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Biota Dining

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18 kangaloon rd, Bowral, New South Wales 2576, Australia
+61 2 4862 2005
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Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 132
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 28
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Tough Gig for a regional restaurant

It is such a tough gig for a regional restaurant to compete with the big cities. Congratulations to Biota for doing such a tremendous job with innovative food and great staff. Had a wonderful meal here tonight, topped off with roadside plums and treacle icecream. YUMMM. Keep up the good work, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Yvonne B
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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269 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

It is such a tough gig for a regional restaurant to compete with the big cities. Congratulations to Biota for doing such a tremendous job with innovative food and great staff. Had a wonderful meal here tonight, topped off with roadside plums and treacle icecream. YUMMM. Keep up the good work, the discerning diners really appreciate it!

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

After a 3 course meal at Biota, our party of 4 searched Bowral and Mittagong for somewhere to eat. We were starved. After experiencing "burnt hay" at Biota, we craved fish and chips, or similar. Seriously, in 65 years I have travelled 50 countries and dined around the world. Biota was, without exaggeration, the worst dining experience of my life.... More 

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Metung, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We were suprised and disappointed the choice in the main retaurant was now only limited to 1 or 2 degustations $105/person (5 dishes), or $165/person!!! (9 dishes) - and each of 2 people sharing a table had to have the same degustation each(!!!). We were disappointed the excellent 3 course menu we had on a previous visit was not now... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We had heard & read many things about this restaurant, most very good & some not so. The negatives being too quirky, try too hard, limited menu..... So we checked the menu on line, that was a surprise - do we risk it? Well it was shaped around the area & imagination of the chef. So glad we did!!!! The... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Biota has been on our radar for some time and we were delighted to have finally made it. In a beautiful setting, pre-dinner drinks overlooking the garden were a great start before we moved in to the stylish restaurant. Starting with a table for 2, banquette style, which was not only larger than normal but with plenty of separation from... More 

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USA
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Lunch at Biota offers 2 choices of degustation menus - $105 or $165. Good use of locally sourced ingredients and a nice range of wines from the surrounding vineyards The staff were very attentive and service was good The food is complex and quirky and you get the feeling that the chef is trying too hard - the butter is... More 

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Lombok, Indonesia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

When should you write a review? I guess for me it is when my experience is either terrible....or something I need to let other people know they need to experience, like one of those experiences you would regret not doing before you die! Biota is that for me - a degustation menu of multiple sizes, combined with an excellence of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had the full monty, and frankly found it rather complex and "try hard" - having said that the friends we went with loved it! So maybe we are just hard to please? Service was great and the people were attentive....

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We took an interstate visitor for lunch on Valentines Day. When we first looked at the 5 course set menu we were apprehensive about what was to come. We were not disappointed. Each course was beautifully presented and had interesting flavours. The waitress was not particularly friendly but attentive to our needs. We loved watching the chefs preparing each course... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Self indulgent and confused food, this beautiful place, could be so good,with a little editing. It is obvious the chefs are talented, but one gets the impression that there is a great desire to be different and clever rather than pallet pleasing..

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 kangaloon rd, Bowral, New South Wales 2576, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Bowral
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4862 2005

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 45 - 94
  • Cuisine: Australian
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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