Bendooley Estate

4.4
540 reviews
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  • Sunday Lunch
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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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SB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We regularly go to Bendooley but this lunch was the best I have enjoyed in a while. I liked the current menu options, and we got great service even though it was a public holiday. Our guests hadn’t been there before and sitting in the main dining room at a window table on a beautiful autumn day was delightful. Our lunch choices were interesting and tasty.

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KH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely lunch in a wonderful outdoor setting. Excellent service, very good food and nice wine offerings.
Browse the book shop. Well worth a visit.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This would have to be the most beautiful setting for a winery, with excellent food and wine. Highly recommended.

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TC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Great spot for a casual lunch however the food and kitchen needs to lift its game: serving a main which is not hot doesn't go down well. Please bring out all dishes hot - I suspect my beef cheeks were pre-prepared as all the pasta dishes were steaming hot. My husband's pizza was cold too. If our dishes (as hosts for the day) were hot then I would have given 5/5 for everything.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The weather was perfect, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was just amazing. Easy drive from Sydney and just a wonderful spot for lunch on a Sunday. I will be back.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful venue for a big celebration, dinner for 2 or lunch with the girls- they cater for all. Fantastic customer service and a winning location - worth the 3 hour drive from Canberra.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very pleasant lunch. Main courses came in a good time. Desserts were a little slow probably because by that time it was full so undoubtedly the kitchen was very busy. Overall, a very pleasant experience. About 95mins from start to finish. Yes, we will come again.

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CE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love my time at Bendooley. I was especially impressed with watching the dining area being set up for a wedding. How truly beautiful. I would love to have a picture to show my Son.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely superb dining experience. We sat outside on a perfect autumn day. The food and service were impeccable!

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KN
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was delicious but we experienced quite poor service. We waited 30 minutes for anyone to take our order. The drinks arrived without glasses, the food arrived and we had no cutlery! The staff were very pleasant though.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was spectacular, but not receiving mains until 1.5 hrs after being seated was not good. Drinks were also forgotten. Entrees were out and we still didn't have the first lot of drinks. We never ended up ordering dessert due to the wait and also missed going to the cellar due to being their for too long and having very restless adults and children in our party who by the end of lunch just wanted to go home. Granted it was busy and a weekend, but we would have spend a lot more if the service wasn't so slow. Would recommend and eat there again, but probably during the week or having lunch at say 3pm.

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PT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great my barramundi beautifully cooked and fresh and house wines great.
I would say however to go early as when full it can be noisy especially on weekends. Waiters all nice young people. Bought load of books too as some great specials.

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T
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for lunch, we stopped here on a road trip. Dined outside, beautiful setting, nice food and good service.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food was fabulous! We fell in love with the fireplace

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MC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My sisters and I were staying on site at one of the beautifully appointed cottages. We had the fish special (barramundi with pumpkin and quinoa) and it was delicious - perfectly cooked flesh with crisp skin and smooth pumpkin puree. The dessert list was eclectic - my sisters shared the samosas and I ordered the spiced apple, licorice icecream and yoghurt. Whilst the plating of my dessert was a surprise, I quickly flipped it over and enjoyed the apple and icecream. We shared a bottle of the Croser sparkling rose and it was delightful. We finished our visit with some wine tasting and purchased some beautiful books. Highly recommended.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food in a beautiful location. My favourite place.

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NE
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 1

It seems to me that the management of Bendooley restaurant are now trying to squeeze far too many people into each service. It used to be our favourite place to have lunch in the Highlands, however the past 3 times we have visited we have left feeling so disappointed. Service is so lacking - sloppy wine pouring by a waitress who clearly didn’t want to be at work that day, no attention to our table with us having to find wait staff, excessively long waits between ordering and receiving meals, having to move tables and chairs around ourselves as wait staff were supposedly too busy to help, wait staff had a serious lack of knowledge about the menu, wait staff with no common sense delivering kids ice creams to the adults at the table, having to collect cutlery and napkins ourselves, having to try to squeeze far too many people on to a table set up, having to find staff to order more wine - having to pour the wine ourselves at all times...blah blah blah. We have vowed never to return on a weekend when there are just too many customers for the restaurant to deal with. We are so disappointed as the food is always sensational. Please take these reviews on board and either provide more staff who are well trained - or reduce the sittings for each lunch service so that the staff can cope.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food with good portion size and price. Wine selection was good and staff were attentive and polite.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful to find a restaurant where you can talk and enjoy great food in a fascinating environment of books, paintings and historic maps. Service most helpful, especially with a small child and non-intrusive. Wines were perfect too

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MO
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I have always enjoyed the restaurant. This time I brought long time friends from Sydney . We all enjoyed our meal and day.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all had a great time - loved the food and the setting - have been before and will be back again.

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MI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Another pleasant luncheon. The young staff are in the main attentive but there are lapses. The manager needs to pay more attention to the overall flow of the restaurant. The staff were the best we have encountered this time. These are meant as positive feedback to an overall very good experience.

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SS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
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 on 21 March 2019
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
London
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
Sydney / NSW
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
Sydney / NSW
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
Sydney / NSW
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
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous food in a beautiful venue

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CE
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
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
Hawaii
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
New York Area
2 reviews
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
Sydney / NSW
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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