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Biota Dining

Australian, Gluten Free Options
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18 Kangaloon Rd, Bowral, New South Wales 2576, Australia
+61 2 4862 2005
09:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon 12:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Venue is very nice, except we were seated right next to the bar cleaning area with a wobbly table and a halogen down light trying to be a strobe light ( which was noticed by 3 waitstaff). Had our water poured once and never topped up, food out before drinks and found a fish scale in the snapper balls. Food... More 

Thank Mark J
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visiting friends ensconced in this lovely hamlet is a pleasure worth repeating. We came for lunch, a rather long one, if you know what i mean. The menu is a sort of hunt, humorous and engaging to the flavour buds. Service is effortless with rural charm. The wine by the glass complements your choice of dishes.

Thank shasha b
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome place. Top to bottom. I really look for a restaurant that does everything perfectly. So far I've found 3. Ormeggio, Silvereye and now Biota. Everything is just done well. Really well. The look and feel, the staff, the kitchen, the food and wine, the bread. Perfect. We also stayed the night and had a great little breakfast the next... More 

Thank Brad M
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you walk in and are greeted by the most pompous waiter in the Southern Hemisphere then immediately walk away. If you have a dietary requirement articulated and don't wish to have an allergic reaction because it is ignored then walk away. If you don't like having to walk up to the bar to pour your own bottle of wine... More 

6 Thank Mcmahonspoint
Cherrybrook, Australia
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Biota is a marvellous and memorable experience. However, just to be clear it is not a traditional dining restaurant with a menu and your choice of courses and specials. Actually the menu both on line and as handed to you at the table does not even list what you will get, only the selection of ingredients and something about its... More 

Thank JRNSydney_Australia
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a family lunch at biota in Bowral that had been recommended I wasn't overly impressed with the menu or the staff - I had ordered two side dishes which never eventuated when I enquired of the staff manager he seemed rather indifferent I wouldn't be going back in a hurry

4 Thank F9848ZJcindyd
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great evening spent at Biota, liked the natural decor, wooden tables and pottery style dinnerware as the star of the show is the food. Chef James Viles serves his passion on each plate. Beautifully executed small courses, some with intriguing flavour combinations others take something well known to another level. Each of the 6 courses plus the amuse bouche lead... More 

Thank Darley25335
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful food and wines. I don't understand the negative reviews. We have been to Biota several times and the experience has always been wonderful. Occasionally there have been courses presented that were not to everyone's liking however that is personal taste and not a reflection of Biota's ability. Great service from personable people.

Thank Meaghan G
Sydney, Australia
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124 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dined here Saturday night the early sitting. The food, wine service and setting all top notch. I was initially a bit surprised there were no tablecloths but you don't come to eat the tablecloth! The degustation was very interesting and balanced. We opted not to have the matching wine and would have Inked to have French champagne by the glass... More 

Thank Julie1958594
Sydney, Australia
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172 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Bowral for the weekend to experience this well reviewed restaurant and things got off to a good start as we were greeted by friendly staff in the bar and had a tasty cocktail by the fire. Once we were seated things started to go down hill.., The staff varied from quirky to vague and the experience was patchy... More 

10 Thank Jason H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$43 - US$89
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Kangaloon Rd, Bowral, New South Wales 2576, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Southern Highlands  >  Bowral
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4862 2005

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?