Upstairs Restaurant, Kalbarri

Voted the best restaurant in WA’s mid-west by the 2019 Australian Good Food Guide, Upstairs Restaurant in Kalbarri is very good.

As the name suggests, the restaurant is upstairs and it has no wheelchair access. There are 18 steps into the restaurant so it would not be particularly easy for people with mobility issues either.

Upstairs Restaurant has an indoor section as well as al-fresco dining on the balcony with combined seating for 60 patrons.

Table settings looked pretty with white tablecloths, albeit overlaid with shiny white paper and flowers on each table. Décor was discreet with many paintings on the walls.

Service was very good and particularly friendly with our server introducing himself and asking our names before taking our order.

We visited while staying at a nearby caravan park and we all enjoyed the food. We chose share plates of house-made hummus with marinated feta, dukkah, olives and bread ($22) as well as two brioche prawn sliders ($18) to start. All very tasty.

The meal was not rushed at all and we had plenty of time to savour our food. For mains two of us opted for the Kalbarri caught pink snapper with crunchy roast potatoes and vegetables ($42) and the two others went for Linguini with Shark Bay pipi clams, squid and Kalbarri caught pink snapper in Marinara sauce ($34). All dishes were voted a hit.

Now it was decision time – could we manage a dessert? Should we manage a dessert? Well yes we did but it was a compromise – Bailey’s crème brulee with ice cream ($16) and…four spoons! Delicious.

Upstairs Restaurant is not cheap but the food and service is worth the expense. Give it a try if you are in the area.


Address: 3/10 Porter Street, Kalbarri

Phone: 0408 001 084

Reservations: Yes

Opening hours: Thursday-Monday: 4pm-10pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday

Gluten-free options: Yes

Vegetarian options: Yes

Entertainment Book: No


About Hazel Broomhead

My name is Hazel and I am a Perth senior!

Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, my husband and I moved to New Zealand with our children in 1974. As my husband is in the oil business, we moved to several other countries including the Sultanate of Oman, the Netherlands, Singapore, the Philippines, the USA, Russia and Kazakhstan during the next 36 years before retiring to Perth.

We have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who live in different parts of the globe – New Zealand, Scotland and Colombia - which makes a great excuse for us to travel and visit.

My career background is in radio and print journalism in Scotland and New Zealand as well as public relations in various other countries.

We love to eat out, walk, travel and enjoy the wonderful lifestyle here in Western Australia.

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