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Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
7:00 PM

Bendooley Estate

4.5
320 reviews
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$40 and under
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Australian
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
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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Parking Details
On Site parking
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Special Events & Promotions
Please contact the restaurant on 02 4877 2235
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 320 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding value excellent service thank you Charlotte gorgeous surroundings and beautiful food.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous food in an equally fabulous setting. A MUST for any occasion with great food, service and location!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The ambience was warm and inviting. The food was delicious.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

A delightful setting and well worth the drive to enjoy lunch, a browse in the bookshop and good company.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Great pizzas, service and atmosphere. Good location.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

We thought the staff were exceptionally good. We would all like to return to try other menu items. The coffee was special.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Fantastic lunch, service was slow though. Could have done with a few more staff on as it was Easter. Would highly recommend to family/friends

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Beautiful setting!!! Food was really good and local wine options on the menu. Service was good but a little slow because of the Easter long weekend crowd. Overall a fantastic experience. Recommend it a lot!

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3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

great food, disappointing non-committed service by basically untrained girls. Waited ages for ordered mineral water, had to ask several times, same thing with the bill - ended up taking it to the cashier.

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Lovely lunch for 60th birthday. Beautiful venue and stylish tasty food. Great wines too. We had the Bendooley sparkling wine with our meal. Lovely! Even though it was booked out we never felt rushed or crushed and wasn’t too noisy to talk. Great venue.

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

We have eaten here quite a few times in recent months .... a great half-way meeting point to see our Canberra friends as we live south of Sydney.

Such a pretty venue and always excellent food and service.

Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

A very pleasant surprise! Friendly staff, unique ambience & amazing food! We will definitely be back. Thank you & congratulations

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4.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Had a lovely relaxed late lunch - fabulous wine and food and relaxed service - very busy staff who were as accommodating as they could be given the number of guests!

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Food is amazing!! Best pizza I’ve ever eaten. Love everything about this dining experience

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Bendooley Estate provides a very special dining experience. Sumptuous food, exceptional service, beautiful setting. Highly recommend for every occasion.

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

A wonderful meal surrounded by beautiful books. The staff were ver friendly and discrete. The food is deliciously prepared even if overpriced. We drove up especially from Canberra and will be back! The orange caramel samosas are to die for.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Absolutely amazing! The food was outstanding and the sizes were enough for 2 people
The service was great and the staff are friendly
Well with the drive, the tour and just hanging out!

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

My cousin and I went to Bendooley Estate on Saturday the 17th the food was lovely, ambience excellent. Being able to browse all the beautiful books at leisure was great. The only let down was drinks took to long to arrive we received our food well before our drink order, when we ordered coffee it the order was forgotten and we had to re order and when our desserts arrived we had no cutlery to eat them with so I had to find a waiter to give us some. In their defence they where very busy. Overall we enjoyed the experience and would return.

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5.0Dined on 15 March 2018

This is a beautiful winery in an ideal setting. The staff are exceptionally friendly and down to earth. Food is lovely and ambience is fantastic. We make sure we always take our overseas guests here as a special treat. We will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on 15 March 2018

We've been to Bendooley previously and had an enjoyable meal, so chose it to entertain some overseas visitors who wanted to see the region. The atmosphere of the Book Barn is uniqued. The estate wines are very good an with cellar door sales they make a nice present to takeaway. If we had to have any negative comment it was that we made the reservation for 11:30 (with Open Table) as we were time-poor, but on arrival was told that the kitchen was not open until 12 noon. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Whatever you do, you must try the Citrus Samosas! Absolutely devine.... linguine with crab also fabulous ... will be going back!

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4.0Dined on 12 March 2018

We had a lovely long lunch at Bendooley's. Enjoyed some wine tasting beforehand and then spent the afternoon eating and drinking in a lovely relaxed environment.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Beautiful drive down to the estate. Lovely ambiance. Food was excellent. Decor was fabulous. The estate and winery present extremely well. I will definitely come back and will recommend it to anyone. Browsing the books was a special treat also

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3.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Food was good would be helpful to train staff in relation to the use of gift vouchers. We couldn't spend the entire value and when we asked about whether we could keep the unused the value we were told no at the restaurant then had more problems when we got to the cellar door. It was ok at the end however the staff could have dealt with it better

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Fantastic venue, fabulous food and great service. A triumph!

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3.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Generous helpings, quite nice food, nice ambience.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Delicious, super fast service and beautiful smiley happy staff 😊

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Fantastic place to dine.
Great food and great service.
Say no more.

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5.0Dined on 4 March 2018

We took an overseas friend to Bendooley Estate and we all agreed it was worth the 1 hr drive from Sydney. The staff were great and so was the scenery. Loved the book selection and my Linguini. The burger was slightly dry but the rest was brilliant. The Rose was loved by all!

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5.0Dined on 27 February 2018

We have been coming here now for two or three years and never been disappointed yet. The food, service and ambience are excellent.I would Highly recommend this place to anyone...give it a go you won't be disappointed. Colin.

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4.0Dined on 27 February 2018

A great spot to share with friends especially if you book table in over flow area

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4.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Had a great time with our family. Baby friendly. Great location.

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3.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Well presented, staff are friendly however need to remember orders (my experience was nothing big Just missed one drink). Lovely location.

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5.0Dined on 21 February 2018

Loved eating amongst the most fab selection of books enjoying good food and wine, with friendly staff. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on 19 February 2018

As always, the ambiance at Bendooley is lovely and a great place to entertain overseas visitors. The service is just right ie attentive but not intrusive.

It was great to see some menu changes but we noticed many are catering for vegetarians and vegans. This is of course important but don’t forget those of us who are not!

The new dishes we tried were good but perhaps getting a bit fussy. The ones we have enjoyed the most over several years been the simple deliciously cooked dishes with great ingredients. Perhaps some of the staples could be varied a bit to add more interest

Anyway always a favourite and we will be back.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

The setting is beautiful. Majestic drive in as well as easily accessible. The ambience is amazing. The setting among books is unique. Loved the menu and the service was great. We celebrated my husband's 80th birthday and it was very memorable. We spent 4 days in the Southern Highlands Nd returned on the last day to enjoy a casual lunch!

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4.0Dined on 15 February 2018

As usual, Bendooley Estate provides. It provides good food, great wine, and just the best setting.

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3.0Dined on 11 February 2018

Service leaves a lot to desire! Unfortunately I found the venue not particularly accommodating for us. We didn’t get offered dessert, had to chase up the bill etc etc

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5.0Dined on 5 February 2018

We had an absolutely fantastic lunch at Bendooley to celebrate a special occasion. The restaurant is beautiful and inviting, with the books of the book barn creating a magical atmosphere. The food was superb: every dish we ordered was done to perfection, with special mention to the braised goats shoulder, which was an absolute stand out. A great wine list and the service was top notch, with the wait staff attentive, humorous and knowledgeable. Highly recommend for a special event, or if you are simply seeking excellent food in a glorious setting. We will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Fantastic food,service and atmosphere. Highly recommend a visit .

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