Bendooley Estate

4.5
443 reviews
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$40 and under
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Australian
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Sunday Lunch
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
Bookstore 9AM – 5pm

Coffee & Cake from 10am

Lunch Weekdays from 12pm & Weekends from 11.30am

*Please note that due to weddings and other events taking place in the Book Barn, our closing time may vary. When visiting the estate please feel free to contact us prior to your arrival to check the scheduled closing time.
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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 443 People Are Saying
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EP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Had a family birthday lunch at Bendooley recently and had the most amazing meal!! The cheeses and deli board was a tasty starter followed by the fish of the day which was incredible! The setting out at Bendooley is hard to beat, it was a warm day but we enjoyed sitting outside. The only downfall was the average service.

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ES
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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food in a wonderful setting. Nothing can beat a book store inside a winery.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I ate at Bendooley Estate yesterday for the second time this year. I tried the winter menu and was very impressed. From yesterdays menu we chose the blue cheese pizza for a shared entree which was clearly one of the best things I have ever eaten, anywhere in the world! The linguine with crab was also very enjoyable and I don't know how I managed to fit it in, the peanut parfait was a perfect end to this wonderful dining experience. The service was tops-unobtrusive, informative and friendly staff. One thing I would suggest is that you supply filtered tap water as our tap water in this lovely district is pretty NAF, in fact, a real turn off. Apart from that, I would and will recommend Bendooley Estate as one of the best places to eat in this district. Keep up the good work and thank you to everyone who was involved in the production of a wonderful experience on 6.12.2018.

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SO
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We came for lunch when you served dooleys beef burger was value for money , and we would sit in the main area , near the fire ,staff were great , food great , since the new extension I feel it has lost something, menu is terrible , haven't been able to sit in the main area again. I guess due to weddings being set up . Cannot fault surroundings Food is too expensive, Won't be back,

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BE
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As usual, fabulous! Catch up with former work colleagues (one from south coast, one from Sydney) and only 15 minutes from me! Meals were delish, service always great, all round favourite, especially for out of town guests! Thanks 👍👍

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RP
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

It was a lovely place but I felt the food was overpriced for what you got and the food was rather over cooked as well. Beautiful view though.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are return customers from many times and have never been disappointed. Love the flavours that accompany main dishes. Service was wonderful on our last visit. Meals delivered together hot and ridiculously delicious. Every time we are in Southern Highlands we make a point of going to Ben Dooley.

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NF
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best barramundi, great service. We love this place for lunch, especially when its cold outside and the fire is roaring!

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BV
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was great to be back after having our wedding reception held at Bendooley Estate over 3 years ago on 8/11/2015. Love the food and wine!

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J
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The place to stop for lunch driving from Canberra to Sydney. Great food, simple but copoius, and whilst waiting for the food to arrive the opportunity to browse one of the best book shops in Australia

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HF
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

All six of us enjoyed the lunch in a no-nonsense simple, plain, yet sophisticated environment. Noise level for the hard to hear is a problem in the main restaurant but acceptable in the rear room. Service adequate to good and non intrusive. All in all a great accessible location with good parking in a laid back, comfortable, nicely designed building with tasty, well prepared food and wine at a reasonable price. Books create a unique background suggesting homely intimacy and warm welcome.

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VR
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food. Always enjoy the food. Great to have a group to share the different dishes when it is hard to choose one!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

3 adults & 2 tweens. It’s a beautiful location & such a nice building. We went for lunch. We thought the menu was a bit “tricked” up and some of the flavours just didn’t work together. Because of this, it was poor value for money. There was a wedding reception being set up next door so I think that’s why the service was slow & inattentive. We arrived at 1:30pm, had 2 entrees & a share board + 5 mains. It took so long to clear the table between serves that by 4:30pm we didn’t want to try desert. The linguine was great. The steak was average & poorly cooked (we ordered medium rare) & therefore expensive. The blue cheese, honey & pear pizza left a lot to be desired and couldn’t be eaten. Blue cheese should have been the star of the dish however it was overwhelmed by rocket & honey. Fish of the day was a pan seared barramundi & it was tender & nice but bland in accompanying flavours.
We would go again, perhaps for brunch when it might be less busy.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous location & charming room decorated tastefully with flowers & chandeliers. Relaxing surrounds , and well trained attentive staff. Food was contemporary & parsley salad was devine

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NB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I travel to bendioley estat every 6 weeks for a lovely lunch with friends

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B
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate at Bendooleys on a Sunday at 1145. The restaurant was very busy but our order, drinks and food was taken/delivered promptly. Which was great when dining with our three daughters

Each child was provided an activity pack which was great to occupy them for the short wait.

The food was delicious! We ate the lamb neck crumbed and the spatchcock. The girls had the pizza and crumbed chicken but could have easily shared one meal, it was very generous.

After lunch we were so taken with the wine we had, we headed around to the cellar door for a tasting. Despite being overrun, Tash was beautiful. Informative, friendly and great for our tasting with our three little ladies. We will definitely be back again. Highly recommend.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love this place! It’s beautiful any time of the year & food never disappoints! A great all round experience is to be had because they have a wine tasting area to experience their own wines, a magnificent book shop, a gift shop that delivers when you are looking for that ‘little thing out of the ordinary’, plus great food & coffee.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The restaurant was as vibrant and exciting as it has been for years . Recently extended to cater for additional customers. A great place to have lunch.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

We very much enjoyed the food & venue at Bendooley Estate, it was wonderful. The quality of food was outstanding, wonderful wines & views, great price, lovely for a walk around, clean, warm, everything you could want.

Unfortunately on the day the staff were rude & didn't even smile or make any conversation, they made us feel as though we were an inconvenience. We received the absolute bare minimal when it came to service. it was very uncomfortable & i was embarrassed as i had invited 5 friends from SYDNEY to visit & dine with me.

Please note that the food come out in great timing & the drinks came our promptly, there was no delay in this department, just the unfriendly service.

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j
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service ..... fantastic food and location.... regularly fine there....

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EE
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bendooley Estate - wonderful staff, great atmosphere, delicious food and great wine! Also love the bookshop.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We have been there before and enjoyed the experience but it was for friends this time round. They loved it, the atmosphere, food and the whole setting.
They'd recommend it to friends and family too!

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BC
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A gorgeous haven of books, wine and great food in the Southern Highlands - it was paradise! I think it’s safe to say I’ll be heading back again.
The only slightly disappointing things were the host’s hurried manner (we were left in his dust while trying to keep up as he showed us to our table), and the fact that when asked if we would like coffee or dessert and I requested another look at the menu, it only arrived after ten minutes and a pointed look at the waitress from my partner.
Other than that though, it was a beautiful and scenic location to enjoy a delicious meal.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A local regular who dines here frequently as my place to go to either for a special occasion or to impress friends from out of town. The location, the exterior and interior design has the 'wow' factor which will impress the hard to please. Try their Rose and enjoy the experience.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great relaxed atmosphere, friendly wait staff just good all round 😊

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JO
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A lovely spot for a meal. Nice, laid back atmosphere and top quality food. Plus the cellar door and book barn as well.

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KF
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good choice enjoyed my wife's birthday and very relaxing!

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KB
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service and superb food
With plenty of Gluten free,Healthy oppositions.

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ND
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and we received excellent service. The food did take quite some time which some of the guests didn't appreciate but overall we had an enjoyable lunch.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious meal but the restaurant was very busy weekend day and service suffered as a consequence.

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FG
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff, child friendly fabulous food for all.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely venue, great food, very family and dog friendly

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TM
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great lunch in front of the best open fire. It was so perfect.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The food and overall experience was enjoyable. Service was pretty slow and when they did bring our wine they didn’t pour it which was a bit odd.
There was a wedding taking place on the afternoon we were there. We had a late lunch booking so it would have been nice to know when we arrived that we had to leave by 4pm. We weren’t able to have desert and felt a bit rushed out the door

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PC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a favourite lunch spot with our 2 pups Sooty & Sandy as there is cozy outdoor seating with gas heater AND a real log fireplace too! Mark the host is always welcoming as well. Thank you!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wine tasting. Wines are fantastic too. Well worth s visit!

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DD
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bendooley is, and has always been, an excellent dining experience in a beautiful rustic environment reminiscent of Tuscany. The service and food never fails in my experience. It’s a great place to take visitors to the southern highlands for a long relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love and totally enjoyed dining at Bendooley we love the atmosphere and surroundings and food was enjoyable
Our waitress was friendly and helpful

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1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon for our friend's 50th birthday. Food delicious and service amazing. Thank you!

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RD
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great atmosphere, wonderful wines and terrific menu sitting alongside the roaring fire.. and surrounded by books... what more could you want. Loved it.

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