Malt Shovel Taphouse Adelaide

4.4
160 reviews
$40 and under
Gastro Pub
Brand new riverbank venue Malt Shovel Taphouse Adelaide will celebrate all things beer. The craft beer bar and kitchen will offer unique, authentic experiences around beloved craft beer, all in a relaxed, contemporary space. Located at the Adelaide Festival Centre at the end of the Adelaide Oval footbridge the Malt Shovel Taphouse is a riverside venue providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city - in the city! Whether you’re on the way to a game, enjoying a night at the theatre or simply soaking up a night on the town, rest assured our passionate staff and delicious brews, South Australian wine list and cocktails, will make your night. The best part? You can enjoy your pint with breathtaking views of the iconic Adelaide Oval and the River Torrens.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 160 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bronte
Adelaide
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience4

This should be THE place to go. And if you changed your staff or at least their righteous attitudes it would be!!
On 4 separate times during being there, we were treated to a,” no you didn’t book a low table”, ( I had the confirmation), you didn’t order a flat white, ( we had the receipt!),” I don’t know what kind of leaf it is?..I’ll check with the kitchen(but didn’t), and on overhearing us discussing coffees were abruptly told, “order at the bar”! We weren’t even addressing her! Woeful attitudes. Seriously needs addressing. The location is five star. Food was very nice. Potential is amazing. But staff can make or break a business.

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NarelleL
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic atmosphere and an amazing view.

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DebbieG
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were really good. A lovely place to spend a warm summers evening

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AlisonW
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the Valentine’s Day set menu. Great value for money and delicious

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was recommended by a friend, awesome food my husband gave it 10/10

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TheBeach
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Nice easy pub. Great location on the Torrens with good food.

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SallyW
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

We were celebrating a birthday and took a cake in , on asking for it they brought it out in the carrier bag and dumped it on the table , no interest in us at all !

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marim
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Great location, would return for a drink but not for food.

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WendyL
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meal was amazing had the banquet delicious. Fried Mushrooms the 6 of us loved.
Found out it was our 30 anniversary we got a free dessert for all

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LorraineH
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal before going to the BBL , great service , loads of good quality food , staff very knowledgeable on there selection of beers .

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BrentonE
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great afternoon and the service was fantastic

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LennonP
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Not really much on the menu, considering the premium Location of the venu. Menu item chicken roll sounds like I’m at a primary school canteen.

Food was okay, service was slack. Asked for a side of ketchup and hard to order it and get a table number just to have it like cmon. Great place for drinks and light snacks, potential to be more

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ReneeR
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and beautiful venue
Would definitely recommend and return 😊

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Goodfoodhunting
Houston
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Food quality was competent but just another generic place in terms of ambience. If you're in the area, an ok option, but I wouldn't go out of the way to dine there.

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AlisonW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We went for dinner but it was so loud. Understand it was New Years Eve

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MelR
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Service was a little hit and miss.
Hubby had the lamb which was delicious but a smallish portion is it didn't come with anything. Some bread or salad would've been nice.
I had the chicken burger and swapped out the chips for the truffle fries. Good decision - burger was small but delicious and the truffle fries were scrumptious.
Pet peeve - didn't accept cash - only cc.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was beautiful & delicious but so small - we had to find somewhere else to eat on the way home.

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Kinga
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the venue! Great food and great atmosphere. Will definitely be back and will be recommending to others to visit. A great place to have a family Sunday dinner without having to lift a finger to get perfect roast meet and delicious sides. A new favourite for our family.

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LeighM
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, and the staff were really friendly and helpful. The $55pp feed me was really good value!

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MonicaM
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

OMG the food here was so good that I went up to the chef to say a big thank you. I'm not a huge lamb lover, but my partner ordered it. When it arrived I took a bite and my partner almost had to pry the plate from my hands. It was drizzled with a smokey yogurt sauce which was the perfect accompaniment. I had ordered the 1/2 chicken which was very tender and was also perfect. As sides we had the potatoes that had a slight malt vinegar overtone and sea salt. We also had greens. Together with the beer we consumed, on this sunny evening overlooking the Torrens, we were in beer and food heaven. I told the chef I would write a great review. And here it is. We will be back! I

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JodieK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Location, drinks and staff were great, the food was average.
Would go again for drinks in a lovely location.

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JDdiner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice lunch in a beautiful setting. Ideal way to dine before catching a show. Lovely day.

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JoanB
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service great atmosphere wonderful staff and an excellent time spent with friends before and after football. Fabulous anytime 👍

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BethR
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience at the Malt Shovel Taphouse for my birthday. Good table, friendly service and the food was delicious. Busy atmosphere pre-game for the Adelaide Oval but wasn't too loud, even the live music was at just the right volume to enjoy without being deafening. Pricey but manageable.

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MsDT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Had beef chips- tasty but small serve of 4.
Main was hot roll with chips-nice and tasty.
Dessert options -choice of two. Not selected
Awful expresso martini.
Service friendly and helpful with polite staff.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

service was great info on all matters was good explained all that goes on will come again

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my birthday

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AntheaR
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the roast vegetable salad!!! Super delicious Parmesan fries as well!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great and all the staff had exceptional customer service skills 😁

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food, nice atmosphere. The mushrooms were delicious

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RenaeP
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Not a huge food selection and I couldn’t find the menu online so didn’t know what to expect! Service was the best I have had and that makes all the difference - cocktails were sooo good!!

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SallyA
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable venue for a nice lunch out with friends

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Meat was very dry. Kids meals were as large as adults, but not very young child friendly.

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JodieD
Adelaide
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

nice casual dining experience. Was very quite when we visited so not a lot of ambience. Service was good, food was also good but a little on the pricey side

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great and customer service was top notch. We went on a rainy day so not many people, but atmosphere was inviting. Only drama was a lot of the tap beers weren’t available, which is why we decided on a ‘Taphouse’ rather than a cafe. Hopefully after covid restrictions ease they’ll be able to get back to normal.

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JoanB
Adelaide
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience staff exceptional

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SallyG
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food, Service and Location were all outstanding.

JC
JulieC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Beef Chips were divine. Please don't ever take them off them menu. We also thoroughly enjoyed the tasty lamb roll.

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JoanB
Adelaide
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have always enjoyed the Malt Taphouse every time that we have visited the food, service, ambience and the friendly staff is exceptional the close proximity to the city and the Adelaide Oval we find, for us, a great place to visit

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HeathS
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always a friendly welcome great service staff that are always attentive amazing range of beer

FAQs

Malt Shovel Taphouse Adelaide is rated 4.4 stars by 160 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.