Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant

4.2
129 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Picnic Box for 2 ($45)

    A$22.50 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Picnic Boxes for two have 2 cheeses, 2 cured meats, bread, biscuits, pickles, mustards and a sweet treat. Please note charged by the person @ $22.50, but must be ordered as multiples of 2.

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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 129 people are saying
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RossE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shared steak dish was cooked perfectly to our liking.

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SudeshnaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Lovely view, but unfortunately we did not enjoy food… we had 3 course .. entree was ok, for mains I had bbq chicken but chicken was not bbq, my husband had lamb it was ok but in salad there was bacon piece which was sooo chwey and stuck in tooth.. spend $200 for everything, not worth it at all.

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ShanaK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Beautiful food would highly recommend ❤️

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2021

Thank you for making this review we really appreciate it.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere, great variety on menu and value for money. Highly recommend 👌

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make this review. We appreciate all feedback, especially the positive.

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable evening,we were able to go earlier for a pre dinner drink .Even though it was outside(COVID restrictions) it was a mild evening and lights through the trees and gas heaters were there if needed.The service and food was excellent.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and leaving this review. We are really glad that you enjoyed your experience and that the weather behaved.

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MikiW
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Liam was fabulous, very engaging and efficient. The food was again, delicious, the waygu crying tiger is incredible. I had the ricotta dumplings as my main course, a beautiful spring dish. We all loved our meals, the wine and the setting. Just a table of very excited girls making a lot of noise did make hearing a tad difficult, but when their meals came there was silence! The power of a fabulous meal.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and leaving such a great review. the team really enjoy getting positive feedback and Liam will be stoked that he was mentioned specifically.

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AnnaB
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sensational menu - food is world class. Was hard to select an entree - all interesting dishes with great selection between spicy, vegetarian and seafood. Mains we shared the NY strip on the bone with chimichuri. Outstanding. Side of cauliflower Katsu was a stand out. Highly recommend, service was excellent yet very relaxed.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and for leaving such a wonderful review. the team really appreciate the positive feedback.

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HeatherH
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so professional and courteous we really enjoyed our time here and looking forward to coming back soon!

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to post a review we sincerely appreciate it. We are really happy that you enjoyed your experience with us.

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LizS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 6 course degustation with paired wines
Each course was explained to us and the wine as well
Fabulous service we will be back ❤️

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and leaving this very nice review. We appreciate all feedback, especially the positive! Look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Customer service was awesome!! All staff are very friendly and helpful. We had 6 courses with matched wines. The food was ok but didn’t meet our expectations. And the wine was very good. Love the vibe and the environment there. We wouldn’t mind to go back again for sure but we might not order the same food.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to place this review. We sincerely appreciate the feedback. Our menu has just changed as it goes so we hope to see you again soon.

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Shanika
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Delicious food
I ordered the pork belly and papaya salad and was very satisfied.
The Apple dessert was so yummy .
The only thing that was medium was the Jerusalem artichoke.
The steaks were delicious and cooked the perfection .
Your children will be more than happy with the children menu as well .
Book inside on cold days

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thank you for your review and for visiting us in the first place. We are really happy that you enjoyed your experience. The artichoke has actually just been taken off the menu as we have just launched our spring offering.

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Shanika
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location
Excellent staff
Yummy food
Would have like a larger selection but what we had was delicious

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thank you for your very pleasant review. We are really happy you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for visiting.

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AnnaM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicest meal we have had for along time. It was a wet cold night we were nice and warm sitting outside. Staff were polite and efficient. Will go back again soon.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make this review. We are sincerely pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful setting to catch up with friends and enjoy great food and wine

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thank you for your review. We hope you come again.

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RK3550
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting menu, wonderful food, pleasant ambiance. Will return.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you for that. We are really happy that you enjoyed your experience.

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BarryE
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The degustation was amazing. The whole experience was wonderful

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you for placing this review we really appreciate it and are happy that you enjoyed your experience

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MalcolmD
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful location! Ambiance was amazing, staff very friendly and helpful AND the food was AMAZING!!
Will definitely be back!!

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you for this review it really bolsters the team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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StuartS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a very enjoyable lunch in a very COVID safe environment. Sat outside under the verandah. Wines were delightful, food delectable and service impeccable.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make this review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your experience

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Helen
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Have dined here a few times and it’s usually been good. However my meal and experience yesterday was really poor. My starter was really difficult to eat due to it swimming in pickling vinegar and caused me to constantly cough due to its high acidity. My eyes were literally watering and I could not finish it. My main meal was confit of duck and was fairly dried out and nothing special taste wise. We tried to order a pudding 90 minutes into our sitting and were told the kitchen was closed - due to staff having their lunch. Service was inattentive throughout the duration. We still hadn’t had our drink order taken by the time our food had arrived. Staff seemed too keen to hang out around the bar area chatting amongst themselves. Despite us being polite throughout we felt unwelcome by the end of the meal. Once they’ve got you and you’ve spent money they quickly want you out again. We were a small family gathering of just three and spent $375 which is annoying and I’m kicking myself at choosing Balgownie. The staff couldn’t even muster a goodbye as we left. Charmless and immature behaviour. Definitely not what hospitality is about.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make this review. We take all feedback (good & bad) very seriously and try to use this as a way to learn. We are very disappointed that your experience was not to your expectation. We will work very hard to address your concerns

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Lovely outlook to the vines. Highly recommend

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you for this review, we really appreciate the positive comments

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MetalJ
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food, beautifully presented. The setting is great too

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you for writing this, the team are very appreciative of the nice feedback.

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MexAussie
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We wanted to check it out for some time. What a great place, great service, beautiful food and amazing wines. Will definitely come back

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you for this nice review. We appreciate the positive comments and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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NeilD
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Once again, the food was exceptional, but the service during the early part of our lunch was poor. It picked up when a different waitress looked after us when our main course arrived. The sub-standard service have been due to the fact that there were only 2 or 3 tables of people having lunch. This must have been a glitch as we generally find the service to be very good. On a brighter note, the food was simply outstanding. The best meals we have ever had at Balgownie. I recommend Balgownie Estate to everyone who enjoys great food, beautiful wine and a stunning location.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make this review. We take all feedback very seriously. I am glad you enjoyed the meal and I apologise for the poor early start. As you mention I hope that this was a glitch, but will have a chat with the team and ensure we iron that out. We look forward to welcoming you again in the not too distant future.

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Maryrose
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed our evening at Balgownie, however, we were sat at a table for 2 by the door which made it uncomfortably cold with a blast of cold air each time someone entered or exited. Could I suggest a barrier/folding screen here during the winter months for this table?
I really appreciated the ability to have gluten and dairy-free options and the apology and offer of a free drink when my order was delayed with one of these features being missed initially in the kitchen.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on July 15, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make your review. We value our guest's feedback greatly. I am glad that the team recovered from the error with an apology and managed to make your overall experience a positive one.

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ellebell
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Vegetarian option not available. Was ok wouldn’t rush back!
Partner ordered steak and said pretty average but chicken wings were good!

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make this review. We are disappointed to hear that your experience was not up to your expectation. I will provide your feedback to the kitchen.

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IanH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dishes we chose were unusual and delicious! Service excellent. Will return.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We are always delighted when we get positive feedback and we are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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GlennR
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be back and recommend it to others. charcuterie board option would enhance a great menu

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back again.

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hagfamilyroadtrip
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was lovely and the food was great and very good value for what you get. Beautiful food, fresh and tasty. The sparkling wine was divine. Good for families too a kids menu I was envious of.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make this review. We really appreciate it and are very happy you enjoyed your experience with us.

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Throughly enjoyed our breakfast. Food was delicious and the service was fantastic.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make your review. We are very happy that you enjoyed the food and experience here.

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SamraB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and exceptional service. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and then for taking the time to make your review. We greatly appreciate the positive feedback.

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AbbeyD
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

For the price per item, the vibe of the restaurant was daggy and in need of a fresh ambiance. The experience of dining here felt rushed and exposed. The food was lovely but served very quickly for a 3 course menu.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to place your review. We are sorry the experience did not live up to your expectation.

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SarahO
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious 3 course meals for dinner paired with a Balgownie Pinot noir which was exquisite. We then spent the evening in a hermitage house deluxe room, it was all so lovely. Then breakfast in the morning at the restaurant was delicious and the coffee was great. Would definitely recommend to family and friends.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on June 19, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to make this review. We are really glad you enjoyed your experience.

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Josie
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Amazing food and amazing service, highly recommend

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make these comments, we really appreciate them and of course your custom.

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Sharonk
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

There were many elements to the dishes and less than half were successful. The wine service wasn't up to restaurant standard.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We take all of our feedback very seriously. We are disappointed that your experience was not to your expectation.

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Karen
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at the Balgownie restaurant. The food was amazing and the service exceptional.
The menu had so many yummy options it was hard to choose!

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to make this review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again sometime.

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HeatherK
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t think you could pick anything on the menu that wouldn’t be delicious.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and thank you for your kind review, it is much apreciated.

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Andjd
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very disappointing experience. The wine tasting was okay, although little knowledge of the different varieties was imparted. We ordered the 2 course lunch and after our drinks arrived the waiter made a great fuss about a "complimentary" slice of bread! The entrees were fine but the dirty plates remained on the table for a full 25 minutes. The main course of gnocchi was inedible and not crisp. The duck was minute(thumb size) and overcooked with a taste of beef from the char grill, the lentils were cold and hard although the vegetables were good. Once again the staff failed to come anywhere near us, only asking about our meals some 20 minutes later.
There was no lack of staff, they were just not up to scratch, no one seemed to be in control of the dining experience - a lack of professionalism. Less party time behind the bar and more attention to the paying customers please. We will not return or recommend Balgownie.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on May 20, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. I apologise that it did not meet your expectation. I have already expressed your (and my) concern to the team.

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at Balgownie Bendigo was unmeasurable. From the quality of the immaculately prepared food, the wine and the ambiance, to the friendliness and warmth of the staff, much love and care had been taken to make it one of the most pleasurable and memorable nights we’ve had. Definitely recommend it to anyone, but especially those looking for a romantic night with all the trimmings. Can’t wait to go back there!

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on May 20, 2021

Thank you for taking time to review your experience. I cannot tell you how much it means to the team when they get such a great review. We do try hard to get it right for our guests, and this shows the team that often they do.

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PedroJuana
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for 3 course meal during mother's day and my wife was so happy and satisfied so I guess that makes me a great husband. Thanks to Balgownie. They have no qualms with our baby being in the restaurant. We were worried because of its fine dining ambiance. Food is superb. Service is fast and great. Their Cuvee is so good. I got what I paid for. Will definitely come back.

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on May 20, 2021

Thank you so much for this positive review. We are happy we helped make you a greater husband! On a serious note, thank you for taking the time to review your experience.

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Bendigo5
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was amazing but there wasn’t staff coming over to ask if we wanted another drink, I had to get up and go to the bar to order them.

It is also really dark outside in the car park and driving down the drive way it’s hard to see where to go to the restaurant so some lighting would be good

Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant
Responded on May 20, 2021

Thank you for taking the time for reviewing your experience . We take our feedback seriously and to heart. I have addressed you concerns with the team. Regarding the lighting, we agree with you. To be honest I started in December when the light was not a problem, but recently I have noticed the need for some additional lighting. I am working through this with an electrican and hope to remedy the situation shortly.

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Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 129 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.