Rookie Eatery

4.6
407 reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Rookie Eatery offers diners contemporary Australian cuisine in a casual context. A produce-driven menu centres on modern Australian food, as the kitchen serves an eclectic mix of local ingredients with multicultural influences. At Rookie, we believe that ‘Australian cuisine’ is a multicultural phenomenon that exists nowhere else in the world and so we aim to provide a contemporary interpretation with the local ingredients on offer. The result is a diverse inspiration of eastern and western cultures brought together with fragrant and fresh flavours. An on-site herb garden provides the kitchen with a range of indigenous and introduced herb species, whilst a commitment to strong supplier relationships sees the South Coast’s best produce showcased.
What 407 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Wadekmd
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, service was impeccable (waiters were knowledgeable, friendly and kind) all in a cool old heritage house.

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JeanetteB
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Different food good quality and tasty. Service is outstanding. A little expensive

JM
JenM
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service from the two waiters/waitress were exceptional!! Their service would be the reason I would go back!! Food was delish. Overall a great experience. First time eating there aswell.

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MichaelD
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Asian inspired dishes. Feed me had plenty of food. Nice wine list.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was great, the service and food was amazing I had a great time will definitely go back.

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LynH
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well presented dishes. Wonderful flavours. Service excellent.
Wine per glass was not cheap and not very generous.

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Carly
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food. Absolutely loved the whole experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Anniversary dinner. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable evening

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AshB
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Restaurant in Wollongong, lovely food. Highly recommend.

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AlexR
Canberra
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We were really quite disappointed with our dining experience at Rookie Eatery (which was for our second wedding anniversary). The food was generally okay (although I didn't really like my eggplant main, the type of eggplant used had huge seeds that were unpleasant and the side salad was full of thick stalks of dill which I had to pick out/chop off which was annoying).

It was really disappointing that as a vegetarian with a meat-eating husband (who is not a fan of vegetarian food) we could not get one vegetarian tasting menu and one normal tasting menu for our table. We are from Canberra and all the fine dining restaurants (including Rubicon, Sage and Courgette and a lot of other nice restaurants) cater to this. So we ordered an entrée and main each, a side of bread and a side of potatoes and the bill for the food was $140, whereas it would have only been $15 more and we could have had the full proper dining experience which is what these kind of restaurants are best for, so really didn't feel like we got value for money.

Unless your whole party has the same dietary needs, I really wouldn't bother with this restaurant as you will be disappointed.

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ChristineC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We drove up from Canberra to Wollongong to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday,
I chose Rookie Eatery because I believe it's the best restuarant in Wollongong.
We had a lovely evening, the food is absolutely delicious, staff are very pleasant and welcoming.
I highly recommend Rookie Eatery

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Mari
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique, sophisticated, delicious and stunningly tasteful meals. Service exceptional.

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BiancaP
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails! Beautiful service and so friendly/helpful.

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GaiL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed the evening - a set degustation menu for Valentines Day. We were in and out quickly and efficiently. The food and service was perfect for the occasion. I would definitely recommend and return.

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MTMase
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Valentine’s Day menu felt very rushed. Like we were being rushed to eat and leave

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Dodger
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It has been at least 12 months since we last visited Rookies, but it was a special occassion so we gave it another go. We certainly were not dissapointed. The food and service were excellent. The only downside was the high noise level if you happen to be there at the same time as happy womens group.
Puting that aside it was a great night.

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MarnieH
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress (Julia) was very attentive with everything & even reassured us that the establishment and staff are following the guidelines for COVID-19
Compliments to the chefs, food was amazing.

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DavidP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food good service and a really pleasant space to eat ( especially over lunch )

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Janey
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really great food of high quality and flavour. On this visit service was really slow compared to previous visit we had to ask for menus, drinks etc. Food is excellent but one dish the prawns were very $$ for just two prawns, the balance compared to other dishes was noticeable. Highly recommend regardless and will visit again.

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NickR
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food but left a little disappointed.
Left feeling rushed with the set menu which wasn’t what we needed for a special night.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service were fabulous. If looking for different type of menu this is the restaurant to visit. Would highly recommend the $95 banquet.

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Dazzler
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Quality of the food was outstanding. Flavours of all dishes enhance by master stock sauces. The duck was out of this world not far behind the chicken with noodles. Pick of the wine list Two Paddocks Pinot Noir from Central Otago and the Kaesler Stonehorse Shiraz from Barossa Valley. Not sure why they have a Johnny Q Shiraz on the list bring a retail wine, doesn't help elevate the experience.

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MarissaR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Banquet was something!

Make sure you're hungry, ample food for 4, was great! We had our son with us so we requested our food come out thick and fast it was exceptional.

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RozetaW
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rookie's met and exceeded every expectation. Lovely atmosphere and ambience, background noise was absolutely minimal so we could talk with our friends so comfortably. The service was efficient and professional and the food was outstanding. It also has a limited menu, which I LOVE. I do not find it pleasurable having to troll through pages and pages of options. Every course was delicious!

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KylaO
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing service and the food was lovely. I would recommend.

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MeredithS
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value feed me menu and delicious food. Matched with a lovely Tassie Pinot! Wollongong’s best!

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DavidB
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A house converted into a restaurant which gave a nice ambiance with an open feel. The staff were attentive and efficient with out being intrusive. The food was well presented, interesting and delicious. A lovely evening meal.

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RubyH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. My third visit and first for the other guests and it 100% met expectations! Exceptional food, service and overall experience!

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DavidB
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A restaurant situated in an old house which gave it a great atmosphere. The staff was efficient and friendly without wanting to be my best friend. The food was interesting and delicious.

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ChristenW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at rookie is always a treat! Great service and delicious food.

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A great night out all in all.

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Nataliet
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the banquet and it was served fast and was really delicious. Our favourite dish was surprisingly the prawn toast which wouldn't have applealed off a menu but so glad it was in the banquet as it was wonderful and we would choose it again along with the flavourful dumpling and the raw kingfish also was outstanding. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was outstanding but the waitress was extremely rude. This ruined our special occasion unfortunately

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Drewy
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

No Covid distancing and Very disappointing for our wedding anniversary. Over priced for quality of meals offered and confusing flavours that didn’t work well together.
Wife expressly asked for no chilli on dishes but was still subjected to spicy food which destroyed the rear of the night. For $95 per person the banquet was unimpressive and definitely no wow factor. Overcooked prawns and barely cooked duck. Beef was grainy.
I would not recommend.

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LeanneB
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The degustation menu was absolutely fantastic. Serving sizes amazing, and delicious food. They even brought us an extra dessert on the house. Fab experience.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and staff. Haven’t had a bad experience yet.

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Sheldri
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy going to Rookie. Inspiring food and good service.

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RedMan
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good. Food excellent and service on point. Price reasonable certainly value. Would not hesitate to return or recommend. In fact will gift to son for christmas.

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JeffreyH
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice modern food served in professional manner- not too fussy-not intrusive but attentive.. nice night out- thanks

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Rookie Eatery is rated 4.6 stars by 407 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.