Where To Go For The Best Lunch in Adelaide
Sit back, relax and savour the flavours only the best spots for a long lunch in Adelaide can provide.
Lunch, brunch, long lunch, bottomless brunch. There's something quite luxurious about choosing to enjoy a delicious meal in the middle of the day and taking your sweet time to savour every delicious mouthful. Add in the fact a long lunch in Adelaide often includes a cheeky mimosa or a morning espresso martini, and you’ve got yourself one of the best ways to pass the time.
We've rounded up the best lunch in Adelaide for every mood, from luxurious multi-course decadence to the perfect spot for your next relaxed long lunch catch up with the gang.
LUNCH SPECIALS & SET MENUS
STH is an understated Unley gem, recently extending their hours to offer Friday and Saturday lunch to those seeking something a little more fancy. This chic venue is dishing out deliciousness crafted from the freshest produce, with mouthwatering options like potato gnocchi with Napoli sauce, crispy skin Barramundi and a loaded seafood linguine. Feeling a bit indecisive? No worries! Let the pros take the reins with three 'feed me' menus catering to all hunger levels, with 4, 5 or 7-course options, while STH's well-stocked bar adds some extra flair to your lunch. So, whether you're marking a milestone or just celebrating the end of the week, STH is your go-to for a fabulous and oh-so-tasty experience.
4-course 'Feed Me' $60 per person
27 King William Road, Unley
Bai Long Store
This modern Asian restaurant on Hutt Street mixes style and authenticity perfectly. The menu at Bai Long Store features a mix of flavours and elements, with plenty of vegetarian options available if meat isn’t your thing. Be sure to try the fan-favourite Peking duck bao or dig into gyoza and lamb ribs. There are monthly specials too, so we don’t blame you if you pop back in regularly to try the flavours of the month. Did we mention Bai Long is the only Asian restaurant in Adelaide to have tea sourced exclusively by Master Foo, a Taiwanese tea master? How fancy! You can select dishes from the menu, or opt for 'Just Feed Us' if you want to try a bit of everything at lunchtime.
Lunch available Tuesday to Friday, 12.00pm to 2.30pm
80 Hutt Street, Adelaide
Part Time Lover
... and a full time friend. This highly sought-after hidden laneway café boasts vibrant colours and an intriguing, organic fit-out that is hard to miss. Punchy flavours paired with creative combinations are what Part Time Lover is all about.
Gather the girls to experience a lunch in Adelaide unlike any other. Simply sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy their range of delicious Modern Australian dishes. Don't forget to try the infamous fried corn ribs with chilli lime, popcorn broccoli with vegan hot sauce or kingfish sashimi with sesame cream. There are ‘feed me’ options for indecisive tummies, and if you’re up for it – a French 75 cocktail is a glamorous way to get the good times rolling. Cheers!
Pilgrim Lane, Adelaide
The ultimate spot in the Adelaide Hills to wine and unwind, Lot 100 is an all-encompassing dining destination that's a mecca for foodies, and a home to a collective of South Australia's best food and craft beverage producers. Embracing a paddock-to-plate ethos, the modern Australian menu leans Mediterranean, with a refined focus on seasonality and locally sourced produce from neighbours and farmers. Their craft beverage selection is unmatched, setting itself apart from the many surrounding wineries with gin, cider, and beer reigning supreme. Pick a sunny day and sit outside to enjoy some fun and games while you drink.
Casual shared lunch from $55pp
68 Chambers Road, Hay Valley
Brighton Metro Hotel
Need a hangout for a relaxed afternoon in the sun? The revamped Brighton Metro Hotel offers a stylish and laid back beer garden, and a pretty damn good lunch! We recommend turning up with an empty stomach and taking advantage of their new-look buffet area (who doesn't love a good buffet?) at Charlie’s Diner. Or, order off their vast menu, which includes something for every taste and palate including salads, pizzas, a ‘parmi-rami’ and fresh seafood.
All You Can Eat Buffet starts from $29.95 per adult
466 Brighton Road, Brighton
The Den at the Mayfair Hotel
Take the time for a bit of lunchtime luxury at the one and only Mayfair Hotel. THE DEN is open for lunch service with contemporary bistro dishes and of course, their delicious homemade sweets, as well as their Express Lunch offer. Choose from a selection of Mayfair’s favourite lunch dishes, topped off with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink for just $30 per person.
Express lunch served from 12pm – 2pm
45 King William Street, Adelaide
Craving your fix of Adelaide’s finest Chinese food but can’t make the evening dinner sitting timings work? Concubine is an exclusive little spot, open for lunch just one day a week (on Friday), but believe us when we say it is worth it - easily ranking as one of the best lunch spots in Adelaide. Delight in the all-time favourite entrees of shallot cakes, classic baos and filling noodles.
Lunch served on Fridays 12-2pm
132 Gouger Street, Adelaide
Already a crowd favourite for their chic aesthetic and tasting and a la carte menus, you can catch Fino Vino’s All Day Express Dining for an elevated lunch. Their 3-course set lunch menu changes with the seasons, meaning more variety and the freshest ingredients throughout the year. Did we mention the special includes a glass of their Fino Vino wine? Delicious!
82 Flinders Street, Adelaide
What this vibrant French bistro lacks in size, it makes up for in character – boasting a unique blend of traditional ambience and modern and colourful flare. A great spot for a laidback lunch, Hey Jupiter dishes up hearty French-inspired café fare, paired with top coffee and hard to find imported wines and spirits. Not only one of the best lunch spots in Adelaide, they’re open for breakfast and dinner too. Bon Appetit!
11 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide
Ask anyone who has had a booking at Golden Boy, and chances are they’ll say it’s easily one of their favourite restaurants for dinner or lunch in Adelaide. This contemporary Thai hotspot sits on the edge of the CBD, and offers a tasty selection of dishes in a chic fit-out within a heritage building. This bustling venue fills up quickly, so be sure to book your table in advance to avoid missing out.
Lunch is available Monday-Friday from 12pm
309 North Terrace, Adelaide
Seafire on the Marina
Perched on the front of the bustling promenade, Seafire serves up unbeatable views to match their award-winning menu. A short stroll up from the jetty, this is one of the best lunches in Adelaide for those after a premium experience. It is the perfect place to savour a delicious meal with friends and family, serving only the highest quality beef, poultry, and seafood.
With a cheeky lunchtime cocktail in hand, we recommend ordering one of their specialty dry-aged steaks, prepared in-house and cooked to perfection. Top with one of the house made butters - herb and garlic, fermented chilli or ‘cowboy’ butter for that extra spice.
For a luxury experience, let the chef take care of your selection with the Seafire steak flight - three premium cuts of steak matched with equally premium Yalumba wines for $120 per person. It is truly a dream.
Steak flight $120pp
Shop 2, Marina Pier, Glenelg
Serenely situated in a heritage rotunda in the fairytale-esque Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Restaurant Botanic is a light-filled restaurant with leafy views, serving Modern Australian cuisine from sustainable produce. It's a must-do for a long, languorous Sunday lunch, promising a one-of-kind sensory dining experience that starts long before the plates hit the table. Feast on house signatures, many of which incorporate fresh ingredients sourced right from the gardens themselves. Be sure to pair your plates with one of their custom wine flights for a truly decadent experience. We're calling it; it's not just the best lunch in Adelaide, but arguably in all of Australia.
Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide
Press Food & Wine
Famous for their unique and innovative menu designed to share, Press Food and Wine is a true stand out in the Adelaide food scene. A popular haunt for a mid-week long lunch in Adelaide, it’s a place for everyone to enjoy elegant and contemporary cuisine, celebrating the best of South Australia’s seasonal produce. The menu has a European slant, changing often to reflect the best seasonal produce. You can check out the current menu here.
40 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
Magill Estate Restaurant
Who said that tasting menus were for dinner service only? The decadent Magill Estate Restaurant is open for weekend lunch bookings of their seven course signature dish tasting menu, with the option for wine pairings. A short drive from Adelaide will have you in the stunning magic of Magill... and considering you won't ever want to leave, you might even end up staying for dinner too!
Tasting menu $265pp
Lunch is served from 12pm Saturdays and Sundays
78 Penfold Road, Magill
Enjoy one of the best lunch in Adelaide experiences at the impeccably-refined Fishbank, where some of the finest inner-city seafood is matched with moodily industrial and Art Deco style interiors. Throw a line into their succulent seafood menu, and go fishing for elegant lunch time lures like freshly shucked oysters with a chardonnay and shallot mignonette, luscious crab meat piled atop a potato rosti, and plenty of sashimi. Larger style dishes include the impressive Southern rock lobster with plenty of garlic and tarragon butter, and expertly cooked rib-eye straight from the grill.
Not simply content to be the best seafood restaurant in the city, Fishbank is truly making a name for itself as the ultimate spot for a long lunch in Adelaide. Let's meet there at 1, shall we?
Lunch served from 12pm – 2:30pm
Ground Level, 2 King William Street, Adelaide
Seasonal South Australian produce served in a rustic European style, Herringbone Restaurant has a communal focus that’s rich with culture and warmth. The light, airy and stylish surroundings are brought to life with colourful dishes packed with the freshest ingredients, and the menu changes with the seasons. It's an elegant affair for an extra special long lunch in Adelaide with friends or family.
72-74 Halifax Street, Adelaide
Pretend it's a Roman holiday (even for just a few extended hours) at this impossibly chic space, which is serving up a pasta-filled bite of the best lunch in Adelaide. Possibly one of the most stylish Italian piazzas going around, Osteria Oggi is dripping in charm and finesse. Everything they do is top-notch, right down to the finest details. A cobblestoned floor paired with arches, arbours and moody lighting make up this sleek venue and intimate booths contribute to the chic atmosphere.
As 'Oggi' means 'today' in Italian, the whimsical crew behind this restaurant aims to create sophisticated Italian food inspired by tradition, but with today's tastes.
Linger awhile with their Villa tasting menu. If you're feeling a little fancier, book out their private cellar and be wined and dined the proper traditional Italian way.
76 Pirie Street, Adelaide
The Atrium at Hentley Farm
For a decadent fine dining experience like no other, make a booking at the opulent Atrium at Hentley Farm in Barossa Valley. Less than an hour from Adelaide CBD, the journey out to the rolling vineyards of the boutique-winery Hentley is absolutely worth it for a memorable extended lunch. Indulge in the Discovery menu with optional two-tiered wine pairing, or take it a step further with the Chef’s Table menu with wine pairing, where you will watch the talented chef’s cook your dish to perfection.
Allow up to 3 hours for both options
Corner of Geral Roberts Road and Jenke Roads, Seppeltsfield