Wild Oak

4.3
86 reviews
$41 to $100
French
The Wild Oak Restaurant and Wine Bar is situated in picturesque Olinda, on top of Mt Dandenong in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, a 50 min scenic drive from Melbourne. Ben is passionate about the quality of fresh local produce. At Wild Oak he believes that these high quality ingredients enable Wild Oak to create a unique and exquisite culinary experience. Specialising in modern Australian cuisine with strong classical French accents, Wild Oak strives to use localized seasonal produce and sustainable food primarily from the rich soils of the neighbouring Yarra Valley and the Ranges. Expect foods that are flavour driven that excite the palate. Foods that are complemented by many hard to find wines and vintages from local boutique vineyards. Relax in the picturesque surroundings with good food and wine and be served by the casual, attentive and educated young team at Wild Oak.
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.9
Value
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Dined on 24 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overall the meal was good. Very disappointed with the Angus Beef, very chewy and not good value.

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Dined on 20 September 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of our favourite restaurants. Amazing to have such a gourmet option so close to us, and not have to go inner city.

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Dined on 19 September 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staffs were very attentive to details and friendly. Very professional and good knowledge on their food.Food were great from start till the end. Definitely recommended. And we will visit again in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 11 September 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service, food & cocktails were delish!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food is always good. The service is friendly without being in your face or gushing. The waiter explained how everything was prepared. The coffee and dessert was to die for.

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Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food here is to die for and , to get 3 courses for $35 makes it outstanding for a lunch time Get together

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Did book online, only to be met with 'we only check the bookings in the morning'. Didn't really mind waiting for a table but I had specified it was a special occasion could we have a nice table, didn't happen. The food was overpriced for the offerings and quality in my mind, my portion size was minuscule with half the duck leg missing, the whole meal was smothered in fake sauce that really detracted from the duck. Bread on the pate was stale, and my partners jus was very watery.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 August 2015
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

We were pretty disappointed when we saw our plates coming out, as paying high 30ies for a main you expect something real good and it wasn't. The salmon (only fish on the menu!) was served on a lick of mashed potato puree with a few dots of something else. Although the salmon was cooked well, the rest of the plate did not add any value to a piece of fish I could have cooked myself easily and presented better.This restaurant is far off where it used to be 10 to 12 years ago!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The chicken with the wild mushroom was incredibly yum, as was the Bomb Alaska, the kangaroo wasn't that great, the scallops a little too overpowered with ginger. Still loved it, has a great menu, a nice cosy space. Is also in the entertainment book, so was a great way to try it and see how you like it!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 22 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely night out, staff very welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely warm ambience and attentive service. Food was full of flavor and presented well. Chicken was so tender and juicy and seasoned well but the addition of a sauce would have completed the meal well and some of the veggies were a little under done. Berry crepes for dessert were a perfect way to end the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 16 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great setting with excellent service and superb meal

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent Food, great service, friendly atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 August 2015
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The service was wonderful. Simple honest food!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 August 2015
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Me and the missus were in town for the night to celebrate our 6 month anniversary. It happened to be a Spanish theme night with live flamenco style guitar and salsa dancers. We were provided with great service and along with the ambience and energy of the place saved the night as the food wasn't what I would define as top end Spanish, having has extensive fine dining experience and knowing Spanish cuisine very well, the food definitely left much to be desired. Otherwise was a cozy little setup!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 August 2015
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

The unique gravy and sauce

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 August 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful inexpensive food and great service - will come again!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Food was so disappointing - a very average chef!!! Service was shocking.. 5 different staff attended our table and no one knew what was going on.. ranging from items forgotten from our order to being asked 3 times from 3 different staff if we are ready to order to not having thorough knowledge of their menu for the night. They have a terrible management system in place.One or two of the staff ought to rethink if hospitality is what they wish to do.. one chap was so arrogant is was off-putting.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were extremely impressed by the level of service by the manager and one server, truly the most outstanding service we've had. The food was exemplary, although the ginger on the scallops was overpowering (this from ginger lovers!), and our order was incorrect the first time around. The setting was lovely and a great choice for our anniversary. The real disappointments were how cold it was inside and a server who spoke to us with such contempt and outright hostility that we were speechless

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 August 2015
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a lovely night. Fabulous food really enjoyed it. Great wine and good service. Good value for what we had. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is one of the best restaurants l have eaten at in a long time food was outstanding and service was great great place to eat

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 August 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a Sunday night so there was a real relaxed ambience. Nice and quiet and the food was sensational.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 August 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our visit to Wild Oak. It is the second time we have attended, and we will be back. Charming service and exceptional food

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 August 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved this restaurant - super impressed. Brilliant service and quality of food was superb, I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The meal servings were very large.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 30 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We have been to Wild Oak several times, and we live locally. We do like their food, and they are very easy to work with for dietary requirements. The only downside on our last visit was a strong bleach smell which only faded after about half an hour - probably cleaning something, but it wasn't pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 26 July 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food at Wild Oak is always of a spectacular quality, the staff are friendly and efficient, and the ambience is lovely.

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Dined on 25 July 2015
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

I must admit, I was slightly disappointed with the restaurant. I went their to celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary and while it was busy, it was very noisy and understaffed! The soup was served luke-warm and we had to wait awhile for our main course (when finished) to be cleared from the table and they forget our coffee. I had high expectations having had read prior reviews and watching the video, so I left there feeling rather underwhelmed and in no hurry to return back, which is a shame.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great recommendations for wine

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed our lunch here on a Sunday. Friendly ambience and staff were perfect. Happy to recommend for any type of event. Food was very good. We had the 3 course Christmas in July option.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 10 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Their Christmas in July menu is so good with quality food and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 10 July 2015
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The scallops and sticky date pudding were excellent, however the pork belly and the kangaroo were both over cooked and dry. We ordered a $95 bottle of Coriole shiraz and it wasn't that good.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 July 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Absolutely amazing food and fantastic service.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 July 2015
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service, they catered well for kids and brought our son's meal out with our entree. The Christmas in July menu is fantastic value, food was great. Lovely restaurant beautifully set up. The other bonus was the change table in the toilets!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A little gem in the Dandenongs, great for a winter lunch or a cosy dinner if you are up the hills East of Melbourne.Young, with it wait staff who know their stuff.A very pleasant Sunday afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 4 July 2015
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food, great service the 5 course selection provides a hearty dishes to excite your tastebuds. A great selection of wine and beers too!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 4 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, great service. The wait staff knew the food and the wines

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 3 July 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The exceptional level of service the staff provided much us feel very loved for my birthday. Great food, good prices!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 26 June 2015
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Expectations were high, along with the price, but we were not disappointed: the duck was cooked to perfection with an exquisite sauce. Live background jazz music and low lighting capped off a delightful meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 25 June 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was very good and service excellent! Will definitely be back.

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Wild Oak is rated 4.3 stars by 86 OpenTable diners.