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Food - Rookie Eatery, Wollongong, AU-NSW
Food  - Rookie Eatery, Wollongong, AU-NSW
Food - Rookie Eatery, Wollongong, AU-NSW
Rookie Eatery, Wollongong, AU-NSW
Rookie Eatery, Wollongong, AU-NSW

Rookie Eatery

4.7
4.7
671 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Rookie Eatery offers diners contemporary Australian cuisine in a casual context. A produce-driven menu centres on modern Australian food, as the kitchen serves an eclectic mix of local ingredients with multicultural influences. At Rookie, we believe that ‘Australian cuisine’ is a multicultural phenomenon that exists nowhere else in the world and so we aim to provide a contemporary interpretation with the local ingredients on offer. The result is a diverse inspiration of eastern and western cultures brought together with fragrant and fresh flavours. An on-site herb garden provides the kitchen with a range of indigenous and introduced herb species, whilst a commitment to strong supplier relationships sees the South Coast’s best produce showcased.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Asian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (02) 4228 8371
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Daniel Sherley

What 671 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New South Wales

    Innovative

  • New South Wales

    Australian

  • Illawarra

    Best Overall

  • Illawarra

    Best Food

  • Illawarra

    Best Service

  • Illawarra

    Best Ambience

  • Illawarra

    Best Value

  • Illawarra

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Illawarra

    Great for fine wines

  • Illawarra

    Good for special occasions

  • Illawarra

    Most Booked

671 Reviews
  1. JulieR

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Snack tasting menu was amazing as usual...this was my 3rd time in 6 months! Service was wonderful, was able to slow down dishes coming out. Was very hit & humid, ac was useless, but could open the wibdow which did the trick. Great bday celebration

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  2. Dodger

    New South Wales

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We chose the $99pp option. It was great. Each dish was well presented and descibed and very tasty. The service was excellent. Waitress, Miya, was terrific. Very friendly and engaging. A good night overall was had.

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  3. DeniseK

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was enough in portion although some pieces were very strong in the sauces . It was a lovely experience although it’s quite loud in there and sometimes hard to hear the other person talking . The service was great but the food came out so fast . Overall the value is good .

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was Devine and our waitress was one of the best I’ve ever had.

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  5. Shaz

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved our experience here . Went for the (middle range) degustation (which was really a little too much for us for lunch) but each component was delicious and unique and interesting and plentiful . Service was delightful with a young man who was friendly and charming and sought to answer all our questions about the menu and accompanying wines. Would highly recommend this restaurant and this lunchtime degustation menu (although next time - and there will be a next time - we will go a little smaller) Loved it .

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing and the service was too! Highly recommend

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  7. AlanR

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food. We had one of the banquets. Great choice, variety and flavours. Each course came out a little too quickly but that is all I could fault One of the best restaurant experiences I have had

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  8. Sara

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second time at Rookie and I really think it is my favourite restaurant. Innovative dishes, punchy flavours, friendly staff and reasonable price tag. We will be back. The type of food I dream of.

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  9. LaurelN

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was fantastic , the food was amazing we were transported on a food journey of perfect flavours , balanced and fresh . Every course left us wanting the next would highly recommend and we will be back

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  10. JuanS

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The king fish sashimi was amazing and my steak was cooked to perfection Always a great experience at Rookie.

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  11. Denise

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Rookies. It has a charming setting and calm ambience. The music was set quietly which is great as we could converse at a normal level. Service was attentive, the meal was nicely paced, food was delicious (there was a good selection for the meat eater and the vegetarian). A good range of wines available. We will be back.

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  12. PennyO

    New South Wales

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous lunch special and the best lychee martini

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and amazing food. We had the tasting menu which consisted of 7 dishes. This was a great option and good value for money. The waiters were lovely and offered us a tasting of our wine before purchase!

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  14. Foodislife

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    To start, Lilly (spell?) and Annabelle (spell?) we’re amazing: amicable, knowledgeable, and right on. The food: great flavours. Some very new and unique, and even the more “expected” flavours had a special touch that made all the food we had really enjoyable. It is high cusubé and hence cannot expect low prices, but even then, we’ve had food that didn’t deserve the accolades this one does and paid the same. So, absolutely worth it. If there is one “minus” (which really is not) is that I don’t know why at time of reservation do we get asked if it’s a special occasion, I told them it was my birthday and then there was nothing said or done about it. Again not a real issue but strange.

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  15. PeitaD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. Restaurant was so hot though - please open a window or turn up the air conditioner! Waited 30 mins for the bill.

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  16. JarrydM

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got the banquet menu and it was fantastic. Great range and all delicious.

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  17. SharonO

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sensational food and excellent service at a reasonable price for the high quality. We ordered a selection from the menu and everything was delicious! We will definitely be back.

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  18. LindaW

    New South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor service from the girls and the food was so dry. Could have been nice but not. So disappointing for a date night.

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  19. SidneyN

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful, food was just as it was meant to taste and not overpowering with flavour, cooked perfectly. Look forward to dining in again soon!

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  20. SusanW

    Tasmania

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, if a bit expensive.! The service faultless, especially as I requested to change the table I booked. The wines the usual huge % mark up we've all come to expect. I would definitely recommend Rookie, but, bring your money with you!

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  21. KarenR

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding food and service. Will definitely be returning!

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  22. ChristineJ

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place to celebrate a special occasion. Food was delicious and service excellent.

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  23. SandiB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    WS absolutely a beautiful dinner the device was exceptional and was an overall fantastic dining experience 😁

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  24. Richardv

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time eating at Rookie, and it was excellent food. The service was great, and nothing was a problem.

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  25. HelenO

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service was amazing 🤩 we will definitely return

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent service with great wine and food recommendations. Really enjoyed the meal and the overall experience

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  27. ChantelleT

    New South Wales

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic meal at Rookie. We did the Rookie Feed Me menu which was delicious and super filling! Excellent service by all our waiters/waitresses.

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  28. JordanF

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    absolutely fantastic, food was excellent! more than worth the price, the service was also top notch. great cocktails and just overall a great experience!

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  29. Marnie

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and exceptional service. Cocktails were lovely. Great menu choices including 3 options for a sampler/tasting menu.

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  30. leannef

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food was divine! The Feed Me menu is definitely the way to go.

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  31. Nixl

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food. Excellent service. Great timing of food service. Good wine

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  32. Jeff

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Flavours from various Asian cuisines are thoughtfully combined and make for a lovely dining experience. Service was also attentive without being intrusive. Great cocktails too, where again the flavours are well balanced.

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  33. BMC997

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and fantastic service! Would definitely go here again.

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  34. BEVM

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a beautiful meal. If I had to choose my favourite dish, it would be the cheesecake. I was speechless! Absolutely superb, The service was fantastic! Thanks for a great meal guys.

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  35. JulieR

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & service was wonderful as usual, snack tasting memu is sensational, such great value

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  36. VANY

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seriously, cannot find a single fault with the experience we had. The complimentary appetiser was a great way to make us feel welcomed and a teaser on what to expect dinner to be like - and we were not disappointed. Nothing was a problem - even when asked if they did a Roman Coffee, the waitperson hadn't heard of it but said he would make one and he did. Just as man compliments to the female waitperson too, she was polite and knowledgeable. Dinner and dessert were perfection - not even Gordon Ramsay would be able to loose his cool over what was served. T H A N K Y O U 👏

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  37. JasonC

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was impeccable. The food was brilliant. And the aesthetic of the restaurant was very homely and relaxing.

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  38. ThomasC

    Malta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Creative menu. Really interesting as a Belgian chef I liked it. But it is a bit to expensive for what you get in my opinion.

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  39. MitchD

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was prompt and staff were very proactive during our evening. The baller set menu was fantastic and would recommend as a great way to experience most of the food on offer at Rookie. Only takeaway from the evening was the noise coming from other patrons. Overall great experience!

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  40. CarolL

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphere and fantastic service. I will definitely return.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Rookie Eatery is rated 4.7 stars by 671 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 5 times today
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125 Keira St, Wollongong, AU-NSW 2500

Additional information

  • Area
    Wollongong
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Daniel Sherley
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine
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