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Bendooley Estate

4.5
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1049 Reviews
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$40 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1049 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.5
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RhondaG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience, lovely staff couldn’t do enough for us, The food was excellent, from that beautiful flatbread , the mains, dessert and coffee. And the view looking out over the grape vines was relaxing. It would be lovely for a special occasion or just somewhere pleasant for lunch. Thank you

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AlexisG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and fresh food with wonderful service and a beautiful view over the grapes. Would highly recommend.

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IlonaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was lovely, great books to browse through.

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SylviaG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate in the restaurant facing the vineyard which was so good. Could not find fault with anything.

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LloydH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from accommodation, food, wine tasting , staff etc

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GemmaC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We booked ahead and scored a lovely table in front of the open fire in the book barn. We arrived about 40 minutes early and were pleasantly surprised when our table was already set up and ready. The staff were a little hard to get at times, but were very attentive with our dietary requirements. The food was very delicious (albeit a little under seasoned) and the Pinot Gris was light and fresh. We browsed the book shop afterwards and came home with a new cookbook- a perfectly relaxed lunch vibe!

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Jasper
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it! Thanks for a great meal. Blue cheese pizza was fantastic

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WarrenW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place to wander among the books .The cellar door restaurant was the best place as you had great views.
Food was excellent.

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JennyS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

very average service past experience was much better

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alexc
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the experience - food was good quality and enjoyable. Staff and service attentive. We have been several times and often waited +45minutes for food to arrive. However, on this visit we received our food within 15 minutes of ordering, which was much appreciated. The food is always consistently good without being extraordinary. The service not so consistent as mentioned.

Also in the past Bendooley Estate offered some European wines on the wine list (i.e. Chablis, Burgundy..). Whilst it is good to have local wines featured why not consider some Eurpoean options on the wine list for some more variety.

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Reno57
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

After attending a wedding some time back we wanted to revisit Bendooley Estate. It is a beautiful venue and the ambiance is amazing.
Food was delicious made better by excellent company. Definitely worth a visit if visiting the Southern Highlands

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GenevieveH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch for my sisters 33rd birthday! Have come back a number of times over the past 7 years since my sister and her husband where married here, and we will continue! Love it

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Kat1
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

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ZoranS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food wasn't outstanding, but it was good value for money. Environment was great, but very busy, packed with the guests, not much practicing social distancing.

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TimB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful stone wall dining space accompanied by the fire was an wonderful ambience to accompanied our anniversary. Despite being very busy, the atmosphere was very relaxing. Food quality and presentation matched that experienced at an exclusive fine dining restaurant without the price tag.

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CarolW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful meal, a very welcoming venue with professional yet friendly and obliging staff.the meal, ambience,decor, setting and grounds made for a fantastic experience. Look forward to coming back.

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Jonthree
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch at Bendooley with expectations it would be pleasant, with good food and nice wine, but it was way better than pleasant. The food and wine were very good, and the wait staff were very engaging which made for an excellent day out. The setting of Bendooley Estate is quite stunning, especially with the new growth on the vines. We look forward to our next visit.

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Quality of food has fallen away dramatically. Also much slower service from the kitchen.

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Leona
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linguine with picked blue swimmer a winner 😊😊
Berry and Pistachio dessert was a high!! 😊😊

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JGee
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and ambiance! A little expensive but food was delicious! Highly recommend.

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RoseanneB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Appealing setting, book store was great. Food was disappointing, particularly the dessert which was really sub standard.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with the costumer service.

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AlexL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, excellent fresh food including healthy and vegetarian options, friendly and efficient service. My fourth lunch there, It has become my fave restaurant in the Southern Highlands, be sure to book though as they are busy all week.

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KymH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bendooley Estate is always exceptional.

Whether it’s dining with family or friends the atmosphere is amazing and the food is excellent.

Definitely a gem of The Southern Highlands.

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DespinaC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, location and ambience. Staff were very hospitable and friendly. Facilities were amazing!
A must visit destination for a sunny, Sunday lunch. Will definitely be back (again!).

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Maria
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place! ❤️ Would love to go back with the family soon

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KarenM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food & Service was excellent and beautiful gardens to admire while having lunch - a real bonus to browse a beautiful book shop after lunch!
Thank you

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Kara
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with great decor, we truly appreciated the lovely staff and impressive, delicious dishes. Everything combined to make a delightful experience.

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TomH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine fantastic as usual - this place always delivers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love our visits to one of our favourites!!!
Everything was wonderful as usual!!

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GeorgP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Had a booking but very abrupt on arrival. Nice waitress took order and brought water, wine and pizza within 20 minutes and an hour later still waiting for our main course and wine all drunk - enquired from abrupt arrival lady what was happening as other tables had come, eaten and gone, and she never came back to us. Then another girl arrived and apologised and said it was on its way. 20 minutes and nothing had arrived so went back yet again, as our guests just wanted to leave, to the abrupt lady who said she would find out - excuse it had been busy and by now it was 3.30pm! - and 5 minutes later food started to arrive but then a bit late to start another bottle to have with our food which is what we had wanted. Husbands slow cooked lamb had pumpkin that looked and tasted like it had been going since 11.30am - rest of food was average.
In fairness to them they did end up acknowledging our experience and complimented the meal. However it was a disappointment as we had taken these friends to introduce them to the restaurant as they had not been before.

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BelindaW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, mains more impressive than desserts. Unfortunately we were seated near the entrance and were constantly blasted with cold wind every time someone came in... which was often because they are so busy! And we couldn’t move tables because of Covid. Lovely ambience inside the bookstore.

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Tazza
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time diners and really enjoyable. Food and wine was great in a beautiful.

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EricC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere
The place was unreal
Food was brilliant
Service amazing

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went to Bendooley with friends for Tuesday lunch and was pleasantly surprised. Food was very good with a good selection of local and interstate wines. Would recommend as good dining experience.

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Ferlopes
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and wine, perfect spot for lunch, beautiful and elegant for a special occasions. Loved it.

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AlisonV
Singapore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great waitress and amazing food. Best blue cheese pizza I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

While we were looking forward to having lunch we were prepared to take the 2.15 slot but unfortunately when we arrived we were hungry. We had to wait for an hour for our main! It was 3.15 which was ridiculous

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JenniferR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in spectacular surrounds. Dining area is very open and well ventilated, overlooking the vineyards

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GayleE
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a family lunch in the cellar room overlooking the vines. Staff were very welcoming and friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend the crab lingui8ne.

FAQs

Bendooley Estate is rated 4.5 stars by 1049 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.