Bendooley Estate

4.5
1201 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1201 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JunelleL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went there on a busy Saturday noon for lunch and the service was excellent. The sommelier was accommodating and the food particularly the wagyu beef is amazing.

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KentH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good location. Outside area was very relaxed. Food was great and service was pretty good! Only knock I would have is our entree was only on the table five minutes before main came out, but I’d be stretching to complain about anything. Great place!

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Hungry
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch venue, great food and ambience. Good for kids

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KathM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was lovely and service was excellent. We have been there before and will go again.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gorgeous grounds, beautiful bookstore, friendly staff, amazing food and wine. Delicious coffee and cake. Busy so make sure you book so as not to miss out.Bring a few coins to buy fresh fruit and veg from the caretakers kids on the lawn :)

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Noreen
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi. This is my second visit to Bendooley and it did not disappoint. Will definitely be back.

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CaraD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meat platter was fantastic, linguine beautiful, loved the tahini yoghurt with the salmon. Loved the choice of wine by the glass.

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Arrdub
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great options for gluten free and vegan options. Delicious food. Lovely service 🌹

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RobS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had the Kingfish entree to share and for mains the eye fillet and salmon. All dishes were beautifully prepared and the flavours were delicious. At times it was hard to get wait staff's attention.

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Harry
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A fun environment, quite unique having the restaurant situated in an attractive bookshop.
The service was casual and friendly.

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food and wine in a great location with a lovely atmosphere

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Bazzz
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, Nice, Nice, Nice, Nice, Nice,..................

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Tina
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great ambiance! Good collection of old books and paintings.

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AlJeEd
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were running a little late for our 2:15 booking. Phoned ahead to be told that kitchen would stop taking orders at 2:30 - not to worry, can order over the phone and our guests could order ahead of the deadline. Arrived after the supposed deadline to discover that a dish chosen X2 unavailable so order not yet in. Everything was lovely when we did order around 15 minutes after the supposed close off time for orders - and we were still offered dessert menu when we had eaten mains. No complaints, except that the pressure to order over the phone was weird given how busy everything was when we did arrive

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KateN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best winery in Australia! Amazing quality food, wine and venue. Love love love.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well worth visiting for a meal or a day out

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K384902
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great ambience in the middle of the Southern Highlands. A perfect place to have a lunch with the girls in a relaxed country setting.

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GerardO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best eating places. A mouthwatering setting both inside and outside with food to match. Really a unique experience.
Stunning simple robust architecture as a bonus to feast one's eyes on, as well as the food.

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AmreenK
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great ambiance, lush green winery views as you eat your meals. Each dish ordered was yummy and presented well. The children enjoyed outdoor games in the front garden after lunch.

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MimK
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow, however very friendly and accommodating. The food was nice and the atmosphere was great. Overall we had a really fun long family lunch.

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VirginiaE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A beautiful setting with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.. definitely worth the trip . The food range is good and certainly some great flavor combinations to entice the keen foodie. Love this place

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for my 21st birthday with my family to do both the wine tasting and the lunch. We were greeted by the front of house who was so kind and warming, I wish I got his name. He instantly made us feel welcome as he sat us down at the table. Debra who did our wine tasting was fabulous and educated us on each wine whilst making it super fun! I had my elderly grandparents with me and they also felt so special. The food was unreal, I would most definitely recommend the pizza or the Crab linguine. We will be back in the winter months and will definitely being our extended family!!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab linguini is a standout dish I would come back for time and time again. Lovely venue and fantastic bookshop to browse.

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable. Lovely setting. Just a bit noisy.

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REIKO
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food and beautiful view. I often take guests to eat.

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TatianaD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful place to be, great spot. I love all of it: the decor, scenery, food, wine, atmosphere and books! The food has always been outstanding. The wine is lovely. Just had a small problem with the drinks not being brought for a long time. We had to ask for them after our meals we served. Overall though, the service is very friendly and good.

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Catherinep
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Stunning setting delicious food Ben Dooley Chardonnay cuvée very drinkable. All in all a wonderful place to enjoy family friends and food

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JulieannaC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an enjoyable place to lunch with family and friends. Relaxing and delicious food.
We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful, good service and great food.

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AmandaO
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our experience was very enjoyable, food service surroundings were all lovely
There was a noisy (hens) group nearby but they were only enjoying themselves

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FernandoD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nothing negative about our first visit to this Estate. Great location - only a few minutes from Mittagong and Berrima. We loved the place and surrounds. The food was very good and the prices were appropriate. The service was excellent. Will recommend to anyone for any occasion. We will be back.

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JaneC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This restaurant was humming on a Friday @ lunch time. We sat in the new addition that is approximately 5 years old, so not near the library but with an outlook to the vines. Big wooden tables, not particularly clean, staff attentive but not obtrusive. We ordered a shared charcuterie board for entree between 3 of us, then we each ordered different mains; one steak (rare) that was overdone, and sent back to chef, one linguine crab which was delicious and one blue cheese pizza which was generous and tasty. All meals were presented well and the wine list was not large but we found something we liked. Overall good value. The steak was made complimentary and we left happy. Two hour limit on tables which was stated by our waitress at beginning and at end.

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Sophie
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

COVID restrictions and allocated reservation time slots ensured every was safe and catered for.

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AmandaJ
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely environment and great food. Was a bit crowded and noisy due to rainy day meaning people were inside.

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RodneyS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good experience despite it being a very busy day

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great wine tasting and lunch experience when we were there. Worth the visit! Make sure you book online.

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LisaG
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting for a lovely lunch. The food came out super quick and was tasty. We had the lamb pizza, the tomato and stracciatella salad and cheesecake. All very yum.
Service was great.

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NatW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to visit for a meal. We had kids abs they were accommodating with fast food service of the kids menu. Does get busy and bit loud with bigger groups (wine tastings) so book ahead. Beautiful food and great venue overall. Good for a meal destination place.

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KayDee
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely late lunch at the Berkelouw Book Barn and Bendooley Estate restaurant. A minor issue with the wood fired oven made it difficult to order bread without a lengthy delay but this was a small issue which did not detract from our enjoyment of the meal, the location and the ambience. Highly recommend both the restaurant and the Book Barn experience.

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Nick
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We found one of the waitresses abrupt in her manner the soda we ordered did not arrive

FAQs

Bendooley Estate is rated 4.5 stars by 1201 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.