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The Barn Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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252 Main Rd | PO BOX 89, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
+61 8 8323 8618
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
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Cronulla, Australia
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant doesn't look large from the front but once you enter it opens to a lovely vine covered intimate restaurant with gorgeous spaces and a fireplace in the main eating area. The staff were fantastic, friendly and accommodating. Guests are invited to enter The wine cellar and select your wine for the night which was a lovely added extra.... More 

Thank fairy_wand2016
Sydney, Australia
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68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a bit nervous about the menu as I am vegetarian while my friends are not. The team could not have been more accommodating and made me the most delicious meal I have had in a long time! Great wines in the cellar and a gorgeous setting. A must go in McLaren Vale

Thank RELLE6252
Hobart, Australia
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245 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like a tardis, this restaurant looks nothing from the outside, but inside is a vine covered central courtyard (enclosed), wine room, and a few other dining spaces. It was prettily decorated for Christmas, everything clean and neat. The wine room (select your own bottle) had an extraordinary range of reds and whites, we chose a local vermentino and loved it... More 

Thank J T
Hobart, Australia
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a gorgeous day touring the vineyards, we were happy finding anywhere that could feed us on a Monday night. Boy, were we impressed. The perfect mix of casual, friendly, comfortable dining and incredible food. The prawn Gyoza were so amazing I had them for entree and dessert. The mains, of mussels and pork loin, were superb, and the service?... More 

Thank cyn7180
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Remarkable meal in a welcoming setting: first, wine selection involves a visit to the 'cellar' and making a choice among some very good, regional wines. Since this is an extraordinary wine-producing region, that's a very good start. The drinks list also includes some good, by-the-glass choices. Second, venue: A converted and expanded space with grape vines growing overhead in the... More 

Thank Gene C
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108 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Haven't been to The Barn in many years and was pleased to see its reputation was still intact according to Trip Advisor. Our visit today with a group of nine was for a birthday lunch. Service was friendly and attentive throughout the meal. A variety of dishes were chosen by the group and the consensus was that despite nice presentation,... More 

Thank Hyndsight2020
Burleigh Heads, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a day wine tasting we needed a great meal and we found it at the Barn. An excellent rare sirloin for him and a medium rare kangaroo fillet for me. Both exceptionally cooked and finished with a great bottle of Syrah The staff were excellent and the coffee very good.

Thank melinda4119
Adelaide, Australia
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in for a quick cocktail recently. Friendly staff and quick service. Place had just opened its door so it was fairly quiet but great to relax on the lounge.

Thank PDids
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked into a wonderful suprise , the setting was warm and friendly only supassed by the wonderful staff. Food was flavoursome and filling. Would recommend it 100 %

Thank Cheryl W
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked in to The Barn Bistro after being sent away from others as we as we didn't have a booking.....in all fairness there were 6 of us :). We were greeted so warmly and even though they were full, they found a fantastic place for us. Food was great, the service fantastic, we couldn't fault our night there. We'll... More 

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thebarn-mclarenvale, Owner at The Barn Bistro, responded to this review

Hi, it was good to meet you guys and I'm glad we could accommodate you and your friends for dinner. Take care and we'll see you next time your in town! - Matt More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 28
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 252 Main Rd | PO BOX 89, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Greater Adelaide  >  McLaren Vale
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8323 8618

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?