The ultimate food guide: WA’s go to dining down south

Whether you're looking for a fancy 5 star meal, or a casual eatery on the way to your final destination, here is the ultimate food guide when travelling through regional Western Australia and the southwest.

With Covid-19 restrictions slowly lifting, and WA day long weekend approaching, I can guarantee we are all eager to plan a little get away, even if it’s just a few hours away from Perth.

The Margaret River wine region has become the go-to spot for everyone to enjoy delicious food and one too many glasses of wine. 

So whether you're looking for a fancy 5 star meal, or a casual eatery on the way to your final destination, here is the ultimate good food guide, when travelling through regional WA and the southwest, trialled and tested by the locals.  

Flutes Restaurant

On the higher end of the spectrum, Flutes Restaurant, delivers a premium fine dining experience, if you’re feeling a little bit fancy. Located on Brookland Valley Vineyard and overlooking Wilyabrup Brook, Flutes estate combines a prime location with premium French inspired cuisine, (we recommend Chef Proprietor Francois Morvan’s Wild Barramundi paired with the buttery chardonnay.)

Only a 25 minute drive from Margaret River town centre, Flutes is the prime location for a scenic destination lunch or a lovely stop on your way further up the coast. 

Black Brewing Co

Do you prefer an ice cold beer with your meal while overlooking the lake? Think Black Brewing Co. With refreshing flavours inspired by Western Australia, Black Brewing Co creates delightful craft beer on sight and straight to your table. With a distillery also on sight, they have mastered a well balanced signature gin, perfectly paired to your meal.

So, if you prefer to indulge on the drinks as well as the food, Black Brewing Co is perfect for a well rounded meal in a more relaxed and casual setting.

They are currently offering a welcome back feast, if you’re thinking of heading down for the long weekend. Which includes a three-course meal, prepared by Chef Hayden, accompanied by a craft beer or wine. 


A brewery owned and operated by genuine people with a love for beer! If you haven’t already visited this hidden gem or tasted their craft brews in Perth, then a stop to Beerfarm, is a must! They are committed to reducing waste and energy throughout the brewing process, creating home brews that everyone can enjoy!

They specialise in casual dining, offering comfort food which warms the soul, paired perfectly with their signature beers. For a friendly casual feast, and scenic views see what Beerfarm has to offer. 

Swings and Roundabouts

Swings and Roundabouts opens its cellar doors in Yallingup, overlooking the fields of fruiting vineyards. This family friendly venue is perfect for an Autumn/ Winter getaway, as the space is filled with open fires and cosy corners to keep you warm while you eat and drink your stomach away.

Swings and Roundabouts offer delicious grazing boards if you are dining with a larger group, or enjoy one of their classic wood fired pizzas straight from the oven. If you’re looking to sit back and unwind with the kids, this is the place for you!

Settlers Tavern

The most well rounded drinks list and menu on this list. If you are heading down with a large group and want to satisfy the needs of everyone, consider booking a table at the Settlers Tavern.

With a range of wine, beer, spirits and cocktails and being known for their mouthwatering fresh produce and sustainable seafood and smokehouse, Settlers Tavern has it all!

Located in the heart of Margaret River and winning countless awards for their wine and dining, this is the ideal eatery if you're looking for a popular dining experience. But be sure to book quick, as they have only just reopened and can only offer limited seating.

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

A regular brewery with a cheeky twist, Cheeky Monkey is the ultimate family friendly lunch spot. Brewing beers of all flavours; from a regular cheeky larger to an indulgent and different salty peach ale. Head to Cheeky Monkey if you want to try something a little different!

With beautiful scenic views and an abundance of seating for mum and dad, along with a state of the art playground, where the kids will be entertained for hours.

If you’re heading down south with the whole family but want to sit down and relax with a delicious meal and a couple of cold ones, start your getaway at Cheeky Monkey Brewery. 

Image credit: Flutes Restaurant, Black Brewing Co, Beerfarm, Swings and Roundabouts, Settlers Tavern, Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Chows Table.

Sophia White

Sophia here! I love finding and writing about new and secret places to eat, drink and relax. Let's all #discoverdifferent sides of Perth together.