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. The Larder Gourmet Delicatessen is another favourite offering pre-made chef inspired take-home meals, great when you’ve been touring all day and want to relax at home and enjoy a beautiful meal with no fuss!
Daytime, The White Elephant cafe at Gnarabup beach is our pick (pictured below). Open for coffee, breakfast and lunches, it’s an awesome spot overlooking the beach, a favourite local haunt.
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.
Image courtesy of The White Elephant and Elements Margaret River.
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 | Phone (08) 9757 1990
A quirky cafe at the bottom of the hill with a chilled out ‘surfie vibe’ serving breakfast, pub grub (lunch and dinner) and pizzas (including takeaway).
It’s a colourful, laid-back joint with ample outdoor seating. No dishes, happy days!
Sea Gardens, Prevelly | www.theseagardencafe.com | Phone: (08) 9757 1044
(Image above courtesy of The Larder)
Our Favourite Take Away
The Larder is one of the best tips I can give you, seriously yummy chef-prepared take home meals.
After a day of touring the wineries, visit The Larder and grab a take-home dinner.
Located in Gnarabup at Margarets Beach Resort, just down the road from the beach house, they are open until 6pm.
Gnarabup | www.larder.biz | Phone (08) 9758 8990
The CommonIn keeping with The Common’s great food reputation, it’s worth checking out their awesome take-away menu.
You can scoot down, order, have a beer while you wait and be home in time for the sunset! Too easy.
Margarets Beach Resort, Gnarabup | www.thecommonbistro.com.au | Phone (08) 9757 1583
(Image above courtesy of Morries and Elements Margaret River)
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 taste buds. 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
This moody, underground pizzeria and bar has been referred to as one of the most authentic, generous, unpretentious and rustic pizzerias encountered outside of Italy! Pizzica is tucked away in the cellar underneath ‘La Scarpetta’, a more traditional Italian restaurant on the main drag. Bookings are recommended.
73 Bussell Highway, Margaret River | Phone (08) 9758 7361
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
ELKAMO has created a tapas style menu that is designed to share and for those who don’t like sharing there’s the option of having a solo main as well. Great spot, good vibes, and no pretentiousness.
107 Bussell Highway, Margaret River | Phone (08) 9758 8877
Good old Australian Tavern serving excellent pub grub. Really, really popular so go in early to avoid the crowds.
Bussell Highway, Margaret River
(Image courtesy of Voyager Estate)
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, many of which are celebrated in the 2018 Good Food Guide Western Australia (which are seriously good accolades for regional restaurants!).
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)
Being crowned ‘Restaurant of the Year’ here in WA are big shoes (or pans) to fill, yet a well deserved accolade for the team at Wills Domain and talented head chef, Seth James.
Opt for ‘a la carte’ or revel in the ‘Feast Menu’, a chef’s selection of dishes designed to share feast style. For the ultimate dining experience choose the 7 course ‘Tasting Menu’ curated personally by head chef, Seth James served in private dining room overlooking the master’s kitchen. Needless to say, pre-bookings are essential for this experience.
www.willsdomain.com.au | Phone (08) 9755 2327
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 ambiance.
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
With incredible vineyard views, Amelia Park Restaurant serves French influenced bistro style fare. Sensational seasonal food served with Amelia Park wines and warm hospitality.
www.ameliaparkrestaurant.com.au | Caves Road, Willyabrup | Phone (08) 9755 6747
Traditional Chinese/Malay cuisine with a modern twist. The restaurant itself is set before the ever-changing vines of House of Cards Winery Yallingup.
Chef Malcom Chow has honed his skills in some of the best restaurants in Australia including Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Tetsuya’s in Sydney.
www.chowstable.com.au | 5 Quinninup Road, Yallingup | Phone (08) 9755 2681
A modest Japanese Restaurant serving sensational food. Take a seat on the terrace and enjoy a glass of wine, sake or a freshly poured pint, accompanied by a plate of uniquely designed sushi.
If you can’t stop by for long, sushi-to-go is available to take away.
www.fishbonewines.com.au | 422 Harmans Mill Rd, Wilyabrup | Phone (08) 9755 6726