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Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe

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94 Barrage Rd, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
+61 85551235
08:30 - 16:00
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Fri - Sat 18:00 - 20:00
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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Let me start by saying this was traditionally my favourite place to take friends visiting Goolwa for lunch. The setting remains perfect, however the food has dropped in quality considerably as ownership changes have seen the previous focus on seafood changed to a more conventional and overpriced modern cafe. Food lacks interest and there's a high degree of diversity in... More 

Thank mbt62
Sally D, Owner at Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe, responded to this review

Our menu reflects change and diversity to cater for more people but our focus is still on fresh and local produce with seafood being a priority. It is unfortunate you were unhappy with your negroni - it was remade in front of you (free of charge). We do use a spiced gin but it is certainly nothing like a mojito.... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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113 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We had lunch at the Aquacaf today. I gather it had a good profile in the local area some years ago. Today it was basic with no refinement and no chef in the kitchen I suspect. My wife had salt and pepper squid which was very nice but with soggy chips and too basic a salad; at $29, certainly not... More 

Thank junde01
Sally G, Owner at Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We encourage all good and bad critiques and we take each one seriously. We are called Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe and do not pretend to be a restaurant. I can assure you ALL our ingredients are freshly prepared and local wherever possible. I can also assure you there was a chef in the kitchen (although Maggie... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Dinner looking over the river at dusk was a memorable experience. Beautiful position, food excellent and friendly personalised service from the host who was welcoming and warm (and funny too)!

Thank Anne G
Sally G, Owner at Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We work hard so it is good to get such great feedback....Jon is a funny man who loves his work. More 

South Australia, Australia
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

What a fantastic meal, service and view. This venue has window around three sides for views .... Beautiful. I had the grilled Coorong Mullet with salad .... So simple, yet one of the best fish dishes I've had for a long time. Even the salad was excellent. He had a burger, large and very tasty. He said he would definitely... More 

Thank Lyn C
Sally G, Owner at Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much..it makes everything we do worthwhile. More 

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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Fantastic but pricy menu. Service was very slow and we were forgotten about. We finally ordered the chicken burger, great; Avocado with warm ocean trout was so bitter and the fish was dry and cold - we spent time trying to dissect the meal to work out the bitter element and decided it was the dressing which was over every... More 

Thank Orsum5
Sally D, Owner at Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. It is always good to hear regardless, as we strive to please all of our customers. I would like to make a couple of points. We were busy so service was initially a little slower than I would like but you did not wait long for your meal especially considering as we were about to... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Not our first visit but our first review. It's always our go to for a meal when in Goolwa. We arrived somewhat early for Sunday breakfast. Our reception was very friendly. Personally I like the fact that the owner is a little gruff but he really is genuine & friendly. He warmly welcomed our children which is not something we... More 

Thank Hamish G
Sally G, Owner at Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your fantastic review. I took great pleasure showing Jon the review....as you pointed out.. he can be a little gruff but he IS a really genuine and funny man. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

We have come here a couple of times and it has always been friendly. We have a holiday home and Goolwa and like to take the dog for a walk along the river when we are down. We have stopped on our way and had a coffee and scones and the kids had milkshakes. The service was friendly and sitting... More 

Thank ahu08089
Sally G, Owner at Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We love to see people sitting with their dogs. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Friendly welcoming staff and tasty food. This cafe has a very pleasant setting on the banks of the Murray River not far from where the barrage goes across. Australian seasonal fish, beer battered with gluten free chips, garden salad & goddess dressing (Murray River Mullet today) $26.00 Squid Tender salt & pepper Australian squid lightly fried & served with gluten... More 

Thank PaulBatBrissy
Sally G, Owner at Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you, we are so lucky to have such great staff. The setting speaks for itself and fresh local produce is a must. It was lovely of you to take the time to write. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Went here for Dinner on a Saturday night, the welcome was very friendly and then handed us the menu and talked very confidently about the menu and the specials, the food was amazing and lived up to the description provided. The service was good and overall an experience I recommend. I will go back as there are a range of... More 

Thank Brian B
South Australia, Australia
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Gorgeous location and great service. Can imagine having a very long lunch with friends at this location. Haven't done that yet!!! But have had coffee and breakfast and enjoyed

Thank chester000

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Seafood, Healthy, Australian, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 20:00
08:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 94 Barrage Rd, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Goolwa
  • Phone Number: +61 85551235
Aquacaf Gourmet Cafe is a riverside cafe/restaurant offering delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and cakes and the best scones in Goolwa. We use as much local fresh produce as we can and our wine list is predominately local wine. We are open 6 days a week from Thursday to Monday (shut Tuesdays) Open 7 days a week during school holidays. We are also open for dinner, Friday and Saturday nights (seasonally so please check when booking).

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