The School House Restaurant

4.5
181 reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Please be aware due to COVID-19 our trading hours have been adjusted along with our menu. We are currently only taking bookings for The Schoolhouse Restaurant. Please visit our website to view our sample menu or email us at enquiries@theunionbank.com.au for any further information required.

Welcome to The Schoolhouse Restaurant. The flagship venue of the relaunched Union Bank Building of Orange. Rockpool trained Head Chef Dom Aboud's menu has something for every occasion to delight you, focusing on quality local produce prepared with care and served with love. Enjoy bold flavours, constructed with classic techniques, delivered at surprising value. Take your pick from the carefully curated selection of beers, embrace our wine list featuring local favourites and hand-picked international standouts and enjoy our take on classic cocktails.
What 181 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MargaretM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at The School House Restaurant on a Monday evening. The food was explained in detail and did not disappoint. Presentation and flavours of all dishes was amazing. We paired each dish with the suggested wine to add another level to our meal. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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RebccaJ
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were excellent.
The wait staff were brilliant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and venue - felt just a bit rushed - sadly perhaps another Pandemic side effect

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CarolinaI
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was lovely except it was a little annoying having to be asked constantly how our meal was.

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JILLC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It took us a while to actually find Overlander as the signage wasn’t that clear. The service came with a smile and the food was excellent, there was six of us and we had several dishes and everyone of us thoroughly enjoyed every single dish. The goat curry was the standout, thoroughly recommended this place.

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AndrewD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent experience. Have eaten here several times and always great food.

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JamesR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really lovely, thoughtful food - beautifully cooked and presented in a atmospheric setting.

Highly recommended.

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HannahH
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Simple, but cooked to perfection in a lovely environment.

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teacup
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious meal, friendly and attentive service, lovely room and atmosphere.

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AntonL
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fine dining without being exorbitantly priced - service and food great, fantastic heritage building nicely fitted out. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall!

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LynB
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fish dish from set menu very good. The dessert was not of the standard expected.

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PauletteP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service. The seating was spacious and covid safe.

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AlbertF
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The place is so yesterday the staff behave like school mams utter the nice words but their body language says something else. The food was ok but way overpriced for what it was, wouldn’t go back.

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Miro
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening - delicious food with matching wines and great service

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LeoneF
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dining experience at The School House Restaurant. The service was excellent and our meals were both interesting and very tasty.

Although the noise level was a moderately high at times, it didn't interrupt our conversation and for most of the night it was not particularly noticeable.

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AndrewW
Canberra
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional and unpretentious service. Exceptional food.

The experience at Schoolhouse is second to none in Orange. Even though we arrived late on a Friday night just as the kitchen was closing, we were warmly welcomed by the host and well looked after by the team.

We enjoyed our dinner so much that we tried Arthouse Bar & Courtyard for lunch on Sunday, which we strongly recommend as well.

These guys know what they're doing!

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Menu and drinks was a little restricted. Not a fan of attempt to offer small refined serves at max price. Was pleasant evening but did not feel there was a bang for the $

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KChish04
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Had heard so much about this restaurant but disappointed to find our choice of main lacking protein as very high in fat. I guess let people know that when ordering that lamb cut it’s fatty

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LaurelL
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We enjoyed our meal, however the size of the entree and dessert was extremely small. I consider $12.00 for two zuccinis a bit much. My main course fish was nice but just a smallish piece of fish with a bit of tomato jus. Nothing else. There was also a long wait between first and second course

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LAH2041
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very well thought out and prepared meals. Excellent flavour.

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JandM
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was good. The Staff were very friendly and helpful for our wine choice. We had and enjoyable evening. The cocktails were excellent. Make sure you make time for a cocktail or two.

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KarenC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Devine food . The only issue was the noise level .. too much .

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Jude
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at your restaurant. The meals were lovely. I thought the menu was written simply and did not reflect the quality of what you served and the time and effort and ingredients in the dishes. A blind to stop the sunlight on the table (it was 6.00 pm) would have made it more pleasant. We will come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service.

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Mars
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with fantastic friendly, attentive service.
Food was delicious with a set 2 or 3 course menu. We were all very full after 2 courses.

Pappardelle was home made and delicious. Lamb was very tender and beef was done as per request.

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ppywong
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The restaurant is quaint, however, that's pretty much as positive as we can get.

The restaurant offered a set menu of 2 or 3, with no stipulation how this can be organised. A couple of our table ordered an entree and two mains (not that these were labelled as such on the menu), and were told they had to pay a surcharge because of this. Rather than a surcharge, they were charged a completely new meal each. When asked, whether someone who ordered two entree and a dessert would be offered a discount, the answer was no.

The quality of food was OK, but not mind blowing. A couple of the dishes were overcooked, and one was over seasoned. The service was poor, with little warmth and food thrown in front of us rather than placed. For three servers on the floor, it's hard to see how they could not provide better service.

Ultimately, our scoring and our judgement are based on what was offered and the price charged - i.e. value for money. We have been to other restaurants that have charged similarly or more, and that we have been much more happy with the food and service. Simply, this is certainly not value for money and not worth revisiting.

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we enjoyed an excellent meal with very attentive staff. a very pleasant evening.

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with exceptional service. Nothing to much trouble and went out of their way to accommodate a mistake I made with my booking. Food fantastic and wine also good. We will be back when next in Orange.

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Duckyshusband
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A definite must do if in Orange,make sure you book! This is real local produce cooked and served in an exemplary manner. The Front of House organised by Sarah is exactly how a restaurant should be run and although it looks effortless it is obvious that a lot of training has achieved these results.

It is hard to explain the food but Dom Aboud produces colourful, taste bud tingling, exceptional food that tastes as good as it looks on the plate, you have to try the Zucchini side dish which is absolutely heaven on a plate!

My wife rated this as one of the best five meals she has ever eaten in the world and I certainly agree, do yourself a favour if you plan to be in Orange and book a table here you will not be disappointed.

Superb food, ambience and staff, oh and yes all the wines are local to Orange too!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had this place recommended to me and it didn’t disappoint! The ground and ambience are lovely. Lively without being overbearing.
Staff are so friendly and personable. Very welcoming without being intrusive. Food was beyond expectations each course was impressive in presentation and taste.
Wine - most local is a wonderful showcase of what Orange has to offer. My partner and I both agreed, our best dining experience in some time.

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Mcpen
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious luncheon here. The food and wine were amazing, friendly staff and the service was on point. After lunch we could of easily moved to the garden/coutyard area for more drinks as we were very settled in but unfortunately had other commitments.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone giving it a go, you will not be dissapointed !!

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visitortoorange
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was very poor from our waitress - she was quick to bring water and then left us for about 20 minutes. She insisted on putting the wine beyond our reach which made her inattention to us even more annoying. We were a group of eight addressing a very limited menu. The lamb and steak was overly fatty. The entre of beetroot was superb and the octopus entre good.

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 14 November 2020

Hi Visitor too Orange, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and share your feedback, we will be sure to take it on board! We are disheartened to hear your experience was not as fabulous as it should have been and we hope you can dine with us again in the future for a memorable experience! Many thanks, The Union Bank Team

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SheilahW
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect place for dinner with friends ... professional, friendly service from staff ... really interesting dishes with some different flavours ... though not much choice of sides with the main course. I'd prefer a few extra vegies with the mains, not just extras as sides.

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Maggiemay
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The room was too hot and we asked for the air conditioning to be out on. One small round of butter for four people, simply not enough and extra not brought to the table when asked for. Also asked for 2 additional pieces of bread to be told it was unlikely as the chef only buys for piece per patron -really? - when we questioned that we did get one extra piece cut in half.

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 14 November 2020

Hi Maggie, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, we will be sure to take this on board! We absolutely love bread, which is why we offer it complementary and are saddened to hear you didn't receive more upon your request! We hope you can visit again soon for a more pleasurable experience. Many thanks, The Union Bank Team.

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ScottM
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Memorable. Enjoyable outstanding cuisine by talented chefs at a reasonable price

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ElizabethS
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice!
Savoured each delicious mouthful !
Memorable experience in every way!

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PatriciaC
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a delicious meal at the Schoolhouse Restaurant. The service was friendly and efficient and the ambience simple but elegant.

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foodie experience in Orange from start to finish. Deserves to be on the short list for best places to eat out in Orange.
Recommended to others visiting Orange.

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EvyNorthernBeaches
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with locally sourced ingredients and friendly service

FAQs

The School House Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 181 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.