Glenelg Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Glenelg

December 4, 2017 Timmy Ribble

Discover the best restaurant in Glenelg, Australia including Esca, Europa at the Bay, Kathmandu Palace Restaurant, The Strand Cafe Restaurant, Watermark Glenelg, Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club, The Oyster Bar, Mediterranean Cafe Ristorante, Zest Cafe Gallery, The Wharf
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1. Esca

13-15, Marina Pier | Shop 13 – 15 Marina Pier, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$173 - HK$683 +61 8 8376 6933
Excellent
45%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 384 reviews

Esca

Reviewed By TKrieg - Adelaide, Australia

There are some nice choices in this area. We arrived early and there were not many diners but that soon changed. We watched the sun go down but importantly enjoyed the food and the service. Top class in all respects. Good wine list and good range of menu choices. Waiter knew what he was talking about and gave great advice.
Definitely on my list to go back.

2. Europa at the Bay

12-14 Jetty Rd, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Cafe, European, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$157 - HK$196 +61 8 8376 3995
Excellent
42%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 359 reviews

Europa at the Bay

Reviewed By rendezv0us1 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

We decided to try this classy looking place while we were browsing the Menu outside. The Outdoor setting was inviting but we decided to go inside. We were ushered to our table and handed the Menu which was extensive but being a 'Health Conscious' person, most were/or seemed too rich for my taste. We Finally settled on Kids Menu. I ordered Calamari Fritti (Salt and Pepper Squid with Europa Salad and Chips, My friend, ordered Chargrilled Chicken with Europa Salad and Chips. We had these In Adult Portions. Very well Presented and tasty. We enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to other locals or Travellers too!

3. Kathmandu Palace Restaurant

9 Nile St, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch HK$63 - HK$141 +61 8 8294 8224
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Kathmandu Palace Restaurant

Reviewed By ken356911 - Adelaide, Australia

we loved the food, so tasty and well presented and the service was great with an excellent selection of wine (some super premium) the host was very helpful in choosing a variety of plates for our vegetarian and pescatarian friends to share highly recommended

4. The Strand Cafe Restaurant

108 Jetty Rd, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Pizza, Cafe, European, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$212 +61 83769222
Excellent
41%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 302 reviews

The Strand Cafe Restaurant

Over the years, it has become an icon to the Glenelg locals. The Strand prides its self on maintaining a high quality and consistent level of hospitality. The Strand welcomes all customer. It is friendly and relaxed, which is evident with the large amount of regular clientele it attracts. A diverse menu offering breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Reviewed By chris w - Adelaide, Australia

Always wanted to try this restaurant as it always seems busy at the weekends. So today we decided to give it a whirl...
Both girls chose the mixed berry smoothie, which they both agreed it was yummy!!! The 10 year old chose the chicken/avocado wrap. It was huge but she ate it all and said it was really lovely. The 7 year old had the children's salt and pepper squid with chips. Although she ate all the squid she found it very greasy. She said it was yummy and tender. There was a huge plate of fries accompanied with tomato sauce and a wedge of lemon. I have to agree the squid was far to greasy!!! We chose the pepperoni pizza, this started really nicely but the crust got really hard as it sat whilst we ate it. However flavour was nice.
We will return and give some of the other menu items a go. The waitress was really good and friendly.

5. Watermark Glenelg

631 Anzac Highway Glenelg | North South, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet Pub, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$63 - HK$243 +61 8 8294 2300
Excellent
34%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 321 reviews

Watermark Glenelg

The Watermark Glenelg International Buffet, attracts large numbers of local, interstate and international visitors - an indication of consistency, quality and value for money. We guarantee the freshest quality produce on a daily basis. With over 100 dishes on offer, and a complete homemade dessert range, even the fussiest of eaters will walk away satisfied. It is a great place to bring your family and friends - how could 150000 patrons every year be wrong?

Reviewed By Globalvoyagergirl

Monday is the best day to eat at the Watermark as it is Schnitzel night. The place is buzzing - can sit inside or outside. Fast service & fresh tasty schnitzel's served piping hot. I recommend ordering a side of vegetables which are served super fresh, hot & crispy.

6. Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club

20 Holdfast Prom | Glenelg Foreshore, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch HK$55 - HK$181 +61 8 8295 6165
Excellent
36%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 179 reviews

Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club

Reviewed By Gary M - Greater Adelaide, Australia

Nipped in for lunch.nice balcony seat..glass wine and beer. All nice but then waited to order lunch. Totally ignored. When I asked if I could get Served got a look that said huh? So we left.

7. The Oyster Bar

Shop 10 Marina Pier, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$39 - HK$228 +61 8 8376 3100
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 209 reviews

The Oyster Bar

Reviewed By jerome_caruana

Impressive Sunday spot,
Multiple oysters, cocktails and beers consumed.
Management was happy to accommodate us by making room at the waterfront bar table, probably the best seat in the house.
I was happy as can be, waterfront, views, yachts, good bar and Restaurant fitout
Overall 4/5 stars venue.
Try the baked oysters, or order every kind

8. Mediterranean Cafe Ristorante

2/ 72 Broadway | Glenelg, Glenelg, South Australia SA 5045, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +61 8 8295 8333
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Mediterranean Cafe Ristorante

Reviewed By TravelBug735 - Adelaide, Australia

Visited Mediterranean Café Ristorante for breakfast and it was fabulous.
The food was of high quality, fresh and very tasty. The coffee was excellent.
Having a low tolerance to carbs makes ordering food challenging however, this is something I am now used to & don't make a big deal of it. I ordered a Breakfast BLT Roll and just did not eat the bread roll. When the waitress collected my plate, she asked if there was a problem with the roll. I explained that I couldn't eat the bread but the filling was fabulous. She said "next time, just let us know and we'll be happy to give you the filling without the roll"
THAT is what turned this "very good" review into "excellent". The staff are fantastic and accommodating.
We'll be back

2A Sussex St, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 8 8295 3599
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 222 reviews

Zest Cafe Gallery

Zest Cafe Gallery serves breakfast and light lunches all day. You can sit and chat with friends over a hot coffee, loose leaf tea with fresh home made cake or muffin. Zest Cafe Gallery offers a comfortable, relaxed environment for you to either 'take five' during your busy day or enjoy a delicious meal to 'top up your tank' to keep going. Either way Zest Cafe Gallery's friendly service will ensure that you stop there is an enjoyable one.

Reviewed By hetrogenius - Gold Coast Australia

Clearly very popular with the locals as it was packed! I had the eggs from hell which were great. They had an awesome Cheesecake too which was to die for

10. The Wharf

Shop 4, The Marina Pier, Holdfast shores, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$149 - HK$275 +61 8 8376 6266
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 329 reviews

The Wharf

Our modern restaurant provides a casual atmosphere for all occasions. Located just a short stroll along the Marina Pier complex, our venue provides a special view of both the marina and the ever changing Glenelg foreshore. The perfect venue for romance, business or just a great time. Our standard menu is available from 12pm, 7 days a week. Our extensive menu caters for all types of diners. We have many gluten free and vegetarian options, weekly specials and a wide variety of dishes from your MSA grade steaks and fresh local seafood to a good old chicken parmigiana. There's something for everyone! The Wharf has multiple areas to accommodate large groups and events. Please don't hesitate to contact our friendly staff about having your next event or function here!

Reviewed By LeighLeroy - Seaford Rise, Australia

Firstly the service was amazing and welcoming. It was my hubbies birthday and being a drizzly Monday, it was quiet on the Marina and we found ourselves at The Wharf and decided to try it because the staff were very friendly and inviting as were looking at the menu. We had a seat right next to water, firstly the view is spectacular and luckily the drizzling rain held out long enough so we didn't need to move tables and the staff kept making sure we were fine sitting where we were as they worried we would get rained on sitting there. I ordered the chicken schnitzel with garlic prawns and hubby had the fish and chips. The food was amazing, hubbies fish was perfectly cooked and his chips were golden brown and chunky and both the fish and chips were piping hot. We have been to pubs before where a semi hot meal was placed on top of cold chips but not at The Wharf, perfection ! My schnitzel was delicious and had a taste to me of a hint of rosemary or a herb in it which was delicious. Now I'm a huge seafood lover and the two things I really appreciated was the fact that the garlic prawns and sauce came in a little bowl on my plate separate to the schnitzel. Again I've had surf n turf where the prawns and garlic sauce are already placed on the schnitzel and by the time it reaches you, the schnitzel is soggy and not pleasant. The second thing was the fact that I had a generous serving of prawns in my bowl. Any other place I've been to for surf n turf has given me hardly any prawns, usually more sauce than prawns, as a seafood lover, I was pleasantly surprised. The flavour of the garlic sauce wasn't overpowering and it was just the right amount of garlic. Now I had a big schnitzel and I usually don't eat big meals but I nearly polished off the whole schnitzel, it was that good. We had a great birthday lunch for my hubby and I can recommend The Wharf to anyone that not only wants a good decent meal but great service. We will definitely return next time we are in Glenelg.

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