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Carmel's Cafe Bar and Grill

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250 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
0883238038
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12:00 pm - 9:45 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Carmel's is a unique restaurant located in the heart of the picturesque...
Carmel's is a unique restaurant located in the heart of the picturesque McLaren Vale. The Restaurant presents an ever-changing menu focusing on flavours to compliment the extensive wine selection from Marienberg, Fern Hill and the many smaller boutique wineries in McLaren Vale.
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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Went with group of 10 on a busy Friday night and received very friendly and fast service. Food was delicious and generous serves. Easy payment as separate bills at the counter on way out. I would definitely book ahead to be sure of a table though as the restaurant is jam packed and bustling.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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Shearwater, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This delightful restaurant on the Adelaide end of the main street in McLaren Vale is a treasure. The absolute greatest food and an extremely wide range of local and regional wines. Service great. Where else can you sit dining and observe the chef in the restaurant's herb garden gathering fresh ingredients ? Plenty of seating.

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Pakenham, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere was great , the staff went out of their way to ask if we had been there before, then went on to take us through the menu selection which was fantastic. The ribs were the best I have ever tasted!!

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Adelaide, Australia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A few years ago I visited this restaurant and was disappointed in the service. I have been back twice in the last few weeks and have found that the service is great and the food fantastic. So credit where credit is due, Carmel's is now highly recommended in my books. I have observed the staff assisting other customers and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The staff were very hospitable and attentive and the food was both delicious and served in a timely manner. Would certainly give two thumbs up!

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Happy Valley. South Australia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

My favourite place to eat. If your are in the McLaren Vale area and doing some wine tasting and looking for somewhere to eat, this is the place to go. A wide range of meals on their menu at a really good price, great staff and atmosphere, and the Desserts are 'to die for'. There is even a meal challenge... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

Went with group of 10 on a busy Friday night and received very friendly and fast service. Food was delicious and generous serves. Easy payment as separate bills at the counter on way out. I would definitely book ahead to be sure of a table though as the restaurant is jam packed and bustling.

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Noosa Heads, Australia
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This is quite a large restaurant and during busy sittings there would be a lot going on. We had an evening meal on a relatively quiet night and were impressed by all facets of the restaurant. The welcome was friendly and prompt and our orders for wine and food were taken without delay. The food was excellent and Carmel even... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We ate with a table of 9 including 3 children under 7 on Saturday night. Service was quite slow, possibly due to a high number of take-aways. One child received their meal 15 minutes before anyone else and the wedges ordered for the other 2 children were forgotten and arrived later. The garlic cheese and olive bread had cheese, but... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I have visited Carmel's Cafe Bar & Grill on several occasions with family & friends. The food is always good but the level of service can vary.

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Carnarvon
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Standard fare on the menu. Had oysters Kilpatrick for entree, ordered well done, they were excellent, tasty, juicy, as good as you'll get. Our steaks were all pretty close cooked to what we ordered and were good serves. We didn't need to order any desserts. The only surprise, was that our wine was "plonked" on the table to serve ourselves,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 250 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  McLaren Vale
  • Phone Number: 0883238038

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 43
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Cafe, Seafood, Mediterranean

Description

Carmel's is a unique restaurant located in the heart of the picturesque McLaren Vale. The Restaurant presents an ever-changing menu focusing on flavours to compliment the extensive wine selection from Marienberg, Fern Hill and the many smaller boutique wineries in McLaren Vale.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:45 pm

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