Bendooley Estate

4.5
1192 reviews
$40 and under
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1192 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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4.5
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Harry
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A fun environment, quite unique having the restaurant situated in an attractive bookshop.
The service was casual and friendly.

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PeterS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quality food and wine in a great location with a lovely atmosphere

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Bazzz
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice, Nice, Nice, Nice, Nice, Nice,..................

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Tina
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great ambiance! Good collection of old books and paintings.

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AlJeEd
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We were running a little late for our 2:15 booking. Phoned ahead to be told that kitchen would stop taking orders at 2:30 - not to worry, can order over the phone and our guests could order ahead of the deadline. Arrived after the supposed deadline to discover that a dish chosen X2 unavailable so order not yet in. Everything was lovely when we did order around 15 minutes after the supposed close off time for orders - and we were still offered dessert menu when we had eaten mains. No complaints, except that the pressure to order over the phone was weird given how busy everything was when we did arrive

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KateN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best winery in Australia! Amazing quality food, wine and venue. Love love love.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Well worth visiting for a meal or a day out

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K384902
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great ambience in the middle of the Southern Highlands. A perfect place to have a lunch with the girls in a relaxed country setting.

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GerardO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best eating places. A mouthwatering setting both inside and outside with food to match. Really a unique experience.
Stunning simple robust architecture as a bonus to feast one's eyes on, as well as the food.

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AmreenK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great ambiance, lush green winery views as you eat your meals. Each dish ordered was yummy and presented well. The children enjoyed outdoor games in the front garden after lunch.

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MimK
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Service was a bit slow, however very friendly and accommodating. The food was nice and the atmosphere was great. Overall we had a really fun long family lunch.

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VirginiaE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A beautiful setting with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.. definitely worth the trip . The food range is good and certainly some great flavor combinations to entice the keen foodie. Love this place

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I came here for my 21st birthday with my family to do both the wine tasting and the lunch. We were greeted by the front of house who was so kind and warming, I wish I got his name. He instantly made us feel welcome as he sat us down at the table. Debra who did our wine tasting was fabulous and educated us on each wine whilst making it super fun! I had my elderly grandparents with me and they also felt so special. The food was unreal, I would most definitely recommend the pizza or the Crab linguine. We will be back in the winter months and will definitely being our extended family!!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The crab linguini is a standout dish I would come back for time and time again. Lovely venue and fantastic bookshop to browse.

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoyable. Lovely setting. Just a bit noisy.

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REIKO
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

delicious food and beautiful view. I often take guests to eat.

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TatianaD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful place to be, great spot. I love all of it: the decor, scenery, food, wine, atmosphere and books! The food has always been outstanding. The wine is lovely. Just had a small problem with the drinks not being brought for a long time. We had to ask for them after our meals we served. Overall though, the service is very friendly and good.

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Catherinep
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Stunning setting delicious food Ben Dooley Chardonnay cuvée very drinkable. All in all a wonderful place to enjoy family friends and food

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JulieannaC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such an enjoyable place to lunch with family and friends. Relaxing and delicious food.
We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful, good service and great food.

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AmandaO
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our experience was very enjoyable, food service surroundings were all lovely
There was a noisy (hens) group nearby but they were only enjoying themselves

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FernandoD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nothing negative about our first visit to this Estate. Great location - only a few minutes from Mittagong and Berrima. We loved the place and surrounds. The food was very good and the prices were appropriate. The service was excellent. Will recommend to anyone for any occasion. We will be back.

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JaneC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This restaurant was humming on a Friday @ lunch time. We sat in the new addition that is approximately 5 years old, so not near the library but with an outlook to the vines. Big wooden tables, not particularly clean, staff attentive but not obtrusive. We ordered a shared charcuterie board for entree between 3 of us, then we each ordered different mains; one steak (rare) that was overdone, and sent back to chef, one linguine crab which was delicious and one blue cheese pizza which was generous and tasty. All meals were presented well and the wine list was not large but we found something we liked. Overall good value. The steak was made complimentary and we left happy. Two hour limit on tables which was stated by our waitress at beginning and at end.

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Sophie
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

COVID restrictions and allocated reservation time slots ensured every was safe and catered for.

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AmandaJ
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely environment and great food. Was a bit crowded and noisy due to rainy day meaning people were inside.

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RodneyS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A good experience despite it being a very busy day

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great wine tasting and lunch experience when we were there. Worth the visit! Make sure you book online.

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LisaG
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting for a lovely lunch. The food came out super quick and was tasty. We had the lamb pizza, the tomato and stracciatella salad and cheesecake. All very yum.
Service was great.

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NatW
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place to visit for a meal. We had kids abs they were accommodating with fast food service of the kids menu. Does get busy and bit loud with bigger groups (wine tastings) so book ahead. Beautiful food and great venue overall. Good for a meal destination place.

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KayDee
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Lovely late lunch at the Berkelouw Book Barn and Bendooley Estate restaurant. A minor issue with the wood fired oven made it difficult to order bread without a lengthy delay but this was a small issue which did not detract from our enjoyment of the meal, the location and the ambience. Highly recommend both the restaurant and the Book Barn experience.

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Nick
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

We found one of the waitresses abrupt in her manner the soda we ordered did not arrive

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MarkW
Sydney / NSW
16 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

I made this reservation on 30 Nov 2020, some 5 weeks ahead of the date and, while we appreciate it is a busy time, my wife and her friend were disappointed at the table provided as it was right near the front door (and hence lots of noise and traffic).

We have dined at Bendooley on many occasions, used your larder for our recent Christmas lunch, stayed at Bendooley cabins plus had our daughter’s wedding with you a few years ago. I would have thought therefore that you would better look after long term supportive customers and, if you don’t already do so, I would suggest your booking system notes the history of your guests so that you may be able to better acknowledge this support with more satisfactory seating.

Notwithstanding the above, the food at Bendooley is always excellent.

Cheers
Mark

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BoskoS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing venue and backdrop. The Food and service were faultless, we will definitely be back!

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MarkJ
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been a few times previously and will always come back due to the fantastic food and excellent waitstaff.

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MariaV
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bendooley is a must for anyone visiting the Southern Highlands and who enjoys good food and wine. A beautiful setting amongst the vineyards - and its dog friendly! Love it!

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FionaB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Lovely selection of food, I think being in a group so you can share would be ideal. Lovely setting. Unfortunately the service was poor, whilst the staff were lovely they were not attentive,
we waited quite a long time for a menu and water. I ended up using a tea spoon from my partners coffee to eat dessert as I never received any cutlery and couldn't catch anyone's attention. Perhaps it was just unlucky but given that it's quite upmarket I would expect the service to match the prices.

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Allstar234
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Lovely environment and surroundings. The bookstore in the restaurant is a clever and quirky idea. The food was quite acceptable but not outstanding. Our waiter was very helpful and kind but unfortunately, the staff at the wine tasting were not so pleasant which detracted from an otherwise lovely afternoon. Separately, the presence of a Tesla charger onsite for our car also added to the selection of this venue

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vipPaul
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Was extremely manic and had a very poor check in process and no idea about COVID management

Food and service were good once you got in

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AmandaC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Only issue was the front desk was left unattended for periods of 10 minutes at times and people were coming in and backing up out the door. Then the lady from the book section went cranky at people for standing in the door way and not social distancing.

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SusieE
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just fabulous as usual . This place has everything- we just love it.
The food is delicious and great for sharing . Staff are always top class .

FAQs

Bendooley Estate is rated 4.5 stars by 1192 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.