Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant

4.1
70 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Balgownie Estate Bendigo is the ideal place to spend an afternoon or evening wining and dining with magnificent food. Enjoy the wonderful wines produced from the Bendigo and Yarra Valley estates while taking in the incredible views of the picturesque Bendigo vineyards.

Restaurant is open from 12pm - 3pm, and 6pm - 9pm. We offer two course options, three course options and Chefs selection 6 course menu. 6 course Chef Tasting not available after 7.30pm.

We serve breakfast from 8am until 10am for our hotel guest and public. Come and enjoy our version of a Champagne Breakfast.

Picnic Boxes are available through the Cellar Door on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursday from 11am -3.45pm or on Fridass, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays from 2pm - 4pm


Experiences

  • Picnic Box for 2

    A$22.50 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Picnic Box for 2 3 types of Cured Meats & Rillette Cornichons, Chutneys, Mustard 2 types of Cheese with Fruit & Quince Paste Lavosh, Grilled Bread, Water Crackers Macarons $45.00 Add a bottle of Balgownie Premium Cuvee $65 Available: 11am – 4pm Tuesday, Wednesdays & Thursdays 2pm – 4pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays **Cannot do part boxes will be charged for a full unit (eg 1 person = 1 box. 3 persons = 2 boxes)
  • Group Wine Tasting

    A$10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Wine Tasting Group bookings Taste 6 wines: Balgownie Premium Cuvee 2017 Black Label Chardonnay 2019 Silver Label Rose 2018 Black Label Pinot Noir 2017 Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Receive 10% off any bottle of wine purchased through Cellar Door during your visit
  • Picnic Box for 2

    A$22.50 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Picnic Box for 2 includes Chef's selections of: 2 x Cheeses 3 X Cured Meats, Pickles, Mustard & Chutney Sweet Treats (eg Macarons) Breads & Biscuits
  • Public Holiday 2 Course

    A$66.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    2-Course Main Menu including Public Holiday Surcharge
  • Public Holiday 3-Course Menu

    A$82.50 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    3-Course Menu including Public Holiday Surcharge
  • 2 Course Menu

    A$60.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Pre-Pay to secure your booking
  • 3 Course Menu

    A$75.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Pre-Pay to secure your booking
  • Mothers Day 2021

    A$85.00 per personPrepaid

    May 9, 2021 only

    Come and Celebrate the ladies in your life with us here at Balgownie Bendigo 3-Course Menu plus a glass of Balgownie Premium Cuvee plus a Palate Cleanser. Choose Entree and Main from our Restaurant Menu and then have a Dessert Tasting Plate between 2 to finish.
  • Champagne Breakfast

    A$35.00 per personPrepaid

    Apr 11 - Dec 31, 2021

    Breakfast with a View. Treat yourselves to a dish from our Breakfast Menu with a Glass of Balgownie Premium Cuvee, a glass of Juice and a Barista Coffee

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 70 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanielleM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience2

This is one of the worst meals I have ever had. And value for money was disgraceful.
I would never eat here again.

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ElizaL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was absolutely amazing. We will definitely be back thats for sure!
I’ve told my parents to go there for their anniversary

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. All feedback received is welcome and it is particularly nice to receive when it is positive. We are sincerely glad that you enjoyed your experience and tank you for your patronage.

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DianaS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a wonderful experience. Lovely staff and a very comfortable atmosphere.

Food was good quality and tasted great.

Thank you for the lovely dining experience!

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. All feedback received is welcome and it is particularly nice to receive when it is positive. We are sincerely glad that you enjoyed your experience and thank you for your patronage.

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MatthewC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Chose the 2 course meal. Entree's were great, chargrilled octopus delicious. For main I had the lamb and partner had the fish. Dishes were both very confusing. Lamb was more like pulled pork in a clump and was strangely served with a side of carrot salad that looked like it belonged next to a chicken parma at the local pub. The lamb tasted amazing but the sides were absolutely terrible. So very disappointed. The fish looked amazing but did not match the description, was supposed to be a curry base of some sort but clearly no curry was in sight or any flavor that resembled a curry.

We skipped dessert and asked if they could make a cheese platter for us to take back to our room. Big mistake..! One of the worst $30 cheese platters I have ever seen in my life. The ones on the website did not reflect this very sad attempt at a cheese platter.

All in all great location. Great ambience. Great service. But if your looking for a 5 star restaurant this isn't it.. 3 stars.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to send your review, all feedback is welcome. We are disappointed that you were not as happy with your food as we would have liked. Thank you for pointing out the good as well as the bad though.

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MorenaR
Melbourne
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fantastic food, nice wine. Great relaxed experience.

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GaryD
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

we did enjoy the day, just had a few flies inside, there should be some sort of bug zapper in side...

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. All feedback received is welcome and we agree the flies are a menace. We are looking for ways to reduce them but are not keen on the zapping things as they are not great for ambiance either,.. We are glad that you still enjoyed your experience and thank you for your patronage.

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IanA
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed on this occasion with the $90 cost of very ordinary boxes/platters.

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VanessaM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. It was a new menu so the staff were not 100% sure about every dish, but they happily went and asked the kitchen anything we wanted to know. The food came out quickly. It was a very positive dining experience.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. All feedback received is welcome and it is particularly nice to receive when it is positive. We are sincerely glad that you enjoyed your experience and tank you for your patronage.

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really delicious. Staff excellent. Have been there a few times and this was the best experience we’ve had so far .

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JodieB
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Not a great selection and found $60 each for the two courses and the size of the meals was not good value.
Very dissapointed.

Staff were very friendly and restaurant was lovely.

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NatalieD
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Did was extremely disappointing and not described very well on the menu. Service was also slow and offhand.

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Belinda
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The food was a little to fancy for my liking, but it was very well presented

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AlanV
Sydney
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and beautiful view over the vineyards. Service was engaging and perfectly timed.
Have eaten there before and food never disappoints. Can’t wait to return

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GRAHAM
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to stay. Great foot and wine was really good

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Marilyn
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great and good value for money also the breakfast was outstanding and very
delicious indeed, I would certainly recommend for any occasion, it would be a lovely place to have a wedding. 10 out of 10 from me.

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CheryleS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Fabulous food and great atmosphere
Wait staff friendly

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GrantP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all round. The cooking was even better than my wifes (and hers is brilliant).

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SharonN
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were friendly and efficient. The setting was beautiful to go with the great food and wine. We had the 3 course menu with wine and coffee to celebrate a birthday. Definitely would visit again and maybe stay over.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and dinner/breakfast. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, with beautiful surroundings.... The perfect spot.

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MeaganR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Food was terrible for the worth of money. Pork belly was like rubber & slow cooked lamb had too much fat through it and was served with a baby potato cut in half.
The entree cannelloni has absolutely no flavour to it and was tiny and served in a bowl of peas & what tasted like pasta water.
Views were nice & service was good. But for the money spent I would have preferred a better local restaurant.

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ElaineW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the tasting menu which although costly was very nice and really good to try different foods which were beautifully presented. The restaurant was not full and not noisey which pleased me as I have hearing impairment. Our waiter was a most friendly and personable young man which also contributes to a good dining experience . Thank you.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and good service - thanks. We’ll be back

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RobM
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Overall the experience was good . Some courses good others a little disapointing . My steak was very good howver my wifes steak was full of fat . .

Felt very rushed during the service

The wine is amazing.

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BendigoDiner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Having had glowing reports of food here we were disappointed by our experience. It felt like the chef’s day off at lunchtime on a Monday with half our courses being very overcooked , one almost inedible. The atmosphere , ambiance and service were excellent

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Relaxing and enjoyable experience. We were there on a cooler evening which was still lovely. Thankfully the staff was able to find us a table indoors to eat. Sparkling red was delicious, our three course menu option was just right. The menu isn't huge although it's enough.

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VIVIANB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful setting. Staff very friendly and very accommodating. Overall great value for money.

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DivyaP
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice birthday dinner there. The food was amazing and staff very professional and friendly. We were seated outdoor and the view was absolutely beautiful. Lovely experience 😊

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BillyO567
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was the perfect night, would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch here. We were clamping overnight so we had a wine tasting and then on to lunch. The food was great really well presented and tasted great. The staff were really nice. Had a great experience

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Samm
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service from all staff
The food was lovely but required more colour pops, we eat with our eyes and Instagram everything we possibly can.
I didn’t post any photos as they just didn’t look photo worthy (just our opinion though)
We had:
The Duck breast (no colour)
The Altair sirloin (no colour)
The Potato gnocci (some colour)
The Cheese plate was dated
The Summer berries meringue (some colour)
The 70% bitter chocolate delice (no colour)

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KayA
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal for our anniversary lunch. It was a very hot day but was lovely inside so this didn't bother us. We weren't sure what wine we wanted so we were given a tasting of the wines we wanted which was great. We enjoyed our meals the food was worth it.

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TerrieD
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely place and a lovely day. I would prefer if I didn’t have to purchase my meal as a package (i.e., $60 per person for either an entree and main, or main dessert).
However, food was good, wine was wonderful and the venue was lovely.

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Tayla
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food wasn’t bad but they definitely over complicate the menu. Half of the menu we couldn’t understand and the meat serving size was very small compared to the rest of the food on the plate. The cannoli as a entree was terrible definitely not cannoli at all, I couldn’t even eat it. They ran out of pork belly as well and didn’t have an option to replace it which I thought wasn’t good leaving the menu very limited.

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ALANF
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food amazing but very rushed 4 courses delivered in 60 minutes..please give people a break between course's even it's it's only 5-10 minutes.

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LizD
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was nice, but lacked vegetables and was heavy on pre-prepared dishes.

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FrancesW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Room was nice and cool as it was a very hot day, staff were outstanding with explaining things and service. The price was very reasonable for 2 course set menu. Would certainly recommend this place!!!

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Diner1111
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Was not able to book an inside table through open table. It was extremely hot outside, when we asked for cold water we were brought ice. There was a group of four men sitting very close who were having a lovely time, but as they were so close it was a bit noisy. Food was ok. Pork belly doesn’t have crispy skin. Gnocchi needed salt and pepper which there wasn’t any on the table and as the waiters didn’t really come near us we had to leave our table searching. Probably would have ordered more wine, but again there were no waiters (I think they were all inside as it was so hot outside) There is a minimum $60 spend per person. Coconut pannacotta was amazing!

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StephenA
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and great food and wine of course. Would recommend

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GeoffreyG
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The menu has changed since our last visit which was a little disapointing some of our favourites no longer available. Our main let down was the extended wait for desert having finished our digestives and coffee by the time it arrived.

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Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 70 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.