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Utopia at Waterfall Gully

Waterfall Gully Road
Burnside SA 5066
Tel : +61 8 8379 2488
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$
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Fancy a fairytale-like dining experience? Venture up to the aptly named Utopia restaurant at Waterfall Gully for Modern Australian cuisine, koala sightings, and a view of a 60 foot gushing waterfall. Utopia is situated in Adelaide’s prestigious eastern suburbs, nestled at the bottom of a waterfall that flows all year round. The restaurant is lead by Justin Markos -a multi-award winning local chef. In addition to daily breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, Utopia specialises in creating customised, personalised functions and dinners – ensuring each special event is a true reflection of guests’ preferences and personalities!

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Waterfall Gully is an eastern suburb of Adelaide in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges around 5km east-south-east of the Adelaide city centre.

A winding road, lined with citrus coloured nasturtiums and white lilies rising from watery creek beds makes for an enchanting drive to this eatery. Silence your radio, wind down the windows and just listen – birdcalls, bug chatter, and a breeze whispering through soaring pines lead you up to the gully’s majestic waterfall. Here you will find Utopia - a 1912 Swiss chalet-style stone cottage – one of Australia’s most unique dining locales.

New owners Justin and Kelly Markos have breathed new life into this special venue. It has become a contemporary place hosting a cultured and friendly crowd. People attend wedding receptions in their best, and return soon for morning coffee on the balcony after a hike around the bushland surrounds. Diners comfortably stroll down into Justin’s snug cellar for something conducive to his tasteful menu.

A multi-award winning chef, Markos’ food culminates some of Adelaide’s best restaurants, having worked in Michelin-starred nosheries with the beloved Gordon Ramsay. You are eased into his sophisticated menu with a sense of humour. ‘Barry the omelette’ has breakfasters smiling with his warm belly of Emmental cheese. On cold mornings, a bowl of Utopian winter porridge comforts the weary-eyed risers by the open fireplace.

You cannot help but leave Utopia feeling you have experienced something special. Perhaps it could be the resident ghost…

Roz Taylor
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Restaurant Features
Accessible by wheelchair
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Weddings

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