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Malt Shovel Taphouse Adelaide

4.3
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117 reviews
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$40 and under
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Gastro Pub

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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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 117 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JodiM
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food good service lovely view and good beer thank you

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ChrisM
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great day out excellent food and service we were treated like kings

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly and professional staff and fantastic food. Will definitely be coming back...and bringing reinforcements!

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HarryO
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I really liked the range of interesting side dishes. Venue is wheelchair-friendly (there are some high tables so let them know what you want when you book)

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Yumo
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Was really pleasant - the sides were very generous which I loved, they were also interesting not just chips and salad. We had the rotissaire and all were well fed. I accidently knocked over a glass ( which smashed) and they made no big deal of it. Ill be back

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JeanetteS
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience2

The food and service was good but the sun streaming through the windows made it very uncomfortable. Even changing tables didn’t help. We rushed our meal just to get out of the sun.

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JanetM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Looked after so well. Appreiatd so much the staff changing our table out of the sun. Full marks to them

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AngusK
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The restaurant was open and spacious and well laid-out; the service was good and the food very enjoyable.

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KymM
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience5

We loved our night sitting on the deck listening to the music
Everyone wants to return

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EvyM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great atmosphere and service. I had the salt and pepper tofu Salad. Whilst the salad was nice the tofu itself was very bland, no flavor and bread like. Otherwise enjoyed the night and super convenient for our show at the festival centre afterwards.

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HannahC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Casual , easy dining with a nice atmosphere and good quality food.

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DamianB
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place to grab a quick bite or a few drinks before a show. Slow cooked meats are delicious and the sides are every bit as good. Great selection of beers and cocktails available.

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NitaD
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I have been to the Malt Shovel Taphouse on three occasions and have always had great food and service - I recommended it to a bunch of girlfriends who meet for lunch regularly and booked a table with Graydon for Wednesday lunch late last year - I don't recall the date now. We arrived only to find that the venue didn't open on Wednesdays. We have yet to rebook another lunch there but no doubt will sometime soon

it was very disappointing and embarrassing because it was me who made the booking.

It is a very lovely venue and we will definitely be back

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We spent NYE here and loved it, so returned to celebrate my partners birthday with family and everyone enjoyed the food and loved the location

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Sharonsreview51
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Unbeatable location, great music by James Killian, great food and service. Have been a few times, will be back again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Limited food very expensive

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LoriT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Whilst the food was really delicious and innovative, the service was what made the experience even better. Friendly and efficient yet unobtrusive. Perfect setting on a glorious day.

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DianeN
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

excellent location for pre show dinner
wait service efficient with great recommedations
wait staff friendly and helpful

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StephenN
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue to catch up with some friends for casual afternoon drinks and snacks. We were there the same day as a music festival, hut even then the outside music wasn't too loud from where we were inside.

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TerryW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely setting,food was great.Also live music added to the ambience,will revisit

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic, service outstanding, location and atmosphere awesome!

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JackieM
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot by the river and food was excellent. Friendly staff too.

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Heather
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

WE were a group of 8 with 2 late comers. The service was great and very accommodating especially as 2 people were unexpected and late arriving and we were still in time for the opera. Accommodated all the requests and the food was plentiful ,tasty and reasonably priced.
Thank you for making our evening enjoyable and stress free.

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TonyE
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The Malt Shovel is a convenient placefor a quick meal prior to a performance in the Dunstan Playhouse. It was lively with after-work drinkers enjoying the good range of drinks and shared plates. The limited menu probably works best as accompaniment to drinks rather than full dinner but the food was fine and the service suitable for pre-theatre eating

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MelindaA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

All the food was amazing. Great service. A great find. Will definitely be back again

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Very creative dish for a taphouse and good wine list, great!
Execellent table service by one staff but not the other.
Very noisy when live singer in the main foyer.
Poor signage for toilets

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SandraL
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Friendly, efficient service. Food came in a timely fashion. The vegetables were outstanding. The rotisserie meat could have been hotter. Good atmosphere. Musician was a bonus and was of a high standard. All in all, a really enjoyable night.

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LisaS
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Great location and atmosphere. The Feed Me menu could be improved: fried chicken and beef quite dry, also meat and veg dish needs a sauce or gravy.

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Sharon
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience2

Very small portion of roast chicken for mains, not even entree size. Still left hungry.

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AlanaB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere for friends and fabulous position to view the beautiful Torrens on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon.
Amazing food.

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent location, great service and a good range of food - to share or not. I was there for an early dinner and it was full so I suspect it fills up quickly. I recommend you book.

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MarianP
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great place for meeting friends for a pre-theatre dinner or snack. Prompt service and very tasty food.

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LeahC
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great views of the River Torrens and Adelaide Oval. Pre theatre dinner and drinks. A lovely spot to catch up with friends before the theatre.

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StuartB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pleasant evening out, good service. Nice wine selection, enjoyed the shared plates. Have eaten here on several occasions and always been happy with the meals.

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LibbyE
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a delicious meal catering for children, vegetarians and grandparents! Thanks so much. Speedy service which was perfect to get to our show on time in the Festival Theatre.

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WendyL
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great spot. Live music is always good. Relaxed atmosphere. Super pet friendly. Often end up here after a walk along the river.

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Seafoo1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Chose this place due to its proximity to the Festival Theatre where we we going to a show. Service was prompt and friendly and the food great value - we all that the $25 meat choice which allowed one serve of roast and one side per person but can out to share. Dessert cheese cake was also yummy and generous size.
Two minor niggles - our table was in line with open door which made one of the diners cold and the live music was nice but a little loud

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RobynB
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The Malt Shovel Taphouse is an excellent venue for a pre-show meal and we really enjoyed the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

Wait staff were courteous and understanding that we were running late for a show. However, the “available now” meals took 30 minutes to reach table, and for the 200g of lamb, 150g was fat. The chicken was slightly nicer but the pork - at 5pm - wasn’t even available. For the portion sizes and quality it was not even close to being good value for money. Very disappointed-even though the service staff were professional and pleasant and couldn’t have done anything better. The beer was great too.

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MichelleJ
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We really enjoyed our visit. The weather was quite bad but the food was great the selection and recommended beers were good and the service was on point. We would definitely go back.
Could use a fireplace though.

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Malt Shovel Taphouse Adelaide is rated 4.3 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

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