Rookie Eatery

4.6
260 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
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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.
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DA
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food, great service. Could do with fewer tables as we were crammed in a bit. Also, the wine list needs serious attention. For a restaurant of this standard and with these prices they need a far better selection of quality wines. The list just wasn't up to standard

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

We had a beautiful range of dishes, although the vegetarian 'feed me' menu could do with a little more variety as two of the dishes highlighted sweet potato as a main ingredient. All the dishes were well cooked and beautifully presented. Unfortunately the service was a bit patchy: the main host was lovely, welcoming and warm as well being very knowledgable about the dishes; the other waitress on the evening was less welcoming and at times was a little too intrusive - hurrying to empty the bottle of wine that we had ordered and leaning across us to clear the plates. The minimalist decor is stylish but on a winter's night rather cold especially as the heating was turned off early. This is the second time that I have been to Rookie and have loved the food each time but this time it wasn't quite such a stand out meal.

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CZ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

food lived up to its reputation - absolutely stunning!
the only criticism was having a table that was so far into the hallway the front door almost clopped one of our party each time it opened - we asked to move to another table, but after being told not possible we moved the table a foot further into the dining room (waiter wasnt too happy about that, and i was still constantly closing the front door for patrons who couldnt be bothered). we'll go back again but only on the condition we are not seated there - restaurant should remove that table all together

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FS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Consistently wonderful food every time, Rookie never disappoints,

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SM
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing- definitely a great place to celebrate our 1 year anniversary xo

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MG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent even though it seemed busy. The food is amazing and the price seems like I am getting the bargain.

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V
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food! There was so much of it and we got the $69 feed me menu. Staff are lovely - it really makes the dining experience just wonderful when you have cheerful, attentive staff. Looking forward to returning soon.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

well presented dishes, duck breast perfectly cooked a stand out

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MM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. The food was amazing and a great place to take my daughter who was visiting from interstate. Couldn’t fault a thing!

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R
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have now been to Rookies 3 times and we have never been disappointed. We had the Large Feed Me offering this last time and all of the dishes were 'to die for!' We did take the early siting - from 6pm - and if I had one criticism it would be that the 1st few courses came out a little too quick. however we will be back again very shortly and I`m already looking forward to it - Excellent meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service . Amazing food ! Will definitely return.

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PU
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The quality of the food was excellent however I thought the need for sides to give a satisfying full feeling and there only being 2 sides available, poor, however the service was excellent and both the manager and wait staff were very attentive

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LS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time eating at Rookie and my god!! The food and service was something else. Our waitress was very helpful in educating me about some of the ingredients on their menu and always made sure that our food was good. 100% 10/10 would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a flavourful Australian culinary journey. :)

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M
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

All the 3 stars I gave are actually 3 and a half stars, as I think an extra half is necessary. Some really nice flavours in the food. Few things I could nit pick but an overall nice time at Rookie.

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MA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Wollongong s best eatery. One of our favourites and go to for a great meal

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VC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was delicious, great experience trying some different foods. Interesting Different combinations. Everything was so tasty. To be picky as it was expensive, the duck was a little dry and I felt the chicken wings brought down the calibre of the meal. All the other meals were interesting and delicious!

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KB
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant great food with great service

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TH
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not sure what to expect however chose the Feedme 2 share menu and certainly was not disappointed. Great service matched by spectacular dishes every one better than the one before. The feedme menu proved excellent value.

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VT
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food great service we tried the Feed Me 2 option which was a good way to try lots of different dishes

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LH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

really enjoyed the food -just the correct amount -service was excellent will definitely be back

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AG
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was sensational, just felt a little hurried, no down time between courses, and at one stage we got served our next course while we were still eating the previous one, we just felt under pressure to just scoff it and not enjoy it. And no coffee machine

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MM
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience at Rookie was absolutely perfect. Food was amazing, service amazing, pretty much everything was amazing. Would highly recommend rookie to anyone and everyone. We will be back again real soon.

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VH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved every meal we had on our FeedMe choice. First time there with my best friends from Sydney and celebrating my birthday. Loved it

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LL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our special occasion restaurant. The food & service are always fabulous!!

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JV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had one of the chef choice menus, each course was delicious

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PW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my mother for the set mothers day menu. She loved the meal all 8 courses and has not stopped talking about it! the staff seamlessly handled my wheat and dairy allergies. Chef showed a deft hand and used first class ingredients that made it great value for a special day.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

A light and pleasant space, delicious food and good service.

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CO
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening. Thankyou to all chefs and wait staff. Food was excellent and portion size was just right for our needs.

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KB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is delicious! Unusual, but great use of flavours and fresh ingredients. It was a busy Saturday night, but we felt well looked after but the staff. Would go again anytime!

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HA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Well, what a lovely night out. Lovely food, presentation was special but not pretentious. Staff attentive and knowledgeable, friendly but left our night to us. Very special and will do it again. :)

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AK
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nathan was our waiter and his knowledge of the menu was excellent. He was very attentive throughout the evening. It was a very busy night so some other guests were seated very closely to us.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service was amazing! My husband and I had a very rare date night and were not disappointed. The best meal we have had in Wollongong since moving here 10 years ago. Thank you for a wonderful night!

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W
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food & service excellent , though prices are on the higher scale , though this is what you would expect for quality food well presented .Only dissappointment was no after dinner coffee offerred.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place to celebrate a special occasion. Delicious!

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JW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I had the $69 set menu which was delicious! The kingfish was superb as were the dumplings. I wasn't overly fussed on the rib eye. We really enjoyed our evening.

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LR
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We had a lovely night at Rookie Eatery. The food was absolutely delicious and the friendly staff privided excellent service. We sat out on the balcony where it was much quieter and very private. The only let down was the decor (or lack of) and ambience. Perhaps I'm old fashioned but I still like a candle or two and the odd flower here and there. Otherwise it was great!

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MA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

A real dissapointment because they're onto a good thing but there's some epic failures that need to be addressed for them to be taken seriously.

Setting: Fine. It's a shabby old building on a rather dull street but they've done well to brighten the interiors. However, paper napkins is a real let down and smacks of lazinness.

Food: The food is actually OK and is well proportioned and well presented. However, their signature dish (ceviche of fish) was completely overshadowed by the spicing which i'd expect someone in the kitchen to notice!

Service: In a word: dreadful. There were only two other diners there during our lunchtime visit and even then we felt completely rushed througought the entire experience - something that is unacceptable at this price point and a real warning sign. Two real sore points:

1. courses being delivered before previous courses being finished. Why? You spent so much time making that food only for it to sit there going stone cold because we havent finished eating our other course! Why would you do that to your own food?
2. being asked if we wanted new cutlery and plates? Well I don't want my next course tasting of the last one so yes, yes I do want new cutlery and a new plate. Why is that even a question?

The Rookie are exactly that, Rookie by name and rookie by nature. I've been very lucky to experience some excellent fine dining and really, this isnt it. Not even close. FOH need to sort their game out because there's talent in that kitchen but that will never shine through with the unforgivable but entirely avoidable FOH mistakes.

Unless there's a real shake-up of how this place is managed I would avoid completely. Its frustrating because there's potential there but they need to take their feedback seriously.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening.
We all had the Feed Me 2 tasting menu, which was good value and very tasty food.
Service was quick (but not too quick) and friendly (Nathan).
Wine was a little on the expensive side - cheaper bottles were 3x retail, with more expensive bottles more like 2x.

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r
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

outstanding food, after initially being ignored on entering premises the staff were extremely helpful and attentive, not the best layout for quiet/intimate dining, however the food was superb

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TT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Feed me menu was our preference. The food was delicious however octopus was very chewy and the prawns tasted a bit chemical. Wine great but cheapest bottle was quite expensive. Very busy at the time so noisy. Would still go back again as it is one of the best fine dining restaurants in Wollongong.

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