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Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 4998 4666
12:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was spot on, could not fault it. We had scallops for entree, swordfish & lamb for mains & the chocolate tart & parfait for dessert which we shared & they paired well together. The only downsides were that the service was a bit slow, not sure they were expecting the crowd they had for a Wednesday lunchtime. Also... More 

Thank Madg379
Sydney, Canada
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229 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for lunch after a game of golf at the Vintage. Great ambience and views overlooking the vineyard and golf course. Set meal. Great value. Duck entrée was great. Cooked perfectly. The pork main course was also done well. Great presentation. Great flavours. Finished off with a mixed berry panacotta. Had their wines, the Semillon which was great value.... More 

Thank Terry2626
Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At a recent event in the valley, we had a very nice meal and some super shiraz at this place. They also have some nice fortified wine.

Thank Shinester888
Paris, France
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64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were told there was a new chef so popped in for lunch. No reservation required and the place started to fill up with lots of people doing the same. Food very well prepared and staff friendly and attentive. Just one thing with an open kitchen might be good to remind staff that patrons can hear you.

Thank Papoon
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Party of 6 staying at the H Boutique Hotel wandered next door for an excellent meal at Esca. A few of us had the scallops entree, which made for a tasty starter. Everyone enjoyed their mains, whether it was the lamb rump - tender and tasty - swordfish, duck or the mushroom risotto, which was also big on flavour. But... More 

Thank Tim C
Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here for lunch with my girlfriend and we both enjoyed an amazing lunch with a picturesque outlook. The dining room is a nice place to enjoy lunch and service was very good. There was nothing to fault.

Thank harrybutcher
Maitland, Australia
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135 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a very nice evening at Esca. Service was warm and friendly, but also attentive when needed. The menu didn't grab me at first glance, but the staff were very knowledgable and we ended up enjoying every course. The wine list is impressive and the suggested wines listed on the menu are helpful. We will definitely visit again.

Thank APar31
Newcastle, Australia
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Loved the tasting plates with matching wines, have had before and again didn't disappoint. Wait staff were very friendly and would recommend a must eat venue in the Vineyards.

Thank downunder55299
Hunter Valley, Australia
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

From the minute we walked in was such a pleasure to look out over the winery and then to be seated by such friendly staff one in particular that I MUST mention her name was Michelle!!! The whole experience took our breath away......I went with my partner and we loved every minute of it plus the food was beautiful, the... More 

Thank czechchick01
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I had the blue cheese gnocchi followed by the pork fillet with cabbage and then the chocolate tart for dessert. All the dishes were amazing. The gnocchi especially was very well balanced with the cheese sauce not being too overpowering with blue cheese cream, craked pepper and sage. The Pork was perfectly cooked and the chocolate tart was very silky... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$39
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Pokolbin
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4998 4666
Esca Bimbadgen is situated high on a hill in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. Dedicated to the art of food & wine matching, Esca's modern Australian cuisine, fresh local and home grown produce and spectacular views make for a truly memorable dining experience.Esca's contemporary restaurant design features large glass windows and an open balcony allowing guests stunning wine country views over the Bimbadgen vineyards to the Brokenback ranges.Esca Bimbadgen is a regional restaurant, that uses produce sourced locally or grown on the Estate including lemons, figs and fresh herbs. A feature of the menu are the Esca Tasting Plates, like a "mini-degustation", where guests can enjoy three 'tastes' from the menu each matched with a Bimbadgen wine.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?