Bendooley Estate

4.4
517 reviews
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  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Special Occasions
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.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great to go there...my wife's favourite place in all the southern highlands.

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TD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food is always amazinazing, fresh and beautifully presented. The staff is always welcoming and the service is outstanding.
Would greatly recommend this restaurant to friends and family.
Looking forward to my next feast!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, warm atmosphere and attentive staff

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JC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Service was inattentive and incompetent. We ordered food and drinks that didn’t arrive. Wait staff was rude when we asked about where stuff was. We asked twice for dessert for children’s menu. Gave up in the end and just left. Shame because it’s a beautiful spot. Won’t be back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVED IT !!!!!
Always consistent....... our favourite local restaurant mx

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MC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely surroundings and friendly, helpful staff. Paid over $50 a head for 6 for a single course, plus 1 dessert , 1 bottle and 2 glasses of Bendooley Estate wines. Wines were pretty ordinary. Food was OK, but not special. I had the antipasto plate which featured supermarket meats (mortadella & prosciutto) which was disappointing. Fish of the day was well cooked and presented. Risotto & linguini reasonable. All in all we were a little disappointed.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was absolutely divine, cooked well and simply delicious. The service matched the great food. Will definitely be coming back

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KM
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Service very slow. Wait staff did not know much about the food or wine. First wine was warm and neede to be put on ice. Second wasn’t available and they brought out a wine not on the menu. Food was hit and miss. Lovely outside area though

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous food in a beautiful venue

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CE
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always beautiful service and a wonderful meal. The wines are excellent

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D
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great wine, great food, wonderful setting.........and dog friendly. What more could you ask for? We will definitely be coming back, and will be bring our family from overseas with us!

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GG
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The distant outlook was beautiful. We sat outside and had made a booking. The outdoor area felt more like a coffee shop atmosphere, tables very basic, lots of dogs and children climbing trees. Wish we had booked inside but they were fully booked and we were unable to change our table. The food was excellent, the wine wonderful and the service good. I would make a different choice for seating next time.

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BG
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You could believe you were in France at this venue! The experience reflects the care and professional style which has gone into the place and the food is just delightful.

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AD
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Bendooley is such a lovely lunch setting. My only criticism is that staff were pushy in wanting us to order as soon as we sat down.

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K
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food and incredible service! Lovely spot for lunch

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SM
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really good service and the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend the restaurant.

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MI
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always most enjoyable with great atmosphere. Noisy children tree climbing can be dangerous and a little annoying. For some reason the drinks service is always too slow: needs looking at. Look forward to more good times there.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

We have been to Bendooley Estate 4 times and every visit the service keeps getting poorer and poorer to the point where you want to walk out. The restaurant Manager and staff come across that they rather be somewhere else. The food was great but the service is non existent.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

It was fine, though we were seated just on 2.30pm and service wasn’t great.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The ambiance is magical. I would’ve preferred a larger variety of mains “From the Grill” and df on fish choice.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were lucky to have won a dinner prize at the Avoca ball. So we took some friends and we all enjoyed our meals and wine. We will certainly be coming again. The outside setting was very comfortable. Thank you Dooleys for supporting local events.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational! We came here as a group of 16 and everyone was so very impressed by the food, service, wine and bookstore. We will be back, thank you so much for creating this wonderful haven.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Confusion among wait staff. Tables very close together. Beautiful grounds , but unfortunately the dining experience did not match our expectations.

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h
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Very disappointed, we had a delightful new waitress who we were told was being trained.
The main waitress did not oversee. I had to get up many times to ask for a drink and have plates removed,
not great on your birthday. Our French fries came before entrees , our mains had to be sent back
as they to arrived before our entrees. I asked the fellow behind the bar what was the problem today
and he said how's that? very reassuring I have to say while he can see our table was covered in empty plates.
Don't sit in the corner in the front room you be forgotten.
Love the restaurant just the same.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, beautiful setting, good service! Always excellent!!

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Noise was NOT a problem I think I press the wrong button
Food delicious and plenty and not expensive
Would recommend to everyone. I caught up with friends and was a most enjoyable lunch for us all
Many thanks to the chef and staff
Cheers Lee Jones

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JB
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love taking either my family or clients to Bendooley and have done on many occasions recently. Staff are always attentive and happy and the food is fresh and tasty. Thanks and see you again soon:)

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BK
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Bendooley Estate restaurant again met all expectations - great food, wonderful setting and excellent service!

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GF
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Located on the outskirts of the very picturesque town of Berrima and the food is excellent. I visit several times a year and I love the way they change the menu seasonally so there is something different on offer. A must for book-lovers and wine buffs alike. Highly recommend.

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B
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Good for a day out, nice location and pretty views.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always amazing!! Never disappointed, great food and amazing wine 😊

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MP
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent location and food. Watch out for the booking schedules for lunch which i did not know are only for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then out you go.

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LR
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Never disappoints and we always walk away with a smile and a brand new book to read!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

I have been a regular visitor to Bendooley Estate and have always found the food to be of a very high standard.
I was very disappointed as was my friend who accompanied me on the day with the food - we both left our main course.
The only saving grace was the fries tasted ok.
I will not be rushing back as I was so disappointed with the food.
The old menu was far more tasty and superior than the new one.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We arrived early and had a good look around because my son is getting married here next year What a great location. Topped the day off with a fine dining experience.

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E
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good food and a lovely environment. Always worth a visit, don’t forget to make reservation, it’s always busy

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CL
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had lunch there recently on an extremely hot Saturday (Hottest day on record). Sat outside as requested and yes it was very hot (perhaps in hindsight seating inside would have been more comfortable) however the food was very nice (I had the Crispy Skin Barramundi and my husband had the Steak) Both meals were well presented and tasted great. We eventually moved inside for coffee and cake. The Vegan Chocolate Cake was to die for.
Would definitely return, maybe in the Spring or Autumn.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Worth the drive to Berrima. Service was great. We had a good time having an Australia Day lunch at this place I just happened to search online!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Fabulous food. The Barramundi was absolutely perfect as was the Pineapple desert. Great wine, and a beautiful setting.

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FO
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had lunch. I ordered spatchcock one part of the bird was still red and bloody. Should definitely not be, we had taken friends to lunch or I would have sent back. Two of the group ordered burgers the burgers were tower high and not easy to eat. I had dessert the blue cheese what ever. I like blue cheese so thought I would try, it was disgusting take it off the menu. Also the menu's had grease spots on them not a good look. I am given all this feed back so you can improve. On the whole I like the restaurant and the staff seem to have improved. Re: wine tasting no enthusiasm showed by the staff you need to take a leaf out of Artemis winery. It was a quiet day in the restaurant compared to other times I have been.

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