The Bistro at the Stirling Hotel

4.2
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89 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian

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Casual
Menus featuring seasonal and regional Adelaide Hills produce and traditional pub fare meet modern multicultural flare across breakfast, lunch and dinner, gourmet pizzas and small sharing plates.

Seven-days-a-week The Bistro offers a unique and exciting dinning and drinking experience. Slick contemporary styling and a warm, casual vibe spills outdoors to a cool alfresco area framed by the leafy Hills streetscape.

On the specials board, you will find ever changing dishes created by our chefs, designed to showcase the best of ingredients from land and sea.

Wines from the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the Barossa feature on the wine list alongside some of the best from interstate and the world over.

On tap, there is plenty of beer to choose from. Unique craft brews and local favourites are prominent and with local small batch spirits and an ever-changing cocktail list there will always be something you haven’t tried… but want to!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Pub
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday 8:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00Noon - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Lunch/Dinner Weekend: 12:00noon - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(08) 8339 2345
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining , View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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TS
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The Stirling is a great venue that has an interesting menu this time I had the Roast duck it was poorly cooked. I have had many great meals here the Duck should be missed.

D
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to go..Love there meals which are value for money..Atmosphere is great..Staff are very friendly and helpful..Looking forward to my next visit :)

PH
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Overall good but not enough staff on. To have to wait in a line for 10-15 mins to oder food is not good enough. The staff were great but it makes it hard for them as well.

SB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Noisy and crowded
Food overpriced for size of dishes
Service average

j
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was good, staff excellent, atmosphere good. The singer was just too noisy and we had trouble hearing each other at the table. I would go back to the hotel but not when there is entertainment.
Such music is not for dancing and should be barely audible in the background

SS
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

The food was fine but they did mix up the 3 steaks, the way we ordered only 1 was correct that was very disappointing, and they had only the rump as thay had run out of the other and it was very CHEWY.

H
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great casual menu, variety of dishes ordered and all were high quality

J
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The staff on New Years Eve were very pleasant and helpful in our request to move to an outdoor table in the Grill. Table service there was excellent.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good menu with variety. Only thing was our table was next to the order register when there were plenty of other tables we could have used. Overall though quite good.

P
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I had the poached chicken and crab salad. Couldn’t find any crab whatsoever. Salad was dry and poorly dressed with way too much basil and mint. Not a great choice. My son had the chicken parmigiana which looked great

KN
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

I was disappointed, such a lovely spot, great furnishings and fit out, however the food and service was average all round. The staff clearly don’t want to be working here. Had to ask to have the table wiped certainly not cheery when taking orders or delivering food. The waffles were full of sugar! There are too many restaurants to be average. Could be great if you started serving nicer food and addressed the staffing problem.

NS
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

The music was so loud we could not even have a conversation and the kids screaming at the other table made it worse the other tables were all shouting to hear each other it was uncomfortable and I could not wait to get out of there !!!

JM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely looking hotel with a great feel. A variety of rooms to enjoy dining or having a drink as well as outside areas. Great food and friendly staff. Stirling is a pretty town - worth taking a walk through the main street after your meal.

GN
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistent great value for excellent food and very good wine selection overlaid with terrific friendly efficient service.
We are weekly regulars and love it.

PC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Four of us had seniors meal but were charged separately for each serve. Also were charged for something not ordered or delivered. Had to argue with two girls at the cashier desk and after 10 minutes finally they sorted it out after far too much hassle.
Food was good.

FB
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

after ordering found out the Butchers block special not available. Steak was great but needed a few more vegies in support!

KR
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Pretty noisey and the live music didn't help. Maybe the music shouldn't start to until later so people can at least eat in peace.

CS
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have visited The Stirling Hotel on many occasions and I have always been impressed with the food and service.

SH
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I was a little apprehensive at the start as there were quite a few people and we had tickets for a show at the theatre but our dinners came out in RAPID speed; even the waitress was impressed with how fast they came out. Our meals were hot and tasty!

1
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Booking was easy and efficient, service was excellent.

E
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Reliable good value tasty food and great choice of wines esp of Adelaide hills. Orange & fennel panna cotta was a wonderful end to a great birthday lunch.

SB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The ambiance at the Stirling hotel was lovely. Whilst acknowledging the view, we found no signage indicating where the hotel was or indeed that we were at the right place until we got out of the car. 3 meals were very pleasant but one of our guests ordered the lamb, was asked how he would like it done to which he replied medium. Half of the lamb was inedible as it was not only roar, it was still bleating! Very disappointing for him as he had really been looking forward to the meal

BL
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Was a little disappointed with our visit:
1. One of our entrees didn't arrive - we had to enquire about it twice. In the end we asked for a refund as the mains started arriving!
2. Chips tasted like the oil needed to be changed.
3. 'Special' brisket was not worth the price tag unfortunately.
4. Disappointed in the lack of a vegetarian main course option.

Regards,
B.

TF
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and excellent service! Definitely recommend the Crafers

CM
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic food and wine great spot for Sunday lunch

c
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food is amazing but No point reserving a seat through website, because it wasn't reserved, shame coz we drove 1.5 hours there to celebrate our anniversary

H
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Outside table would have been better.Very tucked away where we were.Would have liked to be able to book personally by phone not online.Could have asked what the seating arrangements were

MM
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Could not really fault anything Tried a Vegan salad although I not Vegan and it was delicious. Great service, lovely ambience. Music a bit loud inside to hear to talk.

PW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautifully cooked steak, lovely duck fat roast potatoes - perfection!
Other chips were a bit soggy though.

MR
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience as always! Was the perfect spot for a girls night out. Great food, great wine and great atmosphere.

H
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

As good as the food was, the noise level was unbearable and as soon as we ate we left unfortunately.

J
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great place to eat. Speedy service. We forgot a meal order and the staff put a rush on the forgotten meal. Brilliant job.

LM
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated my daighter’s birthday here and the staff were so helpful and the food was Divine! Thanks so much!

DH
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Our group of 6 were quite disappointed with our meals. 2 of us had the gnocchi Ravi which was quite nice tasting, but the serve was so small we were still hungry after. One had a veg salad, two ordered the salmon and veg which had such a tiny amount of veg underneath the fish they were very surprised at the small serve. One ordered grilled fish and salad which never arrived and we had to chase it up. Apparently it had been sitting out in the kitchen and no staff brought it out. The group had all finished their mains before it arrived and the fish was all broken up into pieces possibly reheated so my friend didn’t eat it. Overall very disappointing with the meal sizes and service 👎

AH
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch with friends, we asked for a quiet spot, and were really please with our table ( I know this is not easy with lots of bookings, so were really pleased with the effort made to accommodate us. ) Our waitress was one of the best we have ever had, ( and we do eat out often) - I am sorry that I didn't get her name, but her knowledge of the menu and her lovely smile, made it a very pleasant experience.
( She told us that she was married last November, and she wears her rings on a chain around her neck)
We will be back soon, thankyou.

VS
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We must have gone in the busiest day, yes it was a holiday Monday we were told the food was an hour wait, ok deal with it the place is busy. Staff were courteous and apologised for extended wait but when steaks arrived one was still walking and the other just passed even though both were ordered medium done. Seafood that other two diners ordered were perfect. Just a little disappointed as this was our first time to dune here.

C
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The bistro area is comfy and the food is good pub food, but the NOISE!!! It hits you as soon as you walk in the doors! Five of us met for dinner and a good catch up with an interstate friend. It was really hard to have a conversation, and by about 8pm when the volume of the live singer was cranked up it was impossible to talk to even the person next to you without shouting. We are all in our 40's, not old or deaf, but it was very annoying not to be able to have a decent conversation. After we ate, I asked if there was anywhere quieter to sit for coffee and a very helpful waitress showed us to a room beside the 'Library' which was quieter and much better for conversation, although the piped music was still a few notches too loud.
Pros: The staff were all lovely, the menu good, and the coffee good.
Cons: The food took an hour to arrive (despite a sign advising of a 25 minute wait), and the noise level was really over the top. People go to pubs and out for meals to TALK to one another, not shout at each other.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely spot for a girls lunch. Because it was Friday and very busy we were warned of the 35 min wait. That was helpful.

HN
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The food was fine but didn't arrive at the table all at the same time (6 of us). My friends had all pretty much finished their meals by the time my husband and I got ours. The food was generally very good - I just picked something I should have known would be too heavy/rich for me (salmon - my fault). Also, my husband's meal was $33 and he left hungry.

GG
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

We have been regular visitors to the "Stirlo" for a couple of years and really enjoyed sitting outside on a warm summer night enjoying a meal and beer however the last few trips to the the Bistro have been less than ideal. Way too many people crammed in to a small space, loud football, netball teams in full swing. Kids running around and hiding from their parents under our table. Old mate on the table next to us who was trying to cough up a lung every 20 seconds....for the whole time we were there! Having to yell our order to the staff behind the bar because it was that loud. A bit disappointed in the roast too. Not a single roast potato and the only veggies were asparagus and some other unidentifiable orange thing. Needless to say we were out of there as soon as we finished eating. Will try again in summer but how keeping the pub menu simple? Save the fancy hipster stuff for inside.

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