Bendooley Estate

4.6
1494 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

  • Chef's Choice Tasting Plates

    A$75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy a special dinner experience in our NEW CELLAR DOOR! Our Chef will be preparing several new taste combinations for an exciting evening of culinary delights. This will be a set 2-course menu at $75 per person. A $50 p/P no-show charge will be taken.

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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1494 people are saying
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RebeccaP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a memorable dining experience we had at Bendooley Estate. We couldn’t fault a single thing.
Thank you 🙏

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, friendly staff and lovely food. Highly recommend.

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MARCOG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for a lunch especially during Covid when only us locals can go to this location

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Melzy
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food keeps us going back every time and the overall look of the place. Eating beautiful food amongst books is a dream!

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TroyW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend, food and wine was fantastic

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BrookeB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing setting, excellent service, great with allergies, loved it!

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Pepper234bob
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and atmosphere. Something for everyone

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DanielleD
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic customer service. Beautiful food and wine. Highly recommend.

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Warthy
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Pizzas getting thinner. Less ingredients.
Not value for buck

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BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The cafe was extremely cold and we even asked for blankets as we were positioned far from the fire and in a breezeway; the back doors were left open!!! Overall the service was bad with part of the order being forgotten. The coffee was lukewarm and served before the dessert.

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ColinM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy we booked a one hour wine tasting followed by lunch. It proved to be the best way to sample some of the delicious Bendooley Estate wines and then try a couple with simple but beautifully prepared dishes over lunch. Jen was very friendly, informative and relaxed in guiding us through the wine tasting and in making helpful suggestions for wines at lunch. The setting in the Book Barn was delightful and the outlook over the lawns and gardens outside were only surpassed by the attentive, friendly and helpful service. We will definitely be back!!

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Hiddy
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for lunch. Yummy food, delightful wine. Great ambience. Lovely country vistas.

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MarcusD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is our 3 Ltd time since Jan 21 and each time has been amazing. Yummy food and most important the service was great and very efficient. Keep it up. Look forward to seeing the new cellar door

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Shane
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was limited but the food that we ordered was delicious, beautifully presented and generous for the pricing. I requested a table closer to the fire and they obliged and the team were lovely from the time we got there to the time we left. Will be back again and it was a wonderful quaint experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catching up with my boys .
The food was delicious and the wait staff on the night were fantastic and very bubbly which is always a bonus.

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AlexD
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was yummy and quick. We were well looked after by the staff.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good all round, except the fire was not as expected and a little cold.
Requested a table close to the fire, but did not get one and no apology or explanation

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ChisK
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were extremely accomodating (rare in the southern highlands). The smoked eggplant was exceptional. The menu accomodated children and adults well.

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EmmaH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful book barn with a cosy fireplace. Perfect for a long winter lunch. Staff are brilliant.

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SERENAn
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous venue - second visit and again not disappointed- food was amazing

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SusannaT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch. Lovely food and service and books everywhere

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megganH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service on Saturday at lunch time. And the best pizza in the Highlands!

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Lunch with the girls and Mark was fantastic!

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GillianR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food enjoyed the entire experience especially the rice pudding desert

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Linsie007
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we love coming here. Nice atmosphere if you manage to get a table in the barn with the books or next to the fireplace next door.

Food is aways great, especially in these times it's just nice to support local restaurants.

And as a bonus - I think we never had a lunch without buying a book or two o)).

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Bron
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch with the girls, service was fast, friendly; food was delicious, open fire awesome.
Blue cheese pizza was a standout!
Great place for a long lunch, will definitely return.

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HelenR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING.. service was great we love coming here..

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JoyBeroo
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always magnificent 😊
Cosy ambience around the open fireplace was very relaxing.

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KeelyO
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food absolutely delicious. A great place for adults to enjoy a really nice meal and bring the kids along - the staff are very kid friendly and the bookstore is a great place for the kids to explore, as well as plenty of room outside to run around and enjoy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb wine tasting experience and the food excellent

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JoanM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Beautiful venue surrounded by books. Wines, especially the local rose are excellent

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RobinH
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff most helpful and fun. All food intolerances dealt with in a most helpful way. A lovely afternoon. Highly recommended

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KelleyH
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and lovely food. Kids menu great value.

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JacyntaD
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were located near the bar and was thankful to be in that room as it was a nicer atmosphere with background music and right near the window to view. When we walked into the library section it was awkwardly quiet and we were happy we didn’t get placed in there.

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Giang
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely time, the food and wine were delicious. Our waitress Fin was absolutely fantastic, she’s made our experiences a memorable one.

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LocalGirl
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have been a steady Bendooley Estate diner for many years and have always recommended the place. Service has never been great, waiting often far too long for initial menu taking and then food delivery but because of atmosphere and food I have persevered. However the visit previous to this our food (a pasta with prawns) was almost inedible being so hot (palate, not temp) and I think the management recognised this flaw as they made repeated attempts to give us deserts (nothing on the menu we wanted). This most recent visit on Friday 25th June 2021 however has reinforced our decision to seek dining elsewhere in the Highlands... the pizza and a salad (over paprikaed) were ordinary and the whole meal expensive. They even tried to charge $12 for two cups of hot water. Sorry but no longer a happy Bendooley diner.

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MarkT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit… and just as enjoyable as the first. Simple but exquisite menu, great wines, and an atmosphere and staff that invite you to linger…

Definitely one to revisit over and over.

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AlexL
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fifth visit, very good contemporary cuisine with plenty of healthy and veg options plus pizzas and burgers, and warm despite the high ceilings!. Always a good atmosphere, only complaint this time was one dessert was ordered but didn't arrive.

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KevinR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic ambience, food was amazing and the service exceptional.

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DonaldC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Friendly service good food would definitely return.

FAQs

Bendooley Estate is rated 4.6 stars by 1494 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.