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The Lion Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Australian
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161 Melbourne St, Adelaide, South Australia 5006, Australia
+61 8 8367 0222
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We turned up impromptu: 9 of us at lunchtime with no booking in the more formal restaurant; we were a restauranteur's nightmare. But we were greeted with smiles and can-do attitudes, and found ourselves seated at the back table and had an absolute feast. Being a born-again Bogan/Chav, I like seafood sauce (AKA 1000 island dressing) on my oysters. But... More 

Thank BoyinOZ
Adelaide, Australia
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152 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's still a great place to visit , grand pub, meals are still very good and comes quickly , however pick your times and don't even try to sit outside on a very hot day ! evenings are very good atmosphere and more relaxed than the day with meals. very busy but worth it !

Thank jeff k
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77 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I recently took my wife to the formal restaurant for her birthday dinner. The service was impeccable. Highly professional and attentive without being intrusive. The meals were wonderful. We've eaten here before and will certainly eat here again. I thoroughly recommend the restaurant for a special occasion.

Thank Matthew R
Woodside, Australia
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sorry but the place is dropping off, I have had a few meals here over the years and have been following Tim & Andrew (Proprietors) since the Oxford. Had some great meals but the last was lacking, food was good but not great, service was adequate! Always a pace setter but falling back to third I reckon?

Thank Paul T
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate in the casual dining area, which was architecturally interesting and had an indoor-outdoor feel. I was so impressed by my broccoli and beetroot salad that I decided to up the ante and eat in the restaurant a couple of nights later. I loved the design there too. We ordered all the specials: oysters, barramundi and steak, with a... More 

Thank shooshaan
Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Coolest place ever...for singles and couples. Very friendly place to hang out on weekends and week days.

Thank Denis S
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108 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a drink- found a nice outdoor patio with cover from a light rain. It was fairly busy but the service was quick and the outdoor seating was great.

Thank Carey O
Melbourne, Australia
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1,013 reviews
659 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Used to be a great live music venue with some big name acts. Not so much any more. Does have a nice beer garden and some pretty impressive beers on tap. Still has live music, but not in the way it used to have.

Thank MrDavetheSarks
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So unusual to find a hotel with great food and service but the Lion does it all, such a busy restaurant and still able to get in without a booking, very attentive staff, brilliant menu and delicious specials with a very extensive wine selection, well done to the crew and management will go again

Thank Duncan M
Melbourne, Australia
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207 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Met up here with a group of workmates on a Wednesday evening and the place was alive with plenty of people, some live music, great priced beer and simple but good food.

Thank TheTravellingAussie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24 - US$97
Bar, Pub, Australian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Melbourne St, Adelaide, South Australia 5006, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Greater Adelaide  >  Adelaide
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8367 0222

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?