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The Barn Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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252 Main Rd | PO BOX 89, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to Mclaren Vale to visit some wineries and we stoped at this venue to have some lunch. The service was fast and attentive, they let you go on their cellar and chose our own wine bottle, which was fun. The food was excellent, my scotch fillet was soft and savory. It is a bit on the expensive side... More 

Thank Jun T
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly staff, nice wines, terrible food. My fellow diners ordered the pork belly and couldn't eat it and I ordered the Thai Beef Salad. It looked and tasted like the beef strips had been battered and deep fried and they were all shrivelled up and crunchy. Apart from too much soy sauce and no other flavor the plate was just... More 

Thank JediGR
Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered one of the 'share plates' on the Menu for entree, priced at $15...but three wafer thin slices of Pork Belly with a teaspoon of Micro Herbs and a tablespoon of smeared something arrived. We ordered the Steak and the Kangaroo...but it was hard to determine which one was tougher!! The veg were a let down too...gritty charred heirloom... More 

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66 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have enjoyed many a night at The Barn - it has a great atmosphere and lovely staff - but tonight was an exception. To put it mildly, we felt ripped off. We both ordered the vegetarian tartlet which was priced at $28. This tuned out to be a layer of dry unappealing puffed pastry with a few bits of... More 

Thank Tourist014
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Too much protein. A plate loaded with kangaroo. Gone are the days where you get a balanced meal with vegetables or salad, hence the up-sell for food that should be on the palate.

1 Thank Yvie L
Victor Harbor, Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Barn Bistro was simply delightful... The food was amazing, the service was friendly and efficient. The back ground music was not intrusive and the candles/low lighting added to make the evening very relaxed and comfortable. Would definitely recommend this treasure on the Fleurieu.

Thank hodgiegal
Adelaide, Australia
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78 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A family event is our first visit in decades. My wife and I delighted in the food and ambience of The Barn during the 1970s and 1980s. It has changed little and is just as good. Our waiter and Maître'd Andrew was great. Food was very good and wine is still selected from the wine room. Restrooms have been updated.

Thank CLGChris
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65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here on a Sunday, what a great choice. The place is different in a good way, the staff welcoming, professional but relaxed. They have a great selection of wine by the bottle but the Shiraz we had by the glass was very nice. The food was delicious, very well presented and reasonable price/serving size. Thanks team!

Thank Havewemet
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on a Thursday night while on holidays in the area. We were blown away by the amazing ambience when we walked in, from there on in we continued to be amazed delicious and perfect food. Will eat here every time when in town.

Thank Tomo253
Beaudesert, Australia
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were very pleasantly surprised as soon as we stepped into the unassuming barn, you certainly cannot judge this book by its cover! The ambience is relaxed in the well appointed restaurant which sets the stage for a very enjoyable dining experience. I have never seen a wine room before, however Matts wine room is something else to see. Matt... More 

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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
$8 - $28
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 252 Main Rd | PO BOX 89, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  McLaren Vale
  • Phone Number: 61883238618

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