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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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
Great food, better service!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
anderson411
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Adelaide, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
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 via mobile

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
1 review
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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29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We had been to this restaurant a couple of years ago & found it very good so we thought we would visit again whilst we were in Adelaide from Melbourne for the arts festival. Unfortunately we were very disappointed this time. The menu is very limited, but we accepted that & chose what we thought would be good. The entree... More 

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

Dear ShaieB, Many thanks for the feedback on your recent dining experience at The Kitchen Door. We’re sorry that the experience didn’t meet your expectations, and have taken your comments on board. Thank you for bringing to our attention the menu description regarding “parcels” of Lentil, mushroom, beetroot & fetta. You are correct, this dish consists of one large parcel.... More 

Adelaide, Australia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Had the degustation menu with matching wines. Great service. Good spot with view from restaurant. Great food and wine. Left full and a bit drunk. Make sure there is a non-drinking driver in the group.

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Adelaide
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We went to The Kitchen Door for lunch and while the food tasted good, the overall experience was average. 3 of us ordered the fish fingers for entree and they were very salty, and i mean salty.The lunch menu was very limited, choice of 4 items, no steak, so 3 had the veal rib and i had the fish. One... 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 12 - 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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