The School House Restaurant

4.4
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33 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
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. All within a beautiful space that was once the original Kinross Wolaroi School within the iconic Union Bank Building.
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KP
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic! Only lost one star for not having two dishes available that day! Otherwise great service, food and ambience!

N
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding - food, service, ambience and drinks. Will definitely be coming back and recommending to friends

p
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good wine list, plenty of choice by the glass. Simple sounding items on menu actually have a complexity of flavours. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Classy dining space away from outside bar area.

JO
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went early to enjoy the weather out in the courtyard before going in to wine and dine. Everything was just PERFECT and FABULOUS! Absolutely enjoyed ourselves and the service was outstanding. The beef tartare was so good, would have ordered two if it wasn’t for the amazing steak. The lamb was so good, almost regretted not ordering two serves.

G
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, some gluten free options but not a lot of choice. Would dine there again :-)

WA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st visit to this outstanding restaurant. Food allergies were catered for. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. The food was sourced locally and this was cooked and served perfectly. The wine was also a local product. We will return soon

SR
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and prompt service. Atmosphere vibrant and a most enjoyable experience. Can’t believe you have only been operating for just over 3 months. Well done School House Restaurant.

WM
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good to have authentic country ingredients in a relaxed casual space. Menu and wine list reflective of region.

D
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great, the waitstaff were friendly, informative, knowledgeable and efficient. The chairs were comfortable and the atmosphere cosy. We enjoyed an evening of good food, wine and conversation.

MB
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, very comfy chairs and delicious food!

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food provided was, in my and my fellow diners’ opinion, great value for money. Table service was competent and professional.

HM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience. Both service and food very good. Suggest replacing whole fish with an alternative fish dish. As the menu is limited it will need to be changed regularly.

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 28 December 2019

Hello there, We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experince with us here at The Union Bank! We pride ourselves on being seasonal and changing the menu. We look to continuously challenge ourselves and excite our guests with new dishes that our amazing chefs come up with. Looking forward to having you dine with us again. Thanks, The Union Bank Team.

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BH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On the day we showed up for our booking the band in the beer garden was in full swing. It was a pretty hot day and the a/c can died on them, poor guys. They offered us a table right next to a fan so it wasn’t too bad and the staff were really sorry about it, we even scored a free cool drink of wine. They managed to find a Fridgy able to fix it that day, so they had the a/c back on before desert was served. The food was fabulous and inside the restaurant was lovely and clean. Id recommend this place for sure.

KA
Canberra
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. We will definitely eat there again. Thank you.

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 28 December 2019

Hi Kathy, We are so delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! Looking forward to welcoming you back to the Schoolhouse Restaurant for more another amazing meal and service to go along side it!! Thanks, The Union Bank Team.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service. we needed to get away by a certain time and the wait staff helped with quick efficient service

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 28 December 2019

Hi Susan, We are extremely happy to hear we met your needs with prompt service! Looking forward to having you dine with us again. Thanks, The Union Bank Team.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The chicken is amazing. I’ve had chicken twice at The School House and both times it was divine. Thanks for a great meal.

LM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were inside with six people at our table. During and after the meeting, each participant commented on how lovely the experience was - great venue (comfortable, relaxed and visually nice), great food (we each selected a different main and we also had entrees and sides - all were very nice and reasonably priced) and excellent service.

O
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Looked forward to going back to the reopened restaurant. Met by friendly staff, after ordering a bottle of wine we were told of a fridge malfunction and it was 4 minutes away. 25 minutes later it arrived. We were offered two complimentary glasses of wine which tasted past its best. Upon ordering starters (clams) we were informed they had sold out. After receiving 2 other starters the servings of bread and toast were so small we had to ask for more. Main sirloin was ordered rare however arrived a little more than medium.
Lovely building that has so much potential. Menu sadly missing seafood main and cheese on desserts.

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 28 December 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback! We are sorry to hear you did not have the experience you'd hoped for whilst dining with us! We pride ourselves on fresh produce and are continuously changing, growing and developing our menu! (which you'll be please to know has plenty more fresh seafood on it). We hope you can come back soon and enjoy what we pride ourselves on which is efficient, freindly staff paired with premium food and wine. Many thanks, The Union Bank Team.

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TA
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Will endeavour to bring my husband for his birthday

SW
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, good wine, friendly service ! On the more expensive side but well worth it

AR
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience - excellent meals and sides, the Flounder special was cooked to perfection. Vanilla slice was like silk but my favourite was the chocolate tart.

P
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took some out of town friends to the school house restaurant. Had a great night. Food was fantastic, good local wines and reasonably priced for the quality. Waiter was very good. Love this place.

KW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best meal I’ve had in Orange. The waiter was amazing when we asked him to select from the menu for us. Food was absolutely spot-on, the flounder and the asparagus side were particularly noteworthy. Definitely coming back.

LM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Nearly all meals contain nuts. The chicken had nuts in the stuffing but not written on menu. Difficult to order for people with nut allergies.

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 19 November 2019

We are very conscious of allergies as our grown children are anaphylactic to all nuts. I'm so sorry that our staff did not explain that the meals could be adapted. Following your feedback we will provide some further training to staff to ensure that they share with all guests our commitment to food choices and allergies and our ability to alter the menu to meet all needs. Hopefully you will be back soon and after consulting with our staff enjoy a wider range of delicious choices.

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L
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

yes, but later. Feels as though the service needs to get into the swing of things a bit better. The food flavours and texture were really nice. The meals all came out together which was nice, however they were all cold with the exception of the pasta which was luke warm.

TJ
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is great to see The School House Restaurant open for business after a major refurb of the premises. We were so impressed with the menu and selection of wines that we had two evening meals there over two consecutive nights. All wines were locally sourced along with most of foods/ingredients used in their dishes. The table service was excellent (thank you Aaron for your helpful suggestions matching wines with the various dishes we enjoyed). HIGHLY recommend this culinary experience. You won’t be disappointed.

CM
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely venue to catch up with friends and while away the hours eating exceptional food and drinking beautiful local wine. The blue velvet chairs were divine and so comfortable. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly but not obtrusive. The School House Restaurant was atmospheric and fun...but seriously, it was all about the share plates and they were DELICIOUS!

BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and well priced. We had a great dining experience and would highly recommend dining here! We will be back on our next Orange visit.

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 26 October 2019

Dear Babette. Thankyou so much for taking the time to give us feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed it and appreciated the value of our food and dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Regards Team Union Bank

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SL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Great decor. Good service. Food below average for the price.

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 26 October 2019

Dear Sara. Thankyou for providing us with a review. As a new restaurant we will continue to evolve and improve by receiving and listening to all feedback. Im so glad you liked our gorgeous blue velvet chairs and decor and thanks for the positive words regarding the service. Im sorry you felt that the food was below average for the price. We have sourced the best local produce and aim to treat it with respect and serve it with love. I will discuss your feedback with the kitchen. Team Union Bank

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AM
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was sensational, the service we had was excellent, however the drink service could have been a little more attentive.
The lighting kept going a little dark but overall, LOVED IT! Congratulations and it is great to have the UB back

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 17 October 2019

Hi Alicia, thankyou so much for your feedback and well done on getting a table for opening night! As a new team we are so proud of our food and are working hard to get all the components of our service perfect!!! We have a clear vision of what we want to consistently offer and are working hard on nailing it. Since opening we have ironed out a few "crinkles" including the lighting and the drink service and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Team Union Bank

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MT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Opening night of the revamped Union Bank. We enjoyed our meal and the service was reasonable for a team that had only just began working together. The food was served promptly although we did wait a while to be served bread. A good local wine list but thought that there should have been some local craft beer on the list as well. We will definitely return.

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 17 October 2019

Dear Meredith, thanks so much for the review. We are so proud to bring the iconic Union Bank back and our bread is delicious so we will work hard to make sure it gets to you quicker to be enjoyed. We do have local craft beer with Cargo Gold Ale, Badlands Pale Ale and Stockmans Lager all from Orange. I can see how they could get lost in the current format and we will work out a way to highlight them better in the drinks list. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Team Union Bank

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LC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night at The Schoolhouse. Friendly atmosphere, delicious food & fabulous wine list. Our waiter was very knowledgeable & the service was first class. Would love to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal at the School House Restaurant on its first day of trading. Great service and wine, will be back!

The School House Restaurant
Responded on 17 October 2019

Well done on getting a table on our first day and Im so pleased you loved it. Thankyou so much for giving us the 5 stars. We are so proud of what we are achieving and great to have the beautiful building full of people again. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Team Union Bank

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