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Bendooley Estate

4.5
1062 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1062 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MargotR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch on Tuesday, the service was excellent and of course the venue amazing!

The entrees were magnificent and exceeded our expectations however the Grape and Blue Cheese Pizza we ordered was quite burnt and really wasn't pleasant to eat. It was a shame as I have ordered that pizza many times in the past and it has been delicious.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the best staff in southern highlands beautiful setting would recommend this to any one well done Bendooley estate thank you

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WendyR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 9 and each of us were very impressed with our dining experience at Bendooley Estate. Food was so tasty, the service was flawless and being surrounded by a book shop quite unique.

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AngelaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place for lunch, overlooking vineyards. Excellent food.

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DaphneT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow what a pleasant surprise.
The menu looked a little ‘simple’ but there was nothing ordinary about the food. It was to die for.
Full compliments to the amazing chef. We ate in the restaurant next to the custom made fireplace & overlooking the vineyards. It was a perfect setting for a cold day but would have been just as beautiful in the summer.
As for food...
Presentation 10/10
Taste 10/10
Portion 10/10
Service 10/10
Highly recommend this place and we will definitely be back.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was really lovely. The crab linguini was really enjoyable as too was the pea risotto my husband has. Both were extremely filling!
My only complaint would be that it was very loud. There were a lot of large groups (hens, girls weekends and the like) and with all the hard surfaces it was a little off putting for a relaxing lunch. My suggestion if you’re a couple would definitely be to request a table near the window/vineyard.

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KatieB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The quality of the food and delicious wine was fantastic. The Book Barn was such a beautiful venue. Enjoyed this dining experience so much - thank you!

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RebeccaC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic service, great food, and wonderful wine!! Thank you Bendooley Estate, we'll be back!

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HollyM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was absolutely fantastic - as was the wine. The service was attentive, friendly and easy going. The setting was absolutely beautiful - especially sitting right on the vineyard. I am already wanting to go back!

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Vanessa
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at Bendooley Estate with my friend to celebrate her 60th birthday. Everything about the day and the experience were terrific and we both enjoyed the atmosphere and the meal. It was refined and very special while still relaxed and comfortable. It is such an interesting and beautifully presented venue and so close to Bowral and the main freeway roads while feeling a million miles away in it's own little pocket. Would highly recommend and can't wait to go back.

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CiersleyE
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great time!!! Love the section near the window! We always love Bendooley!

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SharonS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience. Friendly staff and very attentive. We were keen to have a tasting however the tasting bar was full, this service should have been offered at the table with a max of number of wines to try in order to help with ordering a bottle a wine with lunch.

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johnw
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue and very good food Thank you. Staff made our stay memorable on my wife's birthday.

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RhondaG
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
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 on October 21, 2020
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 on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was lovely, great books to browse through.

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SylviaG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
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 on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GemmaC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
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 on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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WarrenW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
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 on October 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

very average service past experience was much better

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alexc
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
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 on October 18, 2020
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 on October 18, 2020
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 on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

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ZoranS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
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

FAQs

Bendooley Estate is rated 4.5 stars by 1062 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.