Best Food Experiences in Margaret River

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Nikki King

19/09/2018

In one of the most highly regarded wine regions in the world, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t visit a winery restaurant at least once while in Margaret River. Here, we list our pick of the best Margaret River winery restaurants for lunch and dinner, and some other foodie favourites for any time of day.

 

Best breakfast cafes in Margaret River

Lamonts at Smith’s Beach Resort – Located within Smiths Beach Resort along WA’s beautiful Yallingup coastline, this beachside café offers a casual breakfast across the road from Smiths Beach. From a cooked breakfast to fresh pastries and coffees, Lamonts has your morning covered. You can also stock up on provisions before leaving – fresh rolls, juices, slices, and more will keep you fuelled if you are planning a hike on the Cape to Cape to work off breakfast.

The Urban Bean – A delightful Café, centrally located in Margaret River, offering Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch with Vegetarian, Vegan friendly or Gluten Free options. The coffee is also to die for and the service exceptional. Do yourself a favour and pop into this little gem!

White Elephant – This local icon is located above the picturesque Gnaranup beach, 10 minutes from the Margaret River town centre. A casual outdoor café with simple breakfast options and great healthy juices makes for a fresh start to your day. Watch the early morning swimmers and stand up paddle boarders as you plan your day.

 

Best Margaret River winery lunch venues

Wills Domain – This award-winning restaurant was named the Regional Restaurant of the Year two years running, and with head chef Seth James at the helm, the food has never been better. Not only is the food divine, the setting is stunning. Look out of the huge glass fronted restaurant to enjoy vineyard vistas and the beautiful Gunyulgup Valley. Even better, on a fine day, you can enjoy your lunch on the terrace.

Rusticos at Hay Shed Hill – Rusticos offers award winning tapas, hospitality, and share plates in Mediterranean style fare. The restaurant is set within one of Margaret River’s popular wineries, Hay Shed Hill, and overlooks green lawns and vineyards. The most popular way to dine is to enjoy Rustico’s tapas degustation menu which is matched with premium Hay Shed Hill wines. Bring your friends and family, this is a venue to share with other foodies.

Cullen Wines – From the moment you enter the Cullen Restaurant, set in the beautiful granite and timber building, you know you have found something special. Indulge in a long lunch or dinner sitting on the veranda or the peaceful setting under the peppermint trees. The experienced team of chefs create awe inspiring dishes that combine local, fresh and organic ingredients to produce dishes that complement the wine selection. The chefs can often be seen dashing from the kitchen to select the freshest fruit, herbs, vegetables and bush tucker straight from the biodynamic garden.

 

Top 5 Restaurants for Dinner in Margaret River

Leeuwin Estate – Celebrating the art of living well, the Leeuwin Restaurant combines fine wine and food in a picturesque setting, overlooking a meadow surrounded by a forest of majestic karri trees. This award-winning restaurant is renowned for utilising a “paddock to plate” philosophy, focusing on regional produce and working closely with local suppliers to create their seasonal menus. Leeuwin Estate is also recognised as a member of Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia, one of only three wineries in Western Australia to be included. No surprise that the other two, Vasse Felix and Voyager Estate, have also made our list!

Vasse Felix – Celebrated in 2018 as ‘The New World Winery of the Year’, with over 50 years experience producing award winning wines, a visit to Vasse Felix is a must! There are two dining options here to suit every taste – you can enjoy the contemporary tasting bar and wine lounge which offers casual wine tastings, wine by the bottle and charcuterie or splash out at the multi award winning Restaurant which showcases the best regional and seasonal produce to complement their fine wine collection.

Voyager Estate – Take a journey of discovery and experience something a little different with the Voyager Estate’s wine paired degustation menus. These menus are designed to showcase the best in wine and food matching, and are carefully crafted with local, seasonal produce. Or why not enjoy a lazy afternoon with a delightful High Tea? For the full experience, you can book an estate tour and tasting before lunch to discover everything about this magnificent property. Recognised with one Hat at the 2018 Good Food Guide Awards, this winery is sure to impress!

Yarri Restaurant – Yarri is new to the Margaret River region and set to become a local favourite. Located in the beachside town of Dunsborough, Yarri is headed up by renowned West Australian chef, Aaron Carr. The modern restaurant includes a beautiful bar and inside dining space, plus a classy outdoor terrace to enjoy a glass of wine or meal. The food is contemporary and based on seasonal produce and the flavours of the Aboriginal seasons. Order from the a la carte menu or follow the tasting menu. If you have limited time, have a casual bite at the bar with your favourite glass of Margaret River wine.    

Cape Lodge – Well known as one of the great dining rooms in Western Australia, Cape Lodge offers classically prepared French-influenced country fare showcasing the best of Margaret River’s produce sourced from local farms, the kitchen garden and the freshest seafood from nearby pristine oceans. Open daily for Dinner, but we recommend the set Sunday chef’s harvest dinners. This Commences at 6.30pm every Sunday where the chefs will prepare a 3 course share menu created from the best of local and estate grown produce.

So there you have it, Walk into Luxury’s pick of the best restaurants in Margaret River. Many of these top Margaret River restaurants and wineries are featured on our 4 day Cape to Cape Walk and our private walking tours on the Cape to Cape Track. Start planning your Australian walking holiday today.

 

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