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Bendooley Estate

4.5
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1000 reviews
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$40 and under
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Australian
Home to the iconic Berkelouw Book Barn, Bendooley Estate is a destination for wine and food lovers everywhere. Nestled in a truly magnificent rural and vineyard setting just outside Berrima, it is the Highlands most beautiful venue for a relaxed coffee, book-browsing, wine-tasting or a delicious lunch experience. With historic cool-climate gardens adjoining our lakeside pavilion, the Estate is also Australia’s premier destination for elegant Barn weddings.
From the stunning stone Cellar Door, to the rustic yet elegant Book Barn housing our restaurant and bookshop, we invite you to experience the beauty and first-class hospitality of Bendooley Estate.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1000 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WilliamL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Service, food, ambiance and location are all fantastic, maybe just a little crowded for covid times though ?
Also they were out of light beer which doesn't help when your the driver.

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ElizabethL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Both the mains and desserts were very nice, desserts were nicely presented.

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JulieP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely setting and quality modern Australian food. Wood fired pizzas could be improved... but otherwise Excellent

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GaiF
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A lunch enjoyed by six people. Great choice of food for Gluten free diners.

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AdrianF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. Excellent service. Always a pleasure to visit.

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MarilynS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

If surroundings are your desire, then head to Bendooley Estate. Food always met expectations. Our UK friends thought it first class.

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larrya
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. Recommend it highly.

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RachaelD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Wait staff were very entertaining!

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FranH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The restaurant was very busy we were seated in the tasting room where a wedding reception was taking place. It appeared there were many staff who sometimes forgot the guests who were waiting in order.

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gipzy
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

had a great lunch , foods delicious the place very nice to see gardens views love the place because very clean in restaurant. Testing wine zone that lovely with staff very friendly.

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MatthewH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I cannot recommend bendooley estate highly enough. Food is always incredible and service is amazing. A great place to have a nice lunch or dinner.

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LeniS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my husband there for a lovely Sunday birthday lunch and it did not disappoint. The food was outstanding, the service we could not fault and the overall atmosphere was lovely and cozy.
I would definitely recommend Bendooleys for a lovely weekend day trip.

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CHRISTOPHER
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining in front of the fireplace was an excellent experience.
Nothing to fault with the food apart from the generous portions.

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IanP
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to eat with great service and ambiance

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Ladieswholunch
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

A bit too crowded to feel Covid safe especially the book area

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CharlotteI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A really special location, beautiful buildings, lovely atmosphere and great food.

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RodM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Loved the cellar door room and cosy log fire, but unfortunately the food wasn't great, nor were the wines.

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PeterH
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a must for anyone visiting the Southern Highlands! The combination of the restaurant & book barn is genious. The waiter was so helpful in suggesting something that wasnt on the menu for my husband who has coeliac disease.The ambiance & setting is fantastic.

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Smokie
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and nice ambience. Highly recommended!! Mind you, booking in advanced is a must as they are super busy.....

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FrankJ
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great drive in the country, to charge up your car's battery and your feelings as well. Great ambience, great food - and plenty of books to look at, We savoured all of these!

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AlliM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This is a great spot if you have visitors especially as you can book a wine tasting as well or browse the book shop! Our group shared salads and pizza which came out very quickly. Had to chase up our drinks though. A beautiful place to visit. Will come again.

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic lunch! We shared a pizza, salad and fries which was so much food but everything was delicious.

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RosettaG
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

a wonderful place to eat for a mid week lunch.
highly recommended

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a gem. It's the first time we've dined in the "cellar", overlooking the vines, and we really loved the atmosphere. The two wait staff who attended to us were wonderful. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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KimH
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and great location in the cellar room.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Great place to visit when in the area. The food it’s pretty good, it’s best to book as it gets quite busy

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MikeD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great feed in a truely wonderful setting. Never fails to disappoint.

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service, food was delicious and beautiful surroundings.

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CarolY
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant all round! Loved the food, the service the atmosphere and ofcourse the books :)

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MeredithS
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were pleased with the COVID arrangements overall but disappointed we weren’t told that wine tasting required a booking so once we finished lunch we browsed the books, bought a couple and departed. Spending a further $500 at another winery instead, sorry. A little more proactivity from staff would have benefited us both. Tasting plate was nice and lamb pizza very good. A nice way to spend lunch in the highlands

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JenelleS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful location and surrounds. The Service felt personal. We enjoyed a variety of dishes that were all flavoursome and beautifully presented. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Bendooley Estate Pinot Gris - so much that we bought more from the Bendooley Larder in Bowral. We appreciated that we did not feel rushed. A really lovely evening.

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Same
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Wait staff just gossiped and chatted whilst we waited for service. We weren’t asked if we would like any drinks or to order for at least 15 minutes. Not sure why because they weren’t busy.

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ChristinaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Friendly staff and great food.

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BrittL
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

It took around 40 minutes to cook a medium steak and we had to prompt staff only to be informed that they had an issue with their printer (?)... it would have been good to be kept informed of the wait. Unfortunately, we had an appointment after lunch so had to rush and did not get to order dessert. Disappointing

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AnnemarieM
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

After receiving rave reviews from friends and family we were so looking forward to our day at Bendooley’s to celebrate two 70th. Birthdays (mine being one of them).
Sadly, we were left quite “underwhelmed” by our experience.
The menu is more suited to a cafe, in my opinion, with only 4 mains to choose from, one being a burger and, at the other end of the scale, an eye fillet for $48.
I chose Osso Buco which was a substitute dish on that day and as such was not written up on the menu. It didn’t appear to have been cooked in the traditional tomato based sauce, in fact there was no sauce to speak of, and was served on polenta (which was not yellow in colour so didn’t look or taste like polenta).
Another dish that we were considering was the Roasted Barramundi but this was served with a red wine Risotto, which seems an odd accompaniment to white fish!!
I don’t know whether they have scaled down their menu due to current circumstances,
but it hardly seemed worth the drive down from Sydney.

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Sharif
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Was a disappointing experience. The service from the waiters was not warm, quite the opposite. Not a friendly bunch of people. We had to wait around 30+ minutes between our entrees and desserts and was only informed there would be a delay when I went up to the waiter and asked what was going on. We had to ask multiple times for our kids and entree plates to be cleared, in the end we just did it ourselves. The service definitely let down this place, which is a shame because the food is quite decent.
Doubt we will be back unless there is a significant change to the service.

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MicheleW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and great ambience to celebrate the special men in our lives. Loved the Father’s Day gift ,the roaring fire and professional service. Looking forward to creating more magical memories at this divine location.

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Kristie
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful location. Food was delicious and service was wonderful.

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FHar
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Lovely location and food. Enjoyed our time for the fathers day luncheon. Thank you.

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BelindaB
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service on a busy Father’s Day. Could not fault them, such an enjoyable experience!

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Bendooley Estate is rated 4.5 stars by 1000 OpenTable diners.

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