Rookie Eatery

4.6
267 reviews
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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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MM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Would have been better if we could have had out own wine on a Saturday night.

S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food! The wait staff could smile a bit more but none the less the service was good. Would definitely go back. Best restaurant in Wollongong!

T
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was insanely good. Best food i've had in Wollongong. And certainly the best i've had anywhere for a while. Couldn't stop thinking about it after!

AP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food - really different and delicious and the service was great 😊

DT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. Will definitely recommend to friends

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The most wonderful experience. The flavour combinations were amazing. Quantise just right and the service impeccable.
We will return many many times.

DA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, great service. Could do with fewer tables as we were crammed in a bit. Also, the wine list needs serious attention. For a restaurant of this standard and with these prices they need a far better selection of quality wines. The list just wasn't up to standard

JU
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & service were outstanding, thank you Rookie for a wonderful day

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We had a beautiful range of dishes, although the vegetarian 'feed me' menu could do with a little more variety as two of the dishes highlighted sweet potato as a main ingredient. All the dishes were well cooked and beautifully presented. Unfortunately the service was a bit patchy: the main host was lovely, welcoming and warm as well being very knowledgable about the dishes; the other waitress on the evening was less welcoming and at times was a little too intrusive - hurrying to empty the bottle of wine that we had ordered and leaning across us to clear the plates. The minimalist decor is stylish but on a winter's night rather cold especially as the heating was turned off early. This is the second time that I have been to Rookie and have loved the food each time but this time it wasn't quite such a stand out meal.

CZ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

food lived up to its reputation - absolutely stunning!
the only criticism was having a table that was so far into the hallway the front door almost clopped one of our party each time it opened - we asked to move to another table, but after being told not possible we moved the table a foot further into the dining room (waiter wasnt too happy about that, and i was still constantly closing the front door for patrons who couldnt be bothered). we'll go back again but only on the condition we are not seated there - restaurant should remove that table all together

FS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently wonderful food every time, Rookie never disappoints,

SM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing- definitely a great place to celebrate our 1 year anniversary xo

MG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent even though it seemed busy. The food is amazing and the price seems like I am getting the bargain.

V
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! There was so much of it and we got the $69 feed me menu. Staff are lovely - it really makes the dining experience just wonderful when you have cheerful, attentive staff. Looking forward to returning soon.

RM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

well presented dishes, duck breast perfectly cooked a stand out

MM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. The food was amazing and a great place to take my daughter who was visiting from interstate. Couldn’t fault a thing!

R
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have now been to Rookies 3 times and we have never been disappointed. We had the Large Feed Me offering this last time and all of the dishes were 'to die for!' We did take the early siting - from 6pm - and if I had one criticism it would be that the 1st few courses came out a little too quick. however we will be back again very shortly and I`m already looking forward to it - Excellent meal!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service . Amazing food ! Will definitely return.

PU
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The quality of the food was excellent however I thought the need for sides to give a satisfying full feeling and there only being 2 sides available, poor, however the service was excellent and both the manager and wait staff were very attentive

LS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time eating at Rookie and my god!! The food and service was something else. Our waitress was very helpful in educating me about some of the ingredients on their menu and always made sure that our food was good. 100% 10/10 would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a flavourful Australian culinary journey. :)

M
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

All the 3 stars I gave are actually 3 and a half stars, as I think an extra half is necessary. Some really nice flavours in the food. Few things I could nit pick but an overall nice time at Rookie.

MA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Wollongong s best eatery. One of our favourites and go to for a great meal

VC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was delicious, great experience trying some different foods. Interesting Different combinations. Everything was so tasty. To be picky as it was expensive, the duck was a little dry and I felt the chicken wings brought down the calibre of the meal. All the other meals were interesting and delicious!

KB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant great food with great service

TH
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure what to expect however chose the Feedme 2 share menu and certainly was not disappointed. Great service matched by spectacular dishes every one better than the one before. The feedme menu proved excellent value.

VT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food great service we tried the Feed Me 2 option which was a good way to try lots of different dishes

LH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

really enjoyed the food -just the correct amount -service was excellent will definitely be back

AG
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was sensational, just felt a little hurried, no down time between courses, and at one stage we got served our next course while we were still eating the previous one, we just felt under pressure to just scoff it and not enjoy it. And no coffee machine

MM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Rookie was absolutely perfect. Food was amazing, service amazing, pretty much everything was amazing. Would highly recommend rookie to anyone and everyone. We will be back again real soon.

VH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every meal we had on our FeedMe choice. First time there with my best friends from Sydney and celebrating my birthday. Loved it

LL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our special occasion restaurant. The food & service are always fabulous!!

JV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had one of the chef choice menus, each course was delicious

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

I took my mother for the set mothers day menu. She loved the meal all 8 courses and has not stopped talking about it! the staff seamlessly handled my wheat and dairy allergies. Chef showed a deft hand and used first class ingredients that made it great value for a special day.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A light and pleasant space, delicious food and good service.

CO
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening. Thankyou to all chefs and wait staff. Food was excellent and portion size was just right for our needs.

KB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is delicious! Unusual, but great use of flavours and fresh ingredients. It was a busy Saturday night, but we felt well looked after but the staff. Would go again anytime!

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

Well, what a lovely night out. Lovely food, presentation was special but not pretentious. Staff attentive and knowledgeable, friendly but left our night to us. Very special and will do it again. :)

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

Nathan was our waiter and his knowledge of the menu was excellent. He was very attentive throughout the evening. It was a very busy night so some other guests were seated very closely to us.

DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was amazing! My husband and I had a very rare date night and were not disappointed. The best meal we have had in Wollongong since moving here 10 years ago. Thank you for a wonderful night!

W
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & service excellent , though prices are on the higher scale , though this is what you would expect for quality food well presented .Only dissappointment was no after dinner coffee offerred.

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