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Sully's on Semaphore Cafe

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by VTN (subscribe)
Published December 4th 2012
Could it be the best coffee in Adelaide? In my opinion, yes
An online poll this year by Adelaide Now readers, revealed Semaphore beach to be the second most popular beach in our state, and I can certainly understand why. The beach foreshore is picture perfect, and with its crystal blue waters, it is the idyllic destination this summer.

Located in this historic suburb however, lies something else which is a must-visit. It is Sully's On Semaphore, a rustic yet modern cafe I recently discovered, but has quickly become one of my favourite dining destinations.

Sully's On Semaphore
Sully's On Semaphore


Although I am no coffee connoisseur, in my opinion, their coffee is one of the best I have had in Adelaide. It is the ideal blend of coffee bitterness and creamy milk, while leaving you with a hazelnut-like aftertaste. They even give away a little cookie with their take-away coffees, and this complements the beverage perfectly. I find it is always nice to have something to nibble on while sipping away. It is assuring also when you know they use Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee.

Flat white
Perfect flat white coffee


If you are like my dear partner, and have a sweet tooth, most of their cakes are made on the premises as well, so you are guaranteed freshness. These are also available to take-away, which I found useful when I wanted to share my enjoyable experience with my parents at home.

Sully's French Toast
Sully's French Toast - with bacon, caramalized banana, maple syrup and cream


Steak sandwich
Steak sandwich - tender steak, bacon, lettuce, tomato, spanish onion, and tangy relish on ciabatta bread


For breakfast and lunch, there are options aplenty on their menu. My personal favourite is Sully's French toast, with the sweet and savoury flavours providing a party for my palate each time. The usual cafe suspects are there, such as eggs benedict for breakfast, and various toasted lepinjas for lunch.

If dinner is more suited to you, they are open every Friday night over the summer, and every Saturday night all year around, with dishes such as herb crumbed flathead fillet, on tomato and cucumber salsa, with sticky balsamic glaze and rocket. Sully's is fully licensed too, so you can savour a chilled glass of white wine or beer with your meals.

Whatever you decide to devour, chef specials are updated on a weekly basis, so you know there will be a different dish to tempt you each visit.

Flathead fillets
Herb crumbed flathead fillet, on cucumber and tomato salsa, with sticky balsamic glaze and rocket


The staff are very courteous and friendly, and willing to cater to all your requests. If nothing on their menu jumps out at you, then let them know what you want, and they will try their absolute best to fulfil your desires.

Chances are however, there will be something on the menu to tantalise your tastebuds. I have yet to hear anyone being disappointed with their Sully's experience.

Finally, as mentioned, the decor is modern, crisp and always clean, which made me notice how the toilets are always immaculate. This I believe reflects on their high kitchen and hygiene standards, something that not all cafes and restaurants practice.

Consequently, if you enjoy high quality coffee and food (and free WIFI), and are ever down Semaphore way, be sure to drop by Sully's and give them a visit, or in my case, many continuous visits. Be warned, you will probably be back for more.

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Why? It is the best coffee that I've had, and their food is delicious!
When: Open 6 days for breakfast and lunch. Open Friday and Saturday nights for dinner. Closed Mondays.
Phone: 08 8242 7470
Where: 114a Semaphore Rd. Semaphore, SA
Cost: Coffee from $3.50. Cakes from $4.50. Meals from $10.90.
Your Comment
Great review
by Giddyupboots (score: 1|32) 2384 days ago
My favourite cafe to visit when I'm in the semaphore area. Love love their food.
by raini (score: 1|13) 2314 days ago
Have gone there many times and enjoyed each time.. great breakfasts, lunches and dinners.. when in season, the seafood platter for two is worth the money.
by Ezabob (score: 1|14) 2382 days ago
sounds great must dine there the next time I am down Semaphore way
by idann (score: 1|25) 2377 days ago
I don't know if their coffee is really the best in Adelaide, but it's quite good. However, their gluten free brownies, if still on the menu, are to die for! They're served warm with a dollop of real cream. mmmm!
by anilou (score: 2|128) 2385 days ago
Food is consistently good and always friendly faces to serve - one of our favourite spots when looking for brunch on a Sunday! :)
by angie (score: 1|24) 2315 days ago
Love Semaphore will take my overseas friends
by chris (score: 1|21) 2317 days ago
Have you been to places like Bar 9, Paddys Lantern, Coffee Branch, The Loose Caboose, The Pantry, The Coffee barun - these places are serious about coffee. Sullys is a great little cafe but best Coffee might be stretching it
by katie (score: 0|4) 2313 days ago
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