Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion

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The original Duntroon homestead of the nineteenth century included a number of outbuildings and a conservatory. These building forms have been reinterpreted in our own Garden Pavilions.

The Garden Pavilions are oriented to provide magnificent views of the Estate’s Vineyards, Olive Grove and Canberra’s skyline featuring Parliament House and Black Mountain tower. Our Garden Pavilions are designed to be enjoyed year round in climate controlled comfort.



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.
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SF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

T
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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.

LL
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the most amazing dinner! The slow cooked lamb is to die for! The beetroot salad (from the estate garden) was so fresh and so delicious that we had to order more! We also had oysters that were huge and so tasty! All washed down with pialligo wines (that I admit I didn’t want but agreed to try) and so glad I did! They were fantastic. Overall a brilliant dinner in a gorgeous setting!

KD
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

nice food, good service will be back.
Only issue was chef wouldn't cut up our shared duck dish when requested. Offered us a knife to do it ourselves. Pretty poor form on behalf of the chef. No way a reflection on the wait staff. They were fantastic.

JB
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely evening with great food and wine. Service was also excellent

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Food was overly reduced and way too salty the pasta was lovely. If u have wavy beef, mincing it seems wrong and reducing it to all u can taste is salt and over powering tomato flavour is disappointing.

SK
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Bread we had ordered came out with our mains.
Lamb was quite dry

RT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

High quality, interesting food choices, attentive staff.

C
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Our waitress did not seem to be confident regarding her knowledge of food or wine but she was polite and attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The location is beautiful however the food was average which is unusual for this restaurant. We had the duck and beef cheeks, both were cooked to perfection but the beef cheeks were flavourless and hadn’t even been seasoned. The duck was delicious but the accompanying salad was so salty it was barely edible. We would still come back and try again because we know the food is usually great.

LM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We had made a booking for 2 people. We were shown to our table at the back of the restaurant (without any views of anything - only a stainless steel food holder sitting in the corner) after a 5 mins wait. The young male waiter was friendly, helpful and engaging - he couldn't be faulted, however he was run off his feet and didn't have time to follow up service adequately. The restaurant was very busy, without enough staff to cater and provide good service. The food was good, plentiful and tasty but not outstanding. It looked like the restaurant mainly catered for hens parties, large groups and tours with some rooms for private functions. We had been recommenced to attend this restaurant, however, it didn't live up to the hype, unfortunately.

PL
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to go for a Friday lunch with someone special.

RL
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Was VERY disappointed my booking not expected by staff. I had rung and received phone confirmation and booked online and had email confirmation. Why were we not expected??
Food and service excellent

G
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food was delicious and hot right to the end. Was a bit noisy due to workmen just outside. Would be lovely for dinner

TM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 5

The food was great at Pialligo on Sunday for father’s day, however we had many issues with the service. We ordered four coffees initially and they all came out cold and took far too long (when we were onto our second course). We asked for 2 to be remade and they were, however one was not made with skim milk so it had to be remade again. When the two coffees came back again, the milk was burnt and had a weak coffee taste.

After our last meal, my father and I ordered another two coffees. These came out to us completely cold again. We asked for them to remake them and when they came back, one of them was not skim milk as I had requested. These mistakes happened far too many times and it should have been something so simple. We were not offered any discounts on our coffees which was also disappointing. The staff were very blasé about it all and while they did apologise, they continued to make the same mistakes.

I love Pialligo estate, however I’m not sure if I will go back there. The last time I went I also had a bad experience with service. My poached eggs were completely hard boiled and cold. It’s very unfortunate but I am not willing to pay $35-$45 per person for below average service.

PF
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

CONS: Our booking was made for 2.00 pm but our table was not made ready until 2.20pm. There were long waits between courses (our table opted for the 3 course set menu) and one of the mains was sent back to kitchen due to the fish being raw. Drink service was slow, waited almost 40 minutes for everyone on the table to receive their drink. Unsure if the slow service was due to being sat away from the main seating area. In the instances that we did receive service, our waitress was polite and accommodating. The long wait times were, however, quite disappointing. Our group of 5 was prepared to have a long and leisurely lunch but the 1 hour wait between entrees and mains was ridiculous. At that point in the afternoon (3-4pm) there were not enough patrons for the kitchen to be sending dishes out at such a sluggish pace.

PROS: The view from the garden pavilion was beautiful and would be prefect for a nice afternoon out with friends and family. Wine list is extensive and there is an option for everyone. Charcuterie board was delightful, their in house produce is wonderful.

RI
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent Food and Excellent Service - Highly recommended

A
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Service wasn’t the best, walked in the lady complained saying we are 10 minutes late. The food was poor quality and not worth the money.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice setting. Good food and drinks choices. Quality food and presentation. Suitable for more casual dining or for special occasion. Suitable for small or larger numbers. Will return!

CD
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great drinks, food, service and vibe! Certainly coming back!

KS
Canberra / ACT
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

A really beautiful place to sit with friends enjoying good food. Our waitress was very attentive, No problem with a few changed minds over menu items, & she did warn us our meals would take a bit longer since 3 were from the lunch menu & 1 was from the brunch menu. We were having a ‘Ladies lunch’ before our Rutherglen experience on site at 2 pm so did not mind taking our time over the meal (we had allowed 2 hours, booking at 12). However. A coffee did not arrive until an hour after it was ordered (after reminding) & although we were well prepared for the wait for our first course, the 2nd course of the 2 set menus came far too much later (it was more than 40 minutes after the first).
We all appreciated that it was busy & were fully prepared to have a wait for the first course (mine was the meusli) but it was much too long to the two 2nd courses (mine was ham benedict which was delicious) as we were no longer hungry after the 1st course & then waiting again.

I will go back as the food was really delicious, & it’s a beautiful place to sit. I just hope they can improve the wait time for the food.

L
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Everything was amazing bar the temperature. Wore a long sleeve shirt which was a very bad choice. Was sweating on my seat. So temperature control is the only thing I would change.

AB
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience was exceptional. We are looking forward to returning soon.

MC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I treated my partner to his birthday lunch here and my was it beautiful! A great setting, friendly service and beautiful food. Together we had a steak and barramundi and both were cooked to perfection. A little on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for, and here we had beautiful wine and food, so we were happy to treat ourselves. Recommend to others for those special occasions.

CC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was amazing and excellent service. It was a tad hot in the pavilion we were in, the main one I guess, but otherwise cannot fault it. Will be back!

CT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The service is was left our experience at an all time low.
Very slow, particularly with our drinks - it took 1/2 an hour for our wine to come to us.
It would be difficult to recommend this establishment, wait staff did not like to make eye contact.
When we asked for the bill, we were told just to present to the bar, which we did, and then it took another 5 minutes to establish where we had been sitting.

MB
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely sensational food, service and atmosphere. Thanks and see you next time.

GS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent venue for a sunny day. The outlook is one of the very best in Canberra. Somewhat of a surprise for Canberra is that the staff are very well trained, attentive when needed but mostly unobtrusive. Food selection is somewhat restricted but we had no difficulty finding items to choose. Wine is reasonably priced for Canberra. Do not be fooled by the label on Pialligo Regional Pinot Grigio, it is made in the Pinot Gris style and one of the nicest I have tasted.

Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion
Responded on 7 August 2019

HI Gary - Thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback - we really appreciate it and glad that you enjoyed your day. We'll keep some Pinot on ice for your next visit. Shane

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LL
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, great service and lovely ambience!

Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion
Responded on 7 August 2019

HI Lynn, Thank you so much for the great feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time. We hope to see you again soon. Shane

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MM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service was brilliant. The sitting area was lovely. Pancakes we had were very delicious. But the coffee was cold, which I hate, and so were the eggs. But I still think it’s pretty good value for a place as nice as this.

Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion
Responded on 7 August 2019

HI Michelle - Thank you so much for taking the time to provide such lovely feedback! Apologies for the coffee well make sure its piping hot on your next visit! See you soon. Shane

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JW
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food was delicious. What a beautiful setting inside the Garden Pavilion. It would be the perfect setting for our rustic wedding if only it was affordable.

Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion
Responded on 7 August 2019

Hi Jesamine, Thank you for taking the time to provide such lovely feedback. We hope you'll be back in for lunch or dinner soon. Shane.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exquisite food. Set's the bench mark for Canberra cuisine. A fabulous, innovative menu for a small intimate couple to large numbers dining.

Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion
Responded on 7 August 2019

Hi Susan! Thank you so much for your kind words - we really appreciate you taking the time to provide the feedback. We look forward to seeing you again - Shane.

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