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Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate

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1309 Melba Hwy (cnr Gulf Rd), Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
03 9730 0774
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Situated at Balgownie Estate in the Yarra Valley and within an hour of...
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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    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pleasant Dinner

The service was below par only because we had a trainee waitress I suspect. I was perfectly willing to pay for 2 courses but only wanted 2 entrees as I was not overly hungry but this caused a slight hiccup while the matter was looked into. The atmosphere in the restaurant was cosy and bordered on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
corky2112
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Sydney Australia
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Worst experience and service I have ever had. Wish I could rate them 0. We had booked for 13 people and had 2 calls yesterday to confirm that we would be in the private room for my mum's birthday. Arrived, and they had already seated another group in there. We were so disappointed by this as they had promised us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The service was below par only because we had a trainee waitress I suspect. I was perfectly willing to pay for 2 courses but only wanted 2 entrees as I was not overly hungry but this caused a slight hiccup while the matter was looked into. The atmosphere in the restaurant was cosy and bordered on trendy. Most of the... More 

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Timaru, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We were looking for a nice winery for lunch on a Tuesday and found most closed. Luckily we came across Raes restaurant at Balgownie winery. A great lunch menu that was good value and beautiful food. Our group had the terrine, The gnocchi and Caesar salad accompanied by the Balgownie merlot. I highly recommend this venue for lunch with good... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We had lunch at Rae on the first day when we arrived. The food was very fresh and well presented. We enjoyed the wine that was paired with our lunch and also the dessert.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Arrived, could not find booking, two of us, simple drinks arrived ten minutes apart, food lovely, wait staff not very engaging, atmosphere very bland , overall nice, but as a local would not rush back

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The food is great. The service is very good and the view is magnificent. Highly recommended, and you can do a wine tasting before going to the restaurant. That was the only little disappointing point. The lady doing the wine taste can be more friendly (she was not rude at all) but not too involved with that position. Great place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The day we went it rained heavily but still had a great atmosphere and outlook so would be even better on a nice day. The food was very good and we were very surprised that it was more than adequate for lunch, when so many winery restaurants serve tiny sizes. The staff in the tasting section staff were excellent. Tip... More 

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Table was lovely by the window but service dreadful. Oil on table but the bread to accompany it never materialised. Waited forever for order to be taken and waitress never appeared again to check on drinks. Pork belly recommended was very ordinary. Big slab of I rendered fat and very tough. Main courses were beautiful and my cheese platter was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Excellent service, decent food, great view of the great outdoors. Free tasting before you decide on the wines to drink.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great food with options to suit everyone. On the downside once the food came out that's where the service stopped. I waited half an hour just to get some water and was never offered another drink and had to make several attempts to get a glass of wine. Once the glass of wine I waited another 15 minutes to receive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1309 Melba Hwy (cnr Gulf Rd), Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Yarra Valley  >  Yarra Glen
  • Phone Number: 03 9730 0774

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children

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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