Bendooley Estate

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Home to the iconic Berkelouw Book Barn, Bendooley Estate is a destination for wine and food lovers everywhere. Nestled in a truly magnificent rural and vineyard setting just outside Berrima, it is the Highlands most beautiful venue for a relaxed coffee, book-browsing, wine-tasting or a delicious lunch experience. With historic cool-climate gardens adjoining our lakeside pavilion, the Estate is also Australia’s premier destination for elegant Barn weddings.
From the stunning stone Cellar Door, to the rustic yet elegant Book Barn housing our restaurant and bookshop, we invite you to experience the beauty and first-class hospitality of Bendooley Estate.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service is the main area of concern.
Had to follow up on drinks order, this should not happen given the total bill.
We sat in the area at the front door...the rear area, where we sat the first time was cosier, warmer etc

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JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a family lunch for an 83rd birthday and the food was exceptional even enjoyed by normally fussy teenagers. Every dish had its own unique flavour and was beautifully presented. Favourites would be the crab linguini and the duck comfit. Great atmosphere excellent service and late arrival accomodated

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue, exceptional food, great service and book browsing.

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LW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful food , great service, just a lovely place

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WW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was extremely good, and the staff should be commended. They really go out of the way to ensure you have an exceptionally good time, even when they are busy and have competing priorities. The wine is also superior to other wines I have tried in the region. The ambiance of the place is really nice, and you could spend a long time here, just drinking wine by the fire and looking at some beautiful old books.

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TE
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed it very much, and so did our family. We have been before and always are not disappointed. Will be back again soon. Regards Tony Eyles.

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BB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come often and am never disappointed. The combination of good food, good books and a fire are the best!

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Hi. We had very slow service at our lunch on the weekend. My husbands main what no chilli in the linguine and he asked for some to be brought over. It came at the end of the meal.

It was meant to be crab linguine and it was in fact prawn. We were not advised of the change until halfway through our meals.

We have previously had great meals at bendooley but also had to chase up the kids meals and coffees. Very average service and wouldn’t not rush back.

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service of staff could greatly be improved - having to ask twice/ three times for the same thing is not cool.

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MP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I would recommend for larger groups. Far too noisey for small groups and the service was poor. Experience was underwhelming at best.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We asked if we could move tables as we were right next to the door the staff used to go outside continuously and it was freezing every time it opened. We saw there was a table available and was blatantly told there were no tables available. It just really soured our experience.

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O
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was ok, wine was great, service was nice. Ambiance not as expected, it’s too busy and the room was very cold (Book Barn), they had the fire place going and that is gorgeous but they sat us at the back of the room and with people coming in and out of the doors it was freezing so we didn’t enjoy it. Personally I would not go back again and was disappointed. I had higher expectations of this place and we booked for a birthday and had booked about a month in advance. Much nicer places around Bowral with more atmosphere and warmth. Shame as the grounds and place itself is gorgeous.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my two daughters to Bendooley for lunch. We also had a 10 month old baby. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The meal was delicious and the recommended wine from the Bendooley Estate was exceptional.
We have no hesitation in recommending a visit to Bendooley Estate.

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LG
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Loved the Gluten Free options.
Service was good but staff could be a bit friendlier.
Great ambiance.

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was sensational but I was disappointed to arrive and find out that we were being sat in the bar and not the restaurant, which appeared to be a last minute change due to another function.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food. Ok service.

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RP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our whole dining experience exceeded our expectations. Service was outstanding from beginning to end, meal sizes were perfect for lunch, menu options were outstanding and sitting in front of the fireplace on a chilly Winter's day was glorious. We will definately return and will highly recommend to others. Thank you all for a wonderful experience.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Been to Bendooley several times and always love it. This time I made the wrong menu choice - vegetable red curry. Wasn’t sure if it was a soup or noodle dish and which utensil to use. Tasty though! Gorgeous blue cheese in the cheese platter!

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious food! Warm fire was lovely. Waiters could be more attentive but friendly when they got to us. Flies were annoying and table was wobbly but we fixed that.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It is an absolutely beautiful location with great food

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NL
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch here and were seated by the bar area (not the bookstore area). This place is amazing!!!! Amazing food and wine. We absolutely loved this place and hope to return asap!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Amazing food but the service was not great! staff seems quite inexperienced and the head guy was quite rude when we approached to advise we were there for booking. a waitress smashed a glass on the table and then took forever to clean it and we had to wave staff down just to take our orders. Service is terrible but the food is fantastic!

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful lunch at Bemdooley Estate. The service was friendly and welcoming, whilst being professional and our server was knowledgeable when questioned. All the dishes we ordered were beautiful...The beef cheeks were delicious and portion size was just right, maybe on the larger side. We were seated facing the in coming customers, this was a little disappointing, as there are lots of lovely spots we would have rather been seated, but, it was fully booked and, I guess could not be helped. Next time I will book earlier and specify a window seat, or near the open fire. Over all , it was fantastic..

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D
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is still my favorite place to bring visiting friends to. Everything about Bendooley’s is a delight.....the food, the service, the ambience, the books, the wine and that crackling fireplace.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed in a menu that has not changed since we last went here for lunch. The pizza was soggy and not at all how a wood fired authentic pizza should be. This was our anniversary celebration and I was very disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Bendooley Estate remains a happy place for us - our daughter got married there - and we keep remembering that event all the time!
Anyway the service last Tuesday was poor - the waiter and the waitresses were not interested - just kept doing their “job” - no smile - no eye contact - even had to wave several minutes to just get some pepper on the table - anyway we will keep on visiting the place - the food was excellent - but let’s make service better for such an iconic venue in the highlands

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PY
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience, the food, the service, the fire place, it was absolutely amazing, all of it
It was perfect in every way!
Loved every bit of my day there and already planning my next visit. Highly recommended.

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love returning to Bendooley Estate, the venue we chose for our wedding three years ago. The food, service and ambient just never disappoints. It was another amazing experience. Returning to Bendooley Estate has become a tradition for our family, a great location to celebrate birthdays, Mothers Day and of course our anniversary. I cannot praise this venue enough, it is outstandingly beautiful. Anne

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MC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with fireplace surrounded by books. Food was delicious however the service is slow and the waitress was forgetful.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The place itself was really nice and The staff were good however we were placed into a tight fit corner in the walkway for some reason, even though we booked plenty of time in advance and their were lots of spare tables, our table was not even big enough to fit our meals and our drinks.

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The waiter was very friendly and polite but the only one taking orders which made service quite slow.

Vegetables needed to be ordered as side dishes which makes the meals very expensive, this was not mentioned when our orders were taken, so received a plate of beef cheeks only for one of the meals.

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AB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely meal again at Bendooley Estate for an early Mothers Day lunch. Food was amazing however it took way too long for our mains to come out. Also, we had booked an outside table but the weather had turned extremely cold & windy. There was no option to move inside. Outdoor seating needs an option to be able to move inside if the weather turns nasty especially with 2 young children under 4.

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JC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

We had a table near the door so I was a little cold with the draft. I love going to Bendooley but I think the menu needs to change now and again.

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CW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine, friendly staff.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved having lunch at Bendooley. Service was friendly & excellent thanks to Steve. Food lovely & ambience superb as always.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely place for lunch. The setting is great and the food is amazing.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We reserved an outdoor table and got bumped up to an indoor table when we arrived as we got there early that was great. Eva was very nice and gave our daughter a colouring in pack.
The service started well as we were one of the first people to sit down for lunch service and then however became very slow waiting over an hour for our mains. As the restaurant filled up quickly there was not enough staff and so we constantly had to call waiters or get up if we needed something.
We also found that as we had a junior staff serving us no specials were explained but the table that arrived after us were given the opportunity to hear and order some of the specials.
We ordered apple juice and kids sundae with our daughters meal which we had to follow up 3 times eventually we only got the sundae no drink.
The entree beetroot burrata was lovely and fresh.
The beef cheeks was not what I expect from a premium restaurant it was mainly meat thick gravy instead of a nice ju reduction, hardly any potato purée or mushroom.
Overall quite disappointed since we spent over $250 for lunch and travelled from Sydney to have a day there.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, we will be back. We were there to celebrate our 5th year anniversary. We had a amazing day.

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JL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location with delicious food and wine. On a sunny day you couldn’t ask for a better spot to have a fantastic relaxing lunch!

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MP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Unique ambience surrounded by vineyards on the outside and by books, new and old, on the inside, combined with good food, wine and service, makes Bendooley Estate a must-do dining experience.

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