5 Delicious Waterfront Venues in Adelaide

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Nothing says Australian summer better than a tasty meal, fabulous drinks and A+ water views. And Adelaide is certainly not short of these beautiful destinations.

Whether you’re after a refreshing mojito on a stinking hot day, some juicy seafood platters, or just a comfy couch to kick back on and watch the sunset, Adelaide has every angle covered. Make the most of these long summer days and even longer nights, and soak in the stunning views on offer at these waterfront hotspots.

Henley Beach Hotel

157 The Esplanade 

If you’re after a casual, cool place with big meals for affordable prices, then the Henley Beach Hotel is for you. There’s no fancy sugar-coating in this pub; it’s a true blue, local waterfront venue with tasty pub fare, gorgeous views, and amazing happy hour drinks specials.

Fancy a game of pool with your mates? You’ll find it at the Henley. Perhaps you want a slightly smaller, easy-going crowd than some of the busier spots along the water? Henley has you covered here too. Be sure to grab a seat out on the balcony, and get a $5 pint between 5pm and 7pm. What more could you want on a hot summer’s day?

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MALOBO Kitchen & Bar

257 Seaview Rd

MALOBO Kitchen & Bar is open from 6.30am till late every day but Sundays, and has a big focus on modern Australian dining in one heck of a pretty setting. Here, they offer three sizes of coffee, from your standard cup to a larger mug and a bowl – yes, a bowl – and they do a mean brunch too.

When it comes to dinner, they serve everything from pulled pork sliders to seared tuna, with a massive wine list to match. And then there’s the view. Arrive in the early evening, kick back under the fairy lights, and enjoy uninterrupted views of a stellar Adelaide sunset.

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Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant

1 Jolleys Lane 

In the picturesque city of Adelaide, you don’t have to head to the ocean for a gorgeous waterfront venue – all you need is an inner city river. At Jolleys Boathouse, you’ll enjoy seasonal and regional cuisine, a great wine list, and wonderful service to boot.

Located on the banks of the River Torrens and only minutes’ walk from the CBD, it’s the ideal dinner spot for football fans and theatre goers, not to mention functions and weddings, with its chic décor and elegant surrounding parklands. You won’t be disappointed.

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Bacchus Bar

253 The Esplanade 

Just a short walk down the Esplanade and you’ll find yourself in this funky wine bar overlooking Henley Beach, where the oysters are half-price two days a week and live music plays all weekend. Bacchus is the ideal spot to snack on share plates and tapas, grab a few cocktails and even bring your canine friend, with a designated doggie area out the front.

With views of the pristine sea, a really great wine list, and some of the best pan-fried haloumi in South Australia, Bacchus is definitely one for the to-do list this summer. Finish the night with a little walk along the jetty, and you’ll be in absolute waterfront heaven.

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Esca Restaurant

15 Marine Pier 

With reviews promising the “best pancakes in the world” and “unbelievable coffee”, Esca Restaurant is not a place to pass up; its food is some of the best on the water in Adelaide. Surrounded by stunning beachfront views and sparkling Marina waters, the staff work hard to bring the tasty, simple flavours of home-style southern European cooking to your table.

Their wine list spans global vineyards, from well-known labels to hard-to-find European varietals. They also offer craft beers, premium spirits, and a host of delicious cocktails. Our favourite was their mouth-watering Aperol Spritz. And if you like this place in summer, then you’ll love it come winter, with their roaring fireplace the perfect setting to catch up with friends over a bottle of vino.

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