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Margaret River has become WA holiday destination number uno in the past 12 months, thanks to of course our inability to travel anywhere at the moment, but mostly because it’s just bloody beautiful. The beaches, the bush, the wineries, the breweries… All in within just a few hours drive of the big smoke.
Their foodie scene is steadily growing with that influx of tourists (if you’ve been down there recently you’ll know the place is packed), so to give you a little help on where to go we’ve highlighted a host of our favourite spots – just make sure you book early.
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One of the most popular eateries in Margs, Morries’ incredible tapas selection is matched only by their alluring array of cocktails – seriously, look at this list! A bustling joint since opening in 2012, don’t expect to just rock up and grab a table – make sure you book ahead. Most of the menu is made to share and while you’ll probably want to try them all, the whiting, beef cheeks and/or the kingfish ceviche are must-do’s, just go easy on the cocktails ;).
2/149 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
La Scarpetta Tratoria
All of the adventuring and wine drinking around Margs could use a serious pasta hit, and La Scarpetta Trattoria at the southern tip of town serves up some incredible varieties. It’s all made fresh in-house daily, and even has some solid gluten free and vegan options. The lovely old house its situated in definitely helps the vibe, and friendly staff combine to make one of southwest’s most popular Italian joints.
73 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
For some authentic, rustic, cosy Italian vibes make sure you visit Ivin and his family at Pizzica. Combining Italy’s best pizza flour with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and a giant wood fire oven makes for some molto bene delights. The woodfired pizzas are a winner, but don’t be afraid to dive into some of the grill options, in particular the pork ribs and charcoal king prawns.
73 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
Another southwest restaurant not afraid to bring the heat over coals, El Toro may be a relatively new kid on the Margaret River block, but it’s already hit amongst locals and visitors alike. Big South American grill vibes abound – it’s all about big flavours and bigger smiles at El Toro. Given it’s a South American grill, they’ve also got heaps of options for gluten free and vego folks too.
Unit 15/16, 49 Town View Terrace, Margaret River
At Voyager Estate it’s all about seasonal, wine-paired degustation dining with Head Chef Santiago Fernandez. Paired with a very knowledgable team of wine aficionados, and you’ll be on one-way ticket to southwest heaven before you realise it. If you’ve got a bit of time down south you should seriously consider blocking out an arvo with the team at Voyager – a true fine dining experience.
41 Stevens Rd, Margaret River
Miki’s Open Kitchen
A go-to for many Margaret River visitors and the top of any Margs restaurant list worth its sushi, for a standout dining experience head to Miki’s Open Kitchen. Japanese chef Mikihito Nagai takes you on a diverse culinary journey through contemporary fine dining like no other with a Japanese-Australian fusion style that warrants repeat visits.
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131 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
Elkamo is a another new spot on the scene in Margs, opening up with a simple layout that puts a focus on a relaxed, casual atmosphere, friendly service and great cocktails blended with a bit of fine dining. They make a mean cheese board if you’re just going for a couple of drinks, but we think you’ll be strongly tempted by the Pork Ravioli or Turkey Ballotine with butternut mousline, roasted carrot, truffle oil and jus (!).
107 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
Perth’s love of a good burger joint is slowly spreading south, and Burger Baby is doing the south proud. Big burgers, a bigger craft beer selection, excellent wines, some foosball tables and friendly staff make it an very popular spot for people from all over. Stop in on Thursday nights for $9 pints and a quiz. One of the busiest spots down south, so bare with them especially during peak periods, you won’t be disappointed.
117 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
Arc Of Iris
The Arc Of Iris has been a Margaret River mainstay for over 30 years (!), and while its recently changed hands the quality of service and food on offer hasn’t changed one bit. Make sure you have a few notches to spare on the old belt – they don’t hold back on portion size and you won’t be able to hold back on the delicious flavours.
151 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
The Common lives up to its name, an inviting spot offering relaxed, down south vibes that make it a favourite for visitors and locals alike. Live music regularly wafts out from their beautiful beer garden deck, there’s regular meal deals throughout the week and sports fans are well catered for with TVs and even a pool table. Probably the most pub-style spot we’ve chucked on this list, but they do it well and a little different – the fish tacos are beaut and the Nashville Hot Chicken Burger will blow your sandy little socks off.
1 Resort Pl, Gnarabup
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