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The Barn Bistro

252 Main Road, 5171 McLaren Vale (SA)


The Barn Bistro

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  • Amanda C.12 reviews

    26 April 2019


    Nice lunch and menu. Limited selection of wines by the glass but you do have the option of purchasing a bottle from the cellar. Great Un-rushed service.

  • Terry J.6 reviews

    29 March 2019


    Nice and interesting menu

  • - -2 reviews

    28 December 2018


    Great steak and quite generous plates.

    The Barn BistroOwner

    Thank you for dining with us at The Barn we are overjoyed you had a a pleasant experience and enjoyed all we have to offer. We really would appreciate if you have a few moments to spare to share your experience with other customers and add a review on TripAdvisor here We look forward to seeing you again soon, Best wishes, The Barn Team.

  • Bruce B.42 reviews

    22 November 2018


    The service was a bit chaotic however they were trying very hard. They kindly moved us out of a room with a large noisy group when we asked but then overcharged us for the wine we selected which we didn't notice at the time.

  • - -261 reviews

    15 November 2018


    Lovely cheese platter and sticky wine to match.

  • Ben L.6 reviews

    6 November 2018


    Great food and service.

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    - -2 reviews

    23 September 2018


    Great food and great wine

  • Dana D.29 reviews

    30 July 2018


    Great menu and service from the new owners. Couldn’t fault the food. Recommend the gyoza and the beef cheeks!!

  • Bronwyn B.4 reviews

    24 July 2018


    Tough overcooked steak. Expensive for a very poor restaurant.

  • Sarah C.3 reviews

    19 July 2018


    Amazing wine area to pick a wine from. Atmosphere lovely, we had a table near the fireplace. Amazing bread . Entrees and mains lovely choice of mains. Chicken dish was sensational. Loved it! Been many times before and will be coming back.

  • Russell e.1 review

    9 July 2018


    Wine list too expensive

  • Kerry W.

    Kerry W.6 reviews

    8 July 2018


    Great really except mullet a little dry and lnear finish spraying and cleaning tables while diners nearby.

  • Clive B.9 reviews

    8 June 2018


    First since new owners took over and first time eating downstairs, lighting maybe a little bright but overall all excellent meal and service

    The Barn BistroOwner

    Hey Many thanks for the time to write a review very much appreciated.Really sorry about the lighting it is on the "make positive changes" list. Thanks again Brian

  • Fiona C.13 reviews

    26 May 2018


    Great service, tasty food and a cosy location. Would definitely recommend.

  • - -5 reviews

    2 May 2018


    We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Fabulous meals with a huge range of wines to match. We would definitely recommend. Next time we are in SA will come again.

  • Sharyn K.12 reviews

    23 April 2018


    Very disappointing experience. There has obviously been a change in management. We have been here a number of times and always been impressed with the fine dining and silver service. That's why we go back. This time the food was below standard, the kingfish was over cooked, the sides unimpressive. But it was the service that was the biggest let down. The staff were inattentive at best, they often went missing for long periods. They did not know the menu, we asked three times for water, they kept making excuses, like - oh yes I saw you were finished but then I forgot to come over. Very long waits to have dishes cleared, or to even order our meals or dessert. Extremely unprofessional behaviour and conversation. This was service you would expect at a cheap pub, not a fine dining establishment that The Barn used to be known for. Really don't know whether I will go back again. This was the first time they did not receive a tip from us. Very disappointed.

  • Lee S.2 reviews

    12 April 2018


    We have never had a bad experience here, but I assume there might be new owners? The man working the tables now vs. previous guy is still very efficient but seemingly a little more frantic and softer spoken which can make it difficult to understand what he is saying. This however would not distract me from returning again.

  • Cheryl M.1 review

    31 March 2018


    Lovely food the staff were nice but they were very busy had to wait for drinks etc but we would definitely come again

  • Martin B.1 review

    27 March 2018


    Fantastic meal, service and venue. .. thanks!

  • Leah C.8 reviews

    15 February 2018


    We really enjoyed our meal, wine & the service was excellent. The Barn has lots of history, so is an excellent stop for tourists as well as locals.

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252 Main Road, 5171, McLaren Vale (SA), Australia

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, McLaren Vale

About the restaurant

The Barn combines country charm and cosmopolitan innovation. The small, mod-Oz menu features an assortment of pasta, pork, duck, lamb, and seafood dishes as well as a popular tapas selection. With five separate dining areas, The Barn can cater for formal dinners; in the private cellar or dining room; laid-back catch ups in the court yard; or social events in the tapas lounge which doubles as an exhibition room with local artists displaying their works.

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