Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published February 17th 2014
No one will whine about coming here
This stunning winery has leapt straight into my list for top choices to grab lunch with the family in the Margaret River. I'll try to keep this review balanced, but I can't quite promise that I won't gush when describing the great dining experience that we enjoyed.
3 Oceans chooses its grapes from its two vineyards located in two of WA's wine growing areas; Margaret River and Frankland River. When we visited there were over 15 wines to choose from, with a variety that included Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Semillon Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and even a sparkling white. Prices are varied, but start from $16 a bottle.
Staff are very knowledgeable and will help you choose your wine dependant upon your palate.
This large airy restaurant spills out into the garden area on a hot summers day and is beautifully furnished with robust rustic tables and sturdy wooden chairs. There's plenty of tables for diners but during school holidays and busy periods, you might want to book in advance. The restaurant is open from 10am until 5pm and is perfect for a spot of lunch, coffee and cake or just a glass of wine. In the far corner of the restaurant area there is a kids corner, so ask to be seated here if you have kids you'd like to keep on eye on whilst they play. Dogs are welcome too, just ask for a seat outside.
In comparison to some of the other winery restaurants in this region, I found the prices at 3 Oceans fairly reasonable. Main menu items were priced at around the $20-$25 mark, but were well sized and deliciously cooked. Popular items seemed to be the fish and chips and the steak sandwich, but if you were after a sharing platter to accompany your wine, the cheese platter looked sumptous with a total of 5 cheeses included.
The meals we went for were delicious, with a real home made feel and taste to them. My meal was a beautiful savory tart was served on a bed of salad with home made salad dressing, that was super fresh and delightfully cruncy. As yummy as my meal was, I couldn't help myself but have a tinge of food envy when I saw my husbands fish and chips arrive, which were all covered in a yummy beer batter (chips too), and were so tasty (yes, he let me try them). The extra touch of the apple slaw was a great taste combo.
We haven't visited for breakfast, but the menu for breakfast looked delicious with prices not too outrageous either. Vanilla pancakes topped with melting butter, maple syrup, berry compote and fresh fruit can be purchased for $13.50 and tasty sounding Eggs Benedict were $15.50.
For the Kids Some real care and attention has been given here to family visitors to the winery, and its not just the little kids who have been taken care of. Bigger kids all the way up to teenagers will enjoy playing on the play stations or getting more active with a game of pool. For smaller kids, there's puzzles, duplo, a colouring-in station, train tracks to create, a little farm, dolls and prams, and a selection of baby toys.
There are a good number of high chairs available, in addition to a baby changing area in the toilets. Outside in the grassed area, there are also a selection of balls and a kids soccer net set, perfect for burning off any excesses at lunch.
If you have a WA Entertainment Book with you, dig out the buy one get one free coupon to make this extra cost effective.
Also, if you're having wine with your meal, make sure you try before you buy. Head up to the winery tasting area, and discuss possible choices before you opt for your lunch time drink. I tried all the white wine choices before deciding on a rather fruity and delicious Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. A great addition to a beautiful meal.
I would recommend this great restaurant for anyone wanting a great well cooked meal in beautiful surroundings. Whilst you obviously don't have to have kids to enjoy this venue, those with children in their party, will really particularly enjoy the extra touches that the 3 Oceans Winery have provided for their smaller guests. Friendly staff, first class food and reasonable prices make this a great spot for lunch in the Margaret River region.