What better way to celebrate warm weather and fresh South Australian food than by exploring the best dining experiences by the sea. This time of year is perfect for catching up with friends, venturing out for long lunches and enjoying balmy evenings with your significant other. Here are 6 seaside restaurants to visit for vibrant summer flavours, quality locally sourced ingredients and relaxed atmosphere.

Port Willunga shipwreck

Image: Jodi G Photography

Star of Greece – Port Willunga

Under an hour’s drive from Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula, you’ll find the Star of Greece perched atop the cliff face at Port Willunga. The restaurant is aptly named after the shipwreck ruins that lie below and has become a beacon of excellence in Seaside dining.

dishes at the Star of Greece

Image: Ellen Morgan

Head Chef Brett joined the Star of Greece at the end of 2016 after many years with the Victory Hotel and prior to that the Lane Vineyard.

Brett brings a style and flair to the Star of Greece, featuring local produce, with an emphasis on seafood.  There’s plenty for the meat lovers and vegetarians with an abundance of vegetables sourced locally and new char grill turning out tasty eye fillets, lamb and seafood specials. Seaside dining doesn’t get much more satisfying than this.

You only need ask around to find out how popular this restaurant and dining vantage point is, and with Summer on the horizon, now is the perfect time to try Star of Greece for yourself.

Gather Food and Wine – Robe – Limestone Coast

Robe is a favourite South Australian holiday destination but it’s also fantastic place taste fresh local produce. Gather Food and Wine is a special kind of place – authentic, rustic and full of South Australian flavours and attitude – it has secured Robe’s place on the map for dining as well as beaches and fishing.

Chef Tom Tilbury

Image: Gather Food and Wine

Head chef Tom Tilbury is passionate about wild, organic food and the foraging process – Gather by name, gather by nature.

Lamb witg foraged wild sea herbs

Local lamb with foraged wild sea herbs and berries

Locally sourced ingredients include Woakwine Station certified organic Beef, Robe Dairy labne and Robe Lobster – no ingredient is average and neither are any of the dishes. You are in for a real treat when you dine at Gather Food and Wine with every flavour extracted from each fresh ingredient. Delicious dining and unforgettable food experiences await in the stunning seaside town of Robe.

Loco Mexican – Victor Harbor

Seaside summer dining should be fresh, exciting and full of flavour. Loco in Victor Harbor delivers just that with scrumptious, vibrant Mexican fare that will erase the monotony from your dining week. After all, it’s what your taste buds deserve!

soft tortilla

Image: Loco Victor Harbor

 

So come on Amigos, treat ‘yo self’ to traditional Mexican dishes like chipotle braised pork belly, tempura salmon or smoked Spanish Chorizo tacos,  BBQ achiote chicken burrito and Tijuana fries – or how about selecting from an irresistible range of street food that includes stingray popcorn – boom. One bite and you know the food is so good it’s loco – and you will be too because no Mexican feast is complete without a customary tequila or margarita. Areeba!

view towards Victor Harbor

Image: Andrew Legallez

Inland Sea Restaurant – Warooka Yorke Peninsula

Whilst not located on the beach itself, Inland Sea Restaurant in Warooka, Yorke Peninsula is but a 6-minute drive from the Point Turon Esplanade and with a huge range of fresh seafood on offer, it’s fiercely popular with locals and passers-through.

Image: Inland Sea RestauranWhilst the restaurant has plenty on offer for meat lovers and vegetarians, the main event is the range of fresh seafood prepared in Inland Sea style. Saute prawns with mango, scallops florentine, oysters Kilpatrick, soft shell crab, King George Whiting, whole flounder and local crayfish are just a sample of what is available. Fresh, quality seafood comes hand and hand with the Yorke Peninsula and the Inland Sea Restaurant is the place to try it all.

Sunset Food and Wine – Kangaroo Island

Seldom is it possible to experience such incredible views, ambience and astounding cuisine in one place. Sunset Food and Wine has everything you could want from wine to degustation.  

Image: Sunset Food and Wine

Overlooking American Beach between Kangaroo Head and Baudin Beach, the restaurant has become one of Kangaroo Island’s biggest gastronomical success stories. Chef Jack Ingram formerly of South Ocean Lodge took over the restaurant having ensconced himself in KI kitchens and has proved himself worthy of representing the region.

view over Kangaroo Island

The view from Sunset Food and Wine.

Jack has been a chef at top Melbourne restaurants Vue de Monde and Bistro Vue but began his culinary career in his home country of the United Kingdom. An accomplished young chef, Jack has risen to the challenge of taking the freshest, quality local produce and showing diners what can be created when you understand flavour, yet have imagination and passion to produce stunning menus that showcase the diversity of local produce.

This seaside experience is definitely worth savouring and if you’re visiting in high season – booking is recommended.

1802 Oyster Bar – Coffin Bay – Eyre Peninsula

It comes as no surprise that 1802 Oyster Bar in Coffin Bay is famous for…well it’s fresh Coffin Bay oysters of course – and you won’t find them dressed like quite like this in any other restaurant.

Seafood Platter for 2

Image: 1802 Oyster Bar

It’s the variety of the menu and the quality of local seafood dishes that really impress, not to mention the gorgeous view of Coffin Bay that stretches out as you enjoy the Eyre Peninsula’s finest dining experience.

Come for the food and stay for the view, wine and fantastic service. Watch the sunset over the bay from the balcony on a warm summer’s eve whilst chowing down as delicately as you can (imposible) on one of 1802’s famous seafood platters.

The balcony at 1802 Oyster Bar

Image: 1802 Oyster Bar – Coffin Bay

Locals wish this was their little secret but the word has spread – as it does when the oysters are this good – and 1802 is now a hot spot for returning visitors. If you’re travelling through the Eyre Peninsula, believe the hype, 1802 is a seafood experience not to be missed.

 

That was our top 56 for seaside dining experiences to try in South Australia this spring/summer. We’d love to hear your favourites and see your pictures so follow us on Facebook and Instagram and get tagging.