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10 Best Places to Eat in the Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlands has long been the favourite weekend escape for city-fatigued Sydneysiders, and with such lush scenery and charming towns to visit it’s no wonder why. The dining scene across the region is awash with high calibre venues keen to lure in locals and visitors alike, making the decision all the more difficult. Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of the region, when hunger calls, these are the places to go out of your way for.

Katers Restaurant, Sutton Forest
Katers Restaurant

This AGFG Hatted restaurant is situated within the Peppers Manor House in Sutton Forest. Focusing on the very best of local artisan produce, Katers also grows its own garden vegetables, herbs and edible flowers within the stunning country estate. The Chef’s five course tasting menu is available while the à la carte offering provides guests with ultimate choice over the immensely appetising menu.

Kater Road, Sutton Forest


Situated in one of the area’s most picturesque and historically significant buildings, Eschalot brings intimate dining and delicious fare together. The menu’s take a three-, four- or eight-course tasting menu structure, with patrons always steering towards sampling as many dishes as they can so to get a real appreciation of the fare on offer.

24 Old Hume Highway, Berrima

Highlands Merchant

This beautiful chic café on Moss Vale’s main drag is just the place to drop in to for an afternoon recovery session following a busy day trawling the area’s boutiques. Excellent coffee and a vast array of homemade treats sit temptingly along the counter. The Merchant also provides a sought-after catering service, and a handsome range of pantry-fillers and gourmet gift ideas.

405 Argyle Street, Moss Vale

ludo, Bowral

A crisp, vibrant fit-out immediately sets the tone for this chic inner-Bowral venue. Elegantly relaxed, ludo. makes breakfast and lunch exciting without there being any hint of pretension. Head Chef Peter Oakley has fun with every dish, ensuring that you can practically feel the good vibes ludo. is so focused on providing. It’s a foodie destination with set trading times, so book ahead.

52 Station Street, Bowral

Onesta Cucina

Onesta Cucina is a family owned and operated restaurant that brings traditional Italian cooking to the Southern Highlands. They’re ideally located in Bowral village, just off Bong Bong Street, so needless to say, they take full advantage of the region’s lush agricultural offerings. Take our advice and go hungry, because the food is delicious.

5 Boolwey Street, Bowral

Grand Bistro

Just like its interiors, there is a touch of grandness to this restaurant, living up to the Southern Highlands reputation as a culinary destination, Grand Bistro is not only the go-to caterer for weddings and events, they also have a brick and mortar along Bong Bong Street that dishes up rustic modern cuisine. Breakfast through to dinner, the Grand Bistro menu offers plenty of reasons to keep coming back for more.

The Grand Arcade, 295-297 Bong Bong Street, Bowral

Horderns Restaurant

Hidden away from prying eyes within the secluded Milton Park Country House Hotel in Bowral, Horderns Restaurant is a fine dining experience with a French leaning. The grand hotel – once an impressive home – has been sympathetically restored and is now renowned for its elegant restaurant and excellent hospitality. A sommelier is on hand to match your meal with wines from their private cellar.

Milton Park Country House Hotel, Horderns Road, Bowral

Bendooley Estate

Sitting on 200-acres, Bendooley Estate has built its reputation on dishing up produce sourced from local suppliers. The restaurant is housed inside the iconic Berkelouw Book Barn, renowned for its collection of new, second-hand, rare and antiquarian books – needless to say this is a book lover and coffee aficionado hangout. The Cellar Door offers wine-centred casual dining, ranging from finger food to something more substantial. 

3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima

Hickory's Restaurant & Bar, Bowral
Hickory’s Restaurant and Bar

Sitting pretty on the road between Bowral and Berrima, Peppers Craigieburn dining destination Hickory’s Restaurant and Bar, overlooks the property’s stunning manicured gardens and private golf course. The menu is modern Australian and reflects a sustainable ethos and they’re also renowned for their high tea services which is well worth booking a table for.

Centennial Road, Bowral

Biota Dining

A foodie destination, Biota Dining is strictly committed to serving seasonal produce sourced locally, and when we say local, we mean straight from the garden you look out over from their dining room. So, you will truly feel as if you are eating according to the orders of Mother Nature. A three course and tasting menu are both available, but when visiting a hatted restaurant, you’d be mad to forgo the latter.

18 Kangaloon Road, Bowral


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