Where to Eat in Alice Springs: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 6, 2017 Florencio Paulino

Stunning landscapes and a unique pioneering history create a diverse and exhilarating destination to explore. A thriving, spirited outback center, Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and traditional art as it is for the natural wonders, including the stunning Larapinta Trail and the MacDonnell Ranges surrounding it.
Things to do in Alice Springs

1. Hanuman Alice Springs

Crowne Plaza 82 Barrett Dr | Double Tree by Hilton, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 8 8953 7188
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 976 reviews

Hanuman Alice Springs

A favourite dining experience for locals and visitors since 2001. Hanuman Alice Springs is conveniently located inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, a 5 minute drive from the centre of town.The Asian mood is created through the clever use of decor, artifacts and lighting - a stunning contrast to the surrounding Central Australian desert landscape.

Reviewed By David C - Livonia, Michigan

The three of us asked our server for recommendations and we chose the items she recommended - lamb korma, jungle curry of beef and barramundi moolie. Each was excellent and were sufficiently varied to make for good sharing.
The service was good and we had a very satisfying experience.

2. Bojangles Saloon & Restaurant

80 Todd St, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$63 - HK$212 +61 475 228 081
Excellent
37%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 240 reviews

Bojangles Saloon & Restaurant

Reviewed By davemckay102 - Crawley, United Kingdom

Only spendings one night in Alice. Short walk from our motel. A large Dinner/Bar. Lots of memorabilia fixed to the walls and roof ! Food wouldn't say was exceptional, but you get a lot of it. Service was quick and the bar staff were friendly. Worth a visit. Kids are welcome as well.

3. The Overlanders Steakhouse

72 Hartley St, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Steakhouse, Australian, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +61 8 8952 2159
Excellent
33%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
10%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 508 reviews

The Overlanders Steakhouse

Windmills on the walls, saddles in the rafters, cricket memorabilia by the score and a warm outback welcome. That's what you can expect to see when you walk into The Overlanders Steakhouse, an Alice Springs dining institution in the 'Heart of Hartley'. But if you think a rustic atmosphere means rough cooking and an old-fashioned dining experience, think again. A check of the menu reveals some surprises. There are the signature dishes of course...like the 'The Famous Drovers Blowout', (tastings of Camel, Buffalo, Crocodile, and Kangaroo), which you'd expect from a 'steakhouse'.

Reviewed By Colin T - Birmingham, United Kingdom

In torrential rain ( yes, it does rain in Alice Springs ) we took shelter here, and having looked at the menu we decided to eat. We were not disappointed. Excellent food, friendly service, in pleasant surroundings and at a very reasonable price. Certainly a good choice.

4. Red Dog

64 Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 8953 1353
Excellent
34%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 209 reviews

Red Dog

Reviewed By Maggie F - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The busier cafe next door was wall to wall, with horribly loud music. Chose the Red Dog instead. I had ham and cheese croissant, one small slice of ham, and all but invisible cheese. He had eggs benedict, the eggs were great, the ham and spinach were plenty, however, the "bread" was soggy and greasy. I was expecting so much more. Sadly disappointed. Never again.

5. Sporties

Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 8953 0935
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 363 reviews

Sporties

Reviewed By Xanerin - Alice Springs, Australia

Decided to go here for lunch as we had not been here for a while and it was lovely to see the new decor. Very modern, comfortable and inviting. Drink waiter was fast and efficient. Ordered oysters kilpatrick and this was over-cooked and not very nice. We also ordered the special of the day which I'm afraid I could not eat as it was not very appetising. Our other meal prawns, the salad was old which again spoilt our overall experience.

6. Barra on Todd Restaurant & Bar

34 Stott Terrace | Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$71 - HK$228 +61 8 8952 3523
Excellent
33%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 532 reviews

Barra on Todd Restaurant & Bar

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant has established a reputation for quality food and friendly service within a picturesque natural setting. Guests enjoy a distinctive array of cuisine including local bush flavours and a select wine list.

Reviewed By flyboy55 - Vancouver, BC

Service was fast and friendly. The menu has a great selection, including some Australian dishes. The Salt n Pepper Squid with mango passionfruit dressing was delicious.

7. Monte's Lounge

95 Todd St, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night 8952-4336
Excellent
40%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 251 reviews

Monte's Lounge

Reviewed By Grant T - Melbourne, Australia

Loved this casual pub. Good grub,friendly atmosphere, family and dog friendly. A nice outdoor area. A great alternative to takeaway food and let's you realise that you are in a country town in the middle of the Australian desert.

8. Watertank Cafe

16B Wilkinson St, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$141 +61 408 854 472
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Watertank Cafe

An industrial, upcycled coffee hub/cafe specialising in award winning coffee, breakfast and Lunch with fresh juices, smoothies and frappes. Catering for Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free also

Reviewed By Brenton C

Interesting place. Would come back. Food was great. Service was good enough. They have great little fan devices on the tables to keep the flies away because it is essentially a shed with open doors.

9. The Rock Bar

Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, Australian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +61 8 8953 8280
Excellent
30%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 149 reviews

The Rock Bar

Reviewed By Eric V - Chalons en Champagne

We have been to this bar recommended by local people as they recomment their pasta and also the burgers. We choose Kangouro fillet with french fries and salad and a child menu with crubled fish. Kangouro fillet was really tender and a nice piece of meat, French fries are realy good. As they had a big table to prepare prioir to us we wait a little bit long and my meat and french fries were not enough warm.
I recommend this bar/

10. Piccolo's

Near Todd Mall, Alice Springs NT, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 8 8953 1936
Excellent
38%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

Piccolo's

Reviewed By kennedyperth - Perth, Australia

If you are a fan of the humble vanilla slice, you must visit this cafe. I only tried one thing on the menu, being "Rosie's Vanilla Slice" and it was amazing. There was no hard pastry, no rubbery custard and no overly sweet icing. Instead, this was a masterpiece where all three layers blended perfectly to create of fluffy slice of heaven. You will not be disappointed.

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