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“Popular choice” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carmel's Cafe Bar and Grill

Carmel's Cafe Bar and Grill
Ranked #5 of 56 Restaurants in McLaren Vale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $33
Cuisines: Bar, Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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 flavors to compliment the extensive wine selection from local wineries. The food is modern Australian twist on American style food as well as a wide range of other dishes.
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Popular choice”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

We dined here one night in late May.
It was a freezing night so the big patio heaters inside gave a welcome warmth to the place, which seems to be semi-outside but has clear cafe blinds around the veranda.
The staff were efficient and attentive and there was quite a good crowd for a wintry Sunday night.
Food-wise, I had the pork belly which I enjoyed but it had no crackling (or if it did, it was soft). My husband had the soup, which he enjoyed. We had desserts - sticky date pudding, which sounded very special on the menu, but was just average.
We also had a glass of wine each.
It seemed like a popular place with the locals. It has an extensive menu and all in all we enjoyed it. It was a shame the heater near our table was turned off at the request of another table. It quickly became quite cold and we left. The food was homely and filling.
I think as a tourist, there are other places I would prefer to try next time, now that we have our bearings a little better.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Semsavblanc
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English first
Adelaide, South Australia
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very nice place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

I've been here 3 times since it opened every time the food has been done to perfection, I took my mum there for her birthday and everyone who went loved their meals. I've also been there a few times on steak night. The only thing I can complain about is the first time I went it took a while for our food to come out, but each time since then it has been fine.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Imsopov
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Willunga
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Surpassed my expectations!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

Friends invited us to join them for dinner at Carmel's during the week. They had heard good reports from others and wanted to see for themselves. The decor is very attractive and welcoming, we were invited to sit where we wanted, and as it was a cold night, they placed us in a lovely warm area. We were served by two very friendly and caring young ladies. The food was fantastic, tasty and plentiful and very good value. All in all a wonderful evening, great food, great service...WILL DEFINITELY GO AGAIN.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Corina K
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South Australia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Friendly service, great food, nice atmosphere, good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

We had a very nice lunch at Carmel's. Relatives were visiting from out of town and I wasn't sure what sort of food they liked, Carmel's has a much bigger choice of dishes than some other local venues. The staff were efficient and friendly, both during the lunch and when making and then amending our booking over the phone. Food was great, especially the steak. Desserts took a little while to come out but were worth the wait.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SuperSal-SA
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Clarendon, Australia
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Stylish restaurant, good food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

Real nice comfortable restaurant in the heart of McLaren Vale. The menu is varied and is good value

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Telelynx
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