Rookie Eatery

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303 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A great dinner experience. Food was amazing with great service.

NL
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific fusion food with fresh ingredients used sensibly
Excellent vege menu too
Would recommend highly

PJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Lovely! Fab food and service!

BM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and excellent food. Not sure why we hadn't been here before!

SH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Service not upto the experience we were expecting. Meals were rushed out for a degustation, with plates not being collected before delivering the next dish. We had to ask for them to slow down, if we wanted to go to a Thai place that brought out everything at once we would of chosen to do that but instead were looking forward to a nice spaced out evening/experience. This is known to be a really nice dining restaurant and we've been really excited for a long time to dine here, so left dissapointed. The food whilst not bad, some dishes weren't a stand out. Not a fan of giving negative reviews and it wasn't all bad, just felt service was rushed, a little more attention to detail would go along way. Staff weren't rude, just inexperience for that level of dining? Maybe we expected too much. Presentation of food was nice. The King Fish & Duck dishes were my favourite.

D
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We decidedto select the$75ph feed me set menu. It was a good choice. A nice blend of various tastes and foods complemented by a good red.
A good night out

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great degustation options. Even the young and skeptical members of our table enjoyed all the dishes. Kingfish was as always - amazing!

LM
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just great we. Enjoyed everything and wil return in the near future with my friends and family I got a great birthday present as a $100 gift card
Thanks

J
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was outstanding. We had the Feed Me 1 menu and were completely satisfied. High quality, variety and well presented.

u
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistent attentive service, pleasant atmosphere, and delicious, unique food.

NP
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came in for my birthday dinner with friends. Food was incredible and We never waited too long for our meals. we chose the feed me package which was great as we didn’t have to choose anything, it all just came out.
Service was fantastic too and staff are informative and friendly. Will be going back again.

CM
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Meals alone are not big enough for the price. The quality is great but I would only recommend going for the feed me menu.
Vegetarian meals not sufficient enough alone.
Garden salad is literally just leaves. Not much of a salad.
I’m All for fine dining but was disappointed with meal sizes.

PM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved every minute of our ‘Feed Me’ dining experience. The food was phenomenal, we’re still thinking about it 2 days later, and the staff were friendly and relaxed, making the whole experience a wonderful one! We will be coming back!

FH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic fare on the "feed me" menu. Our waitress was amazing (and hilarious) and really looked after us as we had a night out to celebrate the end of our working year. We will be back and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Rookie to anyone dining in Wollongong.

JA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was really delicious. A variety of unique flavours. Great service and excellent choice of meals in a nice cosy setting. Would highly recommend

AC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were friendly and informative. Food was unbelievable. We had a great night and will be back again!

KR
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Rookie is absolutely delicious. we ad the Feed Me option so got to try lots of dishes. Love this place.

MK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner experience was so memorable. The staff are so delightful (thanks Nicole and Nathan). The chefs were super accommodating to our dietary requests and the food was exceptional. Every single thing we ate was amazing and every mouthful was a flavour explosion in our mouths. Thanks for a super enjoyable experience. We’ll be back again soon! 🙂

s
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rookie is our favourite restaurant in Wollongong. We don’t get to do date night often but when we do we always head to Rookie. Change of menu this visit for the vegan feed me menu and it didn’t disappoint one bit.

GW
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Was slightly disappointed with the service on the second sitting, obviously the staff had been worked hard during the first sitting and had lost their motivation/energy.
Room temperature and noise was at elevated levels which reduced the ambience of the occasion.

L
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at rookie eatery! Couldn’t fault the food, it was an amazing experience and will definitely go back.

J
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Service was amazing, great food and drink selection. We had a tasting menu and everything was delicious! Portion sizes could be slightly bigger, but overall was very nice.

AD
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

The food was decent, get the side of beans with your steak.
The staff were swepped off their feet. You can see they are trying to compete with Caveau across the road by explaining each dish + having strong tasting food, however it’s such a small space with lots of people and hard surfaces means that sound is amplified, the food has strong taste however this is mostly achieved with spices rather than delicate flavours and the waitress we had was not particularly personable (bordering obtuse).
Would I go back, yes. However I wouldn’t necessarily bring my family or wife for a pleasant meal unless we did takeaway and they didn’t mind the spice. Perhaps with friends who want to try something different.
You may be paying for the food, not necessarily an experience.
I’m retrospect, perhaps the waitress wasn’t impressed that I ordered for my wife, could have been a simple gender / equality thing. We will never know.
3.45stars

DO
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From a warm greeting as we walked in, to a farewell as we left, the whole experience was excellent. Super-professional service came from knowledgeable staff with utmost courtesy. The menu was mouth-watering and the food was delicious. The chef(s) did a fantastic job providing such beautiful food. This is a licensed restaurant with a wide range of top-quality beverages to choose from we chose a 2017 Rusden GSM which matched our food choices perfectly. We decided on one of the degustation menus and were delighted with our choice. We had several courses which had respectable pauses in between which was very welcome, allowing conversation to flourish. We were never rushed and did not feel rushed, only made to feel welcome. This is a very special restaurant which we would highly recommend and will revisit soon.

KB
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was amazing! The table waitresses were very helpful and friendly. Only downside was we all felt the food came out too quickly.. not enough time to savour flavours.. in fact last dish came out before we’d finished previous one! But overall terrific.

HP
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the vegetarian degustation menu and it was fantastic. Very friendly staff and food came out quickly

RG
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing, I highly recommend the feed me menu, as you get to try a selection of dishes. They have a good selection of wine, beer and spirits. I’ll be back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Insane food and outstanding service! We were in a rush and but still wanted the set menu, and they catered to our needs really well.

JP
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Fantastic food!! Markup on the wine we purchased was a bit much but overall we loved our first time there.

RK
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

Previous visits to rookie have been delightful, but this visit involved grease and fat on a scale that cannot be fathomed. The food lacked freshness, the flavours were flat, the meat could have been resuscitated by a good vet, and the fact most of our dishes were returned uneaten seemed to go unnoticed by the staff. A disappointing way to celebrate my mother’s birthday this year indeed.

S
Canberra / ACT
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely old building provides great atmosphere. Friendly greeting by servers, drinks orders taken straight away. We had the feed me menu. Some fantastic flavours and creative dishes. I’ve been to Rookie three times now, each time ordering the feed me menu, and each time I have had the kingfish ceviche, duck that I wasn’t a massive fan of, and a hugely rich beef dish at the end. The kingfish dish is delicious but once you have eaten it there is no element of surprise the next time. Love to see them mix it up a little. Having said that, it’s a great place with excellent food and good options for wine, and we will definitely be back again.

CC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Rookies on Wednesday evening, first time for me but my husband went a few months earlier.
It was amazing, the food had so much flavour. delicious in every way
What impressed us was that the waitress remembered my husband from a few months ago.

DP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the feed me menu number 2 and the flavour combinations was just fabulous , delicate and precise . All of our group of 4 loved it . We even stretched out and shred some additional desserts . The atmosphere is lovely and the service was friendly and efficient . All in All a terrific lunch

AG
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, great service. Not a cheap night out though.

H
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Food was great! Our waiter was great, was a little cramped and noisy. Had to wait to get waiters attention a few times and the lock on the male bathroom was broken but still a great night!

GA
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service! Made our night extra special. We’ll be back.

MM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Would have been better if we could have had out own wine on a Saturday night.

S
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food! The wait staff could smile a bit more but none the less the service was good. Would definitely go back. Best restaurant in Wollongong!

T
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was insanely good. Best food i've had in Wollongong. And certainly the best i've had anywhere for a while. Couldn't stop thinking about it after!

AP
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food - really different and delicious and the service was great 😊