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Where to Have Dinner For Under $20

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The weather's warm, the suns up late and people are swarming to the city to soak up the atmosphere. But a night out in town doesn't have to be expensive and it shouldn't leave you eating two-minute noodles until your next pay check.

Here are a few bargain deals for a variety of different meals at great restaurants around the CBD for every night of the week.


The Union
70 Waymouth Street
Adelaide SA 5000
6 pizzas
5pm – 9.30pm)

Want a gourmet pizza for a fraction of the cost? Get into The Union on a Monday night for any wood oven pizza on their menu for $6. Choose from Smoked Pancetta, Peri Peri Chicken, Spiced Lamb, Duck Breast or many more from the unique boutique hotel.

The Daniel O'Connell
165 Tynte Street
North Adelaide
Monday Night Oysters ($7 - $14)
5pm onward)

Surrounded by Irish heritage, live the high life without the price tag. The Daniel O'Connell offers half a dozen oysters Kilpatrick or natural for $7 or a dozen for $13 in the front and lounge bar. For the perfect indulgence pair six oysters with a glass of Oyster Bay Sauvignon blanc for only $14.

The Astor
437 Pulteney St
Squid for 10 Quid

Get a seat in the restaurant or the loft upstairs and enjoy an old favourite for a fraction. Every Monday night The Astor runs its Squid for 10 Quid deal. Choose from Salt and pepper squid or salt and chilli squid for only $10.


Coopers Ale House at The Earl

316 Pulteney Street
$15 Squid and Savvy
(5pm and 7pm)

Famous for their enormous schnitzels and great South Australian beer on tap the Coopers Alehouse can fix what ails your hip pocket with their $15 Squid and Savvy deal every Tuesday night.

12 Leigh Street
$15 Paella & Salsa Night

Can't afford an exotic holiday? Escape to a far away land with inspiration from Morocco, Turkey, Bali and Cambodia without ever leaving the CBD. Every Tuesday Casablabla hosts Paella & Salsa Night and with free entry and free salsa lessons and Paella for just $15 per person, how can you go wrong? If Salsa's not your thing, just enjoy the vibe as DJ Senorita spins the hottest Latin tunes.


Crown & Sceptre
308 King William Street
$15 Steak, fries, salad & sauce
Lunch and dinner

Hump day getting you down? Top up your iron levels with one of the best deals of the week. Enjoy a 300gm sirloin, beer battered fries, salad & sauce all for only $15 for lunch or dinner at the Crown & Sceptre.

Crown and Sceptre

The Rob Roy Hotel
106 Halifax Street
$10 Curries
Lunch & dinner

Want something to spice up your mid week? Get some culture up your kilt and try one of the Rob Roy's Wednesday $10 curries. This Scottish Pub is an Adelaide institution, built in 1840 it is the second oldest licensed hotel in the state and has gone through extensive renovations and refurbishments, most recently in 2007.

Rob Roy

PJ O'Briens
14 East Terrace
Chicken Parmy $12 or $15 with wine, half pint or soft drink
Lunch or dinner

Head over to authentic Irish Pub PJ O'Briens on Wednesday nights for a pub staple, The Chicken Parmy for only $12, or $15 with wine, a half pint or soft drink.


Rundle Spices
278a Rundle Street
Noodle & Rice creations $11.90
All day, every day

Rundle Spices has something for everyone, anytime, any day for under $12. Choose from Laksa Soup, Rundle Spices Noodles, Drunken Noodles, Mee Goreng, Pud Thai, Pud Mee and many, many more.

The Lion Hotel
161 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide
Schnitzel & fries $9.90

Dinner and a show for under $10? Yes please. At The Lion, hear Adelaide A-list band Clearway belt out all the old favourites as you chow down on schnitzel & fries for $9.90. Great atmosphere at an uber-affordable price. Just make sure you get in early because tables fill up fast.

The Lion


The Boho Bar
27 Unley Road
Half Price Menu
Mon – Tues (6pm – 9.30pm)
Mon – Sat (12am – 2.30pm)

For a Big Top experience head into the Moulin Rouge-inspired Boho Bar for 50 per cent off everything on the menu every Monday and Tuesday night and half price lunch specials Monday to Saturday. Burn up the dance floor on Friday night's with a DJ from 9pm.

The Astor
437 Pulteney St
$10 Chicken or beef schnitzel Friday

It's the end of the week and it's time to unwind at The Astor, get a feed for only $10 with your choice of chicken or beef schnitzel.


The Lion Hotel
161 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide
Spring Fling $16.90
All day, every day

Spring has sprung in Adelaide, so try something that goes perfectly with the weather. The Lion offers their Spring Fling, Sambal Prawns with steamed jasmine rice and a pickled vegetable salad paired with a pint of James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale or a glass of Stony Peak Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, all day, every day for only $16.90.


The Tap Inn
76 Rundle Street
Kent Town
$9.90 Beef schnitzel & schooner of Pale Ale
Available lunch and dinner – 7 days

What better way to enjoy a lazy Sunday then at the driving range, within a pub. Enjoy a beef schnitzel and schooner of Pale Ale for only $9.90 for lunch or dinner all week. The golf inspired pub has beautiful fittings a great restaurant area and a mini putt putt course on the roof.

Adelaide Casino
North Terrace
Grandstand Bar
$9.90 Burger & Beer
Seven days a week (11am – 10pm)

Get down to the Adelaide Casino's Grandstand Bar to grab a Burger and bottle of Carlsberg for only $9.90 and stay to watch all the live sport on the big screens. This offer is available seven days a week, from 11am to 10pm from 21 September – 31 December.

Adelaide Casino

Enjoy the warm weather with this seven day guide of amazing dining specials in Adelaide.
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When: Spring and Summer
Where: Adelaide
Cost: Under $20
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