the river torrens cafè
modern mediterranean cuisine

river torrens

Christmas Lunch 2022

Sunday 25th December 2022
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End of Year Group Menus 2022

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Please see our current a la carte menu for details.

To keep our customers and staff safe we are strictly complying with government requirements and  seats remain limited so reservations are recommended.

Our opening times are kept up to date on our web site and facebook.

We have a lovely private dining room, perfect for business and family events in our sibling restaurant The Red Ochre Barrel + Grill [located immediately above].

Reservations for the Park View Room can only be made by phone. Please call +61 8 8211 8555  it is available at all times by prior arrangement.

Ray Mauger
Director and Executive Chef

last updated August 10, 2022
fabulous city and river views…… Jeremy Khuu

Our restaurant is spacious and our tables are large.
We assure you of an anxiety free, properly socially distanced dining experience. 

river cafè

Located immediately below the
Red Ochre Barrel and Grill,
the River Cafè has Adelaide’s most superb city location. A floating pavilion, literally sitting on the water, the restaurant has beautiful river views and wonderful night time city views from every seat in the restaurant. River Cafè is one of those rare restaurants that is as atmospheric during the daylight hours as it is as night.

At River Cafè on hot days the windows roll away to give a really magical dining experience but equally transposes to cosy on cold wintery days that start with a drinks around the fireplace at our bar.

The River Cafè aand the Red Ochre Barrel + Grill are just a 10-minute walk along the River Torrens from the Adelaide Festival Centre and a 10-minute cab ride from any city hotel. This is a well-lit and very safe walkway. We also have ample free parking. Whilst the Red Ochre Grill does not have disabled access, the River Cafè has disabled access to all dining levels and guests can alight immediately in front of our main entrance.

local and seasonal

modern mediterranean river cafè

We keep it simple, keep it flavoursome,
keep it local and above all keep it fresh!

South Australia with its Mediterranean climate feeds our love of the food of the Mediterranean.

What does ‘modern Mediterranean’ mean? Well it means our kitchen is forever excited and they love taking diners from Morocco, to Spain, to Italy, Greece, Turkey and north African coast depending on the season.

Robust tasty wine friendly food where you are invited to share food or covet your own as suits you.

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classic design

our building has history

Our historic building housing both the River Cafè and our sibling restaurant
Red Ochre Barrel + Grill [located on the first floor] opened to artchitectural acclaim on March 10, 1961.

A modernist design by Jack McConnell and Colin Hassell.

have a 

There are endless opportunities for a party at the River Cafè and dozens of possible style variations; a cocktail party with roving food and drinks selected from our a la carte menu but in miniature, a sit-down chef’s menu with a drinks package or grazing table served by one of our chefs.

Equally the tiered nature of seating in the restaurant makes River Cafè a terrific venue for a theatre type seminar that can be followed with or have an interval of perfectly pitched food and beverage.



We have full audio-visual facilities and stable wifi.

private dining

If you are looking for private dining or meeting space, we have a stylish private dining room that seats a maximum of 35 guests in our sibling restaurant the Red Ochre Barrel + Grill [located on the first floor] please click here for details


With the trend to less formal and more fun options for a wedding River Cafè provides an excellent venue. Top level converts to dance floor and DJ……pre dinners at the bar or on the deck, weather permitting, and the rest just falls into place.

Our dedicated events team are expert in tailoring our packages to your precise requirements….enjoy delicious food, well-chosen wines appropriate to your budget and excellent service.

If you’re feeling flamboyant skip the beverage packages and tailor a cocktail list with a couple of beers, cider and sparkling included in the mix.

We regard every private or business function as a singular requirement. Everything will be organised to the finest detail prior to your arrival.

please call +61 8 8211 8666 or email us to make an appointment to discuss your requirements.

Our sibling restaurant the Red ochre Barrel + Grill located immediately above the River Cafè is also an excellent wedding venue….please click here to see more.

opening times

lunch & dinner:
Tuesday to Saturday

closed public holidays
all other times by prior arrangement

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