McLaren Vale & surrounds, SA

Three unique dining experiences McLaren Vale SA

By Michelle Hubbard

September 11, 2020 | 3 minute read

d'Arenberg Cube Restaurant
d'Arenberg Cube Restaurant

Birthday ending in a 0? Planning a group meal out? Looking for a romantic dinner destination? Only 40kms from Adelaide, McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate ripens everything it touches, creating a beautifully unique and unparalleled eco-system that delivers taste with a capital T. Whatever the occasion, you can’t go far wrong with these three outstanding venues.

* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.

d'Arenberg Cube Restaurant

A sensory experience like no other, dining at the award wining d'Arenberg Cube Restaurant promises to be a food and wine experience that challenges convention and is an event to remember. Dedicated to culinary excellence, South African husband-and-wife team Brendan Wessels and Lindsay Dürr create exceptional dishes that engage the imagination and stimulate the senses. 

Serving up to six guests per booking in dining chairs that explode with colour, you'll enjoy an exquisite tasting menu, a sommelier and unique view into the kitchen. Guaranteed to impress even the most devoted foodies - this is an experience like no other!

Gather @ Coriole. Image credit: @kate.bowman.photographer
Gather @ Coriole. Image credit: @kate.bowman.photographer

Gather @ Coriole

Gather @ Coriole is going through a resurgence and it's working! Recently ranked 15th best restaurant in South Australia in the Delicious100 awards, its a a must-visit destination for foodies and wine buffs alike. Chef Tom Tilbury, formerly of Gather Food & Wine in Robe, is focused on serving up food that honestly reflects the estate, the region, and features native ingredients. 

The result is a menu that's seasonal, innovative, beautifully presented and quintessentially Australian. Add to this pairings with Coriole wines, and you have a meal and an occasion to remember.

The Lime Cave - Maxwell
The Lime Cave - Maxwell

The Lime Cave - Maxwell

A trip to Maxwells' is always going to be special; there’s the cellar door, the restaurant and even a maze with a picnic area for a more casual outing. However, for an extra special occasion? Book ahead and experience a hidden setting tunnelled into the limestone hill. Built over 100 years ago when the then-owner dug out a 50 metre cave to grow his mushrooms, it's now the setting for a fine-dining Maxwell experience like no other. 

Offering an intimate and unique dining venue, lit by candlelight, there are Maxwell’s award-winning wines to enjoy, along with the exquisite dishes prepared by Head Chef Fabian Lehmann. The menu is seasonal and features local produce, including mushrooms that are still grown metres from your table. Definitely an experience to remember!

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