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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DJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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

M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

LL
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

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
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

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

RT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

High quality, interesting food choices, attentive staff.

C
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

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
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

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
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

RL
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

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
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

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
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

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
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent Food and Excellent Service - Highly recommended

A
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

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.