Esca Bimbadgen

4.6
135 reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Welcome to Esca, Bimbadgen’s flagship dining experience.

Esca is dedicated to showcasing the wines of our estate by pairing them with simple yet elegant food in spectacular Hunter Valley setting. Our food philosophy is to use the best quality local ingredients combined with our own Bimbadgen produce. Right here on site we have our own bee boxes, vegetable garden and extensive citrus orchard.

Our menu has been designed to allow you to design your own tasting experience. You have the option to choose as the number of courses you wish, and in which order you wish to enjoy these. We begin our menu experience with 3 courses, but you can select 4 5 or more if you wish.

To enjoy the full Esca and Bimbadgen experience, we highly recommend you enjoy each dish with our wine pairings. Our Executive Chef, Nick Samaras and Winemaker Richard Done, have carefully selected a perfect wine match to each menu item.

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 135 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JuliaM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Loved the new duck egg on an artichoke bed, different but yummy! All the courses were amazing, just beautiful.

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CatherineB
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food and service.

Just a shame we had to use the QR code to chase up some of the better wines, so we didn't.

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JoshuaDavid
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was everything I love about Haute Cuisine, the creative imagination and perfect execution of each dish set the platform for a truly wonderful experience. The wine pairings were flawless, the scenery was stunning, and the staff prompt and professional, yet friendly and without pretence. You weren’t rushed, and you weren’t waiting. The team at ESCA are on the ball.

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GillF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience3

The water charge was not communicated and disappointing

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JodieW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was the most wonderful experience from start to finish. The staff were exceptional & couldn’t do enough for us as they attended to all our needs so gladly. The food was absolutely sensational & each dish individually tantalised our taste buds. The menu is so beautifully presented & it was so lovely to be able to mix & match the dishes to the liking of our dietary preferences between my partner & I. I cannot recommend this lunch/menu highly enough from someone who is a ‘keen’ critic-there was nothing to fault. The setting is absolutely spectacular too. A MUST if you are in the region. I can’t wait to return. Thank you!

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KatM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish. Food, wine, service and setting all wonderful. Definitely recommend and will be back!

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vipAlexW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Amazing experience, quality dishes, excellent service and lovely views. Wines are ok

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JacquiR
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was very tasty and the menu had good variety. There was unfortunately a whipper- snipper going for a good 15 mins when we first arrived. We also sat for about 20 minutes before we were served and service was quite slow. Despite this, we had a good time and the good food made up for the poor service.

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AnaTay
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We enjoyed a delicious five course degustation meal on New Years Eve. The food was outstanding. We'll definetely be going back. The only criticism I had was that I expected the restaurant to have an ambience of celebration i.e. some form of NYE decorations, other than one party hat and a party whistle on our table :-( It felt like any other night of the year which was disappointing.

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StaceyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous New Year’s Eve here. The COVID-19 plan was excellent and we felt completely safe. The menu was well thought out and very filling.

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JamesA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

The food was reasonable however not in accordance with our specific likes. Very expensive resulting in low value for money. Duck was raw. Wines 200% above market value.

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PaulO
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food and the choice of dishes . Very helpful wait staff

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NathanC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic, the food was terrific and the matched wines were very well paired. We loved our afternoon!

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent, casual yet super professional and accommodating! Food was delicious, we’d definitely go back

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HarryS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We have been to Esca Bimbadgen many time over the years and always enjoyed the experience. The new menu is the best yet and very reasonably priced considering the quality and uniqueness of the offerings. The service was warm and friendly and the space well presented. The wines of course were very good.

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AlexR
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good venue, a bit pricey though.
Staff were good and very attentive to our table.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The signature experience was great. Lots of food and a perfect match to the wine. It was great value!

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DateNight
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the 4 course meal & right from the start everything was excellent. The portions were ample & delicious. The service was great but not overwhelming & staff paid careful attention to detail. Would certainly recommend for a romantic dinner or a small party of friends

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StefanieJ
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful lunch, food was amazing, service was phenomenal. Perfect place for a special lunch or dinner!

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RikK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and wines and great service. Had a great night.

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EdwardB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful and creative dishes. Attentive and friendly service. Beautiful outlook. I would definitely return.

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LauraW
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Esca succeeded our expectations. We loved our experience and will definitely return.

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LesleyD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Expensive but outstanding and worth it for a special dinner. We loved this dinner.

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RobL
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very Good all round Service, food and experience .

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Phil
Brisbane
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For starters the outdoor dining with views over the valley is just perfect to set the mood, Then the idea of having a number of small courses from anywhere on the menu is great. The smoked peaches and cod in seafood bouillabaisse were exceptional. And the wine prices by the glass were very reasonable (unlike at some other winery restaurants in the region).

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DanielleF
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honestly one of the best restaurants in the Hunter. Love having lunch here and the new menu is to die for!!
There were so many yummy choices we didn’t know what to pick.
We love the setting, the food and staff are awesome!

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SueG
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

My cheese plate came with live ants !

The waitress replaced the menu item without any fuss which was good.
However, I would have expected the bill to reflect a reduction, rather an an expectation of a tip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Service great but didn’t like bugs flying around at night

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Jeff
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful food & service. Presentation of dishes was excellent. Quantity on plate could have been slightly larger. Only downside dining chairs not as comfortable as they should have been and a table of rather noisy diners sitting close by.

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PetaJ
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience was most enjoyable. It was an extremely hot day and even though I had booked an outside table, an inside window table was set up for us which we gratefully accepted. The staff were friendly and attentive, no complaints at all.

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StaceyDiamond
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time trying here. Really enjoyed the view the food and the service was great and all great experience

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KimM
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful as always. Love the food and the ambience. The staff are attentive and professional.

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LouiseS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing way to enjoy a meal with few or many servings of whatever you want in the whatever order you want.
We were very excited by the food and the presentation which was first class, the kitchen staff did a wonderful job and we congratulated them on their efforts.
The wait staff were courteous and friendly and so very helpful and conscientious - this was an event we will never forget, on a day that meant so much to my partner and I.

Will recommend Esca Bimbadgen to friends from Central Coast to Cronulla - and we will be back.

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SusanA
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic dining experience. We were a party of 9 for a birthday. Beautiful setting and exceptional staff especially Alex. Food was amazing with reasonable portion size. I chose 3 dishes with matching wine and wished I have room for a 4th or even 5th. Some people in my group even came back the next day to buy wine from the cellar door. Highly recommended for a group booking but just as perfect for a romantic dinner for two. I will definitely be back.

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RalphR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great views, delightful food, wonderful venue... recommended

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TomSmylie2014
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service great food ambiance and
fantastic views as well as top drop of wines
Highly recommended

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was as expected at a fine dining restaurant. Staff very friendly and food of a superior standard. Would recommend without hesitation.

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JoeN
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The new menu, which provides smaller similar sized courses, is much better for lunch - means you can enjoy 3or4 courses without leaving the feeling of having overeaten

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration. Beautiful night.

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Emily
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A three course lunch took nearly 2 hours so we missed out cellar door appointment. Otherwise, food was great, waiters were super friendly and the view from the balcony was lovely.

FAQs

Esca Bimbadgen is rated 4.6 stars by 135 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.