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The Botanical

Opens in 17 min: 12:00 am - 1:00 am, 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Open today: 12:00 am - 1:00 am, 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sunday morning lunch with friends

We arrived early. It was ominously easy to get a kerbside parking spot. the tables on the footpath... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
OzHershy1
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Adelaide, Australia
Melbourne Cup Lunch

Attended Melbourne Cup lunch (set menu) on Melbourne Cup Day 2018. The food was adequate however... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Tikki14
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5 days ago
“Sunday morning lunch with friends”
5 weeks ago
“Melbourne Cup Lunch”
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The Botanical is a sophisticated restaurant, bar and function venue, situated on the edge of the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Hours Today: 12:00 am - 1:00 am, 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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169 Domain Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
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+61 3 9820 7888
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We arrived early. It was ominously easy to get a kerbside parking spot. the tables on the footpath were taken-bar one. The tables inside not so much. Maybe two or 4. Staff were busy - setting up and we greeted and taken to a table...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank OzHershy1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Attended Melbourne Cup lunch (set menu) on Melbourne Cup Day 2018. The food was adequate however certainly not really value for money. Only one TV for viewing the cup, and not visible from all tables. There were no decorations, cup sweeps or anything to make...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tikki14
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Whilst the food downstairs is good, the staff don’t seem to know who’s looking after who, where the orders are at and appear to lack confidence in what they are supposed to be doing - customer service.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank MalvinaBlanche
Reviewed 10 March 2018

We met for lunch and were shown to a nice table in the upper section. The prices looked quite steep. But my friend noticed their lunch special. That day it was $30 for a steak, chips and salad and a glass of wine. Not what...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Leigh M
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Hi Leigh, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time with us, adn we look forward to hosting you again soon. Thank you, Lucy

Reviewed 4 March 2018

Last went there many years ago with overseas guests . Same this time . Should have been suspicious as the dining room was almost empty and there was a queue to get into the restaurant 20 yards down the road . The calamari starter was...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank JvB0625
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Hi there, I am sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your time with us and we would love to hear more about your experience. If you could please get in touch with us on info@thebotanical.com.au, we would love to hear more about your time...More

Reviewed 26 February 2018

We were looking for a restaurant with a long wine list. Not so much after food, so the choice of fish and chips wasn't really great, but the Australian wine (that i always choose overseas) surely met my expectations. Staff friendly.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jasmine A
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thanks for the review, Jasmine! Hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, The Botanical

Reviewed 15 January 2018

We went in for a couple of drinks before dinner. The place i pretty, wine list is impressive although prices are on the high side. We enjoyed some of their cocktails

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Ed_Swidley
Reviewed 10 January 2018

I have long been a customer of The Botanical....it was, until about a year ago, excellent...but now both the quality of the food and service is poor. Thus, for example, yesterday for lunch I chose their special "fish and chips"....Possibly the worst fish I have...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Changed our original choice for dinner to 'The Botanical', we had overseas visitors with us and ourselves are returning expats. All meals were fantastic, and that was agreed by all, but evening let down by sub-par service. Waiters were unfriendly and lacked people skills required...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank MICKMALONEHK
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Located opposite the Domain Gardens, the Botanical has become a Melbourne institution. The outstanding wine list also includes an encyclopeadic listing of Gins, beers and other spirits. The food is excellent. The service, and the temperature, can be variable. The daily specials including a main...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Ross K
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