Best Special Occasion Restaurants in Adelaide

Updated October 20th, 2022


For a certain kind of person, the best part about birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations is the excuse to splurge at a top-tier restaurant. Even if that's not you, nearly everyone can appreciate the experience of settling around a table to enjoy the company of friends and family for a few hours while all your whims are catered for.

These spots do it better than anyone else. In short: you bring the occasion and leave it to the staff to supply the special.

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  • Jake Kellie’s fire-powered restaurant harnesses a four-tonne wood oven and a fleet of grills to cook dishes starring SA produce. Enter for modern Australian barbeque at its finest. Plus, thoughtful drinks and plenty of fiery open-kitchen action.

  • Emu on the cob. Garden flower and ants. Restaurant Botanic serves one of the most exciting tasting menus in the country, driven by produce from the surrounding 51-hectare gardens. Executive chef Justin James is at the peak of his powers here.

  • Set inside an old printing house, this influential eatery was among the city’s first to champion nose-to-tail cooking back when it was a novel concept. Local and ethical produce is still the focus, as is a dedication to SA wines and sharp service. An elegant dining room ties it all together.

  • A former drycleaner is the setting for one of Adelaide's most exciting drinking dens – a cosy, cleverly designed natural-wine bar serving world-class vino and inventive plates by a young chef with Michelin Star cred.

  • This diner raised the bar for Italian food in Adelaide when it opened in 2015, and it's just as good as ever. Visit for excellent hand-made pasta, hearty share-plates and one of the best cellars in town. It's all set within one of South Australia's most awarded restaurant interiors.

  • A freewheeling Italian joint that's inspired by tradition – but never bound by it. Bandit’s woodfired pizzas and housemade pasta are among the city’s best, and the drinks list spans Italianate cocktails, amaro and solid non alc options. Salute!

  • There are countless reasons to visit McLaren Vale. This “oztalian” pizzeria by a winemaking family is right up there. The Italian wood-fired oven is the restaurant’s beating heart, and turns out some of the best slices in the state.

  • In the old Pirie Street Subway, this hawker-turned-restaurant continues its vision of regional Thai cooking in a sleek, modern space. Come for elevated takes of classic curries, grilled meats inspired by the country's north, and plenty of fiery wok drama.

  • At this ambitious seafood restaurant from the 2KW team, you'll find everything from fish and chips to beluga caviar, plus a raw bar, an ocean-themed video installation and fish-themed cocktails.

  • Fino at Seppeltsfield is a Barossa icon, so expectations were high for its first urban outpost. Good news: this charming 70-seat wine bar and restaurant delivers. The food is simple and elegant, with next to nothing wasted. A 100-strong wine list is backed up by a range of sherries.

  • Hyperlocal, vegetable-led fine dining is the name of the game at this Barossa institution. It’s set within an airy former bottling hall, making it one of the state’s most unique dining rooms. That said, it’s well worth the trip from Adelaide.

  • A proving ground for a legion of the state’s brightest young chefs, Magill Estate serves a degustation menu that changes almost daily. Combined with a stunning interior that incorporates the surrounding vineyard, this is a quintessential SA winery dining experience – without having to make for the Hills.