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Open to visitors for dinner, Appellation restaurant is recognised as South Australia’s world-class regional dining destination. Window seats and private dining nooks nestle guests as they indulge in a culinary journey of Barossa a la mode. A considered degustation menu reflects the region’s community of winemakers, farmers and growers with fresh produce. The Appellation team presents each dish with its paired wine, creating an overarching, very Barossan culinary story.
PRICE RANGE
AU$50 - AU$150
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Australian, International
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

We were staying at the Louise so dinner was included each night and you can do the matching wine. The staff were so attentive and friendly, looking out over the vines as the sun went down was amazing. The food changes every night and it...was exceptional. Can't wait to go back.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Baillie Lodges, Owner at Appellation, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2023

HI Rachel, Thank you for your wonderful review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Team Louise

Reviewed 19 September 2023 via mobile

What an amazing experience. The wine was amazing but the food was sensational! But above all of that was the amazing service from all of the staff. You must not miss out on this dining encounter.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Baillie Lodges, Owner at Appellation, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2023

HI Clair, Thanks so much for your Appellation appreciation (we love it)! We are warmed to hear your kind words and our team will be humbled by your comments. Best wishes and until next time, Team Louise

Reviewed 22 May 2022

An excellent multi course degustation with plenty of variety, properly spaced and ‘just right’ serve portions. Matching local wines well chosen. Tables nicely spaced and located to provide something for every diner. Comes at a price but worth the investment.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 7 May 2022

Appellation tour was amazing. Especially appreciated Gary, our tour guide. He was very informative and helpful. He made the day that much more fun.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 11 April 2022

This restaurant promises a lot and almost delivers but, on our visit at least, the experience was let down by some disappointments. THE PROS: Really interesting and inventive menu that mostly succeeds in being delicious as well. My partner has some dietary restrictions and the...kitchen subtly modified some of the courses to accommodate these without compromising the dish in any way - probably the best response we've ever experienced. Elegant dining room with high quality tableware and Riedel glassware. THE CONS: The serving sizes were pretty small - I'm not one of these people who usually complains about not enough to eat in a degustation menu, but here I could imagine many people leaving unsatisfied - I sort of did. Also for me, two of the five courses were not that delicious, which was disappointing since the rest were sensational. THE BIGGEST CON: I know that restaurants are going through staffing issues post pandemic, but the absence of a Sommelier on the night we went really let down the experience. The wait staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the food courses but could offer no help whatsoever with the comprehensive wine list. We were left floundering and trying to make uninformed choices which we mostly succeeded in doing, but one of the glasses we chose was really unsuitable for the meal, meaning we ordered an alternative immediately. The wait staff couldn't have been less interested in our error, but I guess that isn't their job. Too bad there was no one on the floor doing the job of Sommelier. At a restaurant of this calliber, this is a disappointing omission and seriously diminished what would otherwise have been a 5 star experience.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 6 April 2022 via mobile

We dined here during our honeymoon stay at the Louise. We had the degustation and premium wine pairing, both of which were delicious. The only thing that could be improved here Is a little more training for the staff. The young lady who served us...was trying her absolute best, but yelling what food was on our plate at us so that everyone in the restaurant was turning to us (honestly - it was quite funny as she was sweet but my goodness)! The sommelier/wine pairer wasn’t overly engaged and didn’t seem to be overly enthused about our presence. May just be a bit shy.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 3 April 2022

We were on the waiting list to get in on a Friday evening and were lucky to be called at 3 in the afternoon to confirm a table for two. On our arrival we were greeted by a charming gentleman and shown to our table...just in time to see the sun setting. We were informed by our young waitress that they did not produce a menu unless requested as they liked an element of surprise. We thought what the heck and ordered a bottle of Deviation Road bubbles. We were told that the meal set at $125 per hour could have an additional first course, or last course. We choose the first course and had savoury madelines with sourcream and chives and sturgeon caviar. To be honest I don't know which was our favourite... every bite was exquisite. Certainly the food pairings were completely at odds of every day food but the chef must have a very refined palate as nothing we have had compares to what sublime food we tasted. At $125 a head it is more than a fair price the only surprise being that the madelines were $30 per serve. Could not fault one thing. Congratulations to the whole teamMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 26 March 2022 via mobile

We ate 2 nights in a row to celebrate my 60th. We have eaten at some of the top restaurants around the world and rate this as one of the best. We had the degustation both nights with paired wines. Chefs, waiters and sommelier were...outstanding. Professional but friendly. The vibe of the restaurant and hotel is relaxed but first class. Bravo and thank you. We look forward to the next time.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 11 March 2022

We had the degustation. Half the plates were excellent. Half were such awkward matchings of ingredients, I wondered if the cook had covid. There were some good whiskeys to be had, and my friends liked a couple of the wines. They agreed that they would...prefer to choose their own wines, rather than have someone else match them to the food.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 18 February 2022 via mobile

A weeks holiday exploring the Barossa Valley ended with an amazing meal experience at Appellation. Escorted to a window seat in the stylish dining room we enjoyed dinner overlooking the vineyards and watched the many colours of the night sky as the sun went down.... Service was impeccable and the multiple courses which comprised the degustation were stunning, all filled with flavours that reflected produce found in the Barossa. RecommendedMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 7 December 2021

Incredible ambiance , top class service & decadent food. Each course was spectacular- we loved every course. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 6 December 2021

We came to Appellation for a birthday treat and were not disappointed. The service, setting, and views were 10/10. The food was such a delight and we enjoyed every moment. If you’re looking for a place to sit and enjoy a wonderful culinary experience with...family or friends, look no further. Well done and thank you to the team for such a lovely evening, we will definitely be returning. Tess and all the team were also very helpful in catering for a quite unusual dietary requirement, which was very much appreciated.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 27 November 2021 via mobile

Could not fault our evening. The meal was exquisite. 8 courses of the most beautifully cooked food. Thank you

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 27 November 2021 via mobile

Delicious food but also with exceptional serving staff- friendly, efficient and professional. From when you enter the front door and get greeted excitedly by the first gentleman to the serving staff welcoming you with big smiles at the restaurant. This is well appreciated when you...are about to spend $200 a head. Yes its not cheap but top quality comes at a price. The waitresses were phenomenal and the sommelier very knowledgeable. At first glance the menu did not look like much but the snacks we started with indicated that we were in for a lovely evening. Each dish was very tasty and the wine pairing well worth it. I would have preferred the extra 3 x servings caviar at $30 each to be served on individual plates. It was very tasty and the madelines served with it a great idea. As can be expected it is all small portions but guaranteed you will leave very full ! It was a wonderful evening out. Five stars !!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 25 September 2021

Having not been to Appellation since we stayed at The Louise 10 years ago, we had no idea what to expect ‘these days’. Any expectations we might have had would have been well exceeded in any case! $125 for the menu was extremely reasonable we...thought. What a GREAT combination of skilled and serious but also some 'fun' food, delivered with very special service, especially by a lady we came to learn was from Kenya. She was great! It all seemed effortless! The beef was sublime but actually what grabbed us was the purple yam that was served with it. That was one of the ‘fun’ aspects of the menu, but the fire bread was definitely another – it was incredible!!!! I never touch the bread at restaurants but this was impossible not to devour. The Jerusalem artichoke dessert was clever and surprising actually because so often in fine dining/degustation menus, we find the attempts at combining savoury ingredients into the sweets dishes rarely pay off. This was a different story. Unfortunately, the only dish and flavour combination of the night that didn’t work at all was the whiting in a lemongrass sauce. It was hugely overpowering for the fish – the poor little drenched and washed out whiting!!!! This dish actually made us wonder more broadly why in fact there were not at least a few Barossan ‘hints’ on the menu? Anyway, not to end on a ‘sour’ note, we absolutely wouldn’t hesitate to return – and hopefully sooner than 10 more years!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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frenchcomposer
Well, I would firstly like to know how far this restaurant is from the Barossa Weintal Hotel/Motel. We do not know the area at all. Then I would like to ask if you are open for evening dining. I have read the reviews of yours and other restaurants in the area, and what strikes me about many of them is that 'degustation' and 'sharing plates' seem to be quite popular. We are not great fans of either and we will be visiting the Barossa with some friends from New York, so we want it to be special, and I think that they are quite conventional diners. Also some of the reviews mention bad service from many quite upmarket restaurants. Interesting! One often discounts many of the rabid comments offered up - but bad service is one that is frequently noted. Your reviews do not get mentioned in this regard. We have discovered that the weekend in March that we are meeting on is particularly busy as it is a long weekend!! so we have found it difficult to find accommodation. So I imagine we should book well in advance for dinner at a specific time and date. Do you have two sittings for dinner service or only one? These are a lot of questions I know - but we know nothing about the Barossa at all, as we live in Perth, the home also of good wine and food!! We prefer to book over the phone rather than on-line. Is this also OK? I not that some restaurants now do on-line bookings as a matter of course. . Many thanks. Kind regards.
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Response from Ruby S | Property representative |
Hi, Ruby from The Louise luxury accommodation and Appellation restaurant here. Thank you for your questions - I understand the need for clarity when visiting a new region. Appellation restaurant is located on Seppeltsfield... More
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Response from 750kerryk | Reviewed this property |
sorry just saw your question today. i can't remember but we went on a chefs choice night so prices might differ from other nights.
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