Rookie Eatery

4.6
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327 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.
What 327 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ruthie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious banquet courses, from which the fresh scallion flatbread & fermented chilli, kingfish sashimi and the wagyu beef stood out. Only the grilled prawns were a little nondescript. Great service, and the place was full and buzzing as it could be under COVID19 conditions. You can't hang around if you come early though - they want the table, pronto!

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ChristineH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good Afternoon,
As always the Service, Food & Wine choice, wonderful .
Well done Rookie

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KenD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Had the set menu midweek with my wife. We both enjoyed all the courses. Service was very good with a friendly & helpful waitperson. They have a good variety of gins and we had a very nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with our dinner. Also, had dessert & coffee which was not part of the set menu and dessert also was delicious , Very nice place for a special dinner.

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LauraL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always so great, we love this place the food and the service.

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Best fine dining restaurant I have been to in Wollongong. Would recommend for a special event; birthday, anniversary etc.

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ChantelleT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service as always. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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SallyM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first fine dining experience in a long time and it didn't dissapoint. Attentive and highly experienced service, quiet and aesthetic atmosphere plus food thoughtfully portioned and bursting with flavour. A delightfully romantic and delicious evening. Thanks Rookie!

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JEssW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Love rookie, always a treat, great space and service, food.os excellent.

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ADerS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best restaurant in the Illawarra! Delicious food!

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MelissaN
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dining experience. Food was spectacular and service was faultless.

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meld
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was given a gift voucher for my birthday so was unsure what to expect
WOW!
Every course got better when I didnt think it could. The service was excellent, the wine we chose (of course it had to be on the menu in the first place) was excellent match to our dinner. We left feeling extremely happy and satisfied customers and we will definitely be returning.

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Hol31
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We felt the food was over priced for what it was. I am vegetarian and while they had a vegetarian menu they couldn’t do a vegetarian set menu, they substituted one meal but most I could not eat.

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Joel
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service, will be back soon!

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KerrieE
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Nicely priced tasting menu - servings are generous- so go hungry! Service felt a little rushed, the celebratory bottle of red we bought was not the year advertised on the menu nor were we offered the opportunity to taste before it was poured. However - a nice venue and good food. Would certainly go back for more.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful highly recommend, food great service is excellent.

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Debe
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I really enjoyed the Feed Me menu, my favourite dish by far was the dumplings. Ordered dessert to share. Very nice and enough for 2 if you’re not after a big dessert to yourself. Would go back but would need to be a special occasion due to the price.

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Flover
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the feast menu and loved everything. Service was also great.

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HughB
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was good. The wine did seem a bit overpriced.

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IanM
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, nouveau and innovative. Would recommend to anyone looking for a dining experience.

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MichelleL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious! Lived up to our expectations. Friendly staff and cozy setting.

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Toleva
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, impeccable service and ideal location. The food was a bit of a let down compared to previous visits. Nonetheless still in the top 3 in Wollongong. Highly recommended

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RodV
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and fantastic service. Excellent overall and will definitely be back

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SophieJ
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really gorgeous food, wine and service. We will definitely go back.

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JessH
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous. Well thought out. Everything was delightful

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StevenJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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NickL
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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

Lovely! Fab food and service!

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BelindaM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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SorryH
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.

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Dodger
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

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JamesB
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!

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LucienM
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

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Judith
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.

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uswallabyau
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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NicholaP
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.

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CerysM
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.

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PhoebeM
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!

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FionaH
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.

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JimandAngie
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

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AmyC
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!

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