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The Kitchen Door Restaurant, Penny's Hill

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281 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
+61 8 8557 0840
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: With Head Chef, Dioni Flanagan, at the helm, award-winning 'The Kitchen...
With Head Chef, Dioni Flanagan, at the helm, award-winning 'The Kitchen Door' offers two distinct dining experiences. Regional, seasonal and affordable underpin both formal dining in 'Gedney Room' or a casual 'Drew's Verandah' offer. Both spaces overlook the post and rail fences of the Suffolk sheep paddocks, a vista not available from any CBD eatery. 'The Kitchen Door' Restaurant was awarded the National Restaurant & Catering Awards title of "Best Restaurant in a Winery" in 2007 and again in 2013 as well as the South Australian title in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Another lovely afternoon at Penny's Hill. The new menu was great, I really enjoyed my main of Elk with a chocolate & Guinness sauce with cauliflower & white bean purée, thank you Neil & Chris. The Grenache was a great choice & many thanks to Barnaby for all the laughs & the great service. Will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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141 reviews 141 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Good food, nice wines, obsequious waiter. 5% surcharge for paying with AMEX. Unforgivable in this day and age.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Another lovely afternoon at Penny's Hill. The new menu was great, I really enjoyed my main of Elk with a chocolate & Guinness sauce with cauliflower & white bean purée, thank you Neil & Chris. The Grenache was a great choice & many thanks to Barnaby for all the laughs & the great service. Will definitely be back!

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Rather unexpectedly we found ourselves eating out at lunchtime and Penny's Hill was a great venue. Delicious food - and the wonderful discovery of a Riesling from their vineyards in Clare Valley. Definitely to be recommended (and there is a discount on cellar door purchases for diners-in!)

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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Food was great and the service was excellent! Good spacing between course so that we could enjoy the meal, company and the surroundings. Staff was very knowlegeable and on point. Highly advised to go and try for yourself but make a booking it can get busy from what I saw when there.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A group of us went to the restaurant with a booking,waited for the food for about 2.5 hrs only to be served with poor quality food.the fish was raw and the pork was raw.The waitress told us that the fish can be eaten raw and also the pork.Definately will never return to a place where the food and service is... More 

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Emma C, Public Relations Manager at The Kitchen Door Restaurant, Penny's Hill, responded to this review

Dear Foopdie, We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience here at ‘The Kitchen Door’ Restaurant, this being the reason that your group was not made to pay for the meals you expressed displeasure with. Our chef has taken your comments on board and we will ensure that in future our front-of-house staff better explain... More 

Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My husband and I just love this place, from the cellar door to the restaurant. One of our favourite places in the area. Have been here several times and never had a bad experience. When we have interstate guests we always venture down and people are always more than a little impressed.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We had a dinner and drinks package on valentines day and I am usually wary of these kinds of deals but it was amazing! The place was packed but service was great. Food unbelievable and the wines were perfectly matched to the food. The wine flowed! Will be coming back again.

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My husband and I are both wine lovers and 'foodies', so we were very keen to enjoy another degustation lunch in the McLaren Vale district. Our experience was great..... fabulous food and perfectly matched wines. We particularly enjoyed discussing wines with Barnaby, and we were treated like family for the entire three hours. Highly recommended !!!

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Adelaide, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is a revisit for us however first with the new Irish Chef. The new menu certainly does not disappoint offering a wonderful fine dining experience. Added to this fine dining experience is the attentive staff who are as excited about the menu and interested in your feed back. We always research the menus prior to our visit - this... More 

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Emma C, Public Relations Manager at The Kitchen Door Restaurant, Penny's Hill, responded to this review

Hi Frew Family, Thank you for the kind review. We are glad you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you again! Kind regards, Emma Craig 'The Kitchen Door' More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

The Kitchen Door Restaurant is a must do when in McLaren Vale. The food is outstanding not to be outdone by the amazing friendly staff. Rare peppered tuna was mouth watering whilst the pan seared elk and pork loin was exquisite!!! Do yourself a favour and stop by this amazing restaurant. Say hi to Barnaby and Jo there customer service... More 

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Emma C, Public Relations Manager at The Kitchen Door Restaurant, Penny's Hill, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed the items from our 2015 Autumn menu. Barnaby and Jo were thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your day here at 'The Kitchen Door'! We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, Emma Craig 'The Kitchen Door' More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 281 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  McLaren Vale
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8557 0840

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 31
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

With Head Chef, Dioni Flanagan, at the helm, award-winning 'The Kitchen Door' offers two distinct dining experiences. Regional, seasonal and affordable underpin both formal dining in 'Gedney Room' or a casual 'Drew's Verandah' offer. Both spaces overlook the post and rail fences of the Suffolk sheep paddocks, a vista not available from any CBD eatery. 'The Kitchen Door' Restaurant was awarded the National Restaurant & Catering Awards title of "Best Restaurant in a Winery" in 2007 and again in 2013 as well as the South Australian title in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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