Malt Shovel Taphouse Adelaide

4.2
78 reviews
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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.
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4.2
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4.1
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MJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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.

AP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This was my second time eating at Malt Shovel Taphouse. Even though we said that we were going to the show that started at 7.30 we were still almost late. It was hard to get the attention of the staff as the noise was almost too loud and there were several large parties that held most of their attention during the almost 2hrs we were there. It took 10 minutes to get someones attention that we needed to pay for dinner as we needed to go. However the staff were friendly and helpful and the food was great. I would go again, but not before a show unless it was a lot less busy.

p
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great location, perfect for early dining before a show at the theatre. Staff are fantastic. Size of meat servings appears to vary as ours was much smaller to the tables nearby who ordered the exact same thing as we did

C
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and venue. Well done Adelaide . Easy to get to on the tram . View over the Torrens is amazing. Love the fact it was central to all major venues. Had the share meal, all the meat was well cooked and the vegetables where amazing. Table service was wonderful and the paying of the bill was great as we were a big group who wanted to pay separately .

F
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Food was good, however Pork was very different to last time we came - missed the crackling!

Noise level very high and hard to hear.

Staff very friendly and service was prompt.

SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great for a quick bite before the footy. Bustling atmosphere and great drinks list.
$25 feed is great value.

MP
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wait staff were excellent.
Food was excellent.
Can't wait to go back and try the "Feed Me" option!!!

Beef Chips & Mushrooms were AMAZING!!

KM
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Wasn’t overly impressed with the lamb, but the pork belly was great as was the selections of sides.

DW
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was an amazing location and the views were incredible when sitting outside. We enjoyed the tapas and the food was fantastic.

LF
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great for getting us our food and drinks quickly before the show. Servers seemed rushed and overworked.
Food was average. The bread for the rolls were bland but the chicken was good. They could’ve used more sauce.

JM
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised at the high standard of food for the price. The meat was so tender and all the sides were tasty. We had previously been for drinks and wanted to try the meals. We were not disappointed! The staff were attentive and explained the menu to us. A great variety of wines... we didn’t sample the beers, and ,of course, so handy to Festival Theatre for a show after.

RB
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Top notch service! And loved sharing a couple of the dishes. I would go again in a heartbeat!

JR
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We were very impressed with the meal and service. There was some live music so noise level high when trying to talk while having our meal. We would definitely go back again

ST
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious! Wanted to try it all.
Staff were very friendly.

LE
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff were friendly
Food was great
Beer was great
Great atmosphere

S
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal - the food was excellent (as was the value). Only criticism is that the service was a little random (none of the wait staff seemed to know who was looking after our table). Will be returning for another dose of rotisserie!

DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I so wish I remember our waitresses name but alas I dont so I hope you can work out whom looked after us......she was young, energetic, polite & very friendly throughout the meal & picked up that me & my 3 girlfriends were heading to the Festival Centre after our meal so once we ordered she let us know that our meals would be a priority from the kitchen so we wouldnt be late for the 7.30pm show ! PLUS she recommended we order 2x jus on offer with the meats we ordered & we cant thank her enough as 1 serve would DEF have not been enough amongst us four as that jus was divine !!!
Well done guys, this is the 4th time I have frequented your venue & have been impressed each & every time. Great work on hiring service staff that actually show they want to be there.

RH
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

First time for us here. Great atmosphere, but pretty noisy. Food was good, but took a long time to arrive, but it was busy. Overall, would go again.

AL
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a quick meal prior to a show in the Festival Centre. The staff were aware of our timeline and, without making the meal feel rushed, we were able to enjoy the food, live music and ambience. It’s then just a quick walk to our show.

RO
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent choice of beers on tap, could benefit by having a larger choice of cider on tap. Food was excellent, we had the slow cooked lamb and the pork along with two sides, pumpkin and spuds. The view over the river to Adelaide oval was outstanding and it will be a great spot when the weather improves.

MM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Will come back. Pipsqueak cheesecake was amazing. Good value

HK
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Absolutely lived the meal, the service and the venue.

VM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

great location for a meal and drink after the football loved the food and craft beers overall fantastic will be back soon

P
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went there before a show at the Festival Theatre. It was a great spot to enjoy a quick meal and drink. There was a guitarist playing who provided great background music. Recommend

S
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

After arriving at 11:25am, we ordered our lunch by no later than 11:40am. One of us ordered the beef, and were advised that it would take 30 minutes which we advised was fine. We had a show to attend at 1pm. The food did not arrive until an hour later at 12:40pm, so we were extremely rushed to eat and get to the show by 1pm. Had they advised it would be an hour, we would have ordered something else. There was only about 4-5 tables of people in the restaurant, and we were the first or second to arrive and order. Coffees were also cold, even after sending one back, it came back cold again. I never complain about restaurants, and this is the first review I have ever written. However, it was very disappointing. Despite the beautiful location and modern interior etc, I would definitely not return.

MD
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding and friendly service. Amazing food and value for money.,nothing was too hard. Will definitely be returning

HM
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Even though our waiter was aware of us wanting to attend a show after our meal and was very apologetic, it took more than 45 minutes to get our food. My wife's tofu was almost uneatable but the accompanying salat was quite nice. My pork belly was almost cold and the crust had the consistency of rubber. The coleslaw was nice and spicy. When we paid our bill we commented on the food being rather poor and were told the excuse that they were "busy"!

DG
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My second time here and enjoyed everything about it. Our waiter was lovely. We will be back as it’s an excellent location before or after a show.

JD
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great spot for a quick meal and drink before the Footy

LM
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I initially chose the restaurant because it was convenient to Cabaret shows I was seeing, but the food was so good that I will return regardless of going to theatre or not. There is a good vibe and gummy share plates.

TC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great spot to sit and enjoy the winter sun coming in during the afternoon. The food was sensational, our group of 9 enjoyed mixed platters of the roast meats and various serves of the sides, all were tasty and interesting. The selection of beers seemed a bit limited for a taphouse, I would have liked to see more craft brews available. A couple of us enjoyed the desserts as well. All in all a most enjoyable afternoon.

JS
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

we were in a hurry but would love to go back and try it again with more time. Perhaps in the daytime to enjoy the ambience and the scenery

AS
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter and I came here recently, for an early meal, before our show. We ordered two share plates and two sides and found everything was extremely tasty and delicious. We will definitely recommend Malt Shovel Taphouse to others and be back ourselves very soon.

AB
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere, great venue, great food!!! Hidden gem!

LW
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yummy food and beverages! Good selection for dinner before visiting the Festival Theatre. For some reason my reservation through opentable was not in the restaurants system but was able to get seated in a lovely spot and enjoy the night!

CG
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

The Taphouse was pretty cool upon entry and handy that it was around the corner from the Festival Theatre. The drinks and food menu sounded great but unfortunately I didn't rate the food for what we were paying.

We ordered the chicken roll which was on the spit menu - the chicken was essentially roasted chicken breast pulled and slapped on a roll with some coleslaw, not exactly as appetising as the menu stated.

We ordered the chicken wings and I took a nice bite into an undercook wing. After i felt the strange texture in my mouth I looked at the bone and saw it was still red and pink in the flesh. We called over the waitress who said she would speak to the chef... she came back and said that it was a "blood clot" and it was cooked fine - I can assure you that I know uncooked chicken when I see it. Instead of offering to refund us the dish, she offered to give us 2 free coffees.... I just asked for the refund of the chicken as we would not be eating it.

The pulled beef chips were tasty but nothing special, the squid salad was OK, the highlight were the salt and vinegar roast potatoes.

CB
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A lovely little pre-theatre spot for dinner. Not the cheapest place in town and the menu the night we were there was limited but delicious and well presented. The staff were excellent. A singer/guitar player provided nice backgound entertainment. All in all, very happy.

AO
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice casual place to have lunch or dinner. Reasonable priced food. The Tasting beer paddles are good value. Service was ok. The waitress was a bit nervous maybe she was new? She messed up our drinks order but got a free glass of wine so cant complain. Was a bit cold inside as they left the doors open the whole time so just kept our jackets on. Can be a bit noisy with the muscian and people talking over it.

K
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

So great to have somewhere to go before a show at the Festival Centre. Food was great, service was excellent! Really friendly waiting staff. We all really enjoyed our night... Would like to see a few more vegetarian options on the menu. Thanks

KW
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our Table of 6 LOVED The Malt Shovel Taphouse for a birthday dinner. From the pre dinner beer paddles and mocktails to the delicious and generous $45 Feed Me Menu which was great value for money. We brought our own birthday cake which was served after dinner (No cakeage charge) but will be returning to try the desserts as they look amazing!
It was a quiet Tuesday night, accoustic guitar playing and fantastic service, we can't recomend it highly enough. Thank you for a great evening!

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