About Utopia

About Utopia

Join us Wednesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea
and 'Sunday High Tea' (click here for menus).

We only open in the evenings for weddings, functions and special events - we do not offer evening restaurant dining.


About Utopia @ Waterfall GullyAbout Utopia...

Take a gentle drive down a scenic winding road beneath a canopy of towering, century-old trees...cruise past bubbling streams, fields of blooms and lush green hills...and here you will find Utopia @ Waterfall Gully, a little slice of dining heaven.

Nestled at the base of a spectacular 18 metre waterfall, Utopia is a truly unique and picturesque dining and event venue. Just 10km from the CBD, Utopia is housed in a beautifully preserved, century-old stone chalet which boasts the unique title of Australia's last remaining heritage 'tea room', and the nation's only restaurant set beside a natural waterfall.

Utopia is a proudly family owned and operated business, headed by Justin (a multi-award winning chef) and Kelly (an award-winning wedding and events coordinator). The chalet hosts hundreds of exquisite, boutique weddings and events each year, and is also open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and 'Sunday High Tea' from Wednesday to Sunday. The mouth watering, modern Australian menu showcases some of the state's finest local produce, perfectly matched with sensational wines hand-picked from across the state.

Utopia offers:

  • table service breakfast and lunch, Wednesday to Sunday and most public holidays (click here for menus)
  • a kiosk for quick coffee, drinks, snacks and ice creams, Wednesday to Sunday
  • unique and customised weddings, special events, high tea celebrations and functions
  • Sunday High Tea from 2pm most Sundays (bookings essential)
  • plentiful free parking
  • picturesque, fully disability-accessible venue
  • all just 10 minutes from Adelaide.

Please note that we do not open for a la carte dinner service.

Our location

Utopia is located at the end of Waterfall Gully Road in the lush green surrounds of Waterfall Gully (adjacent to Burnside) - just 10km from the Adelaide CBD and around 4km from the roundabout at the intersection of Greenhill and Glynburn Roads. The restaurant is housed inside the gates of the beautiful Cleland Conservation Park, in a century-old stone chalet accessible by two staircases or a wheelchair-friendly ramp (our full location map is below).

Waterfall Gully’s year-round natural beauty makes it a popular destination for cyclists, joggers and bush walkers, as well as families and tourists enjoying a peaceful day out. Utopia is also the starting point for the ever-popular Mount Lofty Summit walking trail.

Utopia's heritage-listed stone chalet is nestled between towering cliffs and soaring trees with views right across the gully's gardens and bubbling creek down to our very own 18 metre waterfall. Known as 'first falls' the waterfall flows from an underground spring all year round and unlike other waterfalls in the Adelaide metro area, it never runs dry.

In summer, enjoy cooling breezes, spectacular waterfall views and the peaceful sounds of nature from our sunlit terrace, while in winter there’s nothing nicer than snuggling by our crackling open fire.

All this – combined with plentiful free parking and truly fabulous food - make Utopia @ Waterfall Gully a heavenly location for breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and special celebrations.

Our restaurant in the 'old chalet'

Utopia is proud to be one of SA’s most awarded dining venues, offering our guests a truly fresh, delicious and welcoming dining experience.

The main dining room of our century-old, heritage listed stone chalet can comfortably seat up to 110 guests, or host standing events for up to 180 guests. Our elegant main dining room features soaring timber ceilings, exposed art nouveau stained beams, original tongue-and-groove wall panelling, hand-laid parquetry flooring, large picture windows with sparkling leadlighting and a spectacular, original stone feature fireplace.

Our glittering fairy light ceiling canopy and graceful crystal chandeliers add to the venue’s intimate, romantic atmosphere, plus the crackling open fire and modern air conditioning ensure the venue is perfectly comfortable all year round.

Utopia’s modern Australian menus have been described by many as 'heaven on a plate'! Our award-winning kitchen team prides itself on delivering something special to every guest, from our fluffy Devonshire Tea scones to our beautiful breaky dishes, luscious lunch meals, heavenly high teas and of course, the decadent wedding and event menus that have helped make Utopia one of the most awarded function venues in the state.

We are committed to showcasing local producers and sourcing only the best meats and produce for our seasonal menus - highlighted with herbs, fruit, veggies and more sourced from our very own gully gardens! Our menus reflect our desire to provide hearty, delicious and beautifully presented dishes...all with a hint of Utopia magic.

Utopia's comprehensive wine list features both big name wines and unique drops from local boutique wineries. Check out our comprehensive list or head down to our 100-year-old stone cellar and choose your own bottle.

The family behind Utopia!

Markos @ UtopiaUtopia is a proudly family owned business, operated by Executive Chef Justin Markos and his wife, Events Manager Kelly. With more than 20 years' experience in hospitality and events, Kelly and Justin are proud to be living their dream of not only owning three of Adelaide's most beautiful dining and event venues - Utopia @ Waterfall Gully and its stunning sister venues, Glanville Hall and The Red Gate - but also creating beautiful, affordable wedding magic with Adelaide Pop-Up Weddings and delivering their newest 'food baby', Woody - the Wood Oven Wagon!

Justin is a fully qualified, multi-award winning chef with years of experience in all areas of hospitality. Since completing his apprenticeship at the iconic Chloe’s Restaurant, Justin has held senior positions in some of South Australia’s most prestigious venues including Penfold’s Magill Estate, Auge, The Radisson Playford, Mt Lofty House and the Grange Golf Club.

In 2006, Justin became the first chef to win the prestigious Dan Pontifex Memorial Scholarship - taking him to Europe where he spent several months working in some of London's finest Michelin-starred restaurants, including Le Gavroche, Kensington Place, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and The River Cafe. In 2008, Justin’s passion for fresh South Australian produce was once again evident when he captained his team to a Bronze Award in the international Tasting Australia Culinary Competition.

Today Justin specialises in modern Australian cuisine, showcasing the best of South Australia's fresh and fantastic local produce matched with hand-picked boutique wines from local producers.

Kelly has held senior media, communications, events and public relations roles across Adelaide, in organisations ranging from state and federal government department to large children's charities. She opened Utopia with Justin while on a brief period of maternity leave...but their businesses have since flourished, so Kelly has enjoyed a total career change which sees her now planning and hosting more than 200 weddings and events each year!

Kelly is passionate about hosting beautiful, unique and personalised weddings and functions, working closely with guests to look after every little detail to create the perfect event for any occasion.

Today Justin and Kelly are supported at Utopia by their sons Jackson and Oscar, an amazing support network of family and friends and a wonderful team of fun, fabulous, passionate staff.

Access to Utopia

Utopia @ Waterfall Gully is housed in a 100-year-old stone chalet in the heart of beautiful Waterfall Gully. The restaurant offers views over the gully and down to an 18 metre waterfall that flows all year round.

Both the waterfall and the restaurant are quickly and easily accessible via a flat walking path and wheelchair-friendly ramps – or for the more adventurous, take some time to follow the walking trail and enjoy breathtaking views from the top of the waterfall.

A drive to Utopia takes just 10 minutes from the centre of Adelaide – although you’ll feel like you are worlds away!