Margaret River is home to some of the best places to wine and dine in all of WA, which can make it kind of hard for foodies to narrow down their itineraries when making the trip down south. With so many incredible restaurants, bars and cafes all serving up some of the best food and drinks you’ll ever consume in your life, it’s a challenge to decide exactly where to go.
Allow us to help you out with this list of 15 of the best restaurants, bars and cafes that you need to visit on your next trip to Margaret River.
Located in the undercroft of the iconic Bridgefield Guest House you’ll find Pizzica, a little slice of Southern Italy right here in our South West. Come hungry and peruse the three-page menu loaded with every type of pizza imaginable, a delicious selection of antipasti, mains such as charcoal grilled pork ribs and Polpo alla griglia—grilled octopus with capsicums, olives, capers and crostini—and authentic desserts that will transport your taste buds straight to Italy.
Teddi’s Big Spoon
When those Korean BBQ cravings hit, waste no time in hitting up Teddi’s Big Spoon. Catering to all appetites and diets (yep, even vegetarians will be spoilt for choice here), Teddi’s offers a stacked traditional BBQ menu alongside more incredible rice and noodle dishes than you could poke your chopsticks at. The most popular menu item is the premium set, which will see you sizzling your way through a generous variety of cuts of beef and your choice of pork or chicken with rice, miso soup and salad for $80 between two people. Did we mention this joint is BYO? You’re in for a guaranteed good time.
Close to town, Brewhouse is a laid back brewery with live music, a beautiful outdoor seating area and a toasty fireplace for when it gets chilly. The 1940s cottage has been transformed and the open kitchen serves up good local produce, including a mean beef brisket and some moreish pizzas. The beer list covers all the lager and pilsner lovers, but the hop-heavy brews are what shine. The northwest US-inspired Red Tail IPA is an especially tasty concoction of four hops.
The trio of local guys behind Burger Baby have well and truly mastered the art of comfort food. Slinging massive burgers with generous sides, crispy chicken wings drizzled in tantalising sauces, chargrilled steaks and epic snacks like onion rings, pork bites and brisket loaded chips, it’s no surprise they’ve become one of the top spots in town. And if you prefer to enjoy your comfort food in bed, you can even jump online and have Burger Baby delivered right to your door. How good?!
Margaret River Tuck Shop
Open for lunch and dinner from Thursday to Monday, Margaret River Tuck Shop’s menu celebrates the very best produce that WA has to offer. Their Albany rock oysters (served fresh or Kilpatrick with house made bacon jam, orange kewpie mayo and crispy saltbush) simply can’t be missed, and the Margaret River wagyu steak served with native bush tomato mojo, chimichurri, hand crushed duck fat potatoes and chipotle aioli will absolutely blow your mind. These guys are also a top pick in town when it comes to pizza. Their sourdough is light, fluffy and made with love, and they have plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians, seafood lovers and carnivores alike.
Miki’s Open Kitchen
If you haven’t heard about Miki’s Open Kitchen, let us have the pleasure of informing you. Miki’s Open Kitchen is an open plan kitchen (who would’ve thought?) in which head chef/genius/culinary wizard Mikihito Nagai and his team cook some of the best Japanese food in the state. Choose between four different degustation menus (including one for kids), sit back and enjoy the show of your dinner being made in front of you. Miki places a strong emphasis on using the freshest seasonal produce found in the south-west region, with the menu changing constantly to reflect what local ingredients are best at the time.
Watch in awe as the bakers at Egberts cut and roll out one perfectly-shaped croissant after the other. The exposed kitchen is just one of many cool features at this quirky bakery tucked up a Margaret River side street—think pink walls adorned with croissant-carrying storks, earthy tones and leafy greens everywhere you look. The friendly baristas will take care of your coffee order while you decide on something delish from the cabinet full of freshly-made wraps, rolls and pastries.
White Elephant Cafe
No trip to Margaret River is complete without brunch at White Elephant Cafe. Looking out across beautiful Gnarabup Beach, this much-loved cafe serves up heavenly coffees made with Dimattina beans, a range of mouth watering brekkie burgers and wraps, tasty fish and chips and everything in between. Enjoy your feed at a table on the deck or take it down to the beach and follow it with a swim.
Fresh healthy food. Tick. Cozy nooks and crannies. Tick. Off the beaten track. Tick. Good coffee. Tick. Tick. Tick. Any cafe that makes their own almond milk clearly cares about what goes into their coffees. When the busy main street is packed, Drift is a perfect hideaway that often goes unnoticed by the tourist crowds. Pro tip: order a side of the house made potato rosti and prepare to have your socks knocked off.
Urban Bean is pretty much heaven on Earth for vegetarians and vegans. For a substantial feed you’ll want to order the mexi burrito or the urban samosa—a combo of peas, potato, pumpkin, walnuts and currants lovingly wrapped in filo pastry—and their range of toasties are so good they’ll leave you wanting more. You might need to order two, just saying. Oh, and their coffee hits the spot every dang time.
Margaret River Bakery
Margaret River Bakery needs no introduction. An essential stop for any foodie visiting the region, this funky European-inspired bakery has been pumping out fresh pastries and finely sourced coffee for the people of Margs since the 1960s and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re grabbing a sweet treat for the road, meeting up with friends for brunch or looking for a spot to sip your coffee while reading the paper, the bakery has something for everyone.
Blue Ginger Cafe
Step into Blue Ginger Cafe on Station Road and you’ll be greeted with friendly smiles, a cabinet loaded with lovingly-made pastries and wraps and the smell of freshly-roasted coffee. Catering to vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan diets, the breakfast and lunch options here are equal parts hearty and healthy, and they’re best when washed down with a top-notch cup of coffee or a fresh juice or smoothie. Blue Ginger Cafe shares its space with a continental deli and grocer which is fully-stocked with a diverse range of oils, grains, teas, meats, cheeses, chocolates and more—it’s a foodie’s dream come true.
A welcome addition to Margaret River’s nightlife scene, Rio’s is a rooftop bar overlooking the bustling main strip which has quickly become a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Boasting an impressive cocktail list (think Moscow mules served in copper mugs and a specialty coconut Tommy’s margarita plus so many more), a thoughtfully curated wine list showcasing drops from near and far, thirst-quenching local and international brews plus tasty bites, Rio’s is a must-visit. Bring your dancing shoes if you’re heading here on the weekend—there’s always a local DJ throwing down beats late into the night.
If you’re searching for the best margarita in Margs, look no further than the little retro gem that is Yonder. Tucked just off the main drag, this charming speakeasy is the best place to start or finish your night out. Think beers galore, an exciting list of vinos and some of the coolest cocktails in town—all of which you can order from their menus that are made out of Yonder’s very own VHS cases. They’ve also just built an epic outdoor area, so there’s even more space to let loose to throwback tunes.
Prepare to be mesmerised by the wall of spirits and the tap full of refreshing local brews at The River. With a front bar, prettily-lit courtyard and a huge dining room each offering a different atmosphere, you can choose your vibe for the night. Whether you’re sipping on a Giniversity gin and tonic, a pint of Beerfarm’s Royal Haze or a tasty local rosé, we highly recommend pairing your drink with some elevated pub grub. Top picks include the beef rib fingers, organic lamb cutlets, caramelised brussel sprouts and of course, the river fries which are served with addictive chilli caramel.
Perfect for date night or dinner and drinks with the girls, Morries is a cosy tapas joint and award-winning small bar in the heart of Margaret River. Take a seat in the garden terrace and watch the world go by or get up close and personal with the master mixologists at the bar—you can check out their skills as they put together all kinds of drool-worthy drinks. Cocktail lovers will want to get down here for mega hour from 5pm to 6pm, where they sling two for $30 cocktails, and if you’re more into beer or wine, you can pore over the extensive drinks list which has plenty of local and international offerings.
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