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Carmel's Cafe Bar and Grill

) #8 of 42 Restaurants in McLaren Vale €€ - €€€ , , Vegetarian Friendly
250 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
+61 8 8323 8038
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (19 reviews)
“pulled pork” (12 reviews)
“steak” (30 reviews)
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Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
250 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This place has some good reviews but we found the food to be no better than our local pub which charges half the price. For tasty imaginative fare it is better to go to one of the excellent winery restaurants where the surroundings are peaceful...More

Thank john w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely dinner at Carmels, the scene was set with lovely staff, wood fire and heaters going on a cold winter's night. The serves were very generous and each dish was amazing. We would recommend here to anyone who visits mclaren vale

Thank nickybeth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dined at Carmels for lunch last week all our meals were fresh and delicious the seafood was good & the porterhouse snitty was the best one ever -- a nice piece of meat in a snitty --unheard of!! Someone else tried the burger challenge...More

Thank Graham H
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Our table of 4 was on a slope and quite unsteady which was the only downside to the excellent fast service, well cooked and nicely presented food. My medium-rare steak was very tender and cooked to perfection however there is a limited choice for vegetarians...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

We visited for Saturday night dinner as a small family group wow is all I can say the food was outstanding matched with excellent customer service superbly friendly staff all in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere I ate the pulled pork for mains yum I also...More

Thank oldmate_84
Reviewed 14 May 2017

thanx u carmel and staff u did it again for a enjoyed lunch for mother day.the food was great and the services was too.keep up the good work. from carmel margaret and pat lloyd

Thank margaretlloyd69
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Really buzzing on a weeknight Glad we got in before 6 as it filled rapidly soon after Lovely wine list Recommend the ribs and pasta Friendly staff Quick service

Thank 641lou
Reviewed 30 April 2017

This is a great, clean, modern, restaurant offering a wide range of Aussie cuisine. We ordered baby back ribs that came with french fries. They were delicious and plenty. Staff was extra friendly. Wine and beer were reasonably priced.

Thank Al R
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Have been passing through on a couple of occasions and put in a phone order for takeaway beforehand. Efficient service ( not their main game!) and very tasty good sized burgers and condiments. One day will stop by and sample at our leisure

Thank llsaPortElliot
Reviewed 21 April 2017

My wife & I were one of the first seated when we arrived at Carmel's. Our experience started out OK (ordering drinks and our meal) but quickly went downhill. Shortly after our arrival a group of approx. 20 (including numerous young children) started to arrive...More

Thank Thanlin
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Sue J
Hi. Can we purchase a gift voucher please as a wedding present? f so how do we do this. Thanks from sue in the UK.
17 January 2017|
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Response from Fleurieu-John | Reviewed this property |
Checked with Carmel's. Yes you can purchase a gift voucher, payment by credit card (surcharge on AMEX). They will post out the voucher to any nominated address. This is one of the best restaurants in McLaren Vale... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:45
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:45
12:00 - 21:45
12:00 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 250 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Greater Adelaide  >  McLaren Vale
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8323 8038
  • E-mail
Carmel's is a unique restaurant located in the heart of the picturesque McLaren Vale. The Restaurant presents an ever-changing menu focusing on flavors to compliment the extensive wine selection from local wineries. The food is modern Australian twist on American style food as well as a wide range of other dishes.
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