Where to Eat in Semaphore: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 26, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Discover the best restaurant in Semaphore, Australia including Sully's, Buddhas Kitchen, Swedish Tarts, Whipped, Birkenhead Tavern, Lickerish, Soto's Fish Shop, Largs Pier, The Palais, The British Hotel Port Adelaide
Things to do in Semaphore

1. Sully's

114 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore, South Australia 5019, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 8 8242 7470
Excellent
36%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 60 reviews

Sully's

Reviewed By BellaMimi1212 - Adelaide, Australia

What a delightful surprise we had this morning for a later brunch. Sully' Breakfast of Bacon, Eggs, Tomato withTurkish Bread was perfection! Tried a new coffee today .. Coconut Chai Latte .. Devine!! Apple & Cinnamon Pancake with Ice-cream & Maple Syrup... Melted in your mouth.
No 1 for us now... Fabulous service & music too

2. Buddhas Kitchen

107 Military Rd, Semaphore, South Australia 5019, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +61 8 8449 6400
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Buddhas Kitchen

Reviewed By ChicaSmile - Taipei, Taiwan

A nice cosy little restaurant with an amazing menu and good service. Expect to pay only half as much as you would expect if this place was in a more central location.

3. Swedish Tarts

40 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore, South Australia 5019, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 8 7225 0205
Excellent
35%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 126 reviews

Swedish Tarts

This is a very popular patisserie managed by Swedish owners. A very busy restaurant near the beach that specialises in breakfast, brunch and lunches.

Reviewed By Deb5085 - Adelaide, Australia

Wow, this place is a revelation. Had the Swedish Crepes, a delicious combination of Smoked Salmon, Capers, Onion and Dill. The Meatballs with Beetroot Salad are also highly recommended.

4. Whipped

1/35 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore, South Australia 5019, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 8 8242 3000
Excellent
44%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
10%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 107 reviews

Whipped

lovely light meals and the most amazing cupcakes. A great variety of teas as well as great coffee.

Reviewed By ChicaSmile - Taipei, Taiwan

In my last review I had it as 'hit and miss' and average, but the standard has certainly slipped lately. There's one male staff member out the front who seems friendly and tries to help out, but most of the other staff members I've encountered can be rude. The cafe has 'rules' about not swapping or changing menu items, so good luck if you've got an allergy or special need that **should** be catered for with a simple swap to something else they already have.
I ate there a few times when on a recent trip, expecting the service to improve (maybe they just had a bad day, right? Well, apparently it's just how things are now).
Almost everything I tried from their new menu was a bit tasteless. Sounded great when Reading the menu but then was disappointing.
The napkin stinginess continues which is very frustrating as several times the coffee or drinks come out already a bit spilled, and the tables often haven't been wiped - I usually use my rationing of napkins before my meal comes out.
Things went especially downhill during busier times - ok I get it, busy cafes get busy, but honestly, it's when they make most of their money and why have that many tables if you can't offer people decent service?

5. Birkenhead Tavern

3 Elder Rd, Port Adelaide, South Australia SA 5015, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 8449-6558
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 231 reviews

Birkenhead Tavern

Reviewed By Steven V - Desborough, United Kingdom

We were visiting Australia from late December 2017 to late January 2018, during this time we ate out at many restaurants and pubs, took drinks in a host of pubs and cafes and visited many attractions. We visited the Birkenhead on our very first night in Australia and despite being very tired, we had a great time... Food was served quickly by pleasant staff, everything came out together and was well presented... A nice surprise since my last visit 4 years earlier was a list of craft beers available... A bottle of White Rabbit dark ale went very nicely with a plate of Salt & Pepper Squid.

6. Lickerish

26 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore, South Australia 5019, Australia Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$86 - HK$220 +61 8 8242 5503
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Lickerish

We are a happy, flexible, large restaurant with sea views, excellent outdoor Seating and extensive menus. We cater for all groups and enjoy helping people celebrate special occasions with a variety of set menu and cocktail style options.

Reviewed By David D - Adelaide, Australia

Unpretentious, casual and friendly with great views over Semaphore beach. And that's before the food arrives. There's a small but diverse selection of "to share" dishes which never disappoint. The spare ribs are succulent while the zucchini flowers tempura style were magic. A very good wine list for this type of restaurant. A great way to spend the afternoon.

7. Soto's Fish Shop

23 Semaphore Rd | 23 Semaphore Road, Semaphore, Greater Adelaide, South Australia, Semaphore, South Australia 5019, Australia Takeout Seafood, Fast Food, Australian Lunch, Dinner +61 8 8449 1270
Excellent
60%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 136 reviews

Soto's Fish Shop

Takeaway outlet. Amazing Fish & Chips, Seafood, Hamburgers, Steak Sandwiches, Yiros, Hot Dogs, Snacks and Drinks. Our chips are fresh cut daily and cooked the old fashioned way. Open 7 days per week

Reviewed By MICHAEL P - Port Adelaide, Australia

My partner ordered a small portion of chips, 1x fried butter fish and 1x grilled fish and 2 tartare sauce. We sat on the beach at Semaphore and what a surprise we got when opening the paper to see mangled, small dried pieces of fish which looked like it had been cooked in our 38 degree heat today. The chips looked like they had been scrapped from the bottom of the oil dish and NO tartare sauce . Never again will we ever order from that fish shop especially when we paid $21.00 for that poor quality food.They should be ashamed of themselves.

8. Largs Pier

198 Esplanade, Largs Bay, South Australia 5016, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch 84495666
Excellent
32%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 147 reviews

Largs Pier

Reviewed By treesrgreenie - Adelaide, Australia

Been here a few times & never disappointed. Chose the venue to celebrate a special birthday. Table for 12 on the deck. Was laid out beautifully. BYO $15 to enjoy my champagnes. Shared 3x Drinkers Platter. More than enough for all of us. Great selection & so tasty. Main meals were all delicious. Thank you Shelly, Shannon & Katie to help make this day absolutely fantastic.

9. The Palais

The Esplanade, Semaphore, South Australia 5019, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +61 8 8341 6333
Excellent
30%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 218 reviews

The Palais

Reviewed By PammyP1953 - Adelaide, Australia

Great food and service at affordable prices. The hot vegetables are fantastic. We like the upstairs balcony area, one of the nicest views.

10. The British Hotel Port Adelaide

13 North Pde, Port Adelaide, South Australia 5015, Australia Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Television, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$94 - HK$212 +61 8 8240 2286
Excellent
44%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 121 reviews

The British Hotel Port Adelaide

A Beautiful Newly Renovated Hotel, Pokie Free, Child Friendly and a Great Place to Hold your Next Function. Open 7 Days a week, for Lunch and Dinner(exluding Sunday evenings) with Breakfast on Sundays. Kids Eat Free Tuesday to Thursday. Great Happy Hours and Drink Specials, Tasty Chef Specials and $1.50 Oysters Friday nights to go with our Live Entertainment!

Reviewed By cellmate2121 - Adelaide, Australia

Despite living not far from this pub we had never taken the opportunity to visit. What a great surprise. Excellent venue, nice balanced menu with very reasonable prices. The service was laid back and friendly...just right There are some nice event options, we booked into their cellar before one before leaving. A little gem !!!

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