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The Kitchen Door Restaurant, Penny's Hill

281 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
+61 8 8557 0840
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Ranked #6 of 40 Restaurants in McLaren Vale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $36
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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.
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We just finished a long lunch and loved it. The food, setting and wine were all amazing. But the service was exceptional. Our waiter, Barnes was personable, seriously funny and polished. All up, this is a top choice for lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We rode bikes around Mclaren Bale on the coldest day for over 30 years and ended up here for lunch. What an amazing experience!! The food here is as good as we have had any where in the world. The friendly staff in the restaurant made us feel special even though we obviously arrived by bike . The view from... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We took friends from interstate to the The Kitchen Door Restaurant at McLaren Vale yesterday and oh what a fantastic experience we had . The whole afternoon was just superb with the most friendly staff to the delicious food and wine. We found the service was the best we have ever experienced ,and the food and wine superb . We... More

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Berrigan, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We have just visited by chance The Kitchen Door Restaurant @ Penny's Hill Winery in McLaren Vale South Australia. May we congratulate all from the chef and kitchen staff to the front of house team for the complete experience of food, wine and service. We would equal the dinning experience to the Le Jules Verne Restaurant @ Eiffel Tour. Thank... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting relatives in Adelaide who kindly took us to Penny's Hill for lunch. Not only was the wine delicious, the food was also amazing. Between us we ordered the snapper, quail, pork and octopus, and there was not one morsel of food left on any of the plates. Top this with friendly service and reasonable prices, and it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

You guys do food & wine SO well! The scenery was gorgeous, the staff were incredible & the food and wine were amazingly delicious. LOVED it, Thankyou!

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

The second time I've visited Penny's Hill for lunch with my partner and absolutely loved it. The sun was out, the place was buzzing with people enjoying themselves, the service was exceptional and very personal and the food was really great! Try the King Prawns!

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

A divine experience all round. Came here with a couple friends for lunch and we were all very impressed. Lovely staff - very friendly and welcoming, top notch food, relaxed atmosphere, and all in a stunning location. I've eaten at a lot of the great restaurants around the region, and I think this would have to be my favourite. Highly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

A group of us dropped by the Kitchen Door after a morning of tastings around McLaren Vale. We only had enough room for deserts, and I'm glad we did! Best way to polish off a great day. Try the pear and vanilla spider, amazing!

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The food was fantastic. But I don't suggest to go with the set menu. The set came for two people share. Not enough quanitity for two.

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