World-class wine, premium produce and easy-breezy vibes?
Margaret River is one of the jewels of the state, with beautiful beaches, bush and some truly excellent eating… All in within just a few hours drive of the big smoke!
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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 – the enduring appeal of Morries means it’s definitely recommended to book ahead. Most of the menu is made to share and while you’ll probably want to try them all, we consider the cured hiramasa kingfish and beef cheek non-negotiables.
2/149 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
If you’re venturing outside the city for your fine dining, Vasse Felix is a non-negotiable. The much-lauded winery boasts an equally much-lauded restaurant that is regularly named as one of Australia’s best. Reflecting its position both geographically and in reputation amongst Australia’s best producers, the restrained menu is steadfastly dedicated to seasonality.
4357 Caves Road, Wilyabrup
This organic winery celebrates local and seasonal produce with reverence – presenting thoughtfully-crafted plates from Head Chef Travis Crane. Paired with Voyager Estate’s very knowledgable team of wine aficionados, and you’ll be on one-way ticket to southwest heaven before you realise it.
41 Stevens Road, Margaret River
Another breathtaking dining experience from one of the region’s most impressive wineries, Leeuwin Estate is a must-visit for any degustation connoisseurs. One of Margaret River’s five founding wineries, their impeccable restaurant offers either a three or six course tasting menu, or a seasonal charcuterie and cheese selection if you visit on Monday or Tuesdays.
Stevens Road, 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.
131 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
About half an hour south of Margs you’ll find rustic farmhouse Glenarty Road. Nestled amongst the working, regenerative farm, the restaurant’s menu showcases the ever-changing landscape and vegetable garden outside, while pairing perfectly with Glenarty’s wild wines.
70 Glenarty Road, Karridale
La Scarpetta Trattoria
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 it’s situated in definitely helps the vibe, and friendly staff combine to make one of southwest’s most popular Italian joints.
73 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
For some more 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 wood fired pizzas are a winner, but don’t be afraid to dive into some of the heartier options, like the wood fired porchetta or pork shank.
73 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Another southwest restaurant not afraid to bring the heat over coals, El Toro is a 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
Normal Van is really the proof that you don’t have to be fancy, you just have to be bloody good. This food truck earned a cult following for their classic Americana burgers made with the region’s best produce – and April of 2023 saw them expand their operations to include their first brick-and-mortar location. With even more of the good stuff on offer, it’s enough to tempt anyone south!
115-117 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Perth’s love of a good burger joint has well as truly spread south, and Burger Baby is doing the south proud. Big burgers, a bigger craft beer selection, excellent wines and friendly staff make it an very popular spot for people from all over. One of the busiest spots down south, so bear with them especially during peak periods and you won’t be disappointed.
2 Andrews Way, Margaret River
The Common lives up to its name, an inviting spot offering relaxed, down south vibes that make it a favourite whether you’re a local or just passing through. 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 Place, Gnarabup
Margaret River’s newest kid on the block, the Scullery has made fast friends with locals for their eclectic share plates. From the crispiest, snackiest potatoes to Shark Bay prawn toast with yuzu and tobiko, or a hearty crumbed pork cutlet with celeriac remoulade… The common thread across the menu seems to be how urgently we want to eat it!
107 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Hooked Up Fish And Chips
It doesn’t get much more Margs then pulling up on the grassy knoll at Surfer’s Point and watching the world class surf wild munching on some world class fish and chips courtesy of the Hooked Up van. Check their Facebook to make sure you’re there at the right time and you won’t be disappointed.
Surfer’s Point Road, Prevelly
Swings & Roundabouts
Originating as a passion project between friends, the good times never end at Swings & Roundabouts‘ Margaret River taphouse. Nestled between nature in the town’s centre, this spot offers an impressive seasonal menu and a stunning wrap-around balcony to ensure you dine in style.
85 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Teddi’s Big Spoon
Teddis Big Spoon is a deliciously casual Korean restaurant located in the heart of the town. The dining menu ranges from traditional Korean dishes and delectable hot pot to tender and tasty wagyu Korean BBQ options.
113A Bussell Highway , Margaret River
Margaret River Tuck Shop
The home of amazing food, craft beer and local wines, Margaret River Tuck Shop leaves visitors feeling satisfied no matter the occasion. Tuck into delicious woodfired pizzas, fresh seafood dishes and a divine drinks menu including one of the best Tommy’s margaritas you’ll find in the south.
147 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Hay Shed Hill double up their own wines along with the equally delicious Pitchfork banner, which you can try before sliding into the always-popular Rustico next door. There you’ll get some of the best tapas WA has to offer amidst a massive selection of gluten free-options, all while glancing out across endless valleys of vines.
511 Harmans Mill Road, Wilyabrup
Situated in Margs’ skate park is one of the region’s must-visit eateries – and instead of degustation, we’re talking dahl! Every afternoon from 4pm, Corey Rozario cooks up an always-changing menu of South Asian fare – inspired by not only Rozario’s own Burmese-British background but the big flavours of the whole region.
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Cover image credit: Leeuwin Estate