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All 41 McLaren Vale Restaurants

Carmel's Cafe Bar and Grill

250 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
0883238038
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Ranked #14 of 41 Restaurants in McLaren Vale
Price range: $11 - $43
Hours:
Tue - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Mediterranean, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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.
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stamphappy
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We stopped here for dinner last week and were delighted by Carmel's. The salmon was cooked to perfection; even the simple burger was gourmet-style and impressive. Service was friendly and engaging but not over-the-top. Highly recommended.

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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

we eat here regularly as food always delicious. Carmel & her staff very friendly always go out of their way to make you feel welcome & special, nothing too much trouble. Pleased that excellent local wines highlighted. Will continue to visit regularly & will recommend to everyone.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Excellent service, excellent food. There is a good selection of local wines available. The flat bread variations are delicious. The menu is a bit different than what you would usually encounter. Covers steaks/tapas/pulled pork/fish/salads. You'll need to book to get a seat here.

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Brisbane
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We found the menu a bit expensive. $26.00 for fish & chips was a bit tough for lunch but the specials were reasonably priced. Service was Ok but nothing special. Wine was $8.00 for a glass of house red.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Have eaten here many times & must say it's the best food in the area. Well priced and the staff are great. Carmel goes out of her way to make any special event perfect. Excellent wine selection and cozy dining area. Must book in advance as they are really busy. Overall it's my pic everytime!

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Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The meals where very bistro like, the sparkling wine flat - even after sending it back the first time. Miss the dessert pizza - very plastic.

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Bali, Indonesia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were on a drive through the countryside, turned off at Maclarenvale and saw Carmels Cafe Bar and Grill was full of people, so decided to stop and see why there were so many people eating there. Now I know why, the food was delicious. I had golden chicken tenderloins with salad and chips and hubby had steak and vegetables.... More

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Aldinga Beach, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Had dinner with friends on a Friday night.They were using a gift voucher. So glad we booked. It was very busy. Greeted & shown our table as soon as we entered. Service was quick. Good selection of wines & foods. Even fussy eaters can eat here. All had entre & mains. Staff asked if we were nearly ready for mains... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I've had Carmels on my list of places to visit for the last few months and I'm sad to say that I was disappointed after visiting today for lunch. I selected the Genovese fettuccine pasta dish which, though a generous portion, lacked in flavor. The dish was oily and bland. Not impressed. This being said, though the chefs clearly left... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

First time to this restaurant, might not be a second. The food was great. Steaks wre cooked just right and the amount of food was really good to see. Downside was the very very slow service. 25 minutes wait from ordering our 2 glasses of sparkling wine. Then another 30 minute wait for our entree. I had pre booked a... More

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Additional Information about Carmel's Cafe Bar and Grill

Address: 250 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
Phone Number: 0883238038
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  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
Average Prices: USD 11 - 43
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Mediterranean, Seafood, Steakhouse

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