Thousand Pound Wine Store

4.5
102 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Thousand Pound, ahead of the trend.
Victoria’s wine canteens are a rapidly growing regional obsession amongst city barflies.
Grape aficionados haven't retreated into their cellars to sulk, they are venturing out of town
to find the best boutique sip three hours north of Melbourne.
Reinventing the grape genre, Thousand Pound tosses out stuffy pretences,
blurring the boundaries between city and country into an underserved hood,
creating funky, affordable vin lists paired with Simon Arkless’s chef-driven fare.
Sip and swirl your way through the best wines the region has to offer or venture
globally from your seat at the bar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian
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Hours of Operation
Bar opens Friday and Saturday: 5pm to late
Meals available from 5.30pm to 9.30pm
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Phone number
(02) 6032 8179
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Simon Arkless
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Catering
Modern Australian
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
There is plenty of street parking.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 102 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Love this restaurant. Service is great as are the streaks. However, on the last 2 occasions dining at Thousand Pound our steaks were luke warm when they arrived at the table. Desserts were great too.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Great atmosphere, great staff and great food- what more could you want!!

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Great relaxed catch up with friends. Staff were extremely friendly, attentive and friendly. Whilst the menu wasn't comprehensive, there was variety and everything was delicious. The wine and drinks list was extensive. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxed and informal meal with friends.

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

We made a same day Friday night reservation after receiving several recommendations to this restaurant from locals. Our charcuterie plate was superb followed by a wonderful steak cooked perfectly. We received great advice re the local wines from our waitress who also provided some local info re wineries in the area. Interesting restaurant, great food, wine and service, and an atmosphere which was just perfect. The produce seemed to be mostly sourced locally and there was a good selection of local wines and craft beers. Highly recommend dining here, and suggest making a reservation. It is on the Main Street of Rutherglen, a town worth exploring in itself.

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2.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Nice ambience, great steaks. Must try the Rutherglen on the rocks cocktail.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Absolutely delicious!!! The steak was heaven! The wine list was an amazing display of the best in the area. The staff know their stuff and really add to the meal.

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Delicious meals and fantastic service. Gets a little noisey when crowded. Highly recommend the steak!

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Great place, excellent ambiance, good food, fab drinks

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Spot on steaks, great service!!
Nice venue, really chilled out place.
Keen to get back there as soon as we can, highly recommended it:)

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Always good, very consistent and we enjoy having a meal either on our own or with friends

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

A fabulous wine bar. A real gem. Great food, great atmosphere, great service.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

A good fun 'city meets country' feel. Venue was really good and staff were very attentive and happy to engage with guests. A really good night and a pleasant surprise.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great that the chef could convert a menu item to Vegan, however more vegetarian/vegan options would be awesome.
Hard to read menu in dim lighting.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Sophisticated and friendly restaurant with great food and wine. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Staff were very friendly and approachable and the porterhouse steak was cooked to perfection and fantastic tasting.

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Good food and an excellent wine list focussed on local family owned wineries with a decent selection of wines from other areas. Reasonably priced wines for the quality.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

We greatly enjoyed our meal. The menu is small but carefully chosen, and the steaks were delicious. If we holiday again in Rutherglen we will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

We joined some friends from Melbourne for dinner and we were all very impressed with the decor and the ambience. The wine list is extensive and they are happy to let you taste the wine before ordering a bottle. Our waitress was delightfully and really new her stuff. Entrees were fabulous especially the scallops. Main pasta was really tasty as was the fish of the day. My only criticism is that the fish only came with cauliflower puree and a sprig of watercress. If it had a green added it would have been perfect. Over all we had a great night and will certainly be back.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Excellent char grilled steak. Delicious dessert. Overall lovely dining experience.

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3.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Went to this restaurant April last year and everything was brilliant, went again last Saturday night very disappointed with the food just didn't win any of us over. I was so disappointed as I had been raving about it to my friends.

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4.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Totally enjoyed our dinner at Thousand pound and will return in future.
My only issue woukld be the chairs/stools need to be a little more comfotable to sit in.
Anyone with a back issue would not be able to sit for a long time.

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

The experience and food are always excellent and we always enjoy dining there

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Fantastic food and ambiance. The service was very friendly and the wait time between entree and main was perfect. We loved sitting in the little side alley, it was romantic and not too noisy. The staff were very good and knowledgeable and made our dining experience special for us. Won't hesitate to go back again for a special or even not-so-special occasion. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

A very pleasant experience. Will definitely return at another time.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Beautiful setting, service was absolutely amazing. The steak was so tender, 100% recommend. A+

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

What an amazing find on our weekend trip to Rutherglen! The ambience was brilliant, the service exceptional, the wine list really impressive and the food very good. We liked that one has the option of choosing a number of smaller share plates rather than necessarily having to order large meals. However on this occasion, after a day of driving, we decided we were justified in ordering main meals!! Two of our group had steak and declared it cooked to perfection and really tasty. I had the seared tuna which was an absolutely delicious meal - a truly fantastic combination of flavours! We ended off with the panacotta, which also was particularly good 😊 I can heartily recommend a meal here. We will certainly be back when we are next in the area!

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5.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Loved the ambiance, restaurant not too loud that you can't chat with your friends. the food was absolutely delicious.

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4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

my wife and I dined here friday 26th the atmosphere and food were outstanding . the service was informative, great rundown on menu by staff and were very good without being to much in your face . we will return when in rutherglen again. we also think this is best restaurant in town.

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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Steak was melt in the mouth with the red wine and shallot butter, watercress salad partnered well.

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5.0Dined on 12 January 2018

just a damn fine place for a feed. we return every time we are in the vicinity. loved by the whole family

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5.0Dined on 6 January 2018

Fabulous setting, service & food! We loved the whole experience at Thousand Pound Wine Store & would recommend to anyone in the area!

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

First time eating there, visiting Rutherglen, such a great spot in what was otherwise a very quiet country town. Glad we booked in advance as every table was full. Would really recommend steak with truffle butter and a bottle of durif.

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4.0Dined on 29 December 2017

Need to deaden the noise accustom baffles would help, otherwise ambience five star.

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5.0Dined on 28 December 2017

Would reccomened thousand pound for anyone and everyone that loves food and wine both were amazing and the service was excellent

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5.0Dined on 16 December 2017

This is the second time we have dined at this lovely little restaurant. It's our new favourite for when we think we need a treat. The menu is excellent, ingredients are top quality. The wines are well matched to food choices but not too much emphasis is placed on this so you still feel like the decision is yours! Staff are courteous and friendly and service is very good. See you again soon.

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5.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Walked in the door and were greeted by friendly staff. They were attentive to our needs throughout the night.
We started with Oysters, Zucchini Flowers and fresh baguette accompanied with smoked butter. We also had Lamb croquettes. Divine!
For mains we thoroughly enjoyed the petite tender and succulent Hanger Steak with Blue cheese Butter. They were cooked to perfection!
We enjoyed a bottle of locally produced chilled crisp Marsanne.
Dessert was to die for. Well worth the drive to a cute country town.

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3.0Dined on 2 December 2017

Great atmosphere with mood lighting and music. Good service but food was a disappointment

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4.0Dined on 2 December 2017

Loved the vibe of the place even though it was a quiet night.Staff were great.The meals are well priced but a tiny bit of colour in the "salad" would be an improvement.

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4.0Dined on 1 December 2017

Food and service were excellent and had a great selection of both food and wine. Unfortunately it was too noisy to get together with friends for a chat over a meal. Fine if you are standing at the bar but difficult when you are seated at a table and have to continually yell across the table so they can hear you.

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5.0Dined on 25 November 2017

The food was exceptional along with the ambience of the restaurant and look forward to visit again!

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