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The Colonist Hotel

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44 The Parade, Norwood, South Australia 5067, Australia
+61 8 8362 3736
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Overview
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good46%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Australian, International, Contemporary, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Value
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LOCATION
44 The Parade, Norwood, South Australia 5067, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Met up with a friend for dinner in the front bar seating area. Staff were nice and very friendly. Good range of beverages. On first look, food seemed a bit over priced and this was proven when it arrived. We had ordered 2 small plates...More

Thank EllenRees
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Ellen- thank you for taking time to leave feedback, we will always take this on board and are disappointed to hear you were not pleased with your meals. If you wanted to chat further please email us at customerservice@boozebros.com.au or drop back in- we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is loaded with a lively atmosphere & there's a buzz in the air. It's old , with various smaller rooms for dining, with a fabulous bar room that's quite noisy & interesting. The food here is quite delicious, with an obviously imaginative chef....More

Thank jamesgE7301VO
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Well then hopefully we are a top pick for your Melbourne Cup lunch this year! In all seriousness thank you for taking time to leave a review- we are glad to be your local and hope to continue to satisfy- cheers!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Today I went to the Colonist and ordered the Salt & Pepper Squid! Unfortunately the meal came out cold, dry and average at best. It seemed like it had been left out and forgotten about before being served. This is not what I would expect...More

Thank Dan2090
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Dan, That's disappointing to hear on this occasion it wasn't favourable for you. We hope you felt comfortable enough to let staff know- or would do in the future so we can have the chance to rectify this and get you a nice hot...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On the outside The Colonist looks like a sleepy little pub but walk through those doors and what a surprise. Friendly staff, great breakfast menu with the 'build your own option', I love that option and best of all, it was scrumptious! Quirky decor, a...More

Thank Anna N
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Anna for taking time to share your experience and we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 6 July 2017

Had lunch at the hotel on a cold wintry day for my mothers birthday. The dining room was warm and cosy. There were four of us and we each thought the food was great. Our waitress was friendly and helpful, after lunch she organised a...More

Thank taoofali
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

So wonderful to hear and thank you so much for taking time to leave a review for us!

Reviewed 28 June 2017

The venue and staff are excellent,but we had very ordinary food recently. The kingfish on risotto special sounded good,but a luke warm pile of wet risotto under the nicely cooked fish disappointed, as did the fish and chips with a soggy batter.More

Thank N592GVpeterh
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Sorry to hear this and that you had a less than pleasant experience with your meals. Please make sure to let staff know at the time you are in so we can work to rectify this. Appreciate the time taken to leave some feedback and...More

Reviewed 6 June 2017

Okay peeps! Is it me? Or are sharing plates getting smaller by the minute? Share food is becoming the size of one bite canapes! What’s with that? When the concept of share plates came out a few years ago, it was brilliant, still is, but...More

Thank Tina E
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

Hi Tina, thank you for taking time to leave a comprehensive review. We are always open to feedback to ensure we strive to give our valued customers great product, service and overall experience. We will take on board your points above and discuss this with...More

Reviewed 29 May 2017

I stay nearby and drop in whenever I can for food and drinks, it's always a good experience to be here! Love their brekky (breakfast) menu too!

Thank Shilpa K
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Great to hear- thank you so much for sharing your experience and comments, much appreciated! Cheers!

Reviewed 27 April 2017

Limited but delicious menu choices for an evening meal, service was very attentive, wine menu was adequate and prices were average

Thank Krystin B
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Thanks Krystin for leaving a comment about your experience with us. We hope you were able to find a wine that suited. We also have a cellar menu which staff can let you know about in future- hope to see you back, Cheers!

Reviewed 24 April 2017

We were looking for somewhere on The Parade to catch up with old friends. We needed somewhere that was open late-ish, and an atmosphere that allowed for conversation because we were in for a huge catch up! After checking out TripAdvisor, I came up with...More

Thank Goldbunny123
Saturno_Managers, Manager at The Colonist Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Fantastic to hear- we are so pleased to hear of your positive experience, and having not dined with us before surprise at finding us! Hope to see you back and that you enjoyed your big catch up- Cheers!

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Response from Jocelyn A | Reviewed this property |
Now that it is Sunday I think your question has probably already been resolved. On Saturday they are open till about 2am, but the drinking areas outside close earlier about midnight.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 19
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Australian, International, Contemporary, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 The Parade, Norwood, South Australia 5067, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Greater Adelaide  >  Norwood
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8362 3736
  • E-mail
Description
Going strong since 1851, the Colonist Tavern is still wining and dining the locals from Adelaide with their boutique Australian beers, delectable meals and desserts and extensive wine list. Our cosy atmosphere and quirky decor has helped to make the pub a favourite for people of all ages. With a passion for good wine, the Colonist regulary refreshes its wine and beer list to keep your tastebuds tingling. Boasting impressive wines from all the great locals; McLaren Vale, Barossa and Coonawarra we're sure you'll discover a favourite. More of a beer drinker? You’re in luck. We pride ourselves on our All Aussie Beer List. You can guarantee you will find a great local beer. The Colonist chefs are passionate about delivering quality gourmet food using top quality local produce. Our extensive menu incorporates a range of tapas and sharing plates, as well as offering modern Australian inspired dishes. Open for meals all day from 12 to 9 and breakfast on weekends from 9 to 1 and public holidays from 10 to 1. So come grab a drink, a bite to eat or even just ponder over how we keep the ice chandelier frozen. We're located at 44 The Parade, Norwood and look forward to seeing you soon.
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