As they say, where’s there’s good wine, there is good food, and Margaret River being a premium winery region is a point fact. Spend time in Margaret River in Western Australia’s south west and you’ll too soon discover that you’re spoilt for choice of great places to eat.
Did you know that Margaret River produces just three per cent of wine in Australia but 25 per cent of Australia’s premium export wine? In short it means the wine here is really good.
With any trip to Margaret River, be sure to pick up the latest map of the region found at various tourist attractions and of course the Margaret River Visitors Centre. It’s essential as there’s plenty of mobile blackspots ‘down south’ so Google maps can’t always be relied upon.
Here’s a list of my favourite winery lunches in Margaret River. Enjoy!
Winery restaurants for lunch
In alphabetical order:
Arimia Estate – tucked away down a dirt road, Arimia Estate’s cellar door is beautiful and it has a lovely outdoor area, space for kids to run around, really good wine and pretty good food. The shady outdoor area sees people sitting under trees on rugs, whiling away the afternoon. Arimia Estate is underrated in my book – it flies under the radar, perhaps because it’s not so obvious and not on a main road? Definitely go for a wine tasting.
Arimia Estate, 242 Quininup Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280. 08 9755 2528
Aravina Estate – It’s been a couple of years since I last ate at Aravina, but I keep hearing good things about it – lots of compliments for head chef Ben Day, who worked under esteemed awesome chef Aaron Carr at Vasse Felix for three years. Families love it and not just for the fantastic playground for kids, but for the beautiful cellar door and Hamptons-style homeware shop, and a very cool if somewhat out of place car museum with Ferraris and muscle cars (my favourite, the Torana SLR 5000 – brings back so many high school memories). It also has a kitchen garden with its bounty often featuring on the menu. A favourite for weddings which is easy to understand given the opulent fit out of the function room, pretty garden and immaculate manicured lawn.
Aravina Estate, 61 Thornton Rd, Yallingup WA 6282. (08) 9750 1111
Cullen Winery – biodynamic and organic principals guide not only the wine making but the kitchen too. A rustic cellar door leads through to the restaurant with a deck overlooking the vines. The food is delicious, simple, mostly organic and sourced from the kitchen garden on site. Highly regarded prized wines and good service make any lunch at Cullen a fab experience.
Cullen Wines, 4323 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280. 08 9755 5277
Fishbone Wines – Fishbone Wines specialises in sushi and Japanese food. The seafood, all sourced from 34 Degrees Blue, is designed to be light, fresh, and complement their wines. The modern cellar door and indoor seating area includes a huge fish tank. Outside on the terrace, there are views of green pastures. Located conveniently opposite the Margaret River Chocolate Factory – pop across the road for sweet treats and ice cream after.
Fishbone Wines, Cnr Harmans Mill Rd and Tom Cullity Dr, Wilyabrup WA. 08 9755 6726
Knee Deep – for a more formal lunch – we’re talking crisp table linen, smartly dressed wait staff, and cutlery choices to send ‘Pretty Woman’ into a spin, this place is where local chefs go to eat on a special occasion. The food is sensational. Try the 3-course ‘trust the chef’ menu. Great wines too and almost impossible to leave without a purchase.
Knee Deep, 160 Johnson Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280. 08 9755 6776
Leeuwin Estate – One of the best regarded wineries not only in Margaret River, but in Australia with a reputation that reaches far beyond our shores. The setting, service, amazing wines, and fabulous food are a reason why so many love Leeuwin Estate. There is an impressive art gallery downstairs and owner Dennis Horgan has an order of Australia for his services to tourism in Western Australia. Definitely worth a visit, and once you’re settled on the upper deck, you may never want to leave.
Leeuwin Estate, Stevens Rd, Margaret River WA 6285. 08 9759 0000
Olio Bello – Ok, technically an olive grove not a winery but worthy of a mention because it’s a great place for lunch. At Olio Bello, they make fantastic fresh pasta, as good as I’ve had anywhere and I love the alfresco setting. The wine list is sensible with some cracking wines is reasonable prices. If available when you visit, have a piece of the lemon olive oil cake – it is divine – and don’t leave without some of Australia’s finest olive oil that’s made with quality in mind, not quantity.
Olio Bello, Armstrong Road, Cowaramup WA 6284. 08 9755 9771
Rustico at Hayshed Hill – If you like tapas, then you’ll love Rustico. If you love great food, then you’ll love Rustico. If you love a casual but cool vibe, then you’ll love Rustico. I can’t really fault this place. The food, the service, the menu choice and the wine are all on point. It’s a pretty setting too. Be sure to book, it’s a popular place and for good reason. And do yourself a favour and try the K&B Riesling in the cellar door – one of my favs.
Rustico at Hayshed Hill, 511 Harmans Mill Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280. 08 9755 6046
Swings in Roundabouts – Awesome authentic, wood fired crisp Italian pizza is as good as it gets at Swings in Roundabouts. I can never go past the margarita, it’s pizza perfection. The baked camembert is rich and gooey and worth every calorie. A casual winery lunch at its best. Grab a picnic table or a provided rug and stretch out on the lawn. Family and dog friendly too.
Swings in Roundabouts, 2807 Caves Road, Yallingup, WA. 08 9756 6640
Vasse Felix – the oldest winery in Margaret River, Vasse Felix’s restaurant is gorgeous and the food exceptional. Chef Aaron Carr places great importance on sourcing the best local produce, and prepares food so that the produce shines on the plate. Everything is made from scratch, including kangaroo pastrami. The Australian wrote that ‘this is how wineries should do lunch’ in their stellar review of Vasse Felix. Beautiful wines too with the Heytsbury and Tom Cullity recently rated 98 and 97 points by James Halliday, so don’t skip a tasting at the cellar door. Downstairs you’ll find an art gallery and cellar room. The view of the stunning grounds from the upstairs restaurant make this a lunch you won’t forget.
Vasse Felix, Caves Rd & Tom Cullity Dr, Margaret River WA 6284. 08 9756 5000
Voyager – So many have raved about Voyager’s new menu, however because of my enormous expectations, I didn’t leave with ‘foodie high’. Everything was well cooked, presented beautifully, but for me, little ‘wow factor’. The setting reminds me of a French luxury Chateau with the rich drapes, chesterfield sofas, and ornate light fittings – sitting inside you could forget you were at a winery. It’s would be awesome in winter. It does have the prettiest rose garden in the region and the biggest Australian flag in the country, after the one at Parliament House in Canberra. The white stucco Dutch inspired building stands proud in the beautifully manicured garden. Their wines are sublime and the restaurant service absolutely first class. A good choice for a fine dining experience or if out to impress.
Voyager Estate, 41 Stevens Rd, Margaret River WA 6285. 08 9757 6354
Wills Domain – Now get ready to have your foodie socks blown off. Will Domain has a friendly yet premium atmosphere which isn’t at all stuffy. You’d be forgiven for daydreaming while taking in the stunning scenery – stunning views of rolling hills and straight vines lead to a Manor House perched atop a distant hill. But as soon as the food hits the table, daydreams stop and delicious reality kicks in. Sophisicated beautifully presented and perfectly executed dishes will wow you. Chef Seth James (ex Cutler & Co) uses native ingredients in his dishes that surprise and delight the taste buds. Price point is at the upper end of the spectrum but totally worth the indulgence. Don’t miss an experience eating at Wills Domain.
Wills Domain, Cnr Abbey Farm Rd &, Brash Rd, Yallingup WA 6282. 08 9755 2327
Other wineries with restaurants
These are wineries that I’ve not eaten at so can’t recommend. Let me know if you get to any of them and what you think.
- 3 Oceans Wine Company
- The Berry Farm
- Brookland Valley Estate
- Clairault Steicker Wines
- Hamelin Bay Wines
- Howling Wolves Wines
- Laurance of Margaret River
- Palmer Wines
- Watershed Premium Wines
- Woody Nook Wines
- Xanadu Wines
What do you think?
What are your favourite wineries in Margaret River to eat? Is there anywhere you think I should try?
Best Breweries for lunch
Check out my post on the best breweries in Margaret River for lunch. Read it here