Rookie Eatery

4.6
210 reviews
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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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WH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
5 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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TG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was lovely and the atmosphere was great too. The service was fantastic, the staff were very attentive. I loved the idea of the sparkling water costing $4 per head and then was topped up all evening. That is great value!

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EY
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best experiences me and my wife had. To have it in Wollongong was even better. Thank you Rookie Eatery!
Definitely will be coming back.

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RS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went for my mum birthday our family is full of fussy eaters and honestly this was one of the best experiences we have had with a restaurant ever. we were all extremely full and had the best service we could of asked for and I would definitely recommend it to anyone

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SP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as per usual! Love coming to this restaurant and splurging on the feed me 1 menu option. Great food and great vibe.

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was very good however we would not return to this restaurant. We selected the five course menu. The five courses were served in under an hour. One course was even placed on the table before we had even finished the current course. We felt like we were doing speed eating. As there were 4 of us normally we would have probably ordered a second bottle of wine but everything happened so fast we didn't have time to relax between courses and drink more . We had booked a 7pm timeslot so we would not have to vacate the table within 2 hours ( as bookings prior to 7pm had to do). We ordered dessert and that was a bit more leisurely . Disappointing.

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W
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food, excellent friendly service, thoroughly recommend.

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BC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at Rookie make you feel so at home, the service and personal attention is nothing less than amazing.
The food is beyond brilliant and the wine list is cosy and boutique and oh so good.
My favourite restaurant after only two visits, there will be many, many more visits.
Thanks to all of the amazing staff who enable moments to be made! Ben

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The occasion was for my wife’s Birthday. Noise level was loud but bearable. Food was interesting, tasty and varied. Location is accessible and parking was busy considering it was a Wednesday night. Staff were attentative, friendly and knowledgeable about each dish served. No hesitation returning for another special occasion.

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DE
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing with beautiful combination of flavours that came together deliciously.
From the menu we chose the Feed me option which allowed us to taste lots of different dishes and the desert was to die for .
The service was excellent and our waiter was very helpful and attentive.
We definitely will be back.
D&M

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal at rookie. We chose the $89 shared menu and every mouthful was exceptionally delicious! It was the perfect amount of food and everything was made with so much thought and care. Highly recommend this place, could not fault a thing. We're so lucky to have this little gem in Wollongong and I can't wait to go back!

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. This is my second time here and I was hoping that it would be as great as my first. I was wrong to hope this as Rookie easily delivered. Their wait staff are friendly and helpful too. I thoroughly recommend Rookie to anyone.

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m
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeat customer. Always good food and service. Love this place. For a special occasion or to impress!

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C
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tastes and looks amazing. Very unique flavours. Staff are wonderful.

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service, ambiance was great
The street menu was absolutely delicious, ample and affordable
Loved it thanks

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M
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Highly recommend for outstanding food and interesting wine list. If this isn't the best restaurant in Wollongong at the moment, it would have to be close.

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing! Really enjoyed the plating and the flavours.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great and our waitress was friendly. The food was enjoyable and tasty. It would have been nice to identify on the menu wine pairings with each dish to assist with selection.
I was expecting contemporary Australian type meals, however each meal was more Asian inspired and I think there could have been a better balance.
Overall the experience was pleasant and it was a nice way to celebrate our anniversary.

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s
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were really impressed with the food and the service, not sure we could find better!

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