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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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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
  • 30
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  • 26
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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
GREAT SPOT, FRIENDLY SERVICE, BUT FOOD SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTING

A family of 12 booked this restaurant to celebrate a major birthday, we were greeted and shown to a private dining area which was comfortable and quiet. Our waiter was great, very attentive and full of information on the menu items available. He allowed plenty of time to choose. The food was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Dencal1945
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Brisbane, Australia
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We were recommend to try the restaurant by another winery. The first impression of the restaurant is the lovely surroundings it is set on. It was a beautiful day and there is a good view of the vineyards. We were greeted by a waitress at the front counter of the almost empty restaurant who was friendly enough but groaned at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

lovely lunch including a nice glas of wine. The lunch was part of the wine tour and we had a choice of three main courses meat, fish or vegetarian.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A family of 12 booked this restaurant to celebrate a major birthday, we were greeted and shown to a private dining area which was comfortable and quiet. Our waiter was great, very attentive and full of information on the menu items available. He allowed plenty of time to choose. The food was a bit on the just OK side, one... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We enjoyed our meal of wrapped scallops and pork belly for entree, main was a beautifully cooked steak and very moist chicken and sides were tasty greens. Dessert was an amazing chocolate cake. We enjoyed a wine with dinner and I would suggest a espresso martini to finish off, it was delicious. The staff were accommodating except for a poor... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

We arrived for dinner and were seated quickly. We were asked if we wanted still or sparkling water- we advised still. Nothing arrived. We were the asked the same question, and the water then appeared. We asked for children's menus, & were advised, no problem.. We never actually saw a children's menu, as none could be found! We eventually got... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We had an enjoyable dinner at Rae's whilst staying at the resort. We pre booked before arriving, and the restaurant was quite busy on the Firday night. The table was excellent, positioned to look out over the property, but there was minimal lighting to highlight the view, which was surprising - you need daytime to appreciate the otherwise great views... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Food and service were very good at Rae's restaurant. Our waiter, Jason was very helpful,entertaining and attentive. Some of the dishes were outstanding. Try the Scallops and Spatchcock terrine. The red curry salmon and seafood risotto. Desserts were divine. Unfortunately the wine list left a bit to be desired and the noise and close proximity of the tables in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Our dining experience in Rae's was excellent. Our waiter Chris made the meal and the evening in the restaurant an evening to remember. I have to admit it was the nearest thing to fine dining we have ever experienced. Chris insisted it was fine dining. Scale of 1 - 10 my swordfish rated 7.5, my wife's steak 8.5. Staff had... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The table at which we were initially seated was far too close to the neighbouring table, such that we couldn't hear ourselves think and could instead hear every word that was being said next to us. We asked to be moved, but after having been made to wait for an overly long period of time, we eventually moved to another... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Great dining room overlooking vineyards at the Balgownie Estate. For the price point I was expecting a bit more sophistication in both food and waitstaff. Wine list of only wines from Balgownie Estate which we weren't exactly impressed with...a bit parochial.

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Additional Information about Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate

Address: 1309 Melba Hwy (cnr Gulf Rd), Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9730 0774
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Yarra Valley  >  Yarra Glen
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: Australian

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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: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients

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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