Darley's Restaurant at Lilianfels - Katoomba

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222 reviews
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Darley's Restaurant at Lilianfels - Katoomba's signature fine dining Blue Mountains restaurant. With views across the historic formal English gardens and the escarpment of Jamison Valley in the background, Darley’s Restaurant is renowned for Blue Mountains fresh, local and regional produce, fine wines and innovative cuisine.

Darley's offers modern Australian cuisine served as a la carte or degustation menus with specially selected local and imported wines.

Darley’s is a multi-award winning Hatted restaurant inducted in the Australian Hotels Association hall of fame for best regional restaurant in 2010 and more recently won the Tourism Accommodation Association NSW awards for excellence regional restaurant.
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Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolute perfection from start to finish. The food was delicious and the wine pairings were spot on! The staff were knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive and having the head chef visit every table to check in was a nice touch.
I absolutely could not fault this restaurant. The place is absolutely stunning! I will definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family and I look forward to coming back!

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Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attending Darley’s Restaurant is a very memorable and unique experience:

Dining in elegant antiquity upon
exquisite cuisine
brings the deepest possible pleasure

This is an absolute MUST DO, at least once, in your life.

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Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for our anniversary dinner. Beautiful food, elegant decor, excellent service.

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Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary here and they whole team truly made it special. The ambient lighting, beautiful food and matching wines and great staff. It was so nice the Chef Roy came out and introduced himself. Such a nice personal touch.

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Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Watching the sun set from our window seat was incredible. The small glitch with the ordering was quickly remedied and a complimentary dessert wine offered. The food was very good and we enjoyed all courses but if I had a choice, I would prefer to eat a la Carte so I can choose what I want and how much I want to eat. This would make the dining experience at Darley seven better.

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Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Obsolutely magnificent experience at Darley worth every penny spent

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Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had the vegan degustation 7 course menu. An excellent meal given the limitations that a vegan regime presents. Outstanding dishes were:
* Asparagus, braised morel, grapefruit, hazelnut
* Texture of Cauliflower, raisin walnut, parsley
* Glazed and Grilled Eggplant
* Coconut gelato, fennel salad, preserved lemon

Ambience a continuing delight coupled with extraordinary service - a restaurant to visit again and again!!

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Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very memorable evening; outstanding food, great ambiance, and we were superbly looked after by Ashe. We look forward to the chance to return.

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Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was superb but had to have set menu 5 course. Portion sizes small but adequate. Quite pricey for 2 people. Wine price over the top. Bought the paring recommendation thinking it was $60 but it was actually p/p. Cost us $120 for 3 glasses each. Would have been better buying the bottle at $60. Live and learn. Staff were fantastic and made our night.

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Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual. Degustation menu is great - although may not suit some.

But this is high end dining in the Blue Mountains.

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Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

If you’re prepared to spend a pretty penny I.e. $250 for 2 people (main, dessert and a couple of drinks) than Darley’s is a lovely spot with beautiful views of the garden outside. Pauric our primary server was wonderful to deal with, and the other servers were pretty good too. We had a lovely time, but the pricing was quite vague on the menus so our bill surprised us a little.

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Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food and incredible service. The food is creative but generous and delicious. The staff go above and beyond, making it a really enjoyable experience. Thanks!

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Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic - this is our favourite place in the mountains for a fine dining experience
worth the money everything was perfect.

we will return !

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Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we allied in the door the atmosphere was warm & friendly! The friendliness & professsionalism if the staff was exceptional
Each course was served within a timeframe that was just right, and the quality of the food lest us lost for words
A massive thank you to Darleys for making my partners birthday dinner amazing
We can't wait to come back

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Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food and service!

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Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Darleys many times in the past and the food has always been a taste sensation. On this occasion we did not get that, The food was still nice but certainly not up to the standard we have had. Maybe the chef has changed but it was a little disappointing considering we brought our friends along on this occasion.

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

WE had a fantastic night, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was magical until another guest took a call on his mobile and continued to discuss the organisation of a conference in a very load and annoying tone, it was unfortunate that the waiter did not ask him to take his call outside!

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

Amazing food and service

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Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and service. One of the best food experiences ever!!! Thank you all.

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Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal

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Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and the service were exceptional. The quality and flavour of our selections was just simply perfect! It has got to be one of the best all round dinning experiences we have ever had, from entre to dessert !!

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Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and surroundings but charging extra for sides is a bit rich

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Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! We had the most wonderful meal and the food was perfectly complemented by the exceptional service. Everything about Darleys exceeded our expectations. Highly recommended!

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Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Entree should have heroes crab but I didn't taste it

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Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Unfortunately not a full restaurant yet we were given not a great table. We basically sat and stared at another couple shame because there were many better tables.
Order was confused. Quality of god was good.

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Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous evening with top class food, wine and service. Can highly recommend.

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Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Waiters went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and address our requests!

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Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were given a table by the fire which was surprising as there were other diners already there. Apparently they award prime tables according to how far in advance you book. Waiter very knowledgeable and helpful. He had been here years. Food original delicious and chef forages for ingredients himself. Chef came to meet us afterwards and throughout the meal we could ask questions about the meal. Australia is expensive for food and a top class restaurant comes at a price but we thoroughly enjoyed.

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Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

food and service superb

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Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very attentive staff and lovely different fiood

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Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent mains, and great entrées but the desserts were disappointing. Great recommendation with wines. Good service but long wait between amuse bouche and entrees (more than 1h)

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Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful dinner for my partners 40th Birthday. The service was fantastic. Whilst extremely professional they were still fun and outgoing. The dinner itself was top shelf in terms of quality and presentation. The head chef also popped by to say hello and have a quick chat. Overall a great night and giving us a table near the fire place on a cold night in Katoomba was a special touch

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Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

This restaurant does not deliver value for money, and the quality of dishes is low for fine dining. Whilst pleasant, the entrees, mains and sides we had were less sophisticated than ones we would find in Sydney gastro pubs - a disappointment when it presents as a fine dining restaurant. We paid $30 for a carrot entree which only had 2 tiny carrots cut lengthways. We both had potato tortellini for main which was pleasant enough but the pasta was very thick, and it was $65 for the plate.

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Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was so amazing and it really made the night so special, ashe was our server and he was so knowledgeable of the local history and of the food and he was really funny and just made the whole night really special. There seemed to be nothing that he couldn’t do for us and he really went above and beyond for my parents 30th wedding anniversary. Amazing the whole night, will recommend to family and friends.

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Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The food was boring and appeared To be predominantly sous vide with little actual texture or flavor, and the service was perfunctory at best and absent at worst.

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Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food. We had the degustation and too hard to pick the best dish. Either the fish or the pastas!

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Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Was a wonderful dinner celebrating my birthday and our anniversary. Waiters were very professional and happy to accomodate every small request.

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Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Average dessert especially

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Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful place for fine dining. The Darley's Restaurant is highly recommended by my friend because she knows me that I like delicious food very much. Good quite place with romantic styled decoration. The services are the excellent. Some foods are special and tasting. I have enjoyed the dinner very much.

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Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything from start to finish was sensational. Our waiter, David was charming, attentive and helpful. The food was magnificent. It's a beautiful place that I can't recommend highly enough. Make sure u stay at lilianfels so u can just roll home afterwards!

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