About Us

At The Retreat Garden Bistro, we are a family run business so let us begin by introducing ourselves there is Pina, the mum and matriarch, her kids (as she still likes to call them) Anthony, David, Julianne and John (the son-in-law or out-law as he likes to call it)

In Sicily (Southern Italy) life revolves around family and food, the idea of preparing a meal with fresh ingredients and enjoying it with friends and family, spending time together having a laugh and creating long lasting memories is of high importance. Having this as our heritage makes us who we are and what we believe in when it comes to the foundation of our business, that is: honest food, good quality produce, simple flavours, substance and warm hospitality.

Together we bring many years of experience in the hospitality industry and individually bring our different personalities to the table. John is Head Chef and while his focus is on the quality and consistency of the food, the rest of us are focused on accommodating and providing warm service to our regular and new customers.

When the time came to decide on a business name it wasn’t hard for us to agree on ‘The Retreat Garden Bistro’

Why - you ask?  Well, let us break it down for you…

The Retreat – comes from our previously owned business, Rowers Retreat Restaurant @ UTS Haberfield Club – this is where our story begins and so this name holds plenty of history and experience. And the word Retreat in essence means ‘a get-away’ which we are more than happy for people to think of us as a ‘home away from home’.

Garden – this for us resonates with our Grandparents’ vegie garden; the simple, clean and fresh flavours that come from the family recipes using quality herbs and vegetables – this is the basis of who we are and what we are about.

Bistro – is a place defined by ‘serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting… home-style cooking, and slow-cooked foods’ – providing the classic dishes that all the family love and recreating old recipes that bring nostalgia is what we aim to achieve.

Our name ‘The Retreat Garden Bistro’ reflects us and our philosophy which is simple:

to provide hearty and rustic meals cooked with good quality ingredients at affordable prices with attentive service in a family friendly setting.

Set in a bowling club we believe our philosophy suits the club environment with its relaxed and casual atmosphere. Unlike other bistros, we choose to provide table service which allows us to get to know our customers and what they want.   

And so we invite you to come meet us, take a seat and ‘eat, drink and relax’!