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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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Melbourne, Australia
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285 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The varied menu makes good use of local produce, we enjoyed the oysters with truffles and an excellent pumpkin and capsicum tartlet for starters and very tasty chicken in filo and a fairly average steak for mains. Desserts are also excellent, particularly the chocolate terrine and the wine list offers a selection from the property.

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Thank Janem0205
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

On Saturday 13th May 2017 I managed a charity event at Balgownie Estate in Private Dining Room 1. The event went wonderfully and we are so grateful for all of the help provided by the staff at Balgownie. The lady who looked after our group was Rebecca. She did a truly wonderful job and the service was faultless. She was... More 

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Thank lvanderp2017
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thought I would write this review whilst it's fresh in my mind. We just fined for dinner at Raes as part of a voucher gifted to us. The venue itself is beautiful and cosy! Entrees: hubby had the oysters with truffle. He said these were lovely although very very light on truffle. I had the soup special which was... More 

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Thank CatV08
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent position but poor connection between Dining room and reception re. payments. Reception blamed the system, dining room says reception handles payments.

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Thank palgie
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked at Rae's restaurant for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. We did not request a private dining room however on arrival we were ushered into this separate and lovely space at no extra cost! This was a wonderful beginning to a wonderful lunch! We were looked after by Stephen who was super attentive, polite and there for our every need... More 

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Thank simtwycross
Hawthorn, Australia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had Dinner for two here Monday night. What a disappointment, ordered the duck and chorizo for main, my partner the spatchcock. The cold plates were dumped in front of us without a word from the waiter, had to ask another waiter what my meal was. He confirmed it was the duck and chorizo. Got half way through my meal no... More 

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Thank Wayne S
Bristol
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 12 April 2017

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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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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 10 April 2017 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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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?