Bendooley Estate

4.5
1450 Reviews
$40 and under
Australian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1450 people are saying
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichelleT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coq Au Vin was beautiful - only minor criticism is that my lunch companion would have appreciated a piece of lemon with the kingfish but apart from that can't fault the experience - beautiful setting & love the fireplace!

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BLey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Sadly the service wasn't up to scratch and had a negative impact on the rest of our experience. The food was nice, but we felt rushed and the staff didn't bring our wines out until after the food had arrived (and having been asked 3 times). Disappointing as we've been to a lovely wedding here which is why we booked then for lunch during a week away.

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KimW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service. A favorite place to visit and dine

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Kate
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious food! Perfect winter lunch spot amongst the books and gorgeous fireplace. Highly recommend the Tunisian citrus samosas for dessert - so delicious!!

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PTSydney
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome dining place with new books around. Great service and wine. Highly recommended

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NicoleF
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful 50th lunch. Great food and atmosphere

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AngusJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We booked a bar table which is in the bistro to the left of the book barn - great setting near the central fire place

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SueS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food, excellent service, clean, exceptional location! Never disappoints!

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Pav20
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

menu overly fancy and pricey, outdoor seating should come with complimentary throws - especially when gas heaters aren't working

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CharlieC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Booked over 6 weeks in advance, could only get an outdoor table (fair enough, it was the long weekend). Very cold day, gas heater ran out of gas. Had to ask two different staff members to replace the gas bottle. First one just ignored request. Gas bottle replaced as we were finishing our meal. Ordered the $26 chicken burger - burnt bun, had to scrape the black off the bottom. Crowded, overpriced and inattentive staff.

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Alana
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Lovely venue, and great pizzas. Just a shame we had to wait so long for our mains to come out. Would otherwise have scored higher.

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KateT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Haven’t been for a while and have to say I was disappointed.

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SuusanH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It is a great place to visit and eat. The service was good and the food was great. The only negative was- it was EXTREMLY loud. Very noisy. We had trouble talking to one another.

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SarahC
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb setting in the midst of the bookshelves- fabulous food & lovely staff

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EricaD
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and food of high quality and value for money.

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LizC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Quality food in an excellent environment with good service

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BrianA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent anniversary lunch. Prompt and efficient service. Beautiful surroundings. Friendly and helpful staff. Very tasty and well presented food.

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helenf
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Petra is amazing food we had better in the past. Senior waiter in bar area lacks service empathy. Petra is holding the business together exceptional. We have a strong background in hospitality. We would return but possibly mid week to try again. Not prepared to recommend as a must visit

TM
TaraM
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Such a beautiful place!
Staff are very attentive and the food is amazing!

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EdwardO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Very nice place and friendly service but best to avoid busy times

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BiancaA
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food great service and a beautiful venue!

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RobynneM
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great lunch here. Wonderful friendly and efficient service. Log fire helps ambience particularly in Winter.

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MistyA
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited Bendooley Estate many times with family and friends. I believe this was our best experience to date. Thank you to the team for welcoming us and attending to our every need on such a miserable Winters day.

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marbo
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine, excellent service and wonderful staff.

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VeeF
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Beautiful venue, lovely bookstore and fireplace. Food was nice with a not too daring menu and service was OK. Could be amazing but no real faults either. Pleasant.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Go when I can and always take friends from elsewhere. Love the environment. Lovely all round. Mary

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NolaJ
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, interesting and rustic furnishing. Food delicious
Waitress very helpful

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i booked Bendooley Estate for my friends 50th Birthday Lunch, this place exceeded on every level, from the ambient dining room with shelves of beautiful books, the smell of open fire place to the amazing menu and food served, our Waiter Andrew and all the staff really made us feel welcome and spoilt my friend Sharon for her birthday, i highly recommend this venue and will defiantly return.

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PaulK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Despite booking weeks in advanced and confirming our booking, when we arrived there was no table for us. They then set us up at a table on a 10 degree day with no heaters/blankets. There was not a single sorry for their error and they wanted to lecture us after we were upset with their mistake. Food was hit and miss, some meals lovely, others average at best. Won’t be heading back anytime soon.

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Vanessa
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Amazing location and aesthetics, the food was very average , we had the tempranillo (in house) and that was amazing and we would deff recommend

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TonyH
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

fantastic surroundings food and service, the only thing on a cold and windy day don't get a table near the front door in the restaurant!!

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Craiglovesgoodfood
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambience as we sat near the window with lovely autumn sunshine flooding the table. The service was excellent and the food very well cooked and presented. A delicious bottle of local Bendooley Estate wine was the perfect addition to this very enjoyable lunch with friends.

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BrenO
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our delicious meal and were well advised by our enthusiastic, warm and friendly wait staff.
Had a wonderful peruse through the Book Barn and bought the best book ever.

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SteveM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great lunch, terrific staff although We ordered espresso and tea with desert and it was forgotten. I wasn’t to bothered until it was time to settle the table. Yes the missed espressos and tea were invoiced. Staff were happy to remove from the invoice however I left feeling a little disappointed.
The experience won’t stop me from going back. Everything else was terrific.

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AnthonyD
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a business lunch in the country. The main road is outpolled Bd we lost a front tyre just before we arrived which was not fun.

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our visit the food was great and the service wonderful

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time great venue great food
Perfect location

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great venue, beautiful setting, lovely staff. Food was good, linguine lacked a bit of something though. Dare I say... Salt?!
Although the chips has almost too much.. now I just sound fussy.
Wine was lovely.

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KatieC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere. Definitely recommend

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LyndalD
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a lovely visit/lunch on Saturday. I'm in the Highlands and had a visitor from Sydney who loved our time there and meal greatly. Thankyou and keep up the good work.

FAQs

Bendooley Estate is rated 4.5 stars by 1450 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.