Rookie Eatery

4.6
228 reviews
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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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DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was amazing! My husband and I had a very rare date night and were not disappointed. The best meal we have had in Wollongong since moving here 10 years ago. Thank you for a wonderful night!

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W
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & service excellent , though prices are on the higher scale , though this is what you would expect for quality food well presented .Only dissappointment was no after dinner coffee offerred.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to celebrate a special occasion. Delicious!

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JW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I had the $69 set menu which was delicious! The kingfish was superb as were the dumplings. I wasn't overly fussed on the rib eye. We really enjoyed our evening.

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LR
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely night at Rookie Eatery. The food was absolutely delicious and the friendly staff privided excellent service. We sat out on the balcony where it was much quieter and very private. The only let down was the decor (or lack of) and ambience. Perhaps I'm old fashioned but I still like a candle or two and the odd flower here and there. Otherwise it was great!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening.
We all had the Feed Me 2 tasting menu, which was good value and very tasty food.
Service was quick (but not too quick) and friendly (Nathan).
Wine was a little on the expensive side - cheaper bottles were 3x retail, with more expensive bottles more like 2x.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

outstanding food, after initially being ignored on entering premises the staff were extremely helpful and attentive, not the best layout for quiet/intimate dining, however the food was superb

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TT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Feed me menu was our preference. The food was delicious however octopus was very chewy and the prawns tasted a bit chemical. Wine great but cheapest bottle was quite expensive. Very busy at the time so noisy. Would still go back again as it is one of the best fine dining restaurants in Wollongong.

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DD
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good value, creative and interesting menu. We enjoyed every dish; particularly loved the lamb dumplings, king fish and Wagghu beef dishes on the set menu we shared.
Prompt and attentive service, unfortunately a larger noisy group made conversation at our own table difficult but our thoughtful waitress did ask them to tone down the noise.
We would certainly return, but probably check on any group bookings. A fact of life, and something that restaurants, and diners, seem to have to grapple with.
Thank you for a great dinner.

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NV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service was first class. Fine dining without being pompous or charging ridiculous prices.

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MN
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food, waiters were constantly topping up our water, we had the feed me option and it was amazing. We didn’t have to wait long between the next dish and as soon as we ordered they gave us a little entree which was delicious. Presentation of the food was great. Can not wait to go back, would deffinately recommend option 3 of the feed me if you want to leave full! We had option 2 and loved it but werent full

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had been anticipating eating at Rookie for some time. The reviews we had read were all positive.
The 4 of us had the FEED me 2 menu. The fish courses were delicious. The duck seemed a little over done. The star attraction was supposed to be the Wagyu Beef but is was sinewy. I had a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I can buy in most local bottle shops for $4 ($24 a six-pack). I was charged $13 which I think is ridiculous. The wine, conversely, was excellent and not exorbitantly priced.

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KT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food. Pleasant and knowledgeable service.
Loved the night

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, quality service, all round good night. Would definite recommend

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MJ
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was very nice, however service was poor and space was tight between tables as people crammed in. I expect more from an expensive restaurant.

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BL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my sister, who was up from Hobart. Food was as always exceptional.

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AK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, we had the largest set menu which was delicious. Lots of different flavour combos I haven’t tried before which was great. Plenty of food!

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k
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday Family Lunch - Once again the Rookie team went above and beyond! The new menu is fantastic! We cannot wait to come back again.

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WH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

I took my wife out for her birthday and we went to Rookie Eatery with high expectations. We found the room very noisy, the floor was painted white & had numerous marks on it. The waitress did her best to serve but she was pushed with the number of tables she had to serve.

The food was well below the standard for an expensive restaurant. We have no problem paying a premium price for premium food & service. Your restaurant failed badly on both accounts. The duck dish was so tough most of it was left uneaten. Most of the food was so spicy that the flavours were had to discern.
We were told that we were going to have 2 free desserts due to the poor quality of food. However we were charged for two.
If you wish to discuss this with me feel free to contact me. Warwick Hall

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Food, Awesome Service. Being new to the area it was fantastic to find this gem of fine dining. Exceeding our expectations. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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D
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal. Excellent service

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CS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a surprise Rookie was! From the outside it looks like my grandmother would live there, but once inside it's an elegant and sophisicated restaurant that feels like a hamptons style house. The food was faultless with 3 of the 4 having the meat 'Feed Me' menu and myself having the vegetarian option. My friends loved everything that they were served and commented how good every dish was. Sometimes the vegetarian option can be disappointing at a restaurant but that certainly wasn't the case at Rookie. What they did with vegetables was fantastic and the sweet potato dish was a winner with me. The service was great and even though we went early and had to clear the table by 8pm for the next sitting, we didn't feel rushed. It's not cheap here however I felt it was very good value for money. We will definitely return.

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the "feed me 2" menu which was six courses. The food was fantastic, the portion sizes were generous and satisfying, the service very attentive, and their peanut parfait was one of the best desserts I've ever had. We will definitely be back!

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MR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great feed me menu. Good value for money for a tasting menu

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AH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were in Wollongong for the weekend and wanted to taste the best Wollongong had to offer. Rookie Eatery didn't disappoint. We had Let's eat 2 and it was very generous portions of really interesting food. The wine list was also great. Service was attentive without being claustrophobic. Highly recommend it.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious. The Feed Me Menu is a great idea as it allows you to try a number of dishes.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are lucky enough to receive a voucher as a Christmas gift. It's a place that we had always wanted to try and the voucher prompted us to act. We were not disappointed! From the moment we arrived the service was seamless and unobtrusive. We opted for one of the "Feed Me" tasting options and were not disappointed. The food was amazing and generous portions for such quality. The Kingfish was to die for but that's doing the other courses a disservice. Can't recommend this place highly enough (and can't wait to return).

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RN
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is fantastic. From the first bite the taste was sensational and the standard kept up throughout the "Feed Me 2" menu - and we managed to fit in desert, excellent.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and professional service from point of arrival and throughout the night. The food was exceptional and generous (Feed Me menu). Looking forward to returning. Thank you !

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LG
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We visited Rookie for a birthday lunch. The food was delisish and service was great. Can't fault our dining experience. We had our 2.5 year old daughter with us for lunch and they had a high chair which was a bonus. Highly recommend.

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RC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the feed me menu 2 outstanding food will be highly recommending and will be definately back

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NF
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, one of the best Wollongong dining experiences

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JO
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose the $69.00 "feed me" option. Great food, presented beautifully. Pleasant decor, white table cloths, but still a relaxed feel. Reasonable wine prices. Staff attentive, friendly and pleasant. This is a great value restaurant. For this quality of food in Sydney/Melbourne you would probably pay double. Only one quibble - it would have been good to have more greens towards the end to offset the meat content, perhaps just a side salad. But really overall excellent eating.

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M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy the food at Rookie, and this visit was no different. We had the $69 feed me menu, which left us very satisfied. Our wine choice was also delicious, a lovely GSM.

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JL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food I have eaten at Rookie has always been fresh, generous serves and plenty of variety.
4 ladies in our group had lunch and 3 Street food tasting menu for 4 not so hungry ladies would have been plenty.

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P
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're semi-regulars here now. The Feed Me 1 tasting menu, great wine, great company, great service. The only problem was we had to go back to work afterwards and had to rush the meal (which Rookie graciously accommodated). I don't know how many times we've been to Rookie but it's quite a few and they've never failed to impress.

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fabulous restaurant. Food is always beautifully prepared and presented and has a huge variety of flavours and aromas. Delicious.

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B
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wollongong’s best restaurant by far. Food & service always amazing.

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KG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our third time at Rookie and the food just gets better! All to courses were wonderful so many flavours and textures but all working in sync. The wine list is small but comprehensive and the Riesling we chose was the perfect accompaniment for the fresh bright flavours !

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RZ
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service in this restaurant is excellent.

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