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Penola Station Restaurant

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Australian, Contemporary
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48 Church Street, Penola, South Australia, Australia (Formerly Terra Rossa Wine Club)
+61 8 8737 3350
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11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Food

The food was great, but the restaurant needs a good clean, we were presented with menus with food stains on them. Quite off-putting The service was OK, very unprofessional, e.g. trying to get the bill but the waitress was more focused on her phone. Apart from this, it serves great food

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Roger D
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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159 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was great, but the restaurant needs a good clean, we were presented with menus with food stains on them. Quite off-putting The service was OK, very unprofessional, e.g. trying to get the bill but the waitress was more focused on her phone. Apart from this, it serves great food

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Thank Roger D
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a busy night, just after Christmas. Only the waitress and the chef, but the service was great and the steak was fantastic, cooked just the way I like it. Great work, we will call in next time we travel through Penola. Ken & Janice

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Thank Ken B
Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the restaurant for dinner with my partner and we were very happy with the food. They have a well balanced menu and support the local wines. Absolutely satisfied and glad to recommend it to the visitors of the region.

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Thank gkoko52
Adelaide, Australia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fabulous restaurant. Adventurous and modern dining in a rustic setting. As a couple we dined early to avoid the big rush (by locals) for large end of week gatherings. Superb wine choice and the food did not disappoint. This was a return visit. We were there a couple of years earlier. Go there and be surprised.

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Thank Robert S
Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to the restaurant twice for dinner and both times I was extremely happy with the food. The meat was perfectly cooked and all mains are well balanced, with a few veggies on the side for proper nutrition. Absolutely glad to find a place I don't leave hungry at the end of dinner. Also, tick of approval for showcasing... More 

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Thank Laura5006
Coonawarra, Australia
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Six friends decided to have dinner at Coonawarra Station, Penola Station no longer exists, did have certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor on the bar, Only one waitress on duty for about 20 diners, so drinks were slow in coming. Although we had booked for six people we were shown to a large round table set for eight which made... More 

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2 Thank Bill M
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This was my first visit to Penola Station. I had high expectations and was not disappointed. Entrée was taken care off with the bruschetta. Fantastic btw! I had the steak for mains, which was superbly cooked and left me very satisfied. Ambiance was a bit quiet, but it was early (around 6), it was getting busier when i left. Staff... More 

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Thank Steve S
London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was branded Coonawarra Station when we went in Dec 2015. It had a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor on the bar but really didn't deserve it on our experience. We went on a Sunday lunchtime and there was only one person staffed to serve and one in the kitchen. Needless to say they were hopelessly over-run which is... More 

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2 Thank saturday79
Mount Gambier, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

A group of us came in for dinner for a business trip and from the moment we walked in unto we left we were all blown away (by the amazing service and the beautiful atmosphere). First off we all had starters, I had the smoked EEL. The most amazing eel I've ever had! Then I had a special lamb rack... More 

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1 Thank A1DiningSA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

One of the best meals we have had on our trip so far! The young man who served us chose a exceptional wine to go with our meals! My partner had the barramundi and if it was allowed would of licked the plate clean! I decided to go with a black Angus fillet cooked "rare" and I have to say... More 

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Thank Sue G

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48 Church Street, Penola, South Australia, Australia (Formerly Terra Rossa Wine Club)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Penola
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8737 3350

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Australian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?