Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion

4.3
299 reviews
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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.
What 299 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

KS
Canberra / ACT
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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.

MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
1 review
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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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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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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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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KH
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The service wasn’t as good as it should be. We waited about 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive, which included water.
The cous cous served with the lamb wasn’t very nice in that it was quite hard and dried out. It was beyond al’dente. We mentioned it to the server and then replaced it with sweet potato, which was slightly undercooked.
Other than that we enjoyed our meal. My family came from New York so we could celebrate and basically enjoyed the time in the restaurant.
My husband and I would come back again.
Also the vegan options for main course wasn’t very good didn’t seem to be any. Only choice of vegetarian was pasta with cheese and mushrooms.

RW
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday with one of our friends. We all had the three courses. The food was amazing and we would all return there again.
Thank you for making it such a memorable time for us all.

JL
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An enjoyable evening. Great food and wine in relaxed lux. Knowledgeable, helpful staff. Will certainly be back soon.

k
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the lovely brunch set menu , it was a very decent serving size . I had the pancakes for the first course which was delicious . Very high quality and perfect serving size as it wasn’t too much but just hit the spot . The pancakes were nice and fluffly and it was very well presented . For the second course I chose the big breakfast and that came with poached eggs , roasted tomato , spinach , mushroom , baked beans , a sausage on sour dough bread I believe . Very tasty ! Again amazing serving size and food was delicious . The brunch set menu is great value for money as it also comes with a coffee of your choice .

The staff was very accommodating and the view was magnificent .

I really recommend this place for brunch :)

RW
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

On arrival our greeting did not make us feel welcome. We were not impressed by the 'greens' side dish; there was no variety and we requested no XO sauce but this was ignored. On leaving we were not asked about our experience nor were we thanked. Overall it was underwhelming.

M
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

We've previously dined at Pialligo, a few years ago, and were looking forward to another visit; very disappointed. Drafty, cold seating!. My pasta was luke-warm - appeared to have been sitting out for a bit before serving - and not properly cooked either. I was offered another serve in order to avoid a bad experience - too late! But they happily took all the money. Avoid recommendations only.

BB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Food was average though it tries to present as five star! Over salty calamari - couldn’t eat it , no flavour of beef cheeks and presented with polenta slush which wasn’t appealing and baked ganache which was inedible - untouched but one small taste- floury and grainy ! Despite all the returns plates of food - not one question from wait staff about whether the mean was satisfactory ! Which it wasn’t - so we paid for the meal which was a very expensive for sub quality food

NL
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and attentive service that wasn't overbearing. Our waiter explained everything on the menu very clearly. The ambience was lovely, they had an incredibly talented live musician but didn't have him too loud.

100% the best meal my partner and I have had in Canberra

K
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the greeting as we walked through the door, through to the exceptional service and delicious food, Pialligo Estate is a favourite dining destination. The Pialligo Charcuterie is an excellent way to sample all of the Estate's renowned smoked and cured products and when paired with a sampling of small plates makes for delicious lunchtime dining. Highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

The staff were not very friendly and the quality of food was average.

SU
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Celebrating my son's graduation, we arrived for our booking at 1.30. We ordered food and drinks however, it was 50 minutes before a drink arrived on our table. The mains too were incredibly slow and the service was non existent. Finally, the manager( I assume ) came over , apologised and offered a glass of wine to everyone. Whilst the food was very god, the extremely slow service for food, wine and even when trying to pay, would make me hesitant to recommend.

C
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely lunch venue. The food is well prepared and the lovely fresh ingredients are outstanding. Service is always very friendly and helpful, even though it was exceptionally busy and they must have been rushed off their feet. Have eaten here a number of times and never disappointed.

JG
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere and just a great afternoon out. Looking forward to my next meal there.

JB
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The booking process was very difficult tables through open tables would not allow booking for 10. I left 4 voicemails and sent an email and received no response so resulted in booking two tables and requesting the tables be together. Service was friendly but really slow, I have chosen yes to recommend to friends purely based on the food and the relaxed ambiance.

AL
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

1st time diners, fantastic food and great service, we will certainly be going back.

TM
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

A nice enough meal and venue but service was hit and miss. Two guests entrees were not provided as ordered as the restaurant had insufficient oysters for both, rather than offering the guests the option of ordering something else, they were given a share of the available oysters. Also, it is not possible to contact this restaurant outside of business hours which appears to be Monday to Friday which meant a special trip having to be made to the restaurant during the day to discuss our booking for that night.

Overall, having eaten at the restaurant previously, this visit was disappointing.

TL
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very well priced for serving size. Excellent for a groups !

NU
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

The good was extremely salty and very expensive for minimal portions and variety. None of the meals come with sides, these cost an additional $10-$15 on top of the already expensive steaks ($45+).
They sat us right next to the heater and it was far too hot and uncomfortable even though there appeared to be many more tables available. I was disappointed as I was looking forward to this experience.

LL
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience!

I would highly recommend Pialligo Estate!

B
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Just love Pialligo Estate
As usual the service, small plates and large were outstanding ! On this occasion unfortunately the desserts were not up to the usual standard :( but this will not deter us from visiting again infact we will be there again this Sunday for lunch !

J
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food in beautiful surroundings, can’t ask for more

DK
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice venue to dine. Food was good but perhaps a tad expensive... worth a visit though as the ambience is nice and the staff attentive.

AD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was worried about being cold given it is winter, but the covered central area and heaters were so toasty warm that we were actually taking off jackets/sweaters. The food was amazing and I have been telling all my friends how wonderful it was

PE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding. Especially the part and gravlax. So good. Lovely warm ambiance and service. Beautiful location.

KL
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant was good however was a little disappointed with the winery. The website alluded to a smokehouse but I found out there that it wasn't the case. Also did not have a cellar door. So if you are after those additional features not just restaurant, then it's not for you. But food and ambience of the restaurant itself was fantastic.

PW
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant, had a wonderful time.
Great food great service, excellent service.

BO
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved every minute of it. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect. If your looking for a special night out, this is the place to go.

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