Restaurant Guide

Magill Estate Restaurant: Restaurant review

Everything here gets better with age.


Magill Estate Restaurant would be the grande dame of South Australia's hospitality scene, if she wasn't prone to giving the odd cheeky surprise. The first is that, as you while away a long lunch or celebratory dinner gazing out over the vineyards, you're only 15 minutes from the city. A choice of two tasting menus allows you to sit back and enjoy the view while utterly professional staff waltz you through the courses – they'll tell you anything you need to know about what's in front of you, but only as much as you want to know. The snacks are tiny, perfect plates popping with flavour and colour. A single oyster with tiny mushroom heads and dainty lilac-hued flowers. A layered chicken broth as an amuse-bouche. Spectacular dry ice made from fermented tomato drifting over lobster. Delicate petits fours. And, of course, the wine. The legendary Penfolds wines, chosen or matched. You won't be bombarded with heart-starting shiraz (unless that's what you want). It's a refined-yet-lengthy, jaw-dropping list, delivered with experience and expertise. Everything here gets better with age.


Magill Estate Restaurant
78 Penfold Rd, Magill, SA
(08) 8301 5551
Chef Scott Huggins
Price guide $$$$
Bookings Essential
Wheelchair access Yes
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.