Esca Bimbagden

4.3
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$41 to $100
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Australian
Esca Bimbadgen showcases Bimbadgen wines by matching them with simple, elegant food in a jaw-dropping setting. A pioneer of fine dining in the Hunter Valley, Esca Bimbadgen exemplifies the unique nature of a winery restaurant. The spectacular entrance suspended above the winery is second only to the view from your table.
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4.2
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4.5
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4.4
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1 review
Dined on March 20, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were the only customer during Lunch Service, Staff was friendly and nice, the views are amazing at this place, unfortunately the food was average, Overly seasoned.. We had the Duck with Beetroot puree which doesn't go well together, our Med Rare Steak from was Med Well and salty, and I like salt normally.

Dessert was a BIG MISS, Icecream in a CUP would have tasted better... I hope they would improved.

TH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After reading some less than complimentary reviews of Esca in recent online reviews we were quite prepared to be disappointed. But we weren't.

The space is pleasant with good views over the vines through the large windows - perhaps a little over-airconditioned but that's a matter of preference. Our welcome was low key but friendly and the restaurant quiet.

We were very happy with the food and service. The entrees we chose were a green gazpacho with goats cheese and a grilled scallops - both were tasty, fresh and delicious.

We both had the aged angus for mains and it was cooked perfectly with just enough flavoursome fat to make it interesting. As only occasional red meat eaters it was truly a treat.

We had Bimbadgen wines by the glass - just their everyday range - and both the chardonnay and the shiraz were well suited to our meals. No complaints there.

Overall, we'd happily go back. It's not stand-out special, just a good modern Australian restaurant in a lovely location and that's no bad thing.

Some of the other local restaurants are more theatrical and fancy, and on the right night that's good too, but Esca should keep on doing what it does well. Perhaps they've listened to some of the criticism of the food quality and smartened up their act.

AW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got an amazing verandah table outside for my birthday and had to two course menu. We have just been recently as well and both this time and last time exceeded our expectations - thanks for being one of the best restaurants in the Hunter.

S
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and great friendly staff. The food experience is always different, new ideas, great produce and an overall taste bud sensation.

JN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We have been to esca many times and it’s always beautiful this time however something was lacking. We did notice staff had changed also which is fine but it was the menu that we found disappointing this time round.

D
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, quality service. Highly recommend.

RS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiting staff thank you would recommend to everyone

EP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Nice food and service. It wasn’t the best weather but that didn’t affect our night.

CB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, beautiful food, well worth a visit

AD
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very seafood based menu.
That being said, the service, presentation, overall taste of the food was very good, just didn't feel there was much option for people who don't like seafood (the starter section mainly).
On the expensive side compared to other places I've been.

JL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a great gentlemen ( forgot his name unfortunately) who gave us a great experience up until he left which was just before dessert where we were handed over to 2 ladies who seemed to have no interest in us. We wanted to purchase some wines at the end s we did the wine pairing but this all seemed to hard for them and we were quoted incorrect prices and it was all to much effort. Our table of 6 were all looking to buy wines but only one person in the end did as we felt like the staff were more interested in having us leave. It is a pity that that last quarter of our evening ended so badly as otherwise it would have been an amazing experience.

SW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Probably wouldn't recommend simply because there are so many options in the hunter and I have to imagine some of them do a better job of this particular type of dining experience. I'd rather tell somebody to try something different than waste my recommendation on something I felt was only ok, especially for the cost. For $200 bill for two people celebrating a big event, it was absolutely not worth it.

LB
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best thing to do on a hot summers day. Spend the afternoon in air con comfort being served delicious food and wine whilst looking at the spectacular views

SC
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue for a scenic lunch that is tasty and healthy, plus personable service from all staff. Well done Bimbadgen and keep it up!

JM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic staff, very attentive and professional. The food was lovely and well presented. We will be back.

MR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food that was tasty,good ambience was a very quiet day

BL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Not the menu, if you dont like seafood or raw meat with pickled mush then theres not really an entree for you. The flavour combinations were also a bit of a hit or miss, mainly miss.

IB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very relaxing and enjoyable lunch in a wonderful location. Beautiful food and great wines.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our 5 course menu with matching wines. Service was outstanding and overall experience was great!

DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner and would highly recommend it

WG
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service was good and the view was great

Wines were good beer selection could be improved.

MC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, beautiful food will come back again.

TW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We visited on 4th January when the outdoor temperature was 47 degree!! The restaurant was cool and the welcome both friendly and relaxing. Chose the degustation menu and discovered the most superb dining with wines which blended perfectly - even the Chardonnay (which is not my favourite) was beautiful.
Great value, in a pleasant setting with wine tasting and cellar-door facilities downstairs. Only disadvantage is a lack of shaded parking but otherwise Esco Bimbagden is a must stop in the Hunter Valley. Well recommended !!

MD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, wonderful service and lovely setting

CD
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice location, comfortable and modern restaurant, lovely service, great views and fabulous food. Definitely one to recommend.

a
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views, including kangaroos on the vineyard grounds. Service was amazing from Aaron and kristy. Surprisingly quiet and relaxed for such a classy restaurant. Could not recommend highly enough, great.

MI
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really well thought out meals and so much care and thought put into each of them, the smoked Angus was so nice

HS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always we enjoyed a wonderful celebratory lunch at Esca Bimbadgen. Even though it was a fairly busy lunch seating the service was professional, attentive and most importantly friendly. The menu was impressive and all four of us enjoyed our meals. Everything was fresh and beautifully presented. The wine suggestions were well selected.

JM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful setting, great food and service was excellent.

A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love dining at Esca’s. Looking forward to Valentines dinner.

RY
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great views, food, wine and service. This is a very nice place to have a quiet relaxing lunch in a very comfortable and stylish atmoshpere.