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“Good food, OK service!”

1918 Bistro and Grill
Ranked #4 of 35 Restaurants in Tanunda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$32
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Description: THE STORY BEHIND 1918 The Great War was drawing to a close when Friedrich Carl Gottleib Wallent put the finishing touches to his fine home in Murray Street, by chiseling the date in the foundation stone by the front door. His son Morris later became the mayor of Tanunda and took over the family home. More than 70 years later in 1992, an enterprising group of locals turned the proud Wallent home into the Barossa's first bistro grill - a friendly and generous place where Barossa winemakers could entertain their guests and visitors could relax after a hard day's wine tasting. In 1998 Tanya and Sid King visited 1918 as guests 17 years later, in 2015 the opportunity arose for The King Family to be the new custodians of this fine home of Barossa Hospitality. They are passionate about serving fresh, seasonally-inspired cuisine, accompanied by carefully selected wines from the Barossa's best and iconic Australian and International wineries - but guests are also welcome to bring their own special bottle. What you'll also find is a youthful passion and buzz, modern Australian tastes and flavours that are borrowed from Asia and the Middle East, and a genuine willingness to please.
Reviewed 18 April 2014

We visited 1918 on a Thursday evening, and the food was very good and well presented, (barramundi, tenderloin and pasta), however side orders of veg etc can only be ordered in portions for 2 diners, which is not great if the diners don't both want the same dishes!

The restaurant seemed to lack co-ordination service wise - there was no greeter or maître d' and whilst the serving staff were pleasant, we had to go and find a waitress to order additional drinks, and no enquiry was made as to how our meals were, until I was paying my bill - way too late to rectify any problems with the food had there been any.

The restaurant is cosy and intimate, in a beautiful old house, but why oh why does the outdoor seating area have cheap and nasty picnic chairs which spoil the effect? Such a pity!

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Previously a local Barossa resident now living in Sydney and having dined at some pretty great restaurants I'd like to say I was very disappointed in the service received at this restaurant... The waitress lacked PR and we were rushed out door so that the next sitting could move in.... It was my mothers 70th family get together... Spoilt our evening.... After spending a considerable amount of money after an hour and a half and being told we had to leave as table was booked again for an 8:30pm sitting was extremely rude, we didn't get a chance to finish the wine , nor order desert.... We asked waitress if there was another venue option to go for desert she wasn't in a hurry to come to the party. What's happened to the customer dining experience any restaurant that thinks it's that good it can treat its customers like this then you shouldn't be in business!!!

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Booked lunch on a Thursday. Beautiful day spent on the verandah. Garden also a lovely setting. Or inside the lovely old villa if weather is inclement. Great menu but we went for the special of barramundi with pork belly on a bed of crispy noodles with crab and chilli. Very different combination but worked really well.good selection of wines of course. We stayed local. All
reasonably priced too. Friendly attentive service. We'll worth a visit.

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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Had a nice lunch after a morning of driving around Barossa Valley. The service was efficient and friendly without being overbearing. We sat on the verandah which had a nice view of the garden and a few other tables were there too. There was a nice range of dishes and wine on the menu and we settled for the olives and bread, charcuterie, cured ocean trout, pork belly, tenderloin and passionfruit brûlée. The servings were huge and great value for money. Everything was very tasty and my favourite was the cured ocean trout. Food and service was very good but the food didn't "blow my mind". We ended up taking the pork belly away and made some pulled pork sandwiches with them later. Recommend going for a nice afternoon with well prepared dishes.

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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We had lunch here as part of the Barossa Trike tour and we had a smaller set menu from the main menu. The food was perfectly cooked and of generous portions. Sitting on the verandah was the perfect place to rest for an hour.

Thank Andrea R
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