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Restaurant Botanica

Travellers' Choice award winner
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Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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555 Hermitage Rd | Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 6574 7229
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Wed - Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We've been to botanica a number of times now (almost every time we visit the hunter) and are always impressed with the beautiful food and wine. Most impressive is the changing seasonal menu and ingredients straight from the garden out back. Would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the hunter

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Thank Nicholas C
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

5 of us had the degustation and all food was to the greatest quality and prepared fantastic.Millie was our waitress and was the sweetest girl as she took me around to the cellar and educated me on the many wines they have on offer.The bill at the end was over 700 dollars but that was with matching wines as well... More 

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Thank davidyoung363
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The meal did not disappoint. Checked out trip advisor for best restaurant in the Pokolbin, and Botanica is one of the best. We agree! delicious food, beautifully presented and great service. We stayed a couple of nights at Spicers Hotel, which we also enjoyed immensely. Breakfast at Botanica restaurant is also a real treat. Highly recommend!

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Thank Kazzabeana
Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The chalkboard out on the road noted they did "relaxed lunches", so we did a quick u-turn and thought we'd check it out. An oppressive 45 degrees outside, we were thrilled to be greeted promptly and seated within a lovely, cool space. The environs are elegant but understated with a pleasant outlook over vineyards and the valley. The service was... More 

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Thank Jo B
SpicersVineyards, Manager at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review

Hello Jo B, Thank you for stopping in and spending the afternoon with us. Next time you are in the Hunter Valley we would love to have you back. We enjoy sharing our love of food and wine and are pleased that you enjoyed your lunch. I hope you have an amazing time at James Taylor tonight. Warm regards, Christie... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant on our last night in the Hunter and we were not disappointed. Food was delicious and fresh with a fantastic view over the vineyard. Would highly recommend.

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Thank Tim J
SpicersVineyards, Manager at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review

Hello Tim J, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for visiting us, we hope to see you again soon. Warm Regards, Christie Carberry Restaurant Manager More 

Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our lunch was booked in advance for 4 people (of which you need to leave your credit card details to confirm the booking, which is understandable). We arrived and were promptly seated in the area which has direct views over the vineyard and mountains beyond - very pretty. The restaurant itself was also nicely decorated and equipped with an envious... More 

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Thank freya691
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for somewhere to share a good meal with a group of friends visiting the Hunter Valley, I was after something a little special. After doing a bit of research ( & asking around) I decided on Botanica, in the Spicers Vineyard. In short "It was amazing." With 9 of us at the table the food seemed to arrive magically... More 

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Thank Mary P
Rockhampton, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food, wine, service and decor at this restaurant was exceptional. We both had 3 courses and all meals served were fantastic. They came out at perfect intervals as well. We went for lunch on a Sunday so there was live music which was superb, although a fraction too loud. Would definitely recommend it. We were surprised at how reasonable... More 

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Thank Leza T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our 5th visit to Botanica. Once again we were treated to the most extraordinary flavours, warm and informed service, and an impressive and thorough wine list. Our dietary requirements (gluten free pescataian) were handled with absolute class. I really feel that this is one of the best restaurant experiences I have had anywhere in the world. I would... More 

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Thank MandKSydney
SpicersVineyards, Manager at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review

Hello MandKSydney, Thank you taking the time to review our Restaurant. We are overjoyed that you had such a wonderful experience, and it is lovely to hear that you felt your dietary requirements were taken care of with care. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Christie Carberry Restaurant Manager More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Three courses of pure heavenly tasting food- lots of wine and staff were excellent and attentive. Intimate atmosphere with quaint decor- made for a perfect dinner in the hunter valley- even better when you stay at Spicers estate also and can roll up the 100m path to bed! Enjoy this 5* restaurant!

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Thank Fiona J
SpicersVineyards, Manager at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review

Hello Fiona J, Thank you for your review. It is great to hear that you had a wonderful time while dining with us at Restaurant Botanica. Our team enjoy sharing their love of delicious food and wine. We look forward to your next visit. Warm regards, Christie Carberry Restaurant Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 35 - USD 42
Cuisine
Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 Hermitage Rd | Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Pokolbin
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6574 7229
  • This restaurant is at Spicers Vineyards Estate
Description
Modern Australian yet regionally distinctive in style, the menu at Restaurant Botanica is focused on seasonality and freshness, perfectly complemented by an award-winning wine list and stunning views looking out across our private vineyard to the Brokenback Mountain Range. The restaurant's very own kitchen garden is the source of many of the herbs and vegetables that add a wholesome and healthy dimension to the dishes.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?