Esca Bimbadgen

4.6
182 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Welcome to Esca, Bimbadgen’s flagship dining experience.

Esca is dedicated to showcasing the wines of our estate by pairing them with simple yet elegant food in spectacular Hunter Valley setting. Our food philosophy is to use the best quality local ingredients combined with our own Bimbadgen produce. Right here on site we have our own bee boxes, vegetable garden and extensive citrus orchard.

Our menu has been designed to allow you to design your own tasting experience. You have the option to choose as the number of courses you wish, and in which order you wish to enjoy these. We begin our menu experience with 3 courses, but you can select 4 5 or more if you wish.

To enjoy the full Esca and Bimbadgen experience, we highly recommend you enjoy each dish with our wine pairings. Our Executive Chef, Nick Samaras and Winemaker Richard Done, have carefully selected a perfect wine match to each menu item.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 182 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RachelS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the signature 5 course with matched wines. Great service and view.

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Naomi
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was average, the fish over cooked and the meat was just meat on a plate. No vegetables or sauce to go with it.

The staff were lovely though and the views beautiful. There was also a nice atmosphere!
Shame about the food.

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Spook
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service. Good wine. Beautiful location.

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TroyP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t visited Esca for years but I think this will be our new lunch place when we are in Pokolbin. Food and service was brilliant.

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FloraShen
Sydney
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is the first time to come after renovation. Still very good, the menu changed, not as perfect as before, but still very good.

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YvetteP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was impeccable
Dessert was average
Table was in full sun for all 3 courses
Overall was nice however next time we agreed sitting down stairs with pizza would have been nicer and more comfortable

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HelenG
Sydney
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely beautiful. The service was excellent. We celebrated our Wedding Anniversary and we loved it at Esca

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu- excellent choice and creative structure of the menu.
Service- friendly and attentive

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Jandbd
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Esca Bimbagen truly creates an experience with a lasting impression from the moment you leave the main road. The grounds are beautiful and easy to navigate, the staff are warm and attentive. The menu is thoughtfully crafted, with each course interesting and beautiful in presentation and palate. The atmosphere had gentle ambience which enhanced conversation and the joint experience of dining.

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LeyaA
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The sashimi could of used a bit more flavour, I found it very boring. The lamb cutlets were amazing. The panacotta was totally wrong, the panacotta itself was not sweet which I found odd, the rubabarb was super sour. I found none of the components went well together.
Our waiter was very awkward. My mum and I had just met up with brother and his partner and there were lots of hugs and kisses and he interrupted us abruptly if we wanted water. Then we only just sat down and he asked what we wanted to eat. We had to say several times please give us time. I know he was trying very hard but sometimes you have to read the room.

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LewUsher
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine and picture perfect views over the Hunter Valley.

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LoriG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic outlook and good service. Value for money

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LisaA
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service . Just noisy such a shame as we loved everything else

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the 5 courses matched with wines from Bimbadgen Estate. The service was wonderful - a wine tasting with amazing food! Each course was sensational. Every course so detailed in flavour and presentation. The waitstaff were lovely - attentive and knowledgeable. A fabulous experience which we will be back for in the future. Thank you so much.

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HelenB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous venue, fantastic food and efficient, friendly service.

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GustavoV
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine and experience in the Hunter Valley. We will definitely be back!

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Christie
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food we did the 5 courses and matching wines. Was such an amazing journey with lots of locally sourced ingredients. Very filling. The soft shell crab was a personal favourite. Delicious. Service was sensational even during a very busy time over Easter Long weekend.

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diannep
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening

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CatherineW
Sydney
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Esca's for about 20 years and they just keep getting better and better. EVERY TIME I'm there the food has amazing flavours, the wine is just gorgeous and the service is excellent and personal. This is my absolute favourite restaurant not only in the Hunter Valley but anywhere!!
The view is stunning and the overall experience is outstanding. I will always go to Esca's Bimbaden and know that it will be excellent!

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SonaliB
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn't fault our lunch. Food was divine and the service was friendly and efficient. They made the birthday girl feel special also. Menu options look amazing and we'll definately be back to try more.

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CarmelW
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been to Bimbadgen and wanted to try Esca with friends who had never been to the Hunter Valley before and we al enjoyed it.

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Momo
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time dinning at your restaurant. great service and super delicious meals been served.
Thank you so much, will defiantly visit again

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IanR
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Superb meal in a beautiful setting. Not cheap but nonetheless great value

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KShad
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every meal was delicious and beautifully presented. All seven of us very much enjoyed our meal.

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JackieS
Sydney
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We opted for the 'experience' and they were happy to accommodate dietary requests. Food, wine and service were fabulous with the staff remaining professional but fun.

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PaulO
Sydney
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second time there. Very enjoyable experience. Like the ability to pick any item on menu

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AmyT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meals were delicious. Service fantastic. Can't fault at all.

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vipCatrionaN
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch at Esca was wonderful thank you. The food was delicious, we had the 3 courses. The choices suited our whole party of 5. We had forgotten to print our tickets for a concert at Hope Estate that evening and the licensee, Sophie, was super helpful in doing this for us from her office. We would highly recommend Esca for an amazing experience.

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KatharineL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food with great ambience and service, really recommend it!

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AmeliaH
Sydney
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic evening at Esca. The staff, in particular Abby, provided some of the best service I’ve had! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Honestly very disappointed by every dish except the crab. The mandarin desert was terrible and the curd tasted like butter and had no citrus flavour at all. The dishes were trying to be too creative and lacked the basics.

The staff were very friendly and lovely so I’ll give credit to them.

The food was the biggest let down, we are big foodies and eat all over australia. We travel to go to specific restaurants and were extremely disappointed.

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kerryb
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a lovely dining experience but i am a vegetarian and I found that the three veg dishes being cheese based was disappointing.

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KatrinaL
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Overall disappointed. Food presented well but lacked flavour.
Sat on verandah as requested but was unaware the pizza restaurant is underneath, music playing from pizza restaurant loud and artist not visible just made it noisy as Esca restaurant music was also playing. Spoilt the ambience.

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GarryC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked without knowing what sort of experience we would have and had heard nothing about the restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised by the grandeur of the setting and this alone set the tone for the meal.
The service was outstanding and the meals were small but delicious, worthy of 5 stars.
I would dine here again and I believe the destination deserves to be taken seriously as a place to explore and enjoy.

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SonjaM
Sydney
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and it was topped off by the service. Our waitress for the evening - Abby - made the experience even better. Each course was well plated and just enough to allow you to enjoy the rest of the courses. Abby was divine and such a delight with a fabulous knowledge of the menu and beautiful table manner. My sisters and I had such a beautiful evening and will definitely be recommending it to others and going back again soon. The view from the restaurant completed the evening perfectly. Thank you for a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The wait staff were absolutely lovely and the restaurant itself is a lovely setting. The food however was well below par and a huge disappointment. Maybe they were just having a really off night.

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MattS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the best time. The service, the food and the location were all outstanding. Really good value too compared to similar venues.

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AnnieG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best winery lunches I’ve ever had - food was amazing and the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating - what more could you ask for!

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SamanthaG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We were not overly impressed with the food. It was really basic, lacked flavour and dressing. I will not try it again

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vipAdamH
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our first trip to Esca Bimbadgen, but not our first trip to the Hunter Valley. Surprised we had never made it here. The meal exceeded expectations for our party of 4. It was nice to be able to choose between 3-5 courses, and did not have to be the same for everyone in the group...especially nice to not be limited to "Choose 1 from each section" either. Will definitely return.

FAQs

Esca Bimbadgen is rated 4.6 stars by 182 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.