Here’s A Running List Of Down South Faves Now Open For Dine-In

byTroy Mutton
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This week marks the beginning of WA’s ‘road map to recovery’ and Phase 2 of the coronavirus restrictions beginning to ease around the state.

And so for local restaurants, pubs and cafes, it has meant a slight easing of indoor gathering restrictions to help them begin to re-open.

It’s also meant a relaxing of border restrictions within the state, the most significant being the metro area’s ability to head south towards Margaret River, Busselton etc.

After beginning a running list of the metro-based venues that are re-opening for dine-in, below we’ve done the same for venues down south.

We get the feeling a lot of people are itching to head down in the coming weeks/months, so we ask you do so as safely and respectfully of the locals as possible.

Have fun! It’s time we start exploring our awesome State once again…

The Colony Concept

The Colony Concept’s restaurant doors, retail shop and educational room are now open from 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Sunday. There’ll be two seatings each day at 11.30am and 2pm for a 2-hour table, with children included. Adults get a set 3-course menu for $45 (including a glass of wine – nice), and kids get a set 3-course menu for $20 – book by calling 9755 7777 or emailing

62 Harmans Mill Road, Metricup

The Common

No doubt you’ve been craving some American-inspired pub goodness, and The Common is back up and about to sort you out. Open for dine-in (20 guests max of course) and takeaway, give them a call on 9757 1586 to book your spot now.

1 Resort Place, Gnarabup

Drift Cafe

As of Monday 18 May Drift Cafe are open inside for dining – allowing 1hr for dining per person along with continuing their takeaway deals. Even better, they’ve just got their new winter menu up and running, so get in from 8am to 1.30pm.

1/72 Willmott Avenue, Margaret River


After almost two months down time Equinox Cafe in Busselton are back in business, starting with Brunch from 10am-3pm, Monday-Thursday. They’ll be launching a weekend menu soon, but in the mean time your best bet is to book online, although walk-ins are subject to availability.

1 Foreshore Pde, Busselton

Goanna Gallery Cafe

Nestled amongst some pristine southwest bushland, the Goanna Gallery Cafe are open for breakfast and lunch from 8.30am-2pm, serving 20 patrons every hour. Bookings available via their website.

278 Hayes Road, Quindalup

The Grove Cafe

The Cafe area of The Grove Distillery & Brewery will be open Monday-Friday from 9am-4.30pm, serving stone-fired pizzas and more to purchase with a quiet tipple or two. Takeaways will also still be available.

491 Metricup Rd, Wilyabrup

Karridale Tavern

Serving up the best in good, honest pub feeds, Karridale Tavern & Roadhouse are back and ready to plate up some big dishes. They recommend giving them a call on 9758 5523 to make sure you get a table with the new 20 person cap rule.

12440 Bussell Highway, Karridale

La Scarpetta Trattoria

Italian masters of the south, La Scarpetta Trattoria are open as of Wednesday 20 May. Open from Wednesday-Sunday, they’ll be doing 90-minute sittings from 6-7.30pm and 7.45-9.15pm. Online bookings are suspended at the moment, so best bet is to give them a call on 9757 9234.

73 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River


Fancy some sneaky tapas dining at Smith’s beach? Lamonts are back open Monday-Friday (7-11am and 4-8pm) and Saturday/Sunday (7am-9pm). You can nab breakfast and dinner during the week or breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends, and bookings can only be made by calling 9750 1299 or emailing Head to their website to squiz the menu, which is still available for takeaway.

67 Smiths Beach Rd, Yallingup

Margaret River Chocolate Company

Margaret River Chocolate Company are looking forward to seeing your faces again, with both their Margaret River and Swan Valley cafes open for light meals, drinks and of course, treats. Open 9am-5pm 7 days a week, more info via their website.

415 Harmans Mill Road, Metricup

Meelup Farmhouse

Dunsborough’s newest hotspot have opened up their dining deck and bar area as of May 20, open to 20 guests at a time. Operating hours during ‘Phase Two’ will be 9am-5pm every day, and they’re working on a takeaway menu to go with doors being open – bookings essential via their website.

54 Sheens Rd,  Naturaliste

Miki’s Open Kitchen

Miki’s in Margaret River are re-open to the public from Friday 22 May, slinging the finest Japanese the southwest has to offer. Open Tuesday-Thursday for 6.30pm seatings and Friday and Saturday at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Bookings are essential, and must be done via this link.

131 Bussell Highway, Margaret River

Occy’s Dunsborough

Purveyors and fine burgers, brews and more, Occy’s Dunsborough are back and already booking out every night. There’s two seating times, 5-6.45pm and 7-9pm, and as you can imagine bookings are essential – give them a call on 9756 7777. If you miss out don’t fret, you can still get plenty of takeaway goodies.

34 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough


Reservations are now live for Rustico Hay Shed Hill from Friday 22 May, where you’ll be treated to an insane-looking 5-course degustation menu with a variety of matching drinks packages. Bookings are for a maximum of 2 hours, with tables of 2-8 guests – head here to lock it in. They’re also rocking takeaway pizza/picnic options.

511 Harmans Mill Rd, Wilyabrup

The Ship Inn

As of Thursday 21 May The Ship Inn in Busso is open for restaurant-style service. They’re open from 11.30am, Wednesday to Sunday, with sittings limted to 90-minute slots. Bookings are essential (do so here), and are limited to 5 people per group.

8 Albert St, Busselton

The Sea Garden Cafe

If you’ve been missing (almost) watching the surfers at Surfer’s Point while you dine, The Sea Garden Cafe are open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Sunday, along with dinner Friday-Sunday. During peak times they’ll have allotted slots to accomodate the 20-person capacity, head to their Facebook to find out more info and DM your spot now.

9 Mitchell Drive, Prevelly

Stonefish Wines

Got a hankering for that classic down south mash up of charcuterie and cheese boards overlooking a scenic winery? Stonefish are here to help, with grazing boards to go with your wine from 11.30am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bookings are understandably essential – give them a call on 9755 6774 to do so.

3739 Caves Road, Wilyabrup

Swings & Roundabouts

Swings & Roundabouts are offering seated tastings for 20 guests at a time, along with a full takeaway menu. They’re open Sunday-Thursday 10am-4.30pm and Friday/Saturday 10am-6pm – no need to book you can just walk-in, although feel free to head to their website or give them a call on 9750 6735 to double check.

2807 Caves Rd, Yallingup

Voyager Estate

One of the southwest’s biggest operators, Voyager Estate Restaurant is re-opening on Friday 22 May, offering a special version of their four-course Discovery Menu. There’s a 2-hour allocation per seating, and bookings are limited to 6 guests. For more info and to book online, head to their website.

41 Stevens Rd, Margaret River

Wills Domain

Wills Domain Winery are back in business from May 23, only taking two 1.5hr seatings on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Bookings obviously essential, head to their website for more info.

17 Brash Road, Yallingup

Willow Grill

As the weather gets cooler, tapas by the fire sounds pretty bloody delightful, and Willow Grill in Margs are back open Monday-Saturday. Give them a call on 9757 2633 to lock in a spot now.

78 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River

Xanadu Wines

Xanadu Winery’s Restaurant will be open for lunch from Friday 22 May. Given the restrictions, they recommend reserving for an 11.45am or 1.30pm sitting, head to this page for more info and to book now.

316 Boodjidup Rd, Margaret River

Cover photo from Swings & Roundabouts.

If we missed a spot you think should be here, let us know – with “Perth Dine-In” in the subject.