Stem

4.7
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61 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary Italian
At Stem, we are driven to create memorable dining experiences; sharing delicious food, hot pizza from a custom built wood oven, fresh hand rolled pasta and all day snacks. We compliment this offering with 28 wines by the glass, 10 craft beers on tap and a bespoke cellar room offering an expansive list of local, domestic and international wines. Lush greenery, American oak, intimate booths, bar seating and a generous communal table fill the room. A private dining room, seating up to 16 guests completes the restaurant. Located in the exciting and evolving West End of Adelaide, we are open Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday.
Note, at dinner we offer two staggered seatings. This helps us provide you with the very best possible dining experience.
What 61 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service was FANTASTIC! We will be back.

N
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was wonderful. A great night, great food, great atmosphere.

M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The fit out and atmosphere is great, and the menu options looked amazing but unfortunately the food just lacked a bit of flavour. It promises to be a high end food experience from the outside but we were just left a little disappointed. Hopefully they up the food game a little bit because it's a great looking place

C
London
47 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a really good time. Arrived a little early and the only place to have a drink while waiting was the (cellar temperature!) cellar room. Interesting, but not comfortable! Great decor and really nice food indeed. Modern, chic and excellent service and good value. Very good wine list - you can buy any wine from their cellar to go with the meal.

Would heartily recommend. Don't be put off by the sleazy street it is located in!

SV
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drink and especially great service 10/10

CL
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious pizza and good service. We ate late into the night and were attended frequently, our waitress gave good recommendations as well. We really enjoyed the night.

D
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Visit #4. Great food every time and staff have just the right level of service.
Menu varies without losing heart favourites like the pumpkin.
Portion sizes just right. And Daosa on wine list. Yes!

ML
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

a lovely place to dine- good food and friendly service in a relaxed setting- I would recommend Stem to anyone

DB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Stem was recommended to me by family members who love the food scene - my friend and I will be back as we couldn't fault any of the experience - have other dishes to explore - will highly recommend to all age groups except very young children - there are pizza's on the menu for the older kids ! loved it - thank you.

M
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

I had heard good things so my expectations were high. We went in the early seating and there were only 3 tables for the most part. we sat down and ordered cocktails as well as wine. There were at least five staff and so after 15 mins I asked about our cocktails. The wine arrived for the boys I asked again where our cocktails were? After 30 mins and 3 different staff chasing our cocktails our entrees arrived and still no drinks. The place was nearly empty - no excuse for no drinks. This was not a good start!!! When cocktails arrived I immediately ordered another. Then after another 30 mins waiting I cancelled!! It ws not busy at all just hopeless bar staff. On a good note the sommelier was fabulous as was the wine room. Good place just not for cocktails

CT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely space. Great food - the kingfish was a bit spesh. Attentive service without being OTT. Wine room is a nice part of the experience. Will come again soon.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing decor, amazing waitress. My only complaint was our flat white coffees...lukewarm and weak.

RR
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, wonderful ambience, creative menu. Will definitely be back. Thank you.

m
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful space, with good ambiance. We loved the sense of privacy and not being surrounded by other noisy tables unlike so many other restaurants in Adelaide. Lovely staff, attentive but not imposing. Great food.

SP
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply flawless experience. Will definitely return

a
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great wines, great staff, great atmosphere. Can’t fault!

SE
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food and service. Highly recommended! Waiter was wonderful and knowledgeable about what was on offer. Additionally he knew the amendments to the menu for our sitting.

Fabulously yummy food and top quality wine. Just wonderful.

DT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my fist time at Stem and I was really happy with everything! Food was fantastic with a great range, the fitout is really nice and stylish, staff were very attentive and friendly. It was a really nice dining experience without over the top prices.I will be returning very soon and would highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it all

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Lovely fit out, although space doesn’t seem to have been used that well - lots of empty space and not so many inside tables.

We arrived on time for our 8pm booking, table wasn’t ready. We were invited for drinks at the bar table, were told it would only be a 10 minute wait for our table, but in reality it was 30 minutes. I understand things don’t always run on time and that’s fine, but I would prefer to he told honestly than 10 minutes for a 30 minute wait.

The service was perfectly friendly, but nobody seemed particularly confident with what they were doing and it was all a bit chaotic. I’ll chalk that up to new restaurant growing pains and new/young staff.

The food, overall, was VERY, VERY average for the price. They were out of one of the few starters, and the alternate we were suggested was just slices of cured meat with a few drops of oil on a plate. No bread, pickles, accompaniments what so ever (nor was this suggested to us during ordering, which we would’ve been happy to pay for). Once we received the dish we asked for bread, which was delivered 5 or so minutes later and was so hard it was near inedible. The Broccoli dish was very tasty.

The mains then proceeded to take an unreasonable amount of time, and when they arrived were underwhelming. The chicken was on the cold side and really quite bland. The duck ragu was quite tasty, albeit nothing special.

The cellar wine list is laid out a little strange, but there were some decent choices there. The wine prices, though, borderline on ridiculous.

Overall - friendly staff who were apologetic for our average experience along the way, but the food just doesn’t cut it, and there was no feeling of generosity at any time - something expected in Adelaide for the price they’re charging.

K
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our overall experience was very good, food enjoyable and venue was lovely; however, not overly enthusiastic with setting times if one wants to enjoy a leisurely dining experience. We were a little late to our 6:30pm dinner reservation and therefore had no time for dessert as there was a second sitting at 8:30pm.

JR
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Second time at a Stem. Great food and environment. Staff very accommodating and friendly.

D
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked table for four to catch up with friends. The noise level was great for conversation across table and the wait staff service was timely and discreet.
The menu was interesting without being overly complex. The food flavors relied on good quality produce and skilled preparation.
Staff organised food delivery to support our desire to share plates. Wine list was varied, with good by the glass options.
Dessert did not disappoint.

KB
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have dined at STEM twice and I think its an excellent venue. I really like the fit out, atmosphere, the staff and the food. I will be back!

AT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Couldn’t fault it. Had a brilliant night celebrating 2 dear friends’ 50th birthdays. We’d booked for outside but they were able to move us indoors. The music, staff, food, fit out was all excellent

MT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, awesome food and drink choices! 😊

ES
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service with really good flavors. The pork and pasta had really great flavors and the potatoes on the side had really good texture.

BB
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Can not remember last time I ate out and enjoyed every plate! Well done Stem - see you soon

F
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This was my second visit to Stem and the food improvement from my first visit was outstanding. The Pork Fillet was possibly the best tasting, tender pork I have ever eaten.

s
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

We were really looking forward to our booking at Stem on Saturday night and it fulfilled all expectations except for the fact that we had a reservation for 8:30pm however we weren't seated till close to 9pm. We arrived at our booking just before 8:30pm so we were seated at a bar whilst we waited for our table to be ready however, after waiting close to 30mins for our table and noticing several free tables set around the restaurant, we asked the waiter to check on our table. It was only after that that we were seated at one of the free tables. Besides this, the aesthetic, ambience, service and food was great and I would recommend.

d
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic family meal at Stem. Relaxed atmosphere and delicious food, especially the mushroom agnolotti (I’m having that again and again). Great wine list and an excellent array of gins.

KT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful new venue, with excellent service - comfortable and modern setting. Subtle and innovative menu - a very good selection of wines. I’ll certainly be returning - soon!

LQ
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Finally tried the pizzas and they didn’t disappoint. Loved the eggplant one especially. Highly recommend

JW
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Five star service from some lovely people who clearly love their jobs. I hope management realise that the atmosphere in this place is being set by some wonderful staff. The food was pleasant but not spectacular, I was expecting more - more flavour - more punch. Restaurant ambience is lovely however wine had limited choices and was pricey. Overall an ok evening.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were amazing! Would highly recommend dining here.

GR
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! The food was top notch as was the service. Great wine list to complement. Really hard to fault all round... plenty of options on the menu we didn't get to try so we're already looking forward to our next dinner there.

DT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is delicious, clean fresh and tasty. Service is attentive without being in your face. A really nice place to eat

JL
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice venue good service great food. Would definitely recommend stem two friends and family.

MP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great with a variety of shared plates and individual dishes. Service was excellent and a good atmosphere.

JB
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

A bit hit and miss ..... had at least 4 different waiters, didn't get half of what we first ordered food was ok if not a bit clunky ..