The Elbow Room
Modern Australian
  • Cnr Stump Hill Rd & Main Rd,
    McLaren Vale, SA
  • (08) 8323 8686,
  • Lunch daily noon-3pm

    Dinner Fri-Sat 6pm-9.30pm

The Elbow Room

A lamington dessert captures the best of the unpretentious yet intelligent Elbow Room: a cube of dense chocolate mousse presented under a drift of desiccated coconut: confident and creative. As first stop along McLaren Vale's main drag, and neighbour to the visitors' centre, this heritage stone cottage is appended to a roomy dining space. Its French doors open to gully breezes and vine rows, presenting a rural vernacular that attracts family groups, locals and wine-touring couples. An entrée of three hefty Spencer Gulf prawns in a garish saffron aïoli is matched in generosity by a main course of beef short ribs, charred and sticky in a spicy, velveteen sauce. Tortellini are subtler, with lemon-laced ricotta and fresh vegetables from chef Nigel Rich's garden. Wines are locally biased (why not?), as are the young floor staff. Conversation and a Chet Faker soundtrack fill the room as tables hum with the energy of an upbeat lunchtime crowd. 

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $18-$24

    M $30-$38

    D $16


  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Nigel Rich & Chris Chilvers



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