Six Places to Eat and Drink on Kangaroo Island
By Louise Gleeson
The standouts of the Kangaroo Island food and wine industry were recently announced at the Kangaroo Island Food, Wine and Tourism Awards. With so many incredible places to eat and drink on the island, this list has been curated to show off a few of our favorites. For a fabulous foodie tour of Kangaroo Island be sure to add one (or perhaps two or three) of these sensational experiences to your next visit!
1. Dudley Wines Cellar Door – Penneshaw
Take a step into this breathtaking Clifftop Cellar Door and you’ll see why Dudley Wines were named the Cellar Door Award Winner in 2017 and 2018. Laze on the lawn with a glass of locally made wine, stop for lunch on the sun deck or have a hit on the one hole, one par golf course!
Dudley Wines are well known for their Savy Sundays on the first Sunday of each month. Savy Sunday is a great afternoon to relax with friends with entertainment by local SA musicians.
2.Mercure KI Lodge, Reflections Restaurant – American River
The Reflections Restaurant at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge is the place to dine in American River. Chef Andy Waterhouse is renowned for his collaborations with island food and producers, and designs the menu to embrace local flavours, and of course pairing dishes to the best island beverages. At the Reflections Restaurant you are guaranteed a true Kangaroo Island dining experience with incredible ambience and waterviews.
3. ‘The Enchanted Fig Tree’ Hannaford & Sachs - Snellings Beach
“The most magical al fresco dining experience ever. The service was courteous, the food divine and the ambience unbeatable – a highlight of our holiday”, said a recent review.
The Enchanted Fig Tree is the ultimate Kangaroo Island foodie experience with tables amongst the historic 150 year old fig tree. Dine in a ‘room’ separated by branches of the intricate tree. The fig tree is a seasonal experience open during Summer and Spring each year. In Autumn and Winter you can choose from a range of other high-end experiences such as the Shearing Shed and Beach Taverna.
4. Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery - MacGillivray
For an authentic farm gate experience the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery is set amongst the gum trees in a rustic Australian setting. The distillery produces 100 percent pure eucalyptus oil from the Narrow Leaf Mallee that is made into a range of products sold in their retail store. There is a café and cellar door onsite where you can taste local KI food and beverages. We highly recommend the cider tasting!
5. Kangaroo Island Spirits – Cygnet River
The Kangaroo Island Distillery is Australia’s first boutique gin distillery, established in 2006 with the cellar door opening in 2008. This place has undeniable charm and is well worth a visit. Taste their full range of award winning spirits and liquors, purchase a bottle or enjoy a platter. Their garden is the perfect spot to sit around and learn about the aromatics and botanicals used to make your favourite gin.
6. Snaptop Oysters – The Oyster Farm Shop – American River
Go to Kangaroo Island Shellfish and ask for the award winning snaptop oysters! The Oyster Farm Shop is located at the American River Wharf and stocks a range of exceptional seafood, caught locally. They are the largest commercial oyster farm on the island, farming Pacific and Angasi oysters.