Eat & Drink

A guide to group dining in the city


Posted on 04 Apr 2019

Looking for somewhere to get together with friends, family or workmates? We’ve scoured the city to see where Adelaideans are eating and drinking with their nearest and dearest to find you some great spots to make warm memories.

Ballaboosta

289 Halifax Street, Adelaide

With a fun name like Ballaboosta you have to get the back-story! Yiddish for ‘good homemaker’ – this Lebanese-inspired cafe was named in honour of the owner’s mum, Betty, who personifies the term and they definitely serve up their food with love. 

From the wood-oven baked pita and the baba ganoush to house-made sweets like baklava and shortbreads – Ballaboosta is sure to take you on a Middle Eastern journey you and your friends will be reminiscing about all year. Also worth noting is the plethora of vegetarian and vegan options available. From the salads and pizzas to the street mezze and soups, this is any vegetarian's idea of feasting heaven!

No set menu but if you phone ahead they can tailor a set menu for your group.

Jerusalem Sheshkebab House

131B Hindley Street, Adelaide

If you want somewhere that is all about amazing traditional food – then, our food-loving friend – this is your place. There is nothing fancy here except the food and if you opt for one of the banquet options – perfect for festive feasting – you are sure to get bang for your buck.

With generous servings and plates of delicious, freshly made morsels that seem to just keep coming, you and your friends will be eating like Middle Eastern royalty. No need for a gown here though – this is a no-fuss restaurant that will cater to a small group in booth seating or larger group tables.

Mexican Society

140 Gouger Street, Adelaide


Mexican Society is an award-winning restaurant and from the moment you walk in the door you get the feeling you and your amigos are in for something special. There’s a great use of playful colour in the restaurant, giving it a very modern Mexican vibe.

What better way to share food with friends than with a table full of tacos, enchiladas and Margarita’s? Mexican Society is all that and more – a sophisticated and artistic take on the classic Mexican. Some of the dishes landing on your table almost look too good to eat.

Banquets (min 2 people) $42 or $55 option

PIPPO

67 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

If you’re looking for a place that serves up woodfired delights at any hour of the day, look no further than PIPPO. The masterminds behind PUBLIC and Bowlsome have recently opened their doors on O’Connell Street, where the woodfire oven is cranking from 7am until late.

The menu has a Mediterranean influence, with dishes such as whole fish, potato pizzas and slow cooked lamb shoulder primed for sharing. If brunch is more your scene, the offering includes heavenly baked eggs, coffee, and fresh pastries daily.

With dusty pink booths and timber details, the stylish interior is light, bright and relaxed – perfect for bigger groups and special occasions.

Star House Chinese Restaurant

31-39 Gouger Street, Adelaide

A favourite destination for Yum Cha lovers from all around Adelaide, Star House is a popular and bustling Chinese restaurant in the hub of the Chinatown district. Yum Cha involves small serves of steamed, pan-fried and deep-fried dishes traditionally washed down with tea – in fact, Yum Cha translates to ‘drink tea’. It’s a great dining choice for groups small or large, with the option to try plenty of everything!

Inside information tells us that you should try the not-so-common dish the Golden Sand Bun – a fluffy, steamed bun filled with salted yolk. If that’s not your thing, there will be plenty of other delicious and traditional options on offer.

Banquets starting at $39 - minimum 6 people

Stem Bar and Restaurant

188 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Planning a catch-up for dinner and drinks? Head over to Hindley Street and enjoy both at Stem, Adelaide’s newest wine bar and restaurant to boot!

Step inside and you’ll be greeted by a sleek mix of curved lines, timber finishes and the eye-catching mural work by local artist, Nicole Black.

Rest assured the menu is just as pleasing, with woodfire pizzas and handmade pasta, plus a selection of Mediterranean-inspired share plates if you’re in the mood for a taste of everything. The oven-baked gnocchi is a must-try, although fair warning it’s one you won’t want to share!

Extra touches include a private dining area for group bookings and expert advice to help you make a selection from their 1,400 bottle cellar room.