The Pot

4.3
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158 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
After 20 years, we are retiring The Pot brand. We have evolved considerably over this time, from a fine dining institution (Melting Pot) to a favourite neighbourhood bistro. But we are not going anywhere. The team you know and love (Simon, Max, Chris and Matilda) will remain the same. We will be changing our name to 'Nido' ('nest' in Italian). Nido will be warm, heartfelt, in line with the philosophy of the Italian ‘bar’ (which is the centre of social life, accessible to all and a place for the community to gather) - serving up food you love to eat but don’t want to cook yourself at home. For reservations, click here.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday 12pm till late Saturday - Sunday 9am - late | breakfast, lunch and dinner Kitchen open all day.
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Phone number
(08) 8373 2044
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Max Sharrad
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Private Party Facilities
We can cater for groups - weddings, birthdays, any celebration - please call to discuss your requirements.
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Private Party Contact
Drew Hamilton - Restaurant manager: (08) 8373 2044
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Walter Place
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Parking Details
Parking is available behind The Pot (enter from Walter St).
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Public Transit
8 minutes from the city On the main tram and bus lines in and out of the CBD every 15 minute stops.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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ET
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Service needs work. Excellent food. Great atmosphere.

S
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

beautiful long lunch with great service.
catered to pescatarian dietaries wonderfully too.

CL
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was sensational! Will definitely be going again.

GV
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sad to see 'The Pot' close it's doors, but welcome its re-opening as "Nido'. With Max Sharrad continuing as chef, we know it wil still be the place to eat.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and amazing service!!

F
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Slow service, waiter didn't suggest on portions and uncooked chicken. The Pot's standards has certainly dropped .

LS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!!! One of Adelaides’ great restaurants!

AV
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 2

Portions are small, air conditioning was leaking, chicken dish served in a bowl was awful and difficult to eat. Over priced resturant, will not recommend to anyone.

L
Calgary
31 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the minute you enter the restaurant you are greeted like an old friend. The wait staff are exceptional; they are attentive and ensure you have a great experience. The food...well it is a “party”in your mouth. The combination of flavors and ingredients excite the taste buds. Combinations of flavors seem unusual; but it all works. The Chef definitely is thinking out side the box . Highly recommend this restaurant. In our travels, we have had many great food experiences , we include this in our favorites

JB
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience. Our group really enjoyed the tasting menu, and it made for a wonderful birthday dinner.

NS
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were exceptional, atmosphere was relaxed, the tasting menu was incredible value and the wine menu was comprehensive.

R
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and amazing food. Everyone was friendly and our main waitress took good care of us.

DM
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was a great experience, but it was a little disappointing that on the tasting menu the only protein we were offered was fish, it could have been mixed up a bit.
Other than that great, staff were friendly, food was delicious and well executed, wines were great (but a little pricey for what they were).

SM
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always serving up beautiful creative dishes. We love it here!

TC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was good but not as good as Shobosho, the wine list was disappointing, with very little that appealed to us - BYO would improve the situation. The menu could be more descriptive. The waitress was very good and the décor and ambience were also very good. I would recommend it, with some reservations, but my friends and I will not be rushing back. There was noting on the menu that stood out as amazing.

JT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Attended the Last Friday function, Interesting wines and great special menu, well organised and great service.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Disappointing! we were expecting big thing from the head chef but we left very disappointed. The food was just ok, covered in sauce, mostly not balanced. The thing that annoyed me was that the tasting menu was more expensive than getting the things we got singularly...when is that ok? The only good dish was the flounder but that's not enough when you spend over 200 dollar for dinner for 2

OM
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational food wine and service.
Cant wait to come back and enjoy those tasty crab sandwiches .

GH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I and a fantastic night with delicious food and great service

T
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I've been going to the Pot for years and years, for special occasions or date nights and it has been consistently fantastic - until tonight. A hot summer's evening, the menu did not compel and the beautiful main ingredients (kangaroo/mullet) arrived sitting in a sludge of over-powering sauces. We longed for the perfection of old.

JM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I had dinner on Wednesday with two friends and enjoyed the tasting menu. The food was delicious and well balanced with lots of flavour. Very simple food which focused on the key elements of the dish. Service was attentive, friendly and efficient. Had a lovely night . Thank you

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

Spectacular food and wine. Lovely spot for date night :)

MW
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very attentive service, great fresh veggie loaded menu (an improvement from my last visit - over a year ago). Good value ‘feed me’ menu that was just the right amount of food.

LB
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved our meal - food was mouth-wateringly delicious, wines were fabulous and the service above and beyond. Can’t wait to come back

TB
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food. Every dish was amazing and staff and Max the head chef where very friendly and will be returning very shortly for delicious food

AJ
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Unpretentious but really flavoursome food and a great selection of wines. Parsnip soufflé to die for.

TA
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Pot is always such fun! The food is excellent and we love that the menu is always different. We love their use of local and regional produce and a lot of the menu items are organic and sustainably sourced which is important to us. The staff are fabulous, have great knowledge and really add to a wonderful experience. The Pot is our go-to restaurant!

KP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We were keen to try the Pot again with the recent change of chef and of menu. Unfortunately we were disappointed. The food was ok (although not as good as it used to be) -- the main issue was the service which inattentive and sullen.

M
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Really disappointing food overall. Small portion sizes, not great flavour combinations, presentation was average also. It was suggested to get bread with our 4th course because it would be awesome to soak up the juices of what we were eating but we were charged extra for this bread. Finished the feed me menu with a peice of bony, over cooked fish that wasn’t enough for 2 people. We left feeling hungry and very let down as the expectation of The Pot we had was meant to be a fine dining experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal was fabulous and the service great. Really enjoyed the evening.

JB
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

They have a great chef but they need a little more work to do. Very small portions for the money.
Not good value for money I'm afraid.

M
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Hair was in the 3rd dish.

Menu did not state “share plate for 6” is charged per person

Was surprised when we went to pay.

H
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We were disappointed with our meal at the Pot. The serves were small for the price and weren’t exceptional to justify that. Sorry but not likely to come again.

AW
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

food and general service was good. Couple of things niggled me a little. I get the 'chefs surprise' element of the tasting menu. But when asked the waiter couldn't say whether the course coming up would be better paired with red or white wine. Instead saying to wait for the food to come up before ordering. Also the fact there is no dessert course to the tasting menu. Was told afterwards it was a savoury tasting menu even though no mention on the menu or by staff prior.

P
Brisbane / QLD
7 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Very average food - hard to see how they could score a hat in the guide with this type of quality
Limited menu without much of interest in the options

LF
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were a group of out of towners, arrived early 45 mins and asked to use the bathroom which staff very pleasantly obliged. We decided to have a drink before taking a quick pre-lunch stroll. Several delicious Japanese cocktails (yuzushu based) laid these plans to waste! Not to matter. We sat down at our table and proceeded onto lunch. The menu is large enough to offer good variety but not bewildering so. The dishes are perfect for sharing and really showcased the local produce. We loved the wine list (ditto) and open kitchen. What a fantastic neighbourhood find. Would definitely come back again.

SH
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Too noisy
No sparkling red
Food took too long to come to the table. However the food was delicious what we had
Wrong dessert

ON
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They were very lovely about making a kid-friendly option for my son and our brunch was perfect.

AF
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

I booked a table for 2 on a Saturday night and ended dining sitting on a stool at the bar. Not a good start! Anyway it was so busy that it took 30 minutes just to order drinks and even more time for the food although we were sitting right in from of the waitress. Although adequately cooked, the dishes were just average for that price range, nothing outstanding. Overall, it felt like an overpriced, very noisy, restaurant with average food and poor service. Very disappointed especially as there are so many great alternatives in Adelaide in that price range.

TS
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time at The Pot and we had a great experience! The staff were lovely and the service was attentive. We actually made a last minute dinner booking and were sat at the bar but that was perfect for us. I had a choice between three vegetarian meals I believe, I ordered two plus dessert and that was plenty for me - and they were incredibly tasty. Would definitely recommend.

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