Where to Eat in Penola: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 18, 2018 Jacquiline Delozier

Discover the best restaurant in Penola, Australia including Pipers of Penola, Upstairs at Hollick, Drink Ottelia + Eat Fodder, Divine Cafe, Heyward's Royal Oak Lounge Bar, Vintage Cafe, Prince of Wales Hotel, Aussie Take Away Penola, Sabatinis Of Penola, Windara Bakery
Things to do in Penola

1. Pipers of Penola

58 Riddoch St, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +61 8 8737 3999
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

Pipers of Penola

Reviewed By paulcardio - Melbourne, Australia

This restaurant is wrong on so many levels but lets start with the wait staff in particular the chef's wife who clearly either does not really like the restaurant business or simply was having a bad day, but simply put her attitude was poor from the get go. Once seated it took around 15 minutes to even be able to order drinks (mind you there were very few people in the restaurant) and then the really ordinary menu with few choices arrived. My wife ordered a shoulder of pork which when it finally arrived was overcooked and inedible, I had the duck and frankly it had been cremated and was really ordinary. Sometimes no matter what is done your night goes to custard and this night was one of them. The prices charged where on par with Melbourne not country SA, the service was embarrassing even for a paid employee let alone the owner's wife.
Again when there is little other than this restaurant as the offering for an evening meal you probably have no choice, but I have to say the local butcher had great meat and next night we had a barbecue and it was great.

2. Upstairs at Hollick

11 Racecourse Rd, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +61 8 8737 2752
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 197 reviews

Upstairs at Hollick

Hollick Estates welcomes you to Upstairs at Hollick. A stylish, warm and inviting restaurant made to be enjoyed with friends and family whilst you savour our panoramic views across the vineyards in the heart of the Coonawarra. We’re proud of our wines, and we are passionate about enjoying them with great food, fabulous friends and inspiring views. Upstairs at Hollick was opened in 2002, and has received numerous design and tourism awards. Our emphasis is on excellence in customer service, whilst providing a food experience matched with our award-winning wines. The complete Hollick experience means our Chefs only use the highest quality ingredients sourced from our local producers. Our menu showcases contemporary Australian cuisine and is complemented by our extensive wine list featuring Hollick Wines and hand selected classics from Coonawarra, Australia, and the World.

Reviewed By Stephanie L - Geelong, Australia

Had a fantastic lunch at this beautiful winery. The 4 of us enjoyed the lovely degustation menu and each item on the menu was incredible. Service was excellent and the view was beautiful. We chose to have the degustation menu without the matching wines and opted to pick a bottle of wine to share instead. One downside I would say was we booked online weeks before our lunch date using Dimmi and upon arrival they didn’t have our booking, however they were able to fit us in. First time I’ve had that problem so would recommend calling and checking they’ve received the booking if booking through Dimmi. But would definitely eat here again when back in the Penola and Coonawarra area :)

3. Drink Ottelia + Eat Fodder

5 Memorial Dr, Coonawarra, South Australia 5263, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Australian, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$188 +61 8 8736 3170
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Drink Ottelia + Eat Fodder

Drink Ottelia + Eat Fodder...eclectic daily menu, wood fired pizza oven using our sour dough bases, we also make gluten free bases, produce from our vegie garden. Our range of Limestone Coast wines available for tasting & purchase

Reviewed By josanpu - Bellingham, Washington

Came for wine tasting & lunch. Wine was just OK for me, but food was good. A little pricey, but fresh & good quality. Pizzas looked great.

4. Divine Cafe

39 Church St, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$126 +61 8 8737 2122
Excellent
38%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 107 reviews

Divine Cafe

diVine Cafe located in the Coonawarra wine region, surrounded by fantastic local produce & brilliant wines; inspired to make delicious food & great coffee.

Reviewed By Bomoh - Mount Gambier, Australia

Most places in rural South Australia are poor in terms of food choice and quality. However DeVine has very good food indeed. My wife and I had a pulled pork and a beef brisket on foccacia and they were delicious. Service OK too.

5. Heyward's Royal Oak Lounge Bar

31 Church St, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, Australian Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +61 8 8737 2322
Excellent
13%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
6%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 79 reviews

Heyward's Royal Oak Lounge Bar

Reviewed By aussie4854 - Perth, Australia

We were hungry after a long drive to Penola and Heyward's Royal Oak Lounge Bar welcomed our large group, organised our Seating, took our orders and systematically made as all happy with hot tasty attractive large portions of dinner. The menu has something for everyone, and my pepper steak, salad and chips was GREAT. The bar service was equally efficient. An enjoyable dinner in a historic country pub.

6. Vintage Cafe

50 Church St, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
33%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Vintage Cafe

Reviewed By SisPerth - Ballarat, Australia

My afternoon coffee break on a road trip found me in Penola and Trip Advisor pointed me towards the Vintage Cafe. A pleasant stop, though I couldn't see a great deal of "vintage" in it; the staff were friendly, the atmosphere clean and relaxed. Along with good coffee, I enjoyed a slice of delicious Black Forest cake, generously adorned with a swirl of cream.

7. Prince of Wales Hotel

Church Street, Penola, South Australia, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +61 8 8737 2402
Excellent
16%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 97 reviews

Prince of Wales Hotel

Reviewed By Stephanie L - Geelong, Australia

Came here and wasn’t sure what to expect. The place was packed and had lots of locals which was a great sign. Your typical pub meal but was great. Lots of choices on the menu and had a salad bar also. Service was friendly, much better compared to the other pub down the road. But would eat here again. Pricing not bad either.

8. Aussie Take Away Penola

38 Young St, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia Takeout Fast Food, Australian, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +61 467 537 430
Excellent
44%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Aussie Take Away Penola

Reviewed By waynebrentonjones - Adelaide, Australia

I was on my way to Portland and needed some lunch. This place has the best hot chips so be sure to stop and grab some....awesome.

9. Sabatinis Of Penola

48 Church St, Penola, South Australia 5290, Australia Chinese, Bar, Fast Food, Yunnan, Hawaiian, Xinjiang, Vegetarian Friendly HK$188 - HK$1,209 +61 8 8737 2666
Excellent
30%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
19%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 76 reviews

Sabatinis Of Penola

Cheap restaurant pretending to be Italian but not. The service is mediocre not wine list and everything come from a can or frozen.

Reviewed By richard b - Melbourne

We stopped in on our travel back to Victoria. it seemed the busiest of the street when we did a quick walk.
We were pleasantly greeted, and given menus and asked for our drink selections. Quick friendly, no pressure.
We sat outside and people watched. Wine list was fair not huge, the foods were abundant enough.
Drinks appeared quickly with food a little longer. Our 3 meals were great, good size and well presented.
The owner was quick efficient and offered comment if asked.
Would recommend for a sit down and watch the world travel by. Go again, no problems.

10. Windara Bakery

32 Church St, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Windara Bakery

Reviewed By sm05060

This bakery has indoor & outdoor Seating, a large selection of Rolls, pies, sandwiches, cakes & slices. Hot & cold drinks available. Nice staff, good food, great for a snack or lunch, with reasonable prices. It was very busy when we were there at lunchtime, lots of tradies (workmen) there for lunch. We enjoyed all we bought.

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