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The Restaurant


Some say McLaren Vale offers the best regional dining in Australia. But few know a part of that reputation is Maxwell-made. In 1969, Mark's father contributed to the region’s first notable eatery. And when Mark Maxwell built this winery, it was one of the few with its own restaurant. Our menu has always championed fresh, seasonal produce from local suppliers. Although, our brilliant Executive Chef, Fabian Lehmann, is far from local. With a stellar career forged in the Michelin-starred restaurants of Europe, his exquisite multi-course tasting menu is a truly memorable dining experience.


When are you open?
Our restaurant is open for lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 pm and for dinner Saturdays from 6:30 pm

Do you accept walk-in Guests?
Subject to availability we can accept walk-ins up to 1:30 pm. Advance bookings are highly recommended. For bookings up to 8 guests please click here. For bookings of 9 guests or more, please email us at or call us on +61 8323 8200.

How do I make a booking?
Reservations for groups of 8 or less can be made online on our website here. For bookings of 9 guests or more, please email us at or call us on +61 8323 8200. Tentative bookings cannot be accepted.

Do you have a wine pairing?
Yes! Our wine pairing leads you through a selection of current and back vintage wines from the Maxwell cellar. 

10 course tasting menu / wine pairing - $75 per guest

5 course tasting menu / wine pairing - $55 per guest  

Can I get an Uber or taxi to or from the restaurant?
We work with local transportation providers and can supply contact details upon request. Please plan in advance as last-minute transportation requests may experience long wait times.

What is your cancellation policy?
We ask that bookings of up to 8 guests provide 48-hour prior notice of cancellation or reduction in guest numbers. Bookings of 9 guests or more require a 72-hour notice of cancellation or reduction in guest numbers. If you do not attend your booking, cancel last-minute, or reduce your numbers within the 48 hour / 72 hour period, we reserve the right to charge a $90 fee pp.

How often does the menu change?
Our menu changes every 10-12 weeks to reflect the season and freshest produce. You can see our current sample menu here.

What are the menu options?
We offer a multi-course tasting menu at $180 for 10 courses or $145 for 6 courses. Menu selection can be made on the day, we ask that the whole table dines on the same menu. We do not offer an à la carte option.

How long does it take to dine? 
To avoid being rushed and to allow you and your guests to enjoy your dining experience we recommend you allow 2 - 2.5 hours for the 6 course menu or 3 - 4 hours for the 10 course menu.

Do you accommodate dietary requirements and food allergies?
Yes, we can accommodate our tasting menu to suit most dietary requirements & allergies. Please inform us of all allergies at the time of booking as modifications cannot be made on the day of your reservation. Unfortunately, on our current menu due to the complexity of some dishes, we are unable to accommodate the following dietary concerns: Vegan / Egg Allergy / No Mushroom / No Onion / Seaweed Allergy. Please note, the combination of 2 or more dietaries may not be accommodated, for example Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free.

Is the Restaurant at Maxwell available for private hire?
Absolutely! Bookings of 16 guests or more must book our glass-enclosed Deck for exclusive use. We ask interested parties to contact us so we can organise a meeting and discuss our private function options. If you wish to walk through the restaurant and hear about our exclusive-use bookings, please send enquires to

Do you allow BYO?
Yes, corkage is $30 per 750 ml bottle, with a maximum of 2 bottles per table. The bottle in question must also not be on our wine list. Please contact us should you wish to BYO.

Can I bring a cake to your restaurant?
A great deal of thought and time has gone into the creation of each course, and the menu as a whole concept. Therefore, we ask that outside food not be brought into the restaurant. 

Can we bring decorations for the table (eg, balloons, ornaments)?
With respect to all our guests and to avoid disrupting anyone’s view and experience, we do not allow any balloons, ornaments, or table decorations to be brought into the restaurant unless you have booked a private event. If you do have a special request, please email or call us in advance to see what we can accommodate.

Can the Chef write a birthday message in the food?
We do love to recognise your special occasion, unfortunately, to maintain the integrity of the menu we cannot alter the food or its presentation with candles and/or birthday writing.

Is your venue accessible to people with mobility restrictions?
Yes, please let us know in your booking so we can allocate a suitable table close to the access.

What is the dress code?
There’s no strict dress code, however, most people come dressed smart/casual.

Can I bring my children?
Children 12 years and older are more than welcome to dine at the restaurant, but please be aware that no reduction in menu size or price is available. If you are bringing your 12+ year old child to dine please reserve them a seat. The full menu price will apply. Prams and highchairs are not permissible in the restaurant.

How far can I book in advance?
Reservations are available for the current month, and no more than six months in advance.

Is the restaurant dog friendly?
No, pets are not allowed in the restaurant, however service animals are welcome.

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