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21 May 2014 | Oakdene Restaurant

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant has received a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.  The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings.  Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews.  Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

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Time Posted: 21/05/2014 at 12:04 PM
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29 April 2014 | Oakdene Restaurant

Oakdene Restaurant - Finalist 2014

Restaurant & Catering Awards - Victoria

Oakdene Restaurant is once again a finalist for the 2014 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence – Victoria in two categories.

  1. Restaurant in a Winery 
  2. Tourism Restaurant 

The Awards for Excellence program provides deserved recognition to those restaurants and caterers that excel in their field.  Winners and finalists from each category from Victoria will be announced at the presentation event held in July.  The premier Awards for Excellence program recognises the achievements of Australia’s restaurant and catering industry.

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Time Posted: 29/04/2014 at 8:00 AM
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26 February 2014 | Oakdene Restaurant

Best Fine Dining (Regional) & Best Special Occasion


DIMMI AWARDS -  Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant has won two more Dimmi Awards.  The restaurant has been selected as Best for Fine Dining (Regional) and Best for Special Occasion for February 2014 in Australia.  Voted for by Dimmi diners as part of the Dimmi Score Program, these awards recognise the opinion of over 300,000 diners in Australia.


Time Posted: 26/02/2014 at 8:00 AM
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11 December 2013 | Oakdene Restaurant

Top Rated Modern Australian Restaurant

Dimmi Award 2013

Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant has won a Dimmi Award for 2013. We've been selected as a 'TOP RATED MODERN AUSTRALIAN RESTAURANT'. This means we've been recognised as one of the top rated restaurants for Modern Australia in Australia. What makes this award even more special is that it's not just the opinion of one person or even a handful of people; this is the collective opinion of over 250,000 diners as part of the Dimmi Score Program.

Congrats to all the staff who work tirelessly in the restaurant.

Time Posted: 11/12/2013 at 8:53 AM
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1 October 2013 | Oakdene Restaurant

Oakdene Restaurant - Best In Victoria 2013

Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards

The entire team at Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant were delighted with a win in both of its categories in the 2013 Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence – Victoria.

Victorian Winner - 2013 Restaurant in a Winery
Victorian Winner - 2013 Tourism Restaurant

The Awards for Excellence are judged by a team of trained judges who anonymously visited the venues to determine the winners. The Awards program recognises the Industry’s commitment to service and quality.

Representing Victoria, Oakdene will now compete with venues from across Australia in the National finals, so stay tuned. 

Time Posted: 01/10/2013 at 4:55 AM
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1 November 2012 | Oakdene Restaurant

Oakdene Wins Two Awards at the 2012 Awards for Excellence

MEDIA RELEASE November 2012

Executive chef Marty Chichester proudly showing Oakdene's two National Awards for Excellence.

Iconic Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant has been awarded ‘Best in the Nation’ twice, winning two awards at the 2012 Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence.

National Winner - Restaurant in a Winery 
National Winner - Tourism Restaurant

The Awards for Excellence program has seen its 15th year and the National event is a culmination of winners from 9 events held around Australia, with the National winners being recognised for their outstanding commitment to quality and service at the industry’s gala night of night’s celebration held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Through the RACES Evaluation System, venues were assessed by trained judges who dine anonymously and review the experience according to a predetermined, research-based and standardised set of criteria, making it the only truly systematic restaurant industry awards program in Australia.  The judging process provides a benchmark for businesses that are involved and is specifically designed to objectively recognise and promote industry best practice.

John Hart, CEO Restaurant & Catering commented, “Restaurant & Catering congratulates all the winners and finalists in the 2012 National Awards.  Their achievement in providing great food and great service is in itself, a wonderful contribution to the industry.

The Awards for Excellence represent an important moment as the industry pauses to honour these outstanding venues for their great talent, innovation and commitment and to celebrate such well-deserved accolades”.   Executive Chef Marty Chichester & Front of House Manager Michael Davis proudly accepted both awards last night, thanking their entire team at Oakdene.

They were shocked & overwhelmed to receive such a prestigious award, in such a highly competitive market.  “It is always a huge team effort at Oakdene & we are very excited about winning both awards.”

Oakdene owner’s Bernard and Liz Hooley were thrilled to win both awards.  “It’s a great achievement by all concerned, backed by outstanding wines, great food & service and a fantastic venue.”

Time Posted: 01/11/2012 at 5:00 AM
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2 June 2010 | Oakdene Restaurant

National Winner 2010

Best Restaurant in a Winery - Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant

Time Posted: 02/06/2010 at 4:58 AM