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Bendooley Estate

4.4
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908 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

Featured special offers

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Father's day 3-course menu

Dine in

A$90.00 per order

Sep 6, 2020 only·Sun 13:30-14:30

Enjoy our 3-course menu for $90 per person, kids eat for $20 in our lovely Book Barn or Cellar door

Table share in the Stables

Dine in

A$75.00 per order

Sep 6, 2020 only·Sun 11:30-12:00 12:30-13:00

Enjoy a family day in our Stables with a lovely table share menu for $75 per person, kids eat for $20, minimum 4 adults

Father's day 3-course menu

Dine in

A$90.00 per order

Sep 6, 2020 only·Sun 18:00-19:00

Enjoy our 3-course menu for $90 per person, kids eat for $20 in our lovely Book Barn or Cellar door

What 908 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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bomowatson
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and excellent service. Happy to recommend to others.

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ElizabethA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an exceptional dining experience in an inviting setting with picturesque surrounds.

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m1n1s1m0n
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Pizza and salad were yummy and huge. Crab linguine was also good but canned?? Very nice none the less.

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ElisaP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a group of 6 girlfriends staying for the weekend at a cottage a on Bendooley Estate. We were so glad we decided to eat in at the restaurant onsite as the food was fantastic! We absolutely could not fault the atmosphere, food and lovely wine! Would definitely come again for a meal.

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Kennelle
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Beautiful three course meal in a wonderful setting! Would definitely come back again next time in Bowral!

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MonicaH
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Worth the 2 hours drive up from Sydney - the ambience is perfect and the foods were beyond our expectation. Every single dish were absolutely divine.
Felt very safe dining here during Covid time.

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AmandaC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All was lovely just a shame we couldn't do any wine tasting this time.

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LeetaG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambience is quintessential country and the food fantastic. Highly recommend a table by the open fire.
My fave place.

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DebJSbyers
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous dining as usual. Never ever disappoints. Staff are just gorgeous.

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LeanneH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I asked to be away from doors (being a cold wet day). Was seated in the cellar room near the open fire which was perfect. Not too hot.
The waiter was very attentive.
The food was good & quick.
We always enjoy being there & love the pizzas.

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TeganM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food made simple ingredients taste outstanding! The staff were extremely friendly and helpful whilst also being very efficient. Will absolutely dine again.

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AnneF
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lovely setting and quiet ambience a big plus.
Food was good and nicely presented.
Drink service needs improvement - we had long wait after food order was taken and eventually had to go to counter ourselves to ask for someone to come and take our order. Similarly, we had to ask for water refills rather than staff keeping an eye on.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was excellent.

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PaulT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

this visit was rather disappointing, no atmosphere, rather cold environment.

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RosD
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the food and the beautiful room...
Staff always exellent.

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PatriciaA
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Reception was unwelcoming and clumsily handled. Wasn’t clear you had to scan your mobile to register. Staff assumed you were familiar with the technology which we were not. Lunch menu is very difficult to choose from if you want something light (and don’t want pizza). Your sister providore, Bendooley Larder, Bowral has a sumptuous selection of Savoury pies - why not offer a piece of pie with salad which would be a lighter alternative. Great selection of wines whilst Bendooley focussed are delicious. You have a great venue and judging how busy you were on a Tuesday are very popular. We would probably return but only if there were lighter alternatives for lunch on the menu.

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful experience in every way. The Book Barn is such a unique setting which sets the tone for a special dining experience. The staff were friendly and efficient, the food faultless...how could pickled red cabbage taste so good? I will be spreading the good news of Bendooley Estate.

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Kim16
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We love stopping here on the way back to Sydney and regularly do. Food including kids meal are good quality and tasty Love the adjoining bookstore. Service is great.

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GRACEC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Bendooley. The food is always top quality and the ambience is wonderful.

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KimE
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Great venue though too many people given COVID-19. It was extremely crowded.

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Shaun
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

all good except one meal for group went missing and not delivered till the others had almost finished. management apologised and did not charge for it.

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DianneK
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delish, service with a smile atmosphere was good would highly recommend

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GayeT
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the food, the fires and the friendly staff. I will eat there again.

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SueP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely spot to have lunch and pick up an interesting read. Lovely log fire added warmth.

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AlyH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Fabulous food, service and love this place, normally eat in dining room but due to Coronavirus distancing we were in the bar area, ambience not the same as the dining room But quieter and a lovely day time space. Unfortunately the cold was coming through the floor boards. Overall Bendooley Estate is my go to restaurant and event destination!
Thank you

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GeoffreyC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a lovely place for a special meal. A great way to get our weekend away started.

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Leticia
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was poor, wait staff weren’t friendly or attentive. Had to signal to take order after waiting patiently for ages, restaurant wasn’t overly busy and wait staff more focused on cleaning glassware. We were not asked for any other drinks or dessert and had finished plates left in front of us. Had to walk up to pay bill as couldn’t signal staff. Food was ok but limited menu. Prices reasonable.

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KevinT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful venue with lots of different options for dining , helpful staff and good food made for a very enjoyable lunch.

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RobynD
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Pizza was huge and tasty and the others loved the lamb schnitzel

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JAMESD
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Afternoon with great wine and food. Thank you

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JamesB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is without doubt the best venue in the Highlands for a really nice lunch. Well worth the visit:)

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GeoffreyC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food quite tasty, wine a bit expensive by the glass but overall a pleasant experience overlooking the vineyard

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Prue
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great venue, service & food lovely. Really enjoyed

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bowrallocal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We had a pleasant time although the bar ara was quite noisy. I was surprised at the lack of social distancing. I realise that this is a problem for places of hospitality but it is the main reason for the virus issues. The other, slight, problem was that the booking was made for the "bar area" but we were led to another area which wasn't as much to our liking. We are locals in the Southern Highlands, have been many times to Bendooley so we know exactly what area to request the table but it wasn't recorded a such. Having said all that we will certainly be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had a very enjoyable lunch, the food was amazing and loved the fireplace, perfect for a wet windy day nice and toasty with a glass of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Delicious food. Lovely wine. Beautiful location and venue. Attentive, friendly service. Social distancing well adhered too during this difficult time. Excellent!

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Jester
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Disappointing to see the lack of physical distancing in this venue even with CV19 protocols. Despite the slow sign-in process and the timed bookings, there were dozens of people moving around, standing directly behind our chairs and tables very close together.

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Peggy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyable atmosphere and helpful staff. The food was enjoyable and service was quick. The overall experience of dining at Bendooley Estate was very enjoyable.

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Haanav
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

French night was very good although desert was a little disappointing. Was a little cold inside and most people were still wearing jackets.

Love Bendooleys

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KathyT
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food amazing, sit near the fire place, leave hero’s of time to browse the books.

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Bendooley Estate is rated 4.4 stars by 908 OpenTable diners.

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