The Botanist

The Botanist

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Hours
Sun
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Bar
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
features
Does this restaurant have live music
About
The Botanist encompasses a worldly mix of tastes and concepts. Situated in the heart of Kirribilli, the restaurant uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to curate colourful dishes and vibrant flavours with a Mediterranean flare. Expect beautifully decorated dishes paired with an equally impressive drinks menu. The bar showcases an extensive list of Australia and International wines and beers, as well as exciting seasonal cocktails and specials.
CUISINES
Bar
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles369 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
115
Average
33
Poor
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Terrible
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

MWandAW
North Sydney3669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
Booked online for Friday night at 5.30 pm. On arrival we were told it was a 2 hour table, if that was okay? Wouldn't be any trouble, if we just wanted a meal and a drink, and so it was, all over in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Staff displayed best practice customer service, that is warm, friendly and helpful. The girl who served us made very good suggestions and we were very happy with the meal. We ordered 4 share plates and that was enough for the 3 of us. Our choice included: Char-grilled Corn on the Cob with chilli crème fresh, oregano and puffed sorghum ($18); Roasted Chermoula Ocean Trout Tail with tabouli, picked cucumber and saffron yoghurt ($37); Twice cooked Potato with lentil salsa, shaved zucchini and rocket ($18); Char-grilled Chicken with kohlrabi leaves, coriander, spiced walnut and black tahini ($30). We were offered a large bottle of sparking mineral water on arrival at the table and as well we ordered a glass of Airlie Bank Yarra Valley Pinot Noir red wine ($13) and a Strawberry & Orange Spritz ($18) consisting of Strawberry Vermouth, Adelaide Hills Bitter Orange, Prosecco and Soda. We all loved the food consisting of lots of different tastes, each dish was aesthetically pleasing, as well as being delicious. We particularly enjoyed the Chargrilled chicken dish. Loved all we ate and drank. Interestingly, the noise of surrounding guests was not a deafening buzz, like most bars on a Friday night, we could easily talk to each other and hear the response without shouting. Everyone was well dressed and you could feel an upmarket ambiance about the clientele and the décor. We will definitely return on a midweek night, to sample other items on the menu. A meal at this fine establishment is highly recommended.
Written 18 March 2021
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Applejack Hospitality
Thank you for such wonderful feedback. I am thrilled to learn you had a great time with us and enjoyed the food and drink. Please come back soon and try the rest of the menu. We are due a seasonal update soon, so will be worth the visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon in The Botanist. Luke and The Botanist Team.
Written 18 March 2021
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Suz E
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020 none
We were so excited to go back to The Botanist after it re-opened after COVID restrictions. We were a little early for our reservation as our plans changed and the manager was totally easy-going about that! The food was as delicious as ever, we loved the Cauliflower and one of us is vegetarian and the wait staff/chef was so easy going and accommodating that they changed one dish on the menu to be vegetarian with ease! (And even gave us the pork that was originally on the dish, on the side, for my meat-eating husband! :) ). The wait staff are so genuine and kind, without being overbearing. Great atmosphere and ambience. SO good to be back
Written 16 July 2020
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ApplejackHospitality
Hey @30suze, Thank you so much for feeding back to us about your recent experience with us, we really appreciate it. We put huge emphasis on every part of our guests experiences, and it sounds like your visit was no different! The team will be pumped to hear of your kind words and we are humbled to know how you feel about us at The Botanist. We very much look forward to welcoming you in again soon. Warmest regards, Matty and The Botanist team.
Written 17 July 2020
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PJay2412
Green Point417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Recently visited with group of 11 and had the banquet menu. Great choice of food and good serving size. No one was left feeling hungry. We had a couple of vegetarians in the group and there was no problem shuffling some of the menu items around to suit. The only slight issue is that the bottle of wines started in the high $50 range. I think that’s about too much really.
Written 7 February 2020
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ApplejackHospitality
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us your thoughts, we so glad to hear that your dietary needs were taking care of and you all enjoyed the food. Sorry to hear you felt the wine was over priced for your party, we put a lot of effort into our menus and product range and endeavour to have products to suit as many of our guests as we can. I have made a note of your comments and have taken them on board. We hope to welcome you in on another occasion. Warmest regards, Matty and The Botanist team.
Written 7 February 2020
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Willower
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 none
Wanted to book a table for 2 for 7pm on a Tuesday night but could only book a table for 6pm. On arrival, only 2 other tables were occupied for the next half hour+ and we were told we'd have to leave at 8pm, so it was all about turning the table. As soon as we had our last bite at 7:20, the waitress cleared our plates and told us if we weren't ordering more we would need to leave. The food was okay but that and the wine is not cheap and the $120 we spent certainly warranted being allowed to occupy a 2 person table for more than 1hr 20m. Service ordinary - no thought by waitress about wiping food/sauce off the table etc.
Written 4 November 2020
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ApplejackHospitality
Dear Willower Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and I am truly sorry that your experience fell well below the standard we endeavor to deliver. All reservations are allocated a 2 hour dining window so we can manage our diary and demand accordingly. Upon making a reservation online a check box will require the confirmation of this timeframe and a subsequent confirmation email is sent to all guests to outline this policy. Which I can see is the method completed for your reservation. It is standard practice for the host to advise all guests of the policy upon seating, as a polite reminder. As it was myself who sat you on the evening, I could see there was slight surprise to you receiving this information. Baring this in mind, I went back to you with the offer of moving to the bar area should you wish to stay with us, but with the COVID restrictions limiting our capacity, we would need to know prior as to not exceed. As I’m sure you are aware, with the limelight being around hospitality industries of late, there are substantial fines for those who do not abide. As we started to fill up, around 7.15pm I had 2 remaining spots at the bar. Earmarked for you and your guest. Your waitress intention was to offer these to you and we would save them for the conclusion of your meal, to move over at 8pm. I am sorry for the confusion here, it certainly was not to get the table back off you earlier but quite the opposite and to allow you to stay in the venue and enjoy the rest of your evening with no limit. I really am sorry for the misunderstanding here and see why you left feeling the way you did. Please trust me when I say, our intention was to accommodate you. I will reach out to you via email and hope that we can have a conversation so that you feel comfortable in visiting in the future. I would hate for you to leave with that everlasting impression. Warmest Regards, Luke Kirby Assistant General Manager
Written 7 November 2020
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David R
Toulouse1416 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
This place has seen many incarnations over the years with the Botanist being the latest. Not sure it's a tapas bar / eatery or full blown restaurant as it seems to cater to both. Ambience and setting, decor etc are pleasing and at night somewhat romantic. Service was fine at lunch without being noticeably outstanding. The menu ranges are quite extensive so most diners will find appeal somewhere. The drinks and wine list is also quite extensive but the wines like in so many establishments in and around Sydney are seriously overpriced and few offer great value. Sadly a Sydney trend for the worse. Would I return? Probably.
Written 26 February 2020
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ApplejackHospitality
Hey David, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate it. Here at The Botanist, we're a casual dining venue that ecumpases a worldly mix of tastes and concepts. We use fresh, seasonal ingredients to curate colourful dishes and vibrant flavours with a Mediterranean flare in our share-style menu. Thank you for your kind words on our venue, we are very proud of it ourselves and glad to hear this comes across to our guests. Your comments on our wine list have been noted, thanks for the feedback. Our wine list along with it's extensive offering has prices to suit as many of our guests as possible and we pride ourselves in working with suppliers that share our vision in a sustainable future, so our products are only of that quality; that's where we set ourselves aside to other Sydney venues. Once again, thank you so much for reaching out and we are glad to hear you would return to us. Warmest regards, Matty and The Botanist team.
Written 28 February 2020
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MrPukster
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 friends
All four of us really liked the food, everyone was happy,mp but some of the share dishes were too small. A potatoe and lentil dish only had three pieces of potato. A dish of gnocchi with 7 small pieces of gnocchi with garnish $24. In effect 1 person had one piece of gnochhi as part of that share dish. Undoubtedly the food is great but there needs to be a balance between the price of the dish and what is delivered to the table.
Written 31 January 2020
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ApplejackHospitality
Hey @MrPunkster. Firstly, please let me thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experience with us, we really appreciate it. Please accept my sincerest apologies that on your visit you found some of the dishes short on value for money, this is absolutely not what we're about at The Botanist. As much as I am glad you enjoyed your food, I would love to be able to make this up to you, please reach out to me at matty@thebotanist.com.au so i can arrange doing so. I have also spoken to my head chef to investigate these shortfalls so another guest does not have this issue. Thank you for bringing to my attention and I very much look forward to hearing from you. Warmest regards, Matty - General Manager.
Written 3 February 2020
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PatandVal
Sydney2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 friends
We’ve had a wonderful evening tonight at The Botanist, such lovely staff and delicious food. So very thoughtful attending to my dietary requirements - including the individual servings to ensure all was pregnancy safe, you really feel welcomed and well looked after. We come here every year to catch up with girlfriends and will continue the tradition. Thank you so much for a lovely evening!
Written 4 September 2020
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ApplejackHospitality
Hi Patandvallie, thanks for joining us the other night. We are thrilled to receive these wonderful comments and I'm glad to hear you were well catered for. We are lucky to have some wonderful chefs who can offer a diverse range of delicious dishes and be flexible for individual needs. We look forward to when you next visit. Luke and The Botanist team.
Written 9 September 2020
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Nice2Know2
133 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
It is not good value and the banquet was lacking to say the least. There seemed to be a lot of food but the table was very narrow so was all along and brought very quickly so while the table seemed full it was a bit like trying to have all your guest's entrees and mains squeezing onto the table. Were also cajoled into the drinks package - again - I would never want to do that again - wine was not great and while the first glass came quite quickly, follows ups were slow and twice someone from our table had to get up and ask for a refill. It was disappointing as when we have been as a couple of small group where we can order from the menu it has been fine.
Written 5 December 2021
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Sam O'Sullivan
Hi Nice2Know2, We're sorry to hear your dining experience with us with a large group wasn't the same is has been when you've dined in smaller groups. We appreciate your feedback on the size of the table and how having a few plates coming out too quickly can make it a bit of a squeeze, it's one of the areas we try our hardest to accommodate, its one of the difficulties of having smaller tables with larger groups. We offer the drinks package as an alternative and isn't mandatory for larger groups, but still we strive to be attentive at all times even during this busy period. Feel free to reach out to me personally on sam@thebotanist.com.au if I can assist further. Sam and The Botanist team.
Written 8 December 2021
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GeeKay33
Keramas10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
While the wait staff are friendly and helpful and the decor fresh and stylish, I was very dissapointed with this place. The menu sounded delicious but few of the 8 dishes we ordered were good. Standouts were the cauliflower and chicken. Everything else was poor especially the extremely overcooked and salty trout tail and squid dishes. Drinks were pricey and ok but not fantastic.
Written 7 January 2020
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ApplejackHospitality
Hey @GeeKay33. Firstly, please let me thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we welcome both types of feedback so we can learn and rectify anything we have fallen on. I must say although I was surprised to hear that's how you felt I would love the opportunity to learn from you where we went wrong and be able to get the opportunity to make it better. My email is matty@thebotanist.com.au where you can reach out and let me know about your experience. I very much thank you in advance for your time. Matty - General Manager
Written 8 January 2020
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Chloe c
Greystanes25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 none
Went on a sunday for lunch with friends and I was really impressed. We decided to get the banquet as there were 7 of us. I found that there was more than enough food. The banquet also provided excellent variety. For $65 per person, it was quite good considering the location of the restaurant. The steak was a highlight, it was so juicy and delicious. Also could highly recommend the squid, was delicious. The cocktail list was also very impressive. I would love to return. They also had live music as it was a sunday afternoon which added to the experience.
Written 18 September 2022
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Sonia Q
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 friends
We organised my friends Hens there with a flower crown workshop. Matty was the one in charge of organising our event and was always very quick to reply when we had any enquiries. When we arrived we thought that the space we were given seemed a little bit smaller than what we expected but to our surprise we managed to fit everyone there though a bit cosy. Staff there were super friendly and very attentive despite being extremely at the time. We had a few last minute dietary requirements and they were very accommodating. We had some nibbles after the workshop and the food was very good! Definitely will be back!
Written 9 March 2020
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lukek473
Hi Sonia, It was a pleasure to host you and your wonderful ladies. I am pleased to hear you had a great time with the Flower Crown workshop. The crowns you all made looked fabulous. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Luke - Assistant Venue Manager
Written 11 March 2020
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Oscar312hey
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
We came in without a booking to a practically empty venue in the arvo. Waiter was pretty volatile, and sat us in the hot restaurant. We didn’t get served for 20 minutes while he chatted with the bar tender, and scoffed when we asked for table water. We left after he forgot the water. OMG WE WONT BE BACK!
Written 9 January 2021
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Applejack Hospitality
13/01/21 - Hey Oscar, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we strive to improve improvement and always welcome both negative and positive feedback. I would love to get the chance to discuss this with you further and welcome you to get in touch. My email is matty@thebotanist.com.au and i very much look forward to hearing from you. Kindest regards, Matty - General Manager. 21/01/21 Hey Oscar, I just wanted to follow up on your review. Having not heard back from you I had wanted to reach out again the hope of shedding a little more light on the situation. Since your initial review I have investigated this with the team and reviewed our CCTV. On Sunday 10th January the temperature was 29 degrees, so most certainly a hot day. We do our very best to control the climate in the venue and boast about our air-conditioning we have. There are, of course, days our air- conditioning can only do so much to alleviate the heat. I believe you were offered a seat in our bar area for drinks but instead requested to sit in our dining room? I can see you that when yourself and your other three guests came in at 4:18pm you were greeted straight away by a team member and seated. So far we have been unable to gain your perspective on the situation and would love to persue this further. From our understanding it seems that after you being seated at a table in the dining room, as per your request, you then relocated to another table, closer to one of our entrances after being seated for 10 seconds. Having only one person on the floor during a quieter shift does mean we have a lot of steps-of-service we are following, even with having five other tables in the venue. I can see that after our server attended one table then they proceeded to clean and reset the table you had originally been seated on before moving. This is obviously a priority of ours with current COVID regulations and restrictions and are unable to seat any new guests at a table where others have previously been sat, even if they have not used any of the items on the table. I can understand this may have presented as offensive, and if that was the case, I am truly very sorry you felt that way. I hope however that this demonstrates how seriously we take Covid-19 regulations, especially after being an industry hugely affected by the virus. It seems after clearing your previous seating area yourself and your group left the venue whilst we were at another table providing service. I can see that you were in the venue in total for 8 minutes whilst this misunderstanding occurred. I would like to be able to have a chance and welcome you back to the venue to experience all that we have to offer and to be able to see what we're truly about. I apologise that I have not had the opportunity to speak with you directly but hope to welcome you back as guest in the future. Kindest regards, Matty, General Manager.
Written 20 January 2021
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DoloneC
Sydney1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 friends
I had dinner here with 2 friends recently. We were very disappointed with aspects of the food and service. We complained about the flounder special dish, which was $60. We got a really small tail piece with lots of bones, and the fish and sauce didn't have much taste. A person who appeared to be the manager came and said to us that as we'd eaten 3/4 of the piece of fish, he couldn't take it back but would offer us dessert for free. It was untrue that we'd eaten 3/4 and told him so - the piece was so small to begin with! We took the offer of free dessert, but then when we checked the bill, found that we were being charged $90 for the fish! This got corrected when we pointed it out, but it seemed to be a sneaky attempt to charge us for dessert (about $15 each for the 2 plates we had). All in all, this was really underhanded behaviour and ruined the meal for us. We won't be returning to the restaurant.
Written 26 February 2024
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M H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 family
The service was quick and friendly. We ordered 4 entrees 2 and cocktails all of which were absolutely delicious. It was reasonably expensive but considering the area and what we ordered I thought it was very fair pricing. The food and drinks also came very quickly and when finished I didn't feel as though we were being hustled out of the door.
Written 6 February 2024
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D D
Sydney69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
Visited the restaurant for Sunday lunch and enjoyed it very much. Service was excellent and we were made to feel welcome from the time we entered (the team look happy to be there !). The share plates blend in well with the casual vibe. Only reason I have not given 5 Starts is that one of the dishes we ordered was missed (the staff were very apologetic and offered to correct it). Great place to catch-up with friend and will definitely be back. Enjoyed the live music - nice touch
Written 6 June 2022
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