Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion

4.2
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356 reviews
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$40 and under
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The Pavilion is a light-filled dining space, enjoying views of the olive grove, gardens and the landmarks of Canberra and beyond. Our menus are seasonal, driven by a passion to bring our paddock to your plate to ensure high quality dining experiences by showcasing produce from our orchards, olive grove, vineyard, award-winning Smokehouse and market gardens. Dine in the Pavilion on marble tables and beautiful crockery while enjoying an outstanding wine list, curated by our resident Sommelier.

The Estate has also recently opened their restaurant inside a restaurant, Market Grill, which is championing our select group of passionate farmers and fishermen, showcasing their produce simply, and respectfully. The Market Grill is charcoal and wood cooking at its finest.


The Garden Pavilions are open for a la carte diningas well as private functions. They feature a beautiful fresh menu that showcases seasonal produce from our gardens and other locally sourced products.
What 356 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.3
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4.0
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AF
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

The heat was ridiculous and it was so noisy. The service was average and they were keen to get us out of the place once we finished our lunch. We were moved half way through our meal into a side pavilion to be in a cooler space. You would think they would have a better roof system other than clear and as for portable hired coolers for an establish like that is an subbasement.

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful food and service however not having air con made it a bit uncomfortable especially on such a hot day. I would definitely return though.

KJ
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food and surroundings are good but avoid on a hot day!

JH
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience2

The food was very good the beef cooked well and melted in your mouth. However our table was near the kitchen and it was very very warm last Sunday which made the eating experience extremely uncomfortable. The air blower made very little difference,I therefore would not recommend this restaurant to people during summer, it may have been better in the areas which are open to the outside rather than the poky corridor next to the kitchen. The copper screens with the lights hanging above reflected the heat back to the table. The noise level made it very difficult to talk, at at some stages the background music was too loud! The toilets were beautifully cool, pity about the main dinning area.

CN
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The venue is wonderful, nice vibe and great view. We found the staff to be knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The food was great (with a focus on locally sourced/grown items as an added bonus). I definitely recommend getting a charcuterie board to sample a few of the estate's own produce made right there on the premises. For the quality of the food and the standard of service, the prices are very reasonable. The pavilion is a little hidden gem in the Canberra restaurant scene, and we will definitely be back!

H
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was a very hot afternoon. The main pavilion needs to be fully air conditioned. Lunch was pleasant and well presented. Staff were obliging and knowledgeable. We requested a wine tasting before lunch so as we could choose our lunch wine with knowledge. No tasting was available. Most unusual for a winery.

j
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great venue, fresh seasonal produce, just a tad expensive for what you get, eg half a small chicken for $55, please!

DB
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Although I appreciate that it was busy that particular day we arrived early for that reason. Waitress was helpful and polite but it took nearly one hour just to get one serving of bread when others around us who arrived later were being served before us. Main courses were late but ok but lacked flair or imagination especially when prices are at the higher end of the market. We were never offered a desert menu and had to call a waitress over for coffee . It was my 50th birthday and was probaby hoping for something more memorable.

TM
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very pleasant setting, food was very nice (but would have liked a wider selection of vegetables). Wine was a little on the expensive side, but a nice selection. Wait staff were very attentive and pleasant, the restaurant was very busy but there were a lot of staff on which was nice to see. Overall a very nice lunch.

AP
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Though crowded, noisy and hot - food was excellent. One very disappointing aspect of the meal however was the fish of the day. Billed as a 'large plate' it was anything but large. A minute serving of sword fish with a few small florret s of colliflower for $39 was exceptionally disappointing.

PD
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Arrived and ordered however the waiter forgot to ask what I would like with my main course. Entrée was very nice however when the mains arrived we had not cutlery and had to find someone to obtain some. When they cleared the table after the entree the waiter dropped a dirty fork on my wifes new top causing a grease stain.The main disappointment was the steak I order as a main course when it arrived cold and we had to send it back. We had waited 45 mins for our main. When they returned with a reheated steak (yes reheated) which after questioning the waiter had admitted they had reheated it!The steak that was order medium was now a blackened piece of meat on my plate and they had also brought out the wrong sauce to accompany it. They had scrapped off the sauce I had put on my steak and reheated it. They did not charge us for the meal however after all that had gone on I did not expect them too. Overall very disappointing.

LB
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The restaurant was great. The food and service was spot on. However we moved in to the garden area for the gin bar. They had a function on inside which was fine but the service was extremely poor. One bar tender for both the function and the other people in the grassed area most of the time. I ordered two gins and as he was making them, a member of the function asks for a Beer and wine. He immediately stops making mine and starts the other persons. I find this extremely rude. Is this person more of a value customer? Also the gin bar was out of a lot of the garnishes very early on (midday) Also the grass area is beautiful but there’s no shade. Two umbrellas. If they had More umbrellas or shaded areas, it would be more popular.

RS
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Disappointed in the service, our meals were put on hold due to a wedding and another large party event. Noise levels made it difficult to have a conversation. On arrival the floor had food dropped on it as it was the access point to wedding.

WS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The four of us had an enjoyable time. The food was delicious and the service was punctual and friendly. the local wine complemented the dishes we ordered and overall it was a great dining experience.

GS
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Beautiful food, lovely service, a lovely way to spend a special anniversary!

MH
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, excellent wine and food. Our waiter made great recommendations.

DJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Took my partner there for a birthday and fun time had by all. Great food and very friendly staff.

B
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Disappointed at the service. We ordered 4 share plates. The calamari plate came out relatively quick however the remaining 3 came out 40 minutes after we had finished the calamari, and only after asking of if it was coming. It would have been nice to enjoy the calamari with the other plates we had ordered.

When the steak came out I mentioned that it was going to be sliced as we were sharing it. The door staff flicked her wrist and said "it is sliced". It's not what you say, it's how you say it and I don't appreciate attitude when all I can see from across the table is a full steak (it was sliced but all squished together so looked whole) and after we waited a very long time for it.

We ordered the kids meal for my son and he did not receive the dessert despite the fact his food came out with the calamari.

Very poor slow service.

WL
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fresh, fresh and more fresh. Food is amazing and location is spectacular.

M
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our main course arrived undercooked for both of us, but there was no hesitation by the staff in taking it back and cooking to our liking. My husband was also given a complimentary glass of wine. We had the mot delightful waitress who really made the evening special.

MH
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Loved the new menu. Service great. Only downside was my meal wasnt very hot when it arrived. Something to work on as the new menu beds down. But it didnt put me off coming again.

JC
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing, knowledgeable and personable staff

SM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall2Food5Service4Ambience5

It was both my daughters birthday and I prepaid for a chocolate birthday cake - what came out was a wedding cake - completely ruined the event
To make it worse a waiter quickly grabbed the remainder of the cake and said ‘thank god you hardly ate any of it!! I was then fuming that the wedding party was far more important than our birthday gathering - really awful never going back!

r
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

lovely venue, friendly helpful staff, beautiful food and great value

MG
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

It was very hot in the pavilion which distracted from the experience. It would be good to get some kind of cooling system for the futre. The meal was good value. Particularly enjoyed the duck liver pate and the Pinot Grigio.

LC
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for my husband’s birthday our waitress was lovely and looked after us very well lovely experience. Will be back

M
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Busy Saturday lunchtime but the service was faultless. Our interstate visitors were very impressed with the local produce.

m
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

The location, setting and food were all amazing. The service left a bit to be desired and came off as fake. Otherwise, it was a wonderful experience and I will definitely return.

KS
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food and Service were good , ordered from the estate menu $55 per head , some sides eg vegetables included in the main menu would have been appreciated , other than that was a pleasant outing.

DH
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience3

Arrived for our booking at 1.00pm
Entree served at 2.15 and main at 3.15
Manager and staff did apologise for delay and a Manager offered comp bottle of wine .
Do understand being under presssure however time delay not acceptable

SF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was phenomenal! Tia was our waitress and she was brilliant. Our kids were allowed to roam free and play and food was only served when we asked for it! Could not have asked for a better birthday celebration’

r
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

We really enjoyed the food but were not impressed with waiting nearly 1 hour for our first drink that went with the estate menu even though we asked why and they said due to corporate function in Garden pavilion
Our lovely waitress Lucy was very good but she was put in an awkward position when items were not ready
Maybe some bread or nibbles if you make people wait this long

JC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an attractive venue with great service and menu options. We shared the beef brisket, which was delicious but a large serving and really should be shared by more than two people.

N
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu, awesome staff, perfect location, highly recommended, fabulous for all occasions

T
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a wonderful lunch. It has a relaxed vibe with excellent food and service. The bubbles and wine were very pleasing.

SW
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Predictably good food as expected but the service was outstanding - especially as they had a very large number of groups, high teas , brunches , etc to deal with . Our interstate guests were very impressed and they are hard markers usually .

ED
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was to die for. The charcuterie board was delicious, paired with a salad and some chips it was the perfect amount of food. The Prosecco was gorgeous and the service was great. We will definitely be back.

CR
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The building is beautiful and the staff are helpful without being intrusive. The atmosphere is excellent and other diners seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. We loved the lamb shoulder and berry crumble in particular. Personal attention from chef Darren Perryman made it extra special.

JL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding was the service. Wait staff looked like they were enjoying being there. Food was great too

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

So impressed with this space! Gorgeous place to drink wine and eat delicious food. The building and styling were very inviting and relaxing. It felt lux but comfortable and welcoming. Wonderful selection of wines and cocktails. The charcuterie options were divine - terrine and pate outstanding. We will definitely be back.