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Rae's Restaurant - Balgownie Estate

1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
+61 3 9730 0774
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good25%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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“steak” (47 reviews)
“scallops” (23 reviews)
“our waiter” (21 reviews)
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Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a beautiful dinner here consisting of oysters and calamari for entree and both having porterhouse for main. Superb wine to compliment our meals, recommended by our knowledgeable 5 star waitress, Stef. Thank you Rae's and Stef

Thank BarbandMark5
Reviewed 4 days ago

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...More

Thank Janem0205
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...More

Thank lvanderp2017
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...More

Thank CatV08
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.

Thank palgie
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...More

Thank simtwycross
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....More

Thank Wayne S
Reviewed 19 April 2017 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...More

Thank travel_bug_69_fam
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...More

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

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...More

Thank Tonis s
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...More

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Neil S
Do you have a children's menu?
19 November 2015|
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Julie B
Is there a dress code?
27 December 2014|
Response from Nigel M | Property representative |
Good Afternoon We just expect smart casual mostly at dinner we are quite relaxed during lunch and breakfast
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 19 - USD 45
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
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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
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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.