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The Barn

Main Rd (Cnr Chalk Hill Rd), McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
(08) 83238618
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Ranked #4 of 41 restaurants in McLaren Vale
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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137 reviews 137 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I came here with my wife for dinner. Fantastic food and excellent service, however, I thought the meals where tiny and overpriced. I don't mind small meals that are phenomenal quality and flavour, but I didn't think this was the case. Sides are excessively priced and separate to the already overpriced mains. I have had much better for much less... More

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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

It's been 30 years but we returned to the Barn. Great service and food knowledge. Had duck rillettes to start. Kangaroo fillets and fish to follow. Nice bottle of red selected from their amazing cellar. Thanks to new owners, Matt and Meg and the others. You need to try their courtyard with the new heater!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We arrived at 5 PM when they opened after a long day and, though we did not have a reservation, they were able to seat us. Dinner is not served until 6, so we tried several appetizers, which were excellent. Grilled kangaroo was well-prepared and very tasty. Everything was clearly made with freshest ingredients. Had a glass of a nice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Our dinner was an unexpected pleasure. An interesting menu with great art and an intriguing idea of getting you to select your own wine. The meal was good value with excellent service, though very expensive for us as we bought a painting! I strongly recommend you eat here.

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Denver, Colorado
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us and we spent our last night of holiday dining here--so glad we did! We were seated in the light and airy atrium. The server (an absolutely fabulous server, I cannot remember her name but she was from Canada originally) invited us into the wine cellar to choose our own bottle. They literally had hundreds... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We dined at The Barn on a Friday lunchtime and although it was fairly quiet, still sufficient atmosphere - would love to sample the atmosphere on a busy evening. The waiter explained that The Barn was the oldest restaurant in McLaren Vale and the actual building must also be one of the oldest in the town. It looks fairly small... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Wine Room! Undoubtedly the finest & most extensive selection of wines in the region. Being able to walk through the wine room and select a bottle is such a great idea, I can't believe that I've never seen it anywhere else. We have always lived the Barn and living in the region have eaten there many times under various stewardship.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Had dinner at the most charming place. Food was fantastic. But the best surprise was the wine list. There wasn't one. You walked in to the cellar and chose your own wine. Paid $55 for one of the best wines we have ever had. What a gem!

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I loved the self-service wine room. The food was just ok. It was a busy Saturday night and the kitchen could not keep up. We waited an hour for the main but the large table across from us was waiting even longer. Our server made no apologies and I took that to mean that this night was no different from... More

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thebarn-mclarenvale, Owner at The Barn, responded to this review

Hello, our kitchen is known for producing high- quality, timely and efficient meals and a long wait for food is a rare complaint. I would like to apologize on behalf of our team for not recognizing the delay and communicating that with you. Regards, Meghan More

Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

We had an above average dinner. After wandering the main drag to see what the best options were, quite pleased we ended up here. Nice atmosphere. The building made me a little nostalgic for our Spanish honeymoon. Service was great, food was tasty and the wine cellar is a real treat! I don't think the prices are unreasonable, and I... More

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thebarn-mclarenvale, Owner at The Barn, responded to this review

Hi, we're so happy to hear you enjoyed your dining with us and we love that you took the time to share your positive experience with the community! Cheers, Meghan More

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