Bendooley Estate

4.5
363 reviews
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$40 and under
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Australian
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Australian, Winery
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Sunday & Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(02) 4877 2235
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Benn Troy
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
On Site parking
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 363 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MP
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great winery to have a tasting and a great lunch with family and friends.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! Ambience was great and service was fantastic. Special mention to our waiter (sorry forgot his name! man with glasses on) whose vibrant, positive personality and genuine interest in connecting with the customer should be commended. He is an asset to the team and was definitely a contributing factor to our overall outstanding experience. Would come back again!

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LS
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We requested a seat near the fire which was lovely

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JT
5.0Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous service from all the staff. Can’t wait to return 😊

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MH
5.0Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous dining experience! Beautiful location, lovely ambience, delicious food and wine. Recommended by a friend, we will be back!

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N
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and fantastic friendly service.. Will definitely be back..

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SJ
5.0Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as it always is. A great place to meet friends.

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J
2.0Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

We have been coming here for years and have always had a great meal, but this meal was very disappointing . The meal came within ten minutes from ordering - the burger bun was dry , chicken dry and over cooked and the chips were awful. The pizza was average and obviously pre prepared and not crisp. Such a shame. Maybe the focus on weddings has meant restaurant food has suffered or maybe just a bad day !

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J
1.0Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

We booked 2 months in advance for a special occasion, and noted dietary allergies. On the day, they couldn’t accomodate the allergy, as they’d ignored the request. Restaurant was cold, and only heated by an open fire at the far end. The venue is nice aesthetically, and well landscaped. Just don’t count on them having options for dietary needs.

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BP
5.0Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great staff and wonderful surroundings

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JC
4.0Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

A lovely venue with helpful hard working staff. Lovely views and great food. Pizzas were great. Drinks a little pricey for what arrived. Tables near the bar are affected by noise especially on busy days like we had. Desserts were beautifully presented and delicious.

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C
3.0Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Great service. Booked two weeks ahead and were seated near front doors and service desk so special birthday spoilt by people constantly gathered beside us and chatting as they waited to be seated and staff at service desk. Food generally ok but salmon was over cooked. A different table would have made all the difference!

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TE
5.0Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely spot for an impromptu lunch. Great vibe, very busy for a Tuesday lunch, food was delicious, wine very good, terrific service! Really enjoyable!

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JB
5.0Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Great staff and delicious food.

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OT
3.0Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The restaurant unfortunately did not seem to be aware of my requests for seating preference despite making my reservation in writing over a month ahead . No apology was made as staff did not seem mindful of this on the booking !

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GC
2.0Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Great location and food. Suggest advising if cellar is closing at 3pm due to a wedding. Disappointed as we organized a special lunch with friends and the venue was to be the highlight for the weekend away. Very rushed and was told we could only taste 2 wines and order. Sadly we had friends wanting to purchase wines to take overseas for their international company! The staff were all focused the on the wedding taking place rather than the customers who had paid a lot for a luncheon and cellar experience.

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KM
5.0Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very impressed by our experience. Couldn’t fault anything. Our 10 month old son also had a great time with his goody bag!

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PA
5.0Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another fantastic lunch, beautiful food, great setting and all staff are fantastic. Love going here for a day out.

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H
3.0Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I like this restaurant but better to avoid the weekend as it gets busy and the service is understaffed. You need to book ahead on the weekend

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LB
5.0Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easy drive from Sydney, generous servings of good quality food. Bendooley Estate wines are excellent and good booking hunting afterwards. I would highly recommend this eating experience especially in winter with the open wood fire. Beware: the serving of fries is enormous!!

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A
5.0Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful ambience for a cold winters day lunch in front of a fire. The food was superb.

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DW
5.0Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Wonderful ambience. We found the combination of an interesting menu, great service and a fabulous book shop made our luncheon experience well worth the drive up from the coast.

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MO
4.0Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good location, easy to find with good food, and pleasant surroundings.

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AV
5.0Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saturday night Dinner (set degustation Menu) fantastic food, great service and awesome location. Must visit when in the Southern highlands.

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JC
4.0Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and wine in warm relaxed environment. Having book shop is a great idea.

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AM
4.0Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very impressed with the estate. Well worth the 1 hour drive to get there. Friendly and prompt service. Delicious food

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M
5.0Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food, friendly service and an amazing location, all makes for for the perfect lunch date😊

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TR
4.0Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Welcoming staff and beautiful atmosphere. The service was quick and prompt and the food couldn't be faulted. Would come back again.

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VG
5.0Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend
Food is out of this world and the wines are prefect
Also prefect setting
We will be back

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DH
4.0Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great table by the window looking out at the beautiful countryside. Great service, good menu and our choice of the Spanner Crab Fettucine was delicious. All this and to be surrounded by books was our idea of heaven.
A very enjoyable experience.

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SG
4.0Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We took a detour en route from a stay in Kiama via Bendooley Estate because we had lunched there a couple of years ago and it was very memorable. Not only for the food and ambience but the drive there is beautiful throught rolling green country side.
We would definitely go there again.

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A
4.0Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I’m a local, love this place for the ambient but it slipped a bit in the food dept..but still will be coming back again and again. Great service with a smile

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NW
3.0Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Frequent visitor to book shop and restaurant, and coffee in the wine taste room BUT had international visitors from Asia with us this time and it was too cold inside (mid May 2018). Large fireplace looked good but far too insufficient heat for rest of dining area. Had to keep coats on during an otherwise lovely meal. Staff well trained and very courteous.
Suggest install a radiant heat system above tables for winter. The only thing that let down an otherwise excellent venue.

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JD
4.0Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Had a great lunch there but it wasn't as warm as it could be. we were seated near the kitchen passway and cold air was coming in a draught. It was a lovely venue.

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OT
5.0Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary, love everything about Bendooley estate. Left with a champagne gift, compliments from Bendooley . Definitely returning.

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EH
5.0Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Friendly service and wonderful niche ambience with a warm open fire and library surround dining tables. How quaint and classy!

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KB
5.0Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time here for my mum's 60th birthday. Delish food and wine. Lovely, friendly staff. Easy booking process. Stunning venue. Cannot wait to return.

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HD
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

As always, our dining experience at Bendooley was fabulous. It is a great venue for any occasion! Food delightful; easy to share if you choose! Our fabulous waiter gave us a terrific recommendation for the wine! His preferred Sauv Blanc is now mine!

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JH
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful lunch with family. Great service. Love the Bendooley Rose’. Will definitely be back

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SS
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful place to visit. Fantastic venue for dining with mouth watering meals, great views and friendly staff. Wonderful book barn to browse around and get lost in (in a good way) for those who love books. Well worth a visit, a definite must!

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