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Penny's Hill

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$$ - $$$
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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281 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
+61 8 8557 0840
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the most amazing leisurely lunch at Penny's Hill. All of our mains were outstanding. Great flavours and cooked perfectly. Excellent presentation of the food and relaxed atmosphere.

Thank Denise D
Adelaide, Australia
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66 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Penny's Hill attempts to be a high class regional destination, however, their failure the achieve the 'chic' element of their 'country chic' decor spoke volumes of their mediocrity from the moment you enter the premises. The food here is excellent - expensive, but excellent. The service was of (good) 'cafe quality' style, but given the high prices, one would expect... More 

Thank Lachlan G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

We had lunch there with a friend this week. The kitchen did well in preparing our meals as there was a large group dining there at the same time as we were there. Service was nice and friendly and helpful. The meals were creative and with nice flavours. Coffee was ok. I thought the meal servings were a bit small... More 

Thank Ray G
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

We arrived without a booking for a late lunch at around 2:30 pm and were immediately welcomed. Our experience with the front desk staff and waiter and waitress was first class - each one of them was very knowledgable and provided us with very helpful information. From discussions on menu choices, wine selection and things to see in Mclaren Vale... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

The Good: lovely setting, lovely artworks, nice atmosphere, good wine selection, great company with family and friends, buildings and grounds well maintained, Black Chooks lots of fun, beautiful pepper tree. The Food: my entree was disappointing and flavourless - the Kingfish ( basically drenched in a flavourless mayonnaise. My main of Barramundi improved - but very oily - although tasty.... More 

Thank V W
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

Barnaby and the team at Penny's Hill looked after us magnificently. The setting in the venue is spectacular, matched only by the quality of the food. We could not have asked for a better day. Highly recommend it as a place for lunch when touring the McLaren Vale, or as a destination itself. Service was 10/10. Great stuff!

Thank El_Roberto_P
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

30 plus for lunch. Treated really well with great food and wines. Staff made it work for a big group. Super venue.

Thank Greig W
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

fabulous $55 tapas tasting plates, the food , tastes and amounts we received were fabulous, definitely value for money , awesome tastes in the dishes and the wine we purchased was also delicious . Barnaby the manager for our visit was fantastic , helpful without being pushy and very knowledgeable, thoroughly enjoyed it . highly recommend it.

Thank suzannie1
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

After such a wonderful lunch last time we thought we would return for more. We were disappointed to find the change to tapas style but stayed positive and chose the feed me option even though it seemed expensive. While 3 of the small dishes were very enjoyable the rest were ordinary and very over priced. On the postive side a... More 

Thank Peter F
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Visited with a group of friends with quite a few children and everything was awesome. The adults did tastings, we ordered lunch for the kids then platters for ourselves and nothing was too much trouble. The staff were friendly and engaging and the food divine. We had a wonderful relaxing visit.

Thank Nic109

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $37
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Greater Adelaide  >  McLaren Vale
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8557 0840
The Kitchen Door is a salute to wine-lovers and great food indulgers: for those who love to pander to their palate. Discover elegant dishes with a rustic, relaxed influence that don’t easily fit into one classification: fresh produce; nostalgic classics; grazing boards.

Select dishes to be shared or individually savoured from our menu, or have Head Chef, Neil ‘Nelly’ McGlew feed you the best of seasonal and local produce, either with or without paired wines, in our "Feed Me" experience, priced at $55 per person.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?