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The Barn Bistro

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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
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
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Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having eaten at The Barn with my family when I was a kid it was nice to revisit it as an adult on a recent trip to Adelaide. On a rare night of having babysitting options my husband and I arrived with no booking but they kindly fitted us in. Our waiter, Andrew was friendly and extra helpful with menu... More 

Thank Jacqs2010
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185 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visiting the Barn with a restless six-year old we have really appreciated the amazing customer service. Master X quickly received an activity pack and a wonderful origami made by a staff member. The rest of the service was excellent as well - timely, not over-bearing and with a genuine smile. We like the very long beer list featuring a lot... More 

Thank MichalRosa
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great restaurant within a quaint cosy cottage facade. Lovely food gorgeously presented, great service and ambiance. The staff are friendly, welcoming and professional. I have dined in both the courtyard and indoor restaurant - both are equally as nice as each other. Highly recommended, will definitely visit again.

Thank camartin2006
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice restaurant with a nice space. Service was great, meals were nice but perhaps a little bit lacking in presentation and flavour but overall ok. A good place for a nice home cooked style meal.

Thank Kelkells
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice food. Very fancy. The staff went out of their way to cater for food allergies. The staff were very efficient and took their work seriously. Knew their stuff. Eating "outside" was enjoyable. It felt like outside but was under the roof with grape vines growing over head. Would recommend this restaurant for fine dinning.

Thank Louise A
Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food & service were fabulous! Have been there twice and enjoyed it each time. I had the a salad & my husband had the steak and both were delicious.

Thank rovingaway
Adelaide, Australia
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

With 46 years in McLaren Vale, this restaurant has stood the test of time. It offers an interesting menu, great food and impeccable service. We will be back!

Thank christineann1954
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seriously didn't think I would be going to a romantic dinner when I pulled up to this place but looks are completely deceiving! They have a nice selection of food and an excellent choice of wines. They even have a cute cellar. You can BYO wine which we did after visiting a number of wineries that day and all they... More 

Thank Angela T
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The service is excellent. Love the environment and music. However, the main course is too much to eat up.

Thank Cecilia D
Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

You walk in the front door of this little white building, into a pokey old lounge that to be honest is unispiring, and think 'oh...bugger', but are way too polite to turn around and leave...so put on your most pleasant face and hope for the best. Then a staff member pops up from the next room and ushers you through,... More 

Thank melabella_30
thebarn-mclarenvale, Owner at The Barn Bistro, responded to this review

Hi there, we're glad to hear you made it all the way down to the good bit ;) The upstairs room is heritage listed from the early 1800's - very deceiving! Thanks for the lovely and thoughtful review we look forward to having you back in soon! Cheers, Meg 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
US$8 - US$28
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?