Restaurants

Top Choice Modern Australian in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Pipers of Penola

A classy, intimate dining room tastefully constructed inside a 1908 Methodist church, with friendly staff and seasonal fare. The menu is studded with ingredients like truffled parsnip, mustard fruit and labneh (Leba…
Top Choice Cafe in Mount Gambier

Metro Bakery & Cafe

Ask a local where they go for coffee: chances are they'll say, 'the Metro, you fool!'. In the thick of things on the main drag, it's an efficient cafe with natty black-and-white decor, serving omelettes, salads, san…
Top Choice Cafe in Robe

Union Cafe

Always busy, this curiously angled corner cafe has polished-glass fragments in the floor and surf art on the walls. Unionise your hangover with a big cooked breakfast, lashed with locally made hot sauce. Good coffee…
Pub Food in Mount Gambier

Macs Hotel

Char-grilled, chilli-and-garlic marinated calamari; pork belly with cauliflower puree and star anise glaze… Not your standard pub grub, but the old Macs is far from a standard pub these days. A super renovation has …
Modern Australian in Beachport

Mayura Station

Mayura Station – a cattle property in Millicent, midway between Mount Gambier and Beachport – has a serious rep for its fine Japanese full-blooded Wagyu beef. Book a table in advance at the classy/farmy dining room …
Pub Food in Beachport

Beachport Hotel

The second-biggest thing in Beachport (after the jetty) is the pub, a chunky old two-storey boozer serving classic Aussie pub grub (if you've never had a 'surf 'n' turf' before, here's your chance). Check out the lo…
Cafe in Robe

No 4

A bit of ‘big city’ comes to Robe at this polished concrete-and-glass eatery, serving good coffee, big breakfasts (try the lobster omelette with Spanish onion and confit garlic), and decidedly upmarket lunches and d…
Pub Food in Meningie & Coorong National Park

Cheese Factory Restaurant

Lean on the front bar with the locals, or munch into steaks, schnitzels, Coorong mullet or a Coorong wrap (with mullet!) in the cavernous dining room of this converted cheese factory (you might have guessed). The ve…
Cafe in Mount Gambier

Cafe Melzar

We love caffeine and we love laneway culture. These two phenomena come together perfectly at Melzar, a little bean nook that's hard to find but worth the search. Prop yourself at the outdoor bench above the patch of…
Modern Australian in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Upstairs at Hollick

About 1km north of Penola's town boundary, this elevated eatery has been doing it in fine style for a few years now. Sit on the verandah on a warm afternoon for some stylin' dinin' with vine views, mains matched wit…