Darley's Restaurant at Lilianfels Blue Mountains

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Darley's Restaurant at Lilianfels - Katoomba's signature fine dining Blue Mountains restaurant. With views across the historic formal English gardens and the escarpment of Jamison Valley in the background, Darley’s Restaurant is renowned for Blue Mountains fresh, local and regional produce, fine wines and innovative cuisine.

Darley's offers modern Australian cuisine served as a la carte or degustation menus with specially selected local and imported wines.

Darley’s is a multi-award winning Hatted restaurant inducted in the Australian Hotels Association hall of fame for best regional restaurant in 2010 and more recently won the Tourism Accommodation Association NSW awards for excellence regional restaurant.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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4.2
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MF
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

good food, but food and wine overpriced. Their mark up is 3 times the value of wine

GS
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent, with special thanks to Ashe for looking after us very well. However, the food could've been better...it was okay but there was no "WOW!" moment.

BA
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hello
Service and attention from all staff was fantastic. Food was beautifully presented and couldn't fault the five dishes.

Thank you for a wonderful evening
Regards
Bob

MA
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The 5 course degustation offering on Saturday night was superb. A gorgeous balance between across the whole menu. We elected not to take the matching wines but still enjoyed a delicious selection with the assistance of our waiter. This is one of the most special places to dine in the Blue Mountains. Coupled with our stay at the Lilianfels hotel (of which this restaurant forms part), it was a very delightful evening.

LL
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the staff are knowledgeable and friendly and the food is outstanding, well worth the price.

AS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food I've ever eaten. Service by staff second to none, extremely attentive and knowledgeable. I can't wait to go back again, I couldn't fault.

AC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Very elegant and excellent service food was exquisite!

VG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service. From the moment you enter the premises until you leave. Food is fantastic!

B
Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food. The best restaurant in NSW? Quite possibly. Great service Ashe

GB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Fantastic service, Ash was amazing & helpful, beautiful surroundings, food was fantastic, but quiet slow coming out of kitchen, considering it was a set menu
Enjoyed our night but finishing & leaving app 11pm made for a very late night driving home / 1 1/2 hr drive home, 30 to 40 mins between courses to long 😔but a beautiful night overall

SF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Wonderful waiter, great view. The wait between courses was way TOO SLOW! We were waiting for over an hour between no 2 and 3 courses. Extra bread rolls did not appear untill a waiter finally appeared. They obviously forgot my cocktail as it was over 30 minutes I had to wait and then remind them. For a booking at 7pm to not received sweets until around 10pm is not good. We only had a small lunch in anticipation of dinner. We had eaten at Darley's 3.5 years ago and enjoyed it a lot more.

RL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We were placed at a table that arguably should not exist at a restaurant of this calibre because it backs onto
the station where wine is opened and glasses exchanged and has a wonderful view of the carpark and passing traffic! The placement of this table ensures that passing staff ignore you and it took 15 minutes to
attract a member of staff to make a request and then when someone finally recognised our existence our request was ignored until they had cleared two more tables.

The food was very good as always, but beware the table they give you.

BF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing dining experience - the multiple courses of food (with vegan options), the wine and the exceptional service by Ashe. Would definitely recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful location! Amazing food and we could not fault the service!. Ashe was particularly attentive and was happy help in any way he could.

EV
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service by Ashe throughout the night - likable and knowledgeable. Great wine pairings with the very creative cuisine - that creativity meant a couple of dishes were a little hit an miss, but overall an amazing degustation. The Wagyu beef was by far my favourite. Setting was nice and quiet for a romantic evening out even if the decor was a little colonial/austere for us. Highly recommended!

S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Probably the best dining experience so far during our trip to Australia (out of 6 fine dining evenings). The front of house staff were amazing and the chef was personable, generous and engaging.

The 7 course tasting menu was well balanced, well Portioned and bursting with flavour. The wines were exceptionally well paired and the evening was enhanced by the waiting staff.

BS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a really amazing dinner here and would recommend it to everyone. The service, the food and matching wines were outstanding. We look forward to returning.

AN
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our evening at Darleys. The service was good and the food was delicious.

AC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb in every way. The best restaurant we have ever experienced. Made our birthdays extra special. Would highly recommend for that special occasion with a great ambiance and marvellous service.

A
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A perfect evening.
We were celebrating our engagement and the staff were fantastic and gave us a lovely warm welcome and complimentary champagne to celebrate.
In particular Ashe was outstanding and provided the best table service we have ever witnessed.
The food was spectacular and the wine list amazing.
We will make a point of coming back every year to mark this anniversary.

OT
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Overall the food just didn't have thst WOW factor.
Overpriced and not the quality I expect for a fine dining experience.
The service was however very good.

OT
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best fine dining experiences I can recall. The food was delicious, creative and perfectly presented without being fussy and pretentious.

OT
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was excellent. Was a very special evening for my birthday. I feel as though nothing would have been too much to ask of the staff. Wonderful restaurant for a special occasion.

OT
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply amazing. The food is exceptional and the service is first class. This is the restaurant you go to for a special occasion. We’ve been here twice - once for our engagement and last night for our anniversary. The ambiance is perfect for an intimate dinner. The noise level is low to moderate - it never gets loud

OT
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food with complex and delicious flavours, beautifully presented, the wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Loved it.

OT
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The experience was not special and the price didn't warrant the food we received

m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Any of these words will do - Excellent - Superb- Terrific - Remarkable - Delicious - Creative - Incomparable - basically the best there is!

OT
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and beautiful location. Service was friendly and helpful and made a great night amazing by seating us in a private room for dessert. Couldn’t fault a thing about the whole experience.

OT
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Darleys is a beautiful restaurant for a special evening of any occasion, the staff are friendly and ensure that your dining experience is exceptional. The luxury feel of Darleys is lovely, the pace of the dinner is not rushed and the courses arrive at the right time. The matched wines were lovely.

OT
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the ambience, service and the food! All top notch, highly recommended.

OT
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose Darley's for a special birthday. From the moment we arrived to the time we left, it was a perfect evening. The service was friendly and attentive. We were never rushed and were given a lovely room for our last course with a greeting from the chef. I felt very special throughout the meal. I enjoyed every course & found the menu varied but cohesive. Just superb.

OT
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent all round, lived up to its reputation.

OT
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gréât food great wines great setting . We had the best table by the fire in winter hard to beat.
Staff were lovely . Nil complaints

OT
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Darley’s was Better than a Michelin restaurant we went to in Lyon recently. The food was glorious and interesting. The waiter Paolo was brilliant. Roy the chef even came out to say hello. The only thing we would change would be the choice of wines. They just didn’t really appeal to us but that is a personal preference.

OT
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolute perfection from start to finish. The food was delicious and the wine pairings were spot on! The staff were knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive and having the head chef visit every table to check in was a nice touch.
I absolutely could not fault this restaurant. The place is absolutely stunning! I will definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family and I look forward to coming back!

OT
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attending Darley’s Restaurant is a very memorable and unique experience:

Dining in elegant antiquity upon
exquisite cuisine
brings the deepest possible pleasure

This is an absolute MUST DO, at least once, in your life.

OT
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for our anniversary dinner. Beautiful food, elegant decor, excellent service.

OT
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary here and they whole team truly made it special. The ambient lighting, beautiful food and matching wines and great staff. It was so nice the Chef Roy came out and introduced himself. Such a nice personal touch.

OT
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Watching the sun set from our window seat was incredible. The small glitch with the ordering was quickly remedied and a complimentary dessert wine offered. The food was very good and we enjoyed all courses but if I had a choice, I would prefer to eat a la Carte so I can choose what I want and how much I want to eat. This would make the dining experience at Darley seven better.

OT
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Obsolutely magnificent experience at Darley worth every penny spent