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Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate

$$ - $$$
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
+61 3 9730 0774
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

By far the best food, good choice, cooked to perfection, friendly attentive staff, we had a table in the window overlooking the grape vines and mountains, a lovely restaurant.

Thank Doug H
Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked dinner here for our 20th wedding anniversary. Advised them on our booking it was a special occasion however they made no mention of it on the night! Food was average, nothing special. Terrains for starter, steak & duck breast for main, both ok though duck was abit over cooked. For Desert I had apple tart tatin the pasty was... More 

Thank CLee2010
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious meals, beautiful view over the vines and sweeping hills. The roses and green grass were lovely to look at.

Thank Jaqueline1987
Melbourne, Australia
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312 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to have a great dinner or lunch. The set menu is reasonably priced. But as most places on the high side. Wines are there own and pricy.

Thank Leo R
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent service, the lamb was superb. Good range of options on the fixed price lunch, would recommend.

Thank Deborah B
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Deborah, Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased to see you enjoyed the lamb, its the perfect dish for the spring time. We hope to see you back here soon. Kinds Regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

Hawthorn, Australia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My Bride and I had mid-week lunch with two other couples, four of us as first timers. Beautiful external outlook, spotlessly clean and cosy interior. Lovely and helpful staff, an interesting menu and beautiful food.

1 Thank Robert F
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Robert, We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rae's Restaurant for the first time. Hopefully it is the first of many! Thank you for your kind words. Kind Regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

Melbourne, Australia
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The two of us had the 3 course dinner with matching wines and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The service was good without being over the top, which we prefer. Being a hotel guest we were seated in a part of the restaurant we believe is reserved for couples, which was nice.

Thank Adam_Murrray
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Adam, Thank you kindly for your wonderful review. It is a delight to see you thoroughly enjoyed your 3 course dinner. Your feedback was passed onto the team in the restaurant and they were all very pleased to hear. We look forward to your next visit. Kinds regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

Singapore, Singapore
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97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

decided to opt in for breakfast and can only say you get some variety BUT the state of which it was refilled was not up to the estate's reputation it holds( i mean if you get that @ a 3 star hotel you will mark it great). Dinner was NOT great and feel it was over-priced.

Thank AshishMurjani
Balgownie-Estat... R, Owner at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Ashish. Thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We apologise our restaurant did not meet your expectations or the high standards we offer here at Rae's Restaurant. Your feedback has been taken on board. Kind Regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

Croydon, Australia
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Set pricing for 2 or 3 courses was great we had the chicken terrine and calamari both very nice. The porterhouse was generous and cooked nicely, the Duck was very nice just a little over but still okay. Tarte Tatin the pastry was hard the chocolate mousse very rich. Maybe should have stopped at 2 courses.

Thank Glenn M
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear Glenn, Thank you for lovely review. We are delighted to see you enjoyed your dinner here at Rae's Restaurant. The 3 course option is always very filling, but its always nice to indulge every now and then. We hope to see you back here soon. Kind Regards, Balgownie Estate Team More 

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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Buffet breakfast was ok. Sparkling is a plus. Food was warm. Plenty to choose from. Dinner...waitress was great...food not so. I had the duck, it was so over poked it was gray and it was just inedible, it wasn't even a whole breast piece, it was sliced and you get 2 pieces. Partner had strak ordered medium well and got... More 

Thank GavBenji
Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate, responded to this review

Dear GavBenji, Thank you for your recent visit to Rae's Restaurant. We are pleased to hear you received great service from our waitress however apologise the food did not meet your expectations. Our chefs pride themselves on the product they offer and are always grateful to receive feedback so they can continuously cater to the needs of our guests. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$45
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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
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?