Our Restaurant Recommendations
The Margaret River wine region is well known for it’s wine and is complemented by the vast selection of quality vineyard restaurants serving outstanding cuisine. Keep in mind that the vineyard restaurants are open mainly during the day where you can enjoy the scenic drive and vineyards vistas.
In the evenings there are plenty of restaurants in town which are open for dinner. The townsite of Margaret River is an 8 – 10 minute drive and offers everything from casual pub grub, funky wine bars, bistros, small local eateries and gourmet takeaway.
At the beach, The Common (at the Gnarabup Beach Resort) serves a great evening meal plus offer an awesome takeaway menu. Daytime, The White Elephant cafe at Gnarabup beach is our favourite.
If you looking for takeaway, our favourite gourmet take-away is The Larder serving pre-made take home meals that can be easily reheated at home.
Restaurant Recommendations at the Beach
The Common is a cool yet comfortable casual bar and bistro located in Gnarabup. The menu is influenced by the fresh local produce with a slant on seafood. Locals and visitors are welcome to come in for a quick drink or settle in and linger over lunch, dinner and beyond. Oh, and it is child friendly!
Margarets Beach Resort | www.thecommonbistro.com.au | 9757 1586
The White Elephant
A 10 minute stroll along the beach path, The White Elephant is my all time favourite. Tucked in the corner overlooking Gnarabup beach, this quintessential beach cafe offers casual cafe style food, great coffee and fun, friendly service. Perfect for the morning coffee fix.
Boat Ramp, Gnarabup | www.whiteelephantcafe.com.au | 9757 1990
Our Favourite Take Away
One of the best tips I can give you is – The Larder – seriously yummy chef-prepared take home meals.
After a day of touring the wineries, call in to The Larder and grab a take-home dinner – all you have to do is put your feet up, enjoy a glass of Margaret River wine and relax.
The menu changes weekly so if your organised, log on and check out the sample menu or contact the girls in in store for the current options.
Located directly opposite the tourist bureau on the main street in town. Keep in mind they are open until 6pm (4 on Sundays) so you need to be organised!
99 Bussell Highway, Margaret River | www.larder.biz | Phone (08) 9758 8990
In keeping with The Common’s great food reputation, it’s worth checking out their awesome take-awaysand it’s really convenient.
You can scoot down, order, have a beer while you wait and be home in time for the sunset! Too easy.
1 Resort Place , Gnarabup | www.thecommonbistro.com.au | Phone (08) 9757 1583
Image above courtesy of Morries and Elements Margaret River.
The Arc of Iris
An old favourite, The Arc of Iris is a small and lively restaurants with good food, casual service and a quirky atmosphere. It’s a popular dining spot for locals with the added bonus that it is BYO. We suggest requesting a table at the front of the restaurant or even outside, but bring a jacket for the cooler evenings.
151 Bussell Highway, Margaret River | Phone (08) 9757 3112
Morries has raised the bar with some minor changes to the fit out and major changes to the menu creating a unique venue on Margaret River’s main street Restaurant, cocktail bar and late night venue.
Think cocktails on tap, dining at the bar, tasty tapas, late night bar snacks, and Executive Chef Tony Howell dishing up mouth-watering meals using the best seasonal produce in the South West. On select nights there’ll be a pop-up oyster bar, live jazz and funk.
149 Bussell Highway, Margaret River | Phone (08) 9758 8280
Miki’s Open Kitchen – Tempura Bar
Sensational Japenese. I can recommend the degustation which changes according to Miki’s wishes. It’s a journey for your tastebuds. Bookings essential.
Landa Lane, Bussell Highway, Margaret River | Phone (08) 9757 3112
Margaret River’s newest establishment on the edge of town. Relaxed micro brewery serving craft beer and quality food with rolling lawns overlooking the Karri forest. Early dinner required, as their licence stops at 7pm (ish).
35 Bussell Highway, Margaret River | Phone (08) 9757 2614
ELKAMO eat drink sleep is Margaret River’s newest eatery and small bar – launching 23 December at the site of the former Must/Muster Margaret River. Look out for good vibes and no pretentiousness.
107 Bussell Highway, Margaret River | Phone (08) 9758 8877
Swings Tap House and Kitchen
A funky bar and casual eatery serving great pizzas and other shared food plates. Really groovy, great staff, good wine on tap!
Bussell Highway, Margaret River | Phone (08) 9758 7155
Dated, daggy Australian Tavern, relaxed and serving excellent pub grub. Really, really popular so go in early to avoid the crowds.
Vineyard Restaurant Recommendations
Award winning winery restaurants are dotted throughout the wine region, in fact, you’re spoilt for choice. In no particular order, here are some of our favourites.
No doubt one of the iconic wineries of Australia, Leeuwin has earned an international reputation for not only making ‘gold medal winning’ wines, outstanding cuisine but also playing host the annual ‘Leeuwin Estate’ concert.
The wineries Gold Plate award winning restaurant has spectacular garden amphitheatre views and is one of only a few vineyard restaurants open for dinner on a Saturday night. In saying that, I prefer vineyard dining during the day, otherwise you miss the view which is all part of the ambience.
Make sure to venture downstairs to the depths of the ’old’ barrel room where you will find the Horgan’s impressive art collection.
www.leeuwinestate.com.au | Phone (08) 9759 0000
A long time favourite, Vasse Felix always delivers! They just keep getting better!
The Vasse Felix Estate offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy more than just a wine experience. The restaurant, headed by Aaron Carr, consistently produces amazing food. The vineyard view is amazing and wine, well that’s seriously good too! I’m partial to a Heytesbury Chardonnay myself.
For the art lovers, the ‘old’ Vasse Felix Winery has been transformed into a public gallery and performing arts facility. Part of the ‘Holmes A Court’ collection including an impressive selection of Aboriginal art pieces adorn the walls. Contemporary sculptures are dotted throughout the simple, but well maintained, ‘Australiana’ garden trail that meanders up to the underground cellar.
www.vassefelix.com.au | Phone (08) 9756 5000
Sampson and Bowen and The Black Brewing Co.
This would have to be one of my 2016 favourites, The new look Samson and Bowen, formerly Saracen Estate and the Duckstein Brewery, is simply stunning. Contemporary decor, lovely vistas, micro brewery and exceptional wine and inspirational food. Well worth a visit.
www.samsonandbowen.com.au | Phone (08) 9755 6500
Voyager Estate regarded as one of the region’s top quality wine producers.
Every part of Voyager Estate has been developed with extreme attention to detail. The grand Cape Dutch architecture houses a restaurant and cellar door surrounded by exquisitely manicured gardens and stunning rose gardens.
Voyager invites you to experience a different style of lunch dining with two different wine-paired degustation menus, designed to showcase the best in wine and food matching, carefully crafted with local, seasonal produce.
www.voyagerestate.com.au/ | Phone (08) 9757 6354 (Image below courtesy of Voyager Estate)