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Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate

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1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
+61 3 9730 0774
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07:00 - 22:00
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Bristol
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here on a Saturday night for my wife's birthday. The level of food was shockingly bad. First of all I should never have chosen 'fresh' squid on a bank holiday weekend. I quickly realised the squid was covered in a layer of slim underneath the coating of breadcrumbs. I also find it hard to understand how shards of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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92 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at Balgownie Estate on a Sunday night. Ate in the Bar for lunch and dined in the restaurant t night. For lunch we shared the meat sampler and the chorizo croquettes. The croquettes were absolutely stunning. A wine tasting followed and the service here is knowledgeable and fantastic. The varied wines you could taste gave you a real appreciation... More 

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Thank Robin3003
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Robin, Thank you kindly for your wonderful review. It is a delight to see you thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience here at Rae's Restaurant. We look forward to your next visit! Kinds regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for a lunch with friends to enjoy Yarra Glen. There were good points and average points with the restaurant. I feel more can be done to create a more inviting environment and ambience in the restaurant. Similarly the outside area didn't capitalise on the beautiful views. Staff were friendly and efficient. The meals between us varied. There appeared... More 

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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Tonis, Thank you for providing your review to us at Rae's Restaurant. We apologise our restaurant did not exceed your expectations and our food was not enjoyed by all. All feedback you raised regarding each dish has been passed on to our chefs. We appreciate you taking to the time to provide this. Kind regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I dined together and as the restaurant was fully booked we were seated in a back area with little lighting. I had to use my iPhone light to be able to read the menu. Overall it was a nice dinner it was the Service that was disappointing. We were told the specials and then when I went... More 

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Thank Jacqui H
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Jacqui, Thank you for providing your review to us at Rae's Restaurant. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we will use it to continue to improve our services for future guests. We apologise our service was not up to our high standard and we did not exceed your expectations. Your feedback has been passed on to the... More 

Melbourne
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113 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! A picturesque setting, with fine dining to offer! We had a sensational lunch on a magnificent day out in the Yarra Valley. The menu is impressive, and the food we enjoyed was exquisite - and the Balgownie wines we sampled were very nice drops indeed. Who would expect such opulence ... ? A memorable afternoon in the Yarra Valley,... More 

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Balgownie-Estat... R, General Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Eric, Thank you kindly for your wonderful review. It is a delight to see you thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience here at Rae's Restaurant. We look forward to your next visit. Kinds regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cooked Breakfast Buffet luke warm. Plenty, but what's the point if it's not hot Dinner okay, but only average. Certainly not fine food if that's what they profess it is. Would I eat here again? Probably not as there's plenty of other alternatives out there

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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Pcc010, Thank you for providing your feedback. We are disappointed to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience with us. Kinds Regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

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73 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sneakers – Cassidy and I went to Rae’s Restaurant for a weekday lunch. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a fairly simple taste so occasionally I come across a ‘fancy’-ish restaurant that pretty much fails for me on many levels. For entrees we tried the croquettes, the tasting platter and the calamari. The croquettes were fairly good... More 

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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Cassidy and Sneakers, Thank you for providing your review to us at Rae's Restaurant. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we will use it to continue to improve our services for future guests. We apologise our restaurant did not meet your expectations or the high standards we offer here. We are disappointed to hear you did not... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Squeezed in when they had a full house & then not made to rush our meal, the service was impeccable. We even had a pram & requested 2 highchairs. Stayed for over 2 hrs as one particular toddler was a very slow eater, we just enjoyed the peace. We were patrons in the hotel so it was very easy to... More 

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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Uyen, Thank you kindly for your wonderful review. It is a delight to see you and your family thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience here at Rae's Restaurant. We look forward to your next visit. Kinds regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

Solihull, United Kingdom
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831 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A stunning restaurant on Balgownie Estate. We were taken here by friends for lunch - a fabulous meal was had by all. Chef's special mixed plate for starters, excellent porterhouse steak with aubergine mash and vegetables for three of us, lamb rump for one of us, selection of ice creams and chocolate marshmallows for two of us, cheesecake for two... More 

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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Wendy and David, Thank your for your kind review. We are so pleased to see you enjoyed your visit to Rae's Restaurant. We will pass your lovely words onto our chefs and Katie, they will be delighted to hear. We look forward to your next visit. Kind Regards Balgownie Estate Team More 

Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get a window table and enjoy the fading evening light over the hills. The menu choices are well thought and the food very good. Service was excellent.

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Thank Greg C
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Greg, Thank your for your kind review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rae's Restaurant. We hope to see you back in the near future Kind Regards Balgownie Estate Team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$45
Cuisine
Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Yarra Valley  >  Yarra Glen
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9730 0774
Description
Situated at Balgownie Estate in the Yarra Valley and within an hour of Melbourne, Rae's is an ideal venue for any occasion - a romantic getaway, that long awaited girlie weekend or just an excuse to escape. From casual coffee’s, to hearty breakfasts, chic lunches or intimate dinners, Rae's Restaurant will see you eat and drink in style. The views are breathtaking and the facilities invite you to extend your day. Enjoy a massage at our day spa, trek our walking tracks or simply indulge with a glass of bubbles by the fire. The warmer months make it impossible to resist the outdoor dining area overlooking our vines. For a bit of retail therapy, don’t forget to visit our Cellar Door.

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