finesse. Weekend bookings are essential if you want to get your hands on delicacies like their spiced prawn crackers with seaweed mayo, crumbed pork meatball sandwich and teriyaki chicken with smoked cauliflower, yuzu kosho cream and wood-baked shallot bread. 

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 restaurateur Simon Karachi and 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.

Gin Long Canteen

You haven’t been to Adelaide unless you’ve tried Gin Long’s salt and pepper eggplant. This super cool Asian bar in North Adelaide is oh so popular with the locals, and we think it has a thing or two to do with their winning cocktail menu. 

We’re talking tamarind gin longs, Henricks, lychee and cucumber and lemongrass martinis. Food-wise, there’s no way to be disappointed, but the very exciting beef salad, Vigo yellow curry, netted spring rolls, and slow-braised pork belly are bloody good.

FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants

Morphett Vale

Morphett Vale is a southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, in Onkaparinga. It is the largest suburb in the state, with a population of more than 23,000 and 12.76 km², followed by Paralowie with nearly 10,000 fewer residents. There are approximately 1,000 businesses in Morphett Vale. The suburb is bordered by (clockwise from north) Sheriffs/Pimpala Road, Panalatinga Road, Doctors/Beach Road, and the Southern Expressway.

South Australia's capital city of Adelaide is known for its festivals, incredible food and premium wine regions just a short drive from the centre of town. With a full events calendar and some of the country's best restaurants and small bars, there's always something exciting happening in Adelaide.

Port Adelaide is a port-side region of Adelaide, approximately 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) northwest of the Adelaide CBD. It is also the namesake of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield council, a suburb, a federal and state electoral division. It is the main port for the city of Adelaide.

Port Adelaide played an important role in the formative decades of Adelaide and South Australia, with the port being early Adelaide's main supply and information link to the rest of the world. Its Kaurna name, although not officially adopted as a dual name, is Yartapuulti.

Glenelg and Brighton are two examples of great beachside suburbs that lie to the west of Adelaide. These are popular areas with ex-pats of all ages. They were fulfilling their dream of living by the sea. The western suburbs of Adelaide are connected to the city by public transport networks.

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Your Place Is Set At Adelaide's 7 Best Restaurants

From 16-course degustations 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 in 2021.

Fishback, Adelaide

Whole fish, caviar, oysters, sashimi, prawns, mussels, scallops, lobster, crab, pipis, squid and more; no less than 30 different kinds of seafood are on the menu at Fishback. And the love of all things ocean doesn't end at the food. After-dinner cocktails carry on the sea theme. 

The Dorsal Gin is a favourite with local gin, vermouth Bianco, fennel and citrus bitters, or sip the Now You Sashimi - an unlikely blend of vodka, wasabi, yuzu, mandarin and pickled ginger. Taking up residence in a former grand bank on King William Street in the heart of Adelaide, this seafood lover's paradise is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. 

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. 

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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, 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 fritto – golden pillows of fried gnocchi bread – is necessary. Nido also moonlights as an aperitif bar, with an impressive wine list exclusively featuring Australian and Italian wines and some of the best cocktails in town.

Peel St, Adelaide Cbd 

Generous plates of fresh, seasonal food have made Peel St and Adelaide dining scene institutions. Here, simple cooking pairs perfectly with big flavours, as plates brimming with fresh produce are pumped out of the kitchen by chefs Martin and Jordan.

The menu is heavy on Middle Eastern, South East Asian and Mediterranean style dishes and constantly changes based on what is in season and abundant locally. Tucked among the impressive bar and restaurant offering which lines its namesake, Peel St is ideally positioned for long lunches and after-work dinners.

Osteria Oggi, Adelaide Cbd

Osteria Oggi is another must-try for pasta lovers. 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 appetisers and salumi 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!

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 are 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.  

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 Penfolds 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.

Resources:

Our Guide To The Best Restaurants In Adelaide 2021

The Ultimate Guide To Adelaide’s Best Restaurants

A comprehensive guide to new restaurants in Adelaide

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