Adelaide Hills, SA

Reliable, comfortable and immensely satisfying, Tranquilo is a favourite with Stirling locals for its family-friendly ambience and old school charm. Found in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, Tranquilo's modern Australian menu is served with confidence, and rightly so, utilising seasonal menu and great local wines from the surrounding area.
Opening Times
Shop 3,
4 Mt Barker Road,
Tel: +61 8 8339 7333
Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
The appeal of Tranquilo lies in its genuine warmth. It comes with an unspoken guarantee that whether you are enjoying a morning coffee outside, Friday evening dinner in or weekend breakfast, you will feel like a part of this hills community. Locals such as the Labrador-able Chester, with fur as warm brown as Stirling's famed autumn leaves, can be seen lapping up his treats – and all the attention from fellow alfresco diners. He is greeted by staff with the same cheeriness, they show their two-legged customers. Owners Michael Davies and Matt Smith have a crew not unlike themselves – young, good-looking professionals. Their other partner, Steve Golding, is Tranquilo's chef. His dishes are an eclectic mix of the Mediterranean, Asia and Oz.

The tapas platter with grilled chorizo, baby octopus and cheese quesadilla (to name a few) makes for nice grazing. Prosciutto-wrapped pork skewers glisten with porcini butter and arrive on an auburgine and tomato salsa. The specials board offers novel sounding "Americano pork ribs with a face covering of BBQ sauce". Steve's seafood paella really stands out. Served in a tagine, it comes packed with prawns, squid, barramundi and mussels in saffron-spiced sofrito. Dessert wise, a hot Belgian sugar waffle with wild berry compote and Madagascan vanilla bean ice-cream catches the eye. As for coffee, this is where the character of Tranquilo really kicks in. Michael's love of the bean has driven his desire for his clientele to have the best experience of it. So a serious section of the menu is dedicated to it. You get the rub on its history, a legend involving euphoric dancing goats and even the local Lobethal cows employed to come up with the goods for Tranquilo's java. Barista Evan Le Duff even runs features on single origin beans from around the globe to keep his regulars on their toes.
Roz Taylor
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
Function for 50-100
Historic Building
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Families with children
This restaurant does not have any awards.
4 Mt Barker Road,,
Shop 3,
Stirling SA 5152
As you enter the charming hills village of Stirling on Mt Barker Road, it is just on the right.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Sooz - 29/03/2013
As a local - I'm so grateful to have the fabulous Tranquilo close by. My favourite place to pop in for a coffee before work and, equally, my favourite for a wonderful dinner, or weekend brunch. Great coffee, including their Swiss water method Decaf. Friendly but non-invasive service, amazing food & great atmosphere, every time. I couldn't recommend it more.
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