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Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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790 McDonalds Rd | Pokolbin, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 4998 4666
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

This is a special occasion restaurant for us due to the price but I think worth it. Was very impressed with the kids menu - they even presented it beautifully. The whipped brie was fantastic as was my pork neck. Everyone at our table of 7 was happy with what they ordered. Lovely location and view. Service very good.

Thank Janalish
Lake Cathie, Australia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Food was enjoyable. Outdoor setting was pleasant. Service was not quite on par. The helicopters were a real delight for the kids!

Thank LongPointVineyard
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

I got the white tasting plate and my husband got the red tasting plate with a side of potatoes. The wines were paired flawlessly with the dishes, except for one out of the six. The red tasting plate was delicious and were all meat dishes. The white tasting plate was quite creative. I would have preferred the red tasting, but... More 

Thank Linda L
Newcastle, Australia
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Came to Esca to have a lovely lunch.But sad to say it was far from lovely. Have been here a couple of times now hoping it will get better. Compared to other restaurants in the area. It doesn't quite hit the yummy tummy mark. We had pork and beef brisket. Pork was ordinary. Brisket was chewy and had an unusual... More 

Thank tummypleasures
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90 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We went for dinner and enjoyed watching the set up for the next day's 'day on the green' concert. Food was very good, and service attentive.

Thank maikaefer13
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73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016 via mobile

Friendly and knowledgeable staff described each element of each of our degustation lunch courses. Superbly presented and prepared. Only downer was that my beef was rather chewy and could not finish it. Maybe should have ordered it a little more well done. Otherwise, lovely restaurant with great views. Highly recommended for an excellent experience.

Thank Bev M
Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

This restaurant gets top points for everything - views, service, food, ambiance. They also have a vegetarian menu which I think is a sign of a progressive restaurant. But you will find no mushroom risotto or spinach and ricotta ravioli here (vegetarians will understand). I had two courses from said vegetarian menu and they were both interesting, inventive and mouth... More 

Thank GardenGnome007
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

Simply sensational, best food, wine & staff. More restaurants need to take a leaf out of their book. Well done ESCA

Thank Narelle M
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

The first time I visited Bimbadgen was over 15 years ago. I fell in love with it straight away. Situated high up it overlooks the valleys and you can see many kilometres away. We stayed in one of the cabins which was fully serviced and equipped including individual bbqs on the verandahs and large bathrooms with spabaths. The wines of... More 

Thank Vic C
Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

The view at this restaurant is fantastic for lunch. The food was nice and the restaurant had a great variety of dishes. We have dined here a couple of times with other couples and with our daughters and on all occasions the restaurant was really good.

Thank Vinod C

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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
Brunch, 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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
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, 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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?