Bendooley Estate

4.5
1320 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.

Experiences

  • Table share in our Stables

    A$90.00 per personPrepaid

    May 9, 2021 only

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please book only your NUMBER of ADULTS and add on the amount of kids to be charged correctly!!! We will open our Stables for a special table share menu for you and your family. Minimum 5 adults, $90 per adult and only $20 per child.
  • 3-Course-Set Menu in our Book Barn Restaurant

    A$90.00 per personPrepaid

    May 9, 2021 only

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please book only your NUMBER of ADULTS and add on the amount of kids to be charged correctly!!! Enjoy a 3-Course-Set Menu with your family for $90 per adult and only $20 per child

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 1320 people are saying
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IanL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Reception, decor and food was fantastic. Unfortunately service was less than average
from start to finish.

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GabrielleG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is a lovely venue and kid friendly. The menu was interesting and most of our dishes were great, but the steak was unfortunately overcooked and dry. Loved being able to browse the books on our way out.

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RobC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food & service but the food could have been hotter

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KarenW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We were excited to visit again after about 6 years. The estate has changed since then and become much more busy. The vine room is no longer a quieter lounge area to sit and relax with a glass of wine by the fire, rather a noisy bustling dining room. The food was good though expensive for what you receive. The book barn though crowded is still charming. Don’t recommend going during weekends or school holidays.

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GillianO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a wonderful time. Having the best table in the house made my hens lunch perfect. Thank you.

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FionaE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Party of 11- we had an enjoyable lunch, delicious food and wine in a beautiful setting.

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Sal82
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great wine, food and service. We had a wonderful afternoon and would recommend to anyone to visit here.

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AllieM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Beautiful place, lunch, and service. Would eat there again.

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BarbaraL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and efficient with friendly staff.
Food was a good serving and very fresh, loved the Rigatoni, it was cooked to perfection and the sauce was amazing.
We started with the antipasto plate to share which was filled with lots of different nibbles to try and they were all fantastic and a great way to try different things.
The atmosphere is very lively, friendly and an outstanding place to meet up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New South Wales
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helpful staff, lovely location but best of all the food was delicious. What more can you ask for? Browsing the books is a bonus!

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sarah
London
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

A very pleasant way to pass an afternoon. The food c a me quickly and was very nice. Better sitting outside as inside noisy and dark.

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Hiddy
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fabulous location for lunch in the Southern Highlands. A lovely venue, with great food, wine and lovely staff. Gorgeous gardens. With the benefit of a great wine cellar and book shop.

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SophieW
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

45 minutes between entries and mains
Steak was tough
Burgers wasn’t at a great standard

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Jack
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and great service. Lunch was very busy and all tables full. Staff were fantastic and work well together to ensure you were looked after. Lunch was served and considering the number of people there was no delay and was served in great time. The whole atmosphere is beautiful,books bountiful and will definitely be back.

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Bridget
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tranquil relaxed setting with wonderful service and menu. We can’t wait to return again.

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Kazza
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bookshop was wonderful, the setting gorgeous and the food doesn't disappoint

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MarilynSRubyRose
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved our experience at Bendooley as we always do. In particular the waitstaff were professional and attentive. Even though we were in the last sitting of a long weekend we were treated with care and consideration. Thankyou

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JeffreyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six of us had lunch there. I was an excellent experience as always.

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TasneemM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service . Was accomodating even with a kid

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Georgie
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, very generous pizza size!! Delightful waitress, prompt and efficient, but also didn’t feel rushed. Only down side was that the noise level (we were inside) got quite loud at points and we had to raise our voices to speak with each other.

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TracyT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Staff need to trained in hospitality and service. Very sloppy bordering on dangerous. Our server dropped a steak knife on the ground and then kicked it across the restaurant floor and left it there for some time seemingly forgetting it. Glasses were dropped and glass shattered onto an adjoining table. Another staff member loudly announcing to the entire restaurant they were sorry and everything was ok!? Surely a quick cleanup and a discreet apology to those affected is all that is required? The anti pasti board was put on a pizza stand on our table which ensured nobody could see what was on it. The selection was not mentioned in detail on the menu nor when it was served. No additional napkins were offered after we dropped ours on the ground. The venue is lively and set amongst a lovely backdrop of trees and vines but the poor service obviously from a lack of training is embarrassing and does not match the price point and expectation of what the experience is going to be.

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Jaym
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Very disappointed. We were seated outside in the direct sunlight and had to rearrange the umbrella and table to sit in the shade. Food was very bland and the service was awful. Waiter knew nothing about wine when I asked the difference between two reds. We were so excited to have lunch here and were very let down.

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TaniaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere, with very friendly service

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful venue. A great place for a lovely meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful day sitting outside the book barn at Bendooley, great service, great atmosphere and so relaxing walking around the bookstore after lunch. Try the blue cheese pizza, even if you’re not a fan of blue cheese, you’ll thank me later!

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BronwynW
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a most enjoyable experience and does represent good value for money though it at times can be noisy

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BiancaS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was amazing and the hot chips great service, scenery and busy venue. Lots to see and could spend all day looking out at the vineyard and or bookstore. Amazing we are considering having our wedding venue here xx

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MarciaB
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bendooley was exceptional. The food, the wine and the service were magnificent. The beetroot cured salmon and the king fish were divine plus couldn’t fault any of the dishes ordered by 8 of us.

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Tania
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service only issue was the noise level in the back room and the unavailability of afternoon coffee which was offered as takeaway only due to a wedding setup.

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DiscerningDiner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Very disappointing experience. We were seated right on top of the open fire on a 20 degree day! The smoke was so dense in the room by the time we left, we were all coughing and were very concerned about the 4 children in our group. I suggest the restaurant rethinks its policy on use of the open fire as there are real health and safety issues here. The service was also very poor, with a real lack of training and professionalism being displayed. This restaurant has the potential to be amazing, given the food and location, however a lot of work needs to be done on client service.

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Avinash
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere. And the book store is a real hidden gem!

Wish we had known wine tasting needed a separate booking to lunch table reservations as that was on our list of to-do's here. But that just means now we have a reason to go back 😊.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come here we are always impressed by the service from when you step in the door to the food options and wine selection. Perfect place for lunch for a special occasion, day trip or if you are just in the area

JR
JoanneR
London
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining in Highlands. Lovely autumn seasonal menu. Staff are always well mannered and attentive. Great rustic atmosphere in beautiful country setting.

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bendooley Estate is always a brilliant place to dine, the food is fantastic, the prawn Linguine is excellent and the wood fired pizzas are really different. The citrus samosas for dessert are outstanding and the "Bendooley Estate Rose" is one of the best we have tried.
The setting is amazing, set in a vineyard with a cool contemporary wine tasting room with a "Jules Verne Contraption Fireplace" is unique
Make sure to go here, it never dissapoints...

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a special birthday and we had a beautiful lunch and the staff were amazing. We will all be back for sure.
Thank you for making this a birthday to remember for a special friend.

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RosemaryK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been many times always take visitors, food and wine is always excellent and value for money, staff are always helpful and diligent.

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IainC
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great lunch and service. Lovely dining room nestled in rows of books.

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CecilieA
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely exceptional as always. Staff are very attentive and provide good advice. Atmosphere is always relaxed and not loud at all. Booking is very easy online.

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JaneD
London
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely leisurely lunch. Service was very good and the food was excellent.

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ManuelR
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great option for lunch on the Southern Highlands. Good selection of food and beverages. Attentive staff. Pleasant setting and atmosphere. Give yourself an extra 30 minutes to browse the bookstore.

FAQs

Bendooley Estate is rated 4.5 stars by 1320 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.