Rookie Eatery

4.7
383 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Rookie Eatery offers diners contemporary Australian cuisine in a casual context. A produce-driven menu centres on modern Australian food, as the kitchen serves an eclectic mix of local ingredients with multicultural influences. At Rookie, we believe that ‘Australian cuisine’ is a multicultural phenomenon that exists nowhere else in the world and so we aim to provide a contemporary interpretation with the local ingredients on offer. The result is a diverse inspiration of eastern and western cultures brought together with fragrant and fresh flavours. An on-site herb garden provides the kitchen with a range of indigenous and introduced herb species, whilst a commitment to strong supplier relationships sees the South Coast’s best produce showcased.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RozetaW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rookie's met and exceeded every expectation. Lovely atmosphere and ambience, background noise was absolutely minimal so we could talk with our friends so comfortably. The service was efficient and professional and the food was outstanding. It also has a limited menu, which I LOVE. I do not find it pleasurable having to troll through pages and pages of options. Every course was delicious!

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KylaO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing service and the food was lovely. I would recommend.

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MeredithS
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value feed me menu and delicious food. Matched with a lovely Tassie Pinot! Wollongong’s best!

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DavidB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A house converted into a restaurant which gave a nice ambiance with an open feel. The staff were attentive and efficient with out being intrusive. The food was well presented, interesting and delicious. A lovely evening meal.

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RubyH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. My third visit and first for the other guests and it 100% met expectations! Exceptional food, service and overall experience!

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ChristenW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at rookie is always a treat! Great service and delicious food.

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DavidB
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A restaurant situated in an old house which gave it a great atmosphere. The staff was efficient and friendly without wanting to be my best friend. The food was interesting and delicious.

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A great night out all in all.

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Nataliet
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the banquet and it was served fast and was really delicious. Our favourite dish was surprisingly the prawn toast which wouldn't have applealed off a menu but so glad it was in the banquet as it was wonderful and we would choose it again along with the flavourful dumpling and the raw kingfish also was outstanding. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was outstanding but the waitress was extremely rude. This ruined our special occasion unfortunately

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Drewy
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

No Covid distancing and Very disappointing for our wedding anniversary. Over priced for quality of meals offered and confusing flavours that didn’t work well together.
Wife expressly asked for no chilli on dishes but was still subjected to spicy food which destroyed the rear of the night. For $95 per person the banquet was unimpressive and definitely no wow factor. Overcooked prawns and barely cooked duck. Beef was grainy.
I would not recommend.

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LeanneB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The degustation menu was absolutely fantastic. Serving sizes amazing, and delicious food. They even brought us an extra dessert on the house. Fab experience.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and staff. Haven’t had a bad experience yet.

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Sheldri
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy going to Rookie. Inspiring food and good service.

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RedMan
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good. Food excellent and service on point. Price reasonable certainly value. Would not hesitate to return or recommend. In fact will gift to son for christmas.

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JeffreyH
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice modern food served in professional manner- not too fussy-not intrusive but attentive.. nice night out- thanks

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TammyW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been told by a few people how great it is there and we were honestly not disappointed! The food and service was incredible and the venue is quaint and relaxing
We will definitely be returning!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Rookie was 1st Class.
Relaxed atmosphere with great Food, wine & service
The restaurant manager really knows how to look after you 🙌

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were all fantastic. Service was great. Food and cocktails was amazing. Simple setting in an old

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Kizza
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food diverse and tasty. Portions were quite sufficient and balanced protein and vegetables. Will return.

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ElizabethD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit to Rookie Eatery and a first time visit for our friends. We all greatly enjoyed our lunch requested a copy of the menu to remember some of the fabulous food/condiment/sauce combinations. Will be back.

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Jess
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were literally Wowed and all you could hear in between bites was wow delicious! Amazing service! Staff were so friendly and inviting. Food was outstanding. Made my birthday weekend even more perfect thank you ;)

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MichelleD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delicious dinner had! The duck in particular was amazing as was the meringue for dessert. Service was impeccable and the ambience lovely.

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anon
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was nice, great service but bathrooms were disgusting! Not what you’d expect

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BrettO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Very nice food, satisfied with the $75 per head deal.

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Jocelyn
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The feed me option is amazing! Getting to taste multiple options on the menu and it changes seasonally.

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RyanH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food where do I start the oyster with the minionette dressing phenomenal. The grilled prawn was to die for. The kingfish was by far our favourite dish. Swordfish duck and wagyu all amazing could not fault any bit of the meal experience staff and or quality. Cant wait to return

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AdamMc
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Won’t be disappointed.
Try the Feed Me Menu options.
Great style of eating.

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NaomiW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love rookie, great food, service, ambiance and overall amazing!

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Byone
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. The best in Wollongong. Recommended.

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DeanS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The banquet for two was amazing. The variety and quality of food on offer was impressive. Will dine there again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoy our experience when dining at Rockies. Their vegetarian menu was as enjoyable as their normal one catering for varied palettes

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MELH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 🤩
I can’t stop thinking about the delicious food and what an amazing lunch we had.

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Klay
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in the World (I have been to a few). Can't fault the food. Can't fault the service. Cant fault the value.

Win. Win. Win.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely evening
Always enjoy coming to Rookie
It is probably our favourite restaurant in Wollongong
Thanks

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YoungRon
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I refuse to be dictated to on the minimum number of characters I can use to give my views on an experience I have had. If you don't want to read a concise account, that's your loss. This was a very disappointing dining experience for us. The service was friendly if slow. The ambience was negligible. The menu was not extensive and the food of varied quality. The meat was very good, the extra roast potatoes we ordered was a complete waste of $9 as the potatoes were not fully cooked and there was no indication on the menu that this was an exceptionally spicy dish. I can't cope with very hot spicy food so never order it but my wife who loves hot spicy dishes found this inedible.

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Carolina99
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the banquet it was delicious.!yum can’t wait to go back

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RobynH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the $95 degustation lunch. There was a tasty diversity of food and plenty of it. I'd highly recommend Rookie Eatery.

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KarynH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had heard so much about this restaurant with good reviews! however we were very disapointed :( the service was almost non-existant and the food was average to good. we also were very spacific about calling our main meal for medical reasons and we were totally ingnored and they brought it when it suited them . For the price and highend we were very dissapointed

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tinntinn
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming to Rookie, the staff are wonderful and the food is delicious.

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Rookie Eatery is rated 4.7 stars by 383 OpenTable diners.

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