Rookie Eatery

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353 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
Rookie Eatery offers diners contemporary Australian cuisine in a casual context. A produce-driven menu centres on modern Australian food, as the kitchen serves an eclectic mix of local ingredients with multicultural influences. At Rookie, we believe that ‘Australian cuisine’ is a multicultural phenomenon that exists nowhere else in the world and so we aim to provide a contemporary interpretation with the local ingredients on offer. The result is a diverse inspiration of eastern and western cultures brought together with fragrant and fresh flavours. An on-site herb garden provides the kitchen with a range of indigenous and introduced herb species, whilst a commitment to strong supplier relationships sees the South Coast’s best produce showcased.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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DeanS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The banquet for two was amazing. The variety and quality of food on offer was impressive. Will dine there again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoy our experience when dining at Rockies. Their vegetarian menu was as enjoyable as their normal one catering for varied palettes

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MELH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 🤩
I can’t stop thinking about the delicious food and what an amazing lunch we had.

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Klay
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in the World (I have been to a few). Can't fault the food. Can't fault the service. Cant fault the value.

Win. Win. Win.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely evening
Always enjoy coming to Rookie
It is probably our favourite restaurant in Wollongong
Thanks

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YoungRon
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I refuse to be dictated to on the minimum number of characters I can use to give my views on an experience I have had. If you don't want to read a concise account, that's your loss. This was a very disappointing dining experience for us. The service was friendly if slow. The ambience was negligible. The menu was not extensive and the food of varied quality. The meat was very good, the extra roast potatoes we ordered was a complete waste of $9 as the potatoes were not fully cooked and there was no indication on the menu that this was an exceptionally spicy dish. I can't cope with very hot spicy food so never order it but my wife who loves hot spicy dishes found this inedible.

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Carolina99
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the banquet it was delicious.!yum can’t wait to go back

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RobynH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the $95 degustation lunch. There was a tasty diversity of food and plenty of it. I'd highly recommend Rookie Eatery.

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KarynH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had heard so much about this restaurant with good reviews! however we were very disapointed :( the service was almost non-existant and the food was average to good. we also were very spacific about calling our main meal for medical reasons and we were totally ingnored and they brought it when it suited them . For the price and highend we were very dissapointed

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tinntinn
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming to Rookie, the staff are wonderful and the food is delicious.

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MichelleS
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always! Service was great and timely 😊👌

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RubyJ
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly and warm staff,
DELICIOUS food.
Really lovely experience.

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Always love it there. Can not fault anything.

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sashat
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. We love Rookie and will be back again.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and outstanding food. Would highly recommend.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my favourite restaurant at the moment. Outstanding food and flavours with very professional service. The wine list is limites but very good and very reasonably priced for such a good restaurant. Can't wait to go back.

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Kerry
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding as usual. Our favourite restaurant in The Gong.

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SueC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and innovative - we loved our meal. It is pricey but I did not leave feeling like I had a wonderful evening with fabulous food and great service.

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VasanaE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i was recommended to try this restaurant as have heard so much good reviews on the food and service.

service is amazing and feed me banquet was absolutely delicious.
Dessert was mind blowing.

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wanted to say thank you again for another amazing meal at rookie. We always receive exceptional service and rave about the food.

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Abacus
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm always very pleased with Rookie's dining experience!

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Geetk
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were very good. The oysters were fresh and the prawns for entree were probably the highlight, beautifully charred and just beautiful. We probably wouldn't order the miso butterscotch chocolate tart (dessert) again only because the flavours were too strong and didn't quite go very well together. Espresso Martini was a let down and not worth the price ($22). Overall a beautiful experience and would definitely recommend to dine in! :)

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TimR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going back for sure... went back home and spent 2 hours trying to decide the best dish... impossible to do

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and service were very good, a little disappointed that the structure of the banquet menu had changed. Definitely recommend.

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WillF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

No music,
Otherwise outstanding food was great all enjoyed dinner

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KellyA
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value for money, exquisite menu. Generous serves.

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Ruthie
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious banquet courses, from which the fresh scallion flatbread & fermented chilli, kingfish sashimi and the wagyu beef stood out. Only the grilled prawns were a little nondescript. Great service, and the place was full and buzzing as it could be under COVID19 conditions. You can't hang around if you come early though - they want the table, pronto!

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ChristineH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Afternoon,
As always the Service, Food & Wine choice, wonderful .
Well done Rookie

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KenD
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had the set menu midweek with my wife. We both enjoyed all the courses. Service was very good with a friendly & helpful waitperson. They have a good variety of gins and we had a very nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with our dinner. Also, had dessert & coffee which was not part of the set menu and dessert also was delicious , Very nice place for a special dinner.

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LauraL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so great, we love this place the food and the service.

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Best fine dining restaurant I have been to in Wollongong. Would recommend for a special event; birthday, anniversary etc.

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ChantelleT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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SallyM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first fine dining experience in a long time and it didn't dissapoint. Attentive and highly experienced service, quiet and aesthetic atmosphere plus food thoughtfully portioned and bursting with flavour. A delightfully romantic and delicious evening. Thanks Rookie!

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JEssW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love rookie, always a treat, great space and service, food.os excellent.

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ADerS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the Illawarra! Delicious food!

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MelissaN
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience. Food was spectacular and service was faultless.

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meld
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was given a gift voucher for my birthday so was unsure what to expect
WOW!
Every course got better when I didnt think it could. The service was excellent, the wine we chose (of course it had to be on the menu in the first place) was excellent match to our dinner. We left feeling extremely happy and satisfied customers and we will definitely be returning.

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Hol31
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We felt the food was over priced for what it was. I am vegetarian and while they had a vegetarian menu they couldn’t do a vegetarian set menu, they substituted one meal but most I could not eat.

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Joel
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service, will be back soon!

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KerrieE
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nicely priced tasting menu - servings are generous- so go hungry! Service felt a little rushed, the celebratory bottle of red we bought was not the year advertised on the menu nor were we offered the opportunity to taste before it was poured. However - a nice venue and good food. Would certainly go back for more.

FAQs

Rookie Eatery is rated 4.6 stars by 353 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.