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375 Seppeltsfield Rd | Barossa Valley, Marananga, South Australia 5355, Australia
08 8562 4144
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Food, wine, luxury accommodation and a genuine welcome await. Just one...
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 daily changing Chef's Tasting Menu with paired wines as well as a seasonal a la carte menu are available each night. 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.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Elegant dining - ticked all the boxes

Fine dining with creative and delicious food and superb regional wines to match. We were a table of 4 and thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and ambience. We will definitely visit the Appellation again when we're travelling through the region.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
TwoAussies_13
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Fine dining with creative and delicious food and superb regional wines to match. We were a table of 4 and thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and ambience. We will definitely visit the Appellation again when we're travelling through the region.

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

Know that your very positive review of the food, wine, service and ambience the four of you experienced recently at Appellation is truly appreciated. Our creative and dedicated kitchen and front of house teams strive to deliver a beautiful experience of fine dining and are complimented when guests such as yourself promise to return when next in the Barossa. We... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Simply delicious. We went on Wed local produce night, where the chef experimented and all the dishes were surprises. We enjoyed everything and the wine matching was fantastic too.

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you've recently enjoyed our Wednesday Locals menu surprises from the Chef. Our kitchen team enjoys creating a variety of dishes for guests on what has become one of our favourite evenings of the week; and the wine matching selections you've enjoyed are a very popular component of the evening. Thank you for advising you found... More 

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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We went on one of the 'local' nights and were reasonably impressed. The food was good, although the deserts weren't great. The service was warm, and the location itself was beatiful.

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

It's a pleasure to know you found our restaurant location beautiful and that you enjoyed the warm service of our front of house staff. As the dishes created on our Wednesday Locals nights are different from table to table and week to week, I do hope you'll return soon to sample new main dishes and desserts on another chilly winter... More 

Bergen, Norway
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

From other travelers reviews I had high hopes for this place. The service started out OK, but after a while the staff started disappointing as they became very difficult to get a hold of. At a high end restaurant I expect someone to ask me how my food is after a few minutes of receiving it, but that didn't happen.... More 

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, and it appears that in the instance of your visit we did not live up to your expectations. When you advised that you were unhappy with one of your courses (after you had eaten most of it), we offered to prepare the venison in a different manner (your serving was at the same temperature as... More 

Northwood, Australia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

A number of friends and colleagues had told me about Appellation and so my wife and I went with high expectations which were definitely met. We had the degustation menu and my only advice is don't have lunch that day! You certainly finish the meal not wanting more. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly and we were not rushed.... More 

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

Your very positive remarks have truly made my day! I am so happy to relate to our kitchen and front of house staff your compliments on their knowledgeable and friendly service and the fact that our degustation selections met your high expectations. Thank you as well for commenting that you were both satisfied and would not have wanted more food... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We had heard and read great reviews about Appellation so you can imagine the expectations walking in were quite high! Happy to say their were met very well. Greeted on arrival and had a drink first in the bar area. The service from start to end was fantastic. The explanation by the Sommelier about the wines and why they were... More 

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

I am so pleased that your evening with us at Appellation "flowed perfectly" and that you've described the service as fantastic. Thank you as well for complimenting our Sommelier's wine matching and explanation for pairing specific wines with the dishes you enjoyed. And, absolutely fun to know you capped your visit to the Barossa with a winery visit to purchase... More 

Lae
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We werent staying at the Lousie (attached hotel) but came here just for dinner. We heard it was fine dining and had a price to match. But we were on a nice holiday so thought we'd treat ourselves. When I first walked in to the restaurant, I actually thought i had entered a motel lobby and said to my GF... More 

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

In acknowledgment, I’ll summarize by saying that your remarks are in nearly total contrast with the beautiful compliments we regularly receive on both the quality and presentation of our dishes, on the welcoming and professional service of our front-of-house staff, and on the understated design of the restaurant. The artwork, ceramics and glass in both the Appellation restaurant and bar... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We were staying at The Louise, so this was almost a "must do" simply because it is at the doorstep. The meal was superb. Quality food and faultless service. The owner/host visits each table every night to introduce himself and to discuss guest experiences. It was so good, we went back again the next night. We were pleasantly surprised to... More 

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

It is a treat to read that you've chosen to dine with us two nights in a row, and that you appreciated the changes in our degustation menu selections from one evening to the next. Thank you for your very positive comments on the quality of the food, faultless service, and wine selections, including wines by the glass, in a... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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65 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

My husband and I chose to dine at Appellation to celebrate a birthday. As we were guests at The Louise and were on a stay and dine package we had $240 worth of credit towards our dinner. It wasn't enough - despite the fact that we choose not to have the matching wines with our dinner. The food is expensive.... More 

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment on our Appellation dinner menu as "innovative and fresh," as we use local Barossa purveyors and ingredients that are both regional and seasonal in our degustation and a la carte menu preparations. I am disappointed to read that you were annoyed by a noisy group of guests on the evening you dined with us, as... More 

Sydney, Australia
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Well what can say. After a year or so of dining at this restaurant I was somewhat disappointed to find that the decor had changed (for the worse) whilst the wait staff are entirely female and young and 'in-training' it appeared. Not sure who the sommelier was, if there was one, with no real real understanding of the role and... More 

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Helen-Louise-C, Owner at Appellation, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment on the creativity and flair of Ryan Edwards, our increasingly celebrated Executive Chef. We have passed on your positive review of his twice cooked pork belly and of the carmelised apple tart that is a favourite of our restaurant team as well. While our front of house staff continue to receive the applause of the... More 

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Address: 375 Seppeltsfield Rd | Barossa Valley, Marananga, South Australia 5355, Australia
Phone Number: 08 8562 4144
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Barossa Valley  >  Marananga
Cuisine: International

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 375 Seppeltsfield Rd | Barossa Valley, Marananga, South Australia 5355, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Barossa Valley  >  Marananga
  • Phone Number: 08 8562 4144

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

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 daily changing Chef's Tasting Menu with paired wines as well as a seasonal a la carte menu are available each night. 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.

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