Discover the best restaurant in Tanunda, Australia including 1918 Bistro and Grill, Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, Vintner's Bar and Grill, Die Barossa Wurst Haus & Bakery, Appellation, Baccus Restaurant, The Clubhouse, fermentAsian, Barossa Valley Brewing, Our Table
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4 based on 996 reviews
THE STORY BEHIND 1918 The Great War was drawing to a close when Friedrich Carl Gottleib Wallent put the finishing touches to his fine home in Murray Street, by chiseling the date in the foundation stone by the front door. His son Morris later became the mayor of Tanunda and took over the family home. More than 70 years later in 1992, an enterprising group of locals turned the proud Wallent home into the Barossa's first bistro grill - a friendly and generous place where Barossa winemakers could entertain their guests and visitors could relax after a hard day's wine tasting. In 1998 Tanya and Sid King visited 1918 as guests 17 years later, in 2015 the opportunity arose for The King Family to be the new custodians of this fine home of Barossa Hospitality. They are passionate about serving fresh, seasonally-inspired cuisine, accompanied by carefully selected wines from the Barossa's best and iconic Australian and International wineries - but guests are also welcome to bring their own special bottle. What you'll also find is a youthful passion and buzz, modern Australian tastes and flavours that are borrowed from Asia and the Middle East, and a genuine willingness to please.
This restaurant in a historic, First World War era house - hence the name - aims very high. It almost gets there, but just not quite. However, it is still a very worthy addition to your Barossa dining itinerary.
The food is upscale modern European/Australian, with something of an emphasis on Spanish and Mediterranean flavours. I had a bouillabaisse, actually more of a Spanish seafood stew, special. This was delicious, but it did not come with a bowl of water to clean your hands, nor utensils to properly break up the crab shells.
The steak tartare was the best dish we had - top notch. My partner's starter of a potato soup was a bit bland, but he enjoyed his main course of pheasant - the "bird of the day". My paella, meanwhile, was good but lacked the real 'oomph' of flavour that you expect from a really good paella.
Overall, 1918 delivers good food and nice atmosphere, but also seems a little unsure about whether it wants to be a formal fine diner or more of a relaxed bistro. The service, which was professional and friendly, but not super attentive - I sat with an empty glass for more than 10 minutes before I was able to flag down a waiter for a refill - suggests the latter. However, in most other places, the prices would reflect a more up-market service offering. However, meals seem to cost a bit more in the Barossa, so this may be unfair.
One strong suggestion from this diner to 1918 is to stop charging $3 for bread with (wonderful, cultured) butter, Again, charging for bread seems to be a Barossa thing, but it is highly unusual in other parts of the country. Given the overall price level at this restaurant, the practice just looks stingy and I cannot believe the small-change charge provides a significant source of revenue for the business.
Anyway, while this might seem a somewhat critical review, I enjoyed 1918, and would recommend you check it out for some good food and a nice setting.
4 based on 1 reviews
This was our second annual visit to Maggie's farm. Although the wonderful picnic boxes and delicious sausages rolls are no more, we settled in for freshly baked bread served with salty sweet country butter and delicious fried tomatoes. They were served with a wondrous mix of cheese, olive Oil and fresh relish. All washed down with an excellent wine. We overlooked the farm lake as we ate, watching the turtles play as the breeze meandered through the olive groves. Check the farm out if you are in the Barossa and treat yourself to delicious, country cooking. Thanks Maggie!
4.5 based on 459 reviews
Ate here with a very large group - food was excellent and everything arrived together. I have never seen or eaten such a perfectly cooked steak before and to produce it so consistently for about 80 people was amazing. Service was excellent.
Would definitely come back again with friends.
4 based on 102 reviews
This was one of my favourite places when I lived in Australia 8 years ago. The meat and cheese platter was something to always look forward to so I was excited to return and visit again with my daughter and her two kids. The cafe is very small and has tables crammed in so much that you have to squeeze passed other customers to sit down. Young staff seem indifferent to customers and hardly surprising considering the way they are spoken to by the owner/manager.
Anyway, the platter was a shadow of its former self. Much less meat than used to be the case. Beef was dry and tasted "old" as did the meatloaf. Mettwurst was much better. The crisp quartered pickled onions have been replaced by cheap Silverskins.
Overall, somewhat disappointing. The place seems to have lost its way which is a shame. It used to be great. Plenty of competition in the main street who may offer a warmer welcome and value your custom. Sadly, probably my last visit.
4.5 based on 415 reviews
Food, wine, luxury accommodation and a genuine welcome await. Just one hour from Adelaide and set atop a gentle hill, Appellation at The Louise is highly regarded as one of Australia's finest restaurants led by chef Ryan Edwards. With a passion for real, fresh local ingredients, Ryan and his team are guided by the rhythms of the seasons - harvesting from their kitchen garden, baking their own breads, butchering and curing their own meats - and see wine and food as the most natural of partners. A four course seasonal menu is available nightly, except on a Tuesday when it's Local's Night where our chefs choose your three course set menu. An award-winning wine list of over 400 listings celebrating local artisans, emerging stars and established masters offers much choice to guests. Surrounded by vineyards in a truly memorable setting, Appellation is a dining destination worthy of a detour. Appellation is co-located with The Louise luxury vineyard retreat.
Second visit to Apellation and once again a fantastic evening with outstanding food and matched wines accompanied by excellent service. All three of us considered we received great value.
The service staff were well informed and knowledgeable about the various dishes whilst the sommellier provided very interesting input to the range of accompanying wines chosen from throughout the region.
We are already planning our next visit.
4 based on 17 reviews
All the more upmarket dining options had menus we did not find interesting so tried the Baccus after Reading reviews. Certainly not upmarket but tablecloth's and place was very clean if a little warn. We had the Shiraz Pie which if we had paid double at an upmarket place we would have felt it was good value, As it was it was exceptional value, veg lightly cooked and wines at less than normal too. Friendly staff Top marks for the Chef.
4 based on 355 reviews
This award winning community club is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley in Tanunda. Established on the existing site in 1891,it welcomes visitors every day with genuine country hospitality. Open for lunch and dinner daily, it offers all your pub-style favourites together with daily Chef specials offering restaurant-quality meals using fresh local ingredients. Dine in the regionally themed Dining Room that features a panoramic wall-sized Barossa landscape photograph. The extensive menu features South Australian seafood and the best premium steaks north of Adelaide. Also popular for schnitzels, burgers and kid-friendly meals with a childrens play room. Fantastic local wine list (as you would expect in the Barossa) including many iconic reds available by the glass. Wonderful ambience with friendly staff. As a community venue the atmosphere is casual and meals are ordered at the bar, so sit back, relax and enjoy. Bookings recommended, so suggest you phone ahead where possible to avoid disappointment.
Our first dinner at The Club, Tanunda was great.
Staff greeted us on entry and when we ordered, all of us found our meals excellent. Good size, well cooked and a menu with plenty of options.
You order and pay for meals at the bar and also buy your liquid refreshments there.
The ambience is nice and at one wall of the restaurant there is a huge Panorama of part of the Barossa landscape.! Apparently, it changes each season to reflect the changes.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Small seasonal menu of Northern Vietnamese-influenced cuisine. The focus is on local produce, most of which is grown in the family vegetable and herb garden. The business also boasts the most comprehensive wine list in South Australia, with international focus on wines that harmonise with the subtly spiced Asian cuisine. Don't expect to find a large listing of the sweet-fruited highly-charged and alcoholic Barossa Shiraz's, but you will find pages and pages of Champagne, German Riesling, White and Red Burgundy, Beaujolais, as well as the most comprehensive listing of wines from new and exciting local Barossa, Clare and Adelaide Hills producers. A wine pilgrim's paradise established for the local wine making community, many of whom are seen each night enjoying dinner at fermentAsian. Note that the wine list was awarded the top wine list award in Australia in the gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year awards in July 2016.
FermentAsian has developed an exceptional reputation in South Australia over recent years. While we had a lovely lunch, it didn't quite meet expectations.
Service was very polished throughout, and the wine list is excellent. We found the space we were seated (a far room to the left of the entry) lacked atmosphere. The food, while consistently good had both highlights and misses. We felt the Wagyu Masuman was perhaps tough, and although perfectly cooked, the squid not so interesting. The prawns and spring rolls were amazing.
I'd be keen to come back in the future and try dining with a larger group.
3.5 based on 263 reviews
We both tried a tasting platter. On the side we had shrimps and chicken wings. Actually we were impressed by the food, very good! The beers were great aswell. From very light summer ales to a chocolate and coffee stout. And don’t forget the bacon-beer!...MoreThanks so much for the review. It lovely to hear the hard work is being enjoyed and the risks we are taking with beers like "I Can't Believe Its Not Bacon" are being enjoyed. Hope to see you soon
4.5 based on 267 reviews
Enjoy a lunch at Our Table, featuring seasonal food grown locally or picked fresh from our garden. Our passionate team can also host you for a wine and food matching experience or why not learn more about wine and join our afternoon 'Introduction to wine' experience? If you have more time, come join us at our historic site, Jacob's Estate for a cooking class and a walk through our Gardens. We also offer a peaceful native garden walking trail where you can enjoy the native wildlife whilst you stroll along the banks of the world famous creek.
My husband and I stopped at Our Table for lunch. We ordered a steak and lamb chops to share. Both meat were cooked perfectly, well seasoned, and delicious.
They were sharing plate portion, but the price was more for a full entree, but since it was well done it was worth it.
With that said, the rest of the wine tasting area felt like a tourist trap. It was over-run by foreign travellers, who at times can be quite loud, which took away the whole ambiance of a high end vineyard experience that Jacob Creek was trying to create.
If you are looking for a more intimate and boutique styled experience look elsewhere.
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