Fine dining to casual chic, amazing wines to craft beer – here’s the best restaurants in Margaret River
Tearing yourself away from the city for a down south break gives you the perfect opportunity to try some great restaurants for dinner in Margaret River. Fresh local ingredients together with some exceptionally talented chefs bring a diverse and exciting culinary scene to our region.
Here we go with our top picks in no particular order – buon appetit!
With national and international live music, comedy, promoting local artists with open mic nights, Settlers Tavern has historically been the place for entertainment in Margaret River.
The food is consistently tasty and affordable. Hailing from the United States, owner Rob Gough brings some great American style dishes to the menu.
Served every day from 11.30am till 9pm, you’ll find something to tempt you on their extensive and exciting menu.
They proudly serve local produce, support community organisations as well as being responsive to environmental issues.
Staff are pretty switched on: the hospitality is great even when they’re busy.
Settlers Tavern supports local wineries and breweries and have a string of awards to show they care.
Margaret River Hotel
Built by my great grandfather Bernard McKeown in 1936, my nanna helped run it while her brothers were away during the Second World War. The hotel remained in the family for 35 years.
Here you can relax and enjoy good pub style food, with kids’ menu (and activity pack too) to keep everyone happy. It’s top drawer tucker, from Asian share plates and starters through pasta, salads, fish, meat, and pizza. House specials include a 450g rib eye and slow roasted lamb for two with accompaniments. Nothing could be finer!
NEW – The River
Opened in October, and it’s already famous for the great food. Chef, Hamish McLeay, formerly at Bunker Beach Café and Dunsborough Country Club has brought his magic to the menu.
We had Crispy Five Spice Chicken with green papaya salad, Miso Cured Roast Pork Belly and chocolate mousse to share. It was clean, flavoursome food with plenty of colour and crunch. It’s affordable too, with snacks and share plates $5-10, and main meals $15-23 each. A scotch fillet is $32.
The wine list is diverse, with local SSB, Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Shiraz and Cabernet, plus Pemberton Pinot, South Australian and Victorian wines, prosecco from Italy, French champagne, Argentinian Malbec.
Great vibes and awesome food – you’ll love it!
It’s a little known fact that the renowned Leeuwin Estate is open for dinner on Saturday nights. Famous for lunch and sensational wine, it’s worth keeping in mind for a special celebratory dinner.
My cousin, Connor has almost finished his Chefs apprenticeship at Leeuwin, so it would be fair to say we were very well looked after and had an amazing experience.
The menu features the district’s finest produce and the matching wine list is rarely bettered. The food we had was beautiful and the staff looked after us really well.
A small but exquisite menu offered simple and delicious dishes uncomplicated by heavy sauces and clutter.
Highly recommended for a really special night out.
NEW – Amelia Park Lodge
The old Newtown House – Close to the big roundabout near Monaghan’s corner, in Abbey, Amelia Park Lodge is newly renovated with a conservatory style dining room added to the original settlers’ homestead.
Five stars for the entire experience. The food, the wine, the staff, the venue. We were a table of four and each ordered a different main course to enjoy a variety of tastes. Pork, lamb, duck and beef fillet were superbly presented. Both the duck and lamb had several methods on the plate, so there were many amazing flavours. We added a side of snow peas and honey glazed baby carrots. A meal fit for a king, indeed!
Kingfisher Indian Cafe
Mouthwateringly delicious fare from the streets of Madras in India to the backstreets of Margaret River, you’ll find Kingfisher Indian Cafe tucked away in the Woolworths complex.
BYO wine (maybe the bottle you bought on the wine tour) or some beers. There’s no corkage charge, the food is amazing and great value. Dine in or take away, you can both book or order online.
Our dinner for 4 adults was $115 – a great value meal.
Arc of Iris
Describing itself as an “eclectic collection of wonderful tastes”, Arc of Iris has long been a favourite of many locals and visitors alike. Quirky in its decor but serious in its delivery of delicious and nutritious food, it is a great place to enjoy dinner. Despite daily specials on offer, I have never been past the famous duck, twice cooked and caramelized in the oven, served with Asian vegetables and basmati rice. They specialise in local free range and grass fed meat, so you can be sure you are eating local and fresh. The drinks selection includes mostly local beers and wines, with spirits and liqueurs available as well.
Up the top end of the main street, Morries is famous for the delicious pre dinner cocktails that barman Billy mixes with great gusto. If there’s a particular cocktail you love, not on the menu, just ask Billy and he’s sure to oblige. There’s a great vibe here and a menu to please, from Shark Bay scallops in the starters to Parmesan crusted pork cutlets in the mains. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere here; some might think it a little noisy, but I love the hum of a good time. You may be lucky enough to catch some live jazz.
Known for their amazing seafood menu, dining at Katch-Up will give you the opportunity to choose from dishes like Exmouth Banana Prawns, Donnybrook Marron or even locally caught Dhufish. The Seared Scallops entree is a must! Owned and operated by a wonderful couple Silvia & Herbert, they started Katch-Up back in 2013 and have set the bar high from the start. They love local produce but with Herbert being from Germany you can always find a few great German beers on the menu like Hefe Weissbier or Pils from the oldest brewery in the world, Weihenstephaner.
Willow Grill is part of the Stay Margaret River hotel on Walcliffe Road, so it’s about a 15 minute (gentle) walk from the centre of town. It’s got a lovely feel – in summer you can dine on the terrace overlooking gardens and a large pond. In winter the fire is roaring and it’s wonderfully cosy. I had the pepper steak with calamari most recently, and it was cooked to perfection. The barramundi is excellent and the Death by Chocolate is pretty hard to beat, too. Service is always friendly and welcoming – they have a really loyal team here.
I love it when a place is described as a gem, and that’s how Margaret River people talk about Swings Taphouse and Kitchen. Their menu is season driven so you know you’re getting locally sourced fresh ingredients. The dining hall offers both indoor and outside eating and the small but balanced menu would satisfy even the fussiest diner. Shared plates, mains and wood fired pizza prevail, but the winner for me is the coffee rubbed brisket with mustard seed, beetroot and cornbread. Just try it; you will be back for more.
Miki’s Open Kitchen – Japanese
There’s something to be said about a kitchen which overlooks the dining area. Everything is on view, and you can watch the magic as it occurs. Miki’s is one such place and it’s also where an off duty chef might go and eat. Chef Rhys Passmore of Supper Road and formerly The Goose in Busselton is a frequent diner at Miki’s. He says that there’s a surprise with every bite. If you’re not too sure about what to order, try the “trust the “chef” menu. You absolutely will not go wrong. Everything is delicious and you’ll be back I promise.
We hope you have a truly fantastic time ‘out on the town’ in Margaret River – there’s plenty of great dinner options to choose from.
While you’re planning your Margaret River holiday, why not check out some of our other blogs of things to eat, drink and explore in the Margaret River region?