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Italian, Australian, Gluten Free
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169 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Vasarelli's as a family of four and had a wonderful meal. The service and food were top class. We wanted to make a couple of tweaks to the menu choice and they couldn't be more happy to help. The food was well cooked and also presented well. We will definitely be visiting again.

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McLaren Vale, Australia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was really tasty, just loved the gnocchi. Had a bit of difficulty just getting bread, don't seem to serve bread with dinner. The food was great and the wine list is very extensive.

Thank Robyn L
Adelaide, Australia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favourite's in McLaren Vale to celebrate special occasions, this visit was as good as anticipated. To start the Duck & ham hock terrine & slow cooked octopus, both tasty & not too large a serve. For main's I had Linguine al Frutti Di Mare (it's my favourite) hubby had the Scotch fillet both delicious & filling. We... More 

1 Thank anniejwright13
Lausanne, Switzerland
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177 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

So much salt used in both our mains that our teeth were left with a rough coating. The mushrooms in my Gnocchi tasted strongly of white wine vinegar and my partner's dish was inedible due to the such an overpowering sauce (alcohol not flamed off properly plus way too much chilli) which basically obscured the subtle flavour of the rabbit.... More 

Thank EdFinnier
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

we enjoyed a great meal with very service during an outing some time back. but we will return great food and company makes for a great dining experience

Thank Chris E
Darwin, Australia
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Vasarelli's came recommended to us, but with so many choices in McLaren Vale I wasn't sure if we would take up the suggestion. Thank goodness we did..... Twice! It was amazing on our first visit for Friday lunch that we tossed other "must visit restaurants" aside and returned to have our expectations exceeded once again. The mussels were to die... More 

1 Thank Tasmainia
Willunga, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We found the staff indifferent, the room noisy, the tables too close together, the pork crackling with no taste and inedible and overpriced.....

Thank tinekehazel
Port Macquarie, Australia
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81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Real Italian food and an extensive wine list. Friendly staff. Flavoursome mains and great desserts. Nice old style building

Thank PaoloCaldo
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

We took our Italian old school relatives here and its great.Authentic good serves great flavours excellent friendly homely service. I would highly recomend the Porchetta,great wine a must do in the vales

Thank Mark O
Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Waiters that are friendly and greet you warmly? Not here Expensive pasta dishes created from homebrand store bought pasta? Check "Pork belly" (cough cough) served on a few baked beans? Check Awful wines? Check Wow what a disappointment this place was on a recent visit in May 2016. I would never recommend anyone waste their time or money here. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Australian, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  McLaren Vale
  • Phone Number: 61883237980
The cellar door and restaurant are a family owned business owned by Maria and Michael Vasarelli, along with their parents, Pat and Vicky Vasarelli. Set in the heart of McLaren Vale, the Vasarelli's have brought to the public a combination of award winning wines and Italian's love for cooking. With recipes passed down from generations, our cuisine ranges from antipasto platters and classic pasta dishes to all organic meats and the freshest seafood. At the very central of our cooking is the insistence that food be fresh & that our chefs are able to work to their own taste, opening the door to infinite variety.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?