We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“. Loved every meal.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate

Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate
1309 Melba Hwy (cnr Gulf Rd), Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
03 9730 0774
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #10 of 24 Restaurants in Yarra Glen
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Australian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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.
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“. Loved every meal.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013 via mobile

Fab food. They even provided gluten free bread to go with balsamic vinegar and oil for starters. Really appreciated this ad I often miss out being coeliac. Loved every meal.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Dear Dariel,
Thank you for your wonderful review about Rae's Restaurant. We aim to cater for as many different dietary requirements as possible. Great to hear you enjoyed your meals and hope to see you back again in the future.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

197 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    87
    52
    23
    19
    16
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Indonesian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Australia
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Relaxed Setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

A lovely restaurant with a relaxing feel about it. Staff were very professional and friendly. You are provided with a choice of a set menu of either 2 course for $60 or 3 course for $70. I feel the 3 course is more value for money. We had a table of 6 and we all enjoyed our courses. We also took advantage of the Accor Advantage Plus card, but ask for their conditions of use before booking.

Visited December 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Thank you for such a fantastic review about your experience at Rae's Restaurant. We pride ourselves on delivering a professional dining experience which we have clearly met. We are really lucky to have such a great team with great customer services values. We look forward to welcoming you to Rae's Restaurant again one day soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“What are they trying to achieve?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Coming from a hospitality background I know exactly how a restaurant should run and how they shouldn't.
The great reviews on here are to be expected because of the amazing staff on the floor!
However... They are being over stretched! I had a lovely Waitress Named Caitlin who was a true value to that place. She was looking after multiple tables and every table she dealt with she did with a smile. The systems looked unorganised and the staff seamed tired. We had a wait on our food which was explained by another staff member as if it was a common occurrence and I think they expected us to complain but it didn't bother us as I was very interested in observing the workings around me. The Hostess (who i assume was a manager as she wore a jacket) didn't even seem bothered by the ever ringing bell that was not answered as all staff were at tables.
However the food was good and the service better but for Hospo lovers it will make you cringe.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Rae's Restaurant. Feedback is always welcomed and needed to ensure we deliver to our high standards and our guests expectations. We take pride in our service and our food, on this occasion it has not been met. We have taken on board your comments to ensure we provide an exceptional experience in the future. Thank you also for your compliments about the staff. We hope that you decide to visit us again in the future.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
“Great food and friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We had 2 breakfasts and a dinner at Rae’s.

The breakfast had a good selection of hot and cold food/drinks, with espresso coffees to order. The food was still very fresh and kept on getting replenished even though we arrived near the end of the breakfast service. There was also a wide selection of newspapers to choose from.

Dinner was very impressive. The food was amazing and the service exceeded our expectations. We were seated next to the fire place which was very nice. The waiters were very attentive but we never felt as though they were interrupting. We had no need to ever call anyone over as they seemed to know exactly when we needed something.

Great restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Wow what a great review, thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Rae's Restaurant. We pride ourselves on delivering a professional dining experience which we have clearly met. We are really lucky to have such a great team with great customer services values as well as a beautiful location. We look forward to welcoming you to Rae's Restaurant again one day soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Lovely food and ambience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed for one night at Balgownie Estate and booked dinner here.

The dinner was lovely and our waitress (I wish I got her name!) was fantastic - not just friendly, but very 'on the ball' - she waited until both of us were finished with our meals prior to clearing the table, she was constantly refilling our water glasses so we didn't get a chance to run out!

The food itself was beautiful. We had the 2 course menu - entree & main. We ordered the antipasto platter, which was full of meats and cheese and relishes oh my! Really good - and Ilove that they use as much local produce as possible! It even enticed us to buy some items from the Yarra Valley Deli (persian fetta & tomato relish - absolutely amazing)!

For mains my boyfriend had the kangaroo, which he said was extremely tender and tasty and I had the fish which was cooked perfectly.
Try an espresso martini too!

We popped back for our free breakfast in the morning, in which you are entitled to order a 'hot' breakfast and sample the buffet breakfast - an array of cold cuts (cheese, meats) and breads (croissants, toast etc) and juice.
I ordered a breakfast brushetta which was lovely and quite plentiful and my boyfriend ordered the 'big breakfast' which actually isn't that big, my serve was twice the size so I guess this is my only real 'complaint.'
The offer of Supreme Coffee (at an additional cost) was worth it! Would come to dine here again, regardless of if we are staying close by or just there for a day trip.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Thank you for such a fantastic review about your experience at Rae's Restaurant. We pride ourselves on delivering a professional dining experience which we have clearly met. The produce of the Yarra Valley is amazing, great to hear we inspired you to visit the Yarra Valley Deli to get some goodies to take home and enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you to Rae's Restaurant again one day soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate also viewed

 
Yarra Glen, Yarra Valley
 

Been to Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.