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The Cottage Balmain

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342 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
+61 2 8084 8185
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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453 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were a table of seven for lunch. The venue is an old house set back from the main road in busy, trendy Balmain. Decor is pretty standard with no particular style; seemingly unrelated pictures on the walls made them appear as finds from bric-a-brac shops or cast offs from various owners. The wait staff are very attentive about the... More 

Thank Webster27
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72 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed one of the "Shared Feasts" at $55 per head. It was a great way to eat with a group of people as the food kept coming in nicely presented and sized portions. The lamb was particularly lovely as were the jumbo prawns.

Thank Sally H
Balmoral, Australia
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived for a Sunday lunch. We knew the cottage was not fine dining, but more a relaxed atmosphere with a contemporary menu, which was perfect for us! The restaurant is really cute and cosy and our server was very attentive. However, the food was pretty basic. We had the oysters (which were great) and shared the cured beetroot salmon... More 

Thank Steph T
Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came on a Saturday night when we were looking for a local casual feed. We always walk past this restaurant during the week and it generally looks busy, so we were curious to try it. But we left disappointed. The good parts: The fairy lights and the garden area out the front are sweet and true to the restaurant's... More 

Thank BJMU
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been back here a few times and had the pleasure of spending sunny afternoons in the courtyard listening to great musicians. Cocktails are of a high quality and always so many to choose from. The prawns and arancini are our favourite share plates. Highly recommend.

Thank Selina M
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic spot with friendly staff and lovely food. Love the outdoor garden and they have happy hour specials!

Thank Dianne D
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arancini was quite tasty however arrived lukewarm well before our drinks showed up. Charcuterie sounded great but was lack luster. The pizza was tough, with what felt like rubbery, cheap cheese. The staff seemed to all be backpackers more interested in chatting among themselves than waiting tables. It started to rain and customers attempted to raise the venue's umbrellas while... More 

Thank Stafford W
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking along Darling st we decided to try this restaurant for Friday dinner. The menu looked very varied and the outdoor seating in the garden was really nice. We chose a table outside close to the front. It felt cozy and quite intimate. The restaurant is a converted old house, and the garden is decorated with lights. Service was friendly... More 

Thank Fer W
Kiama, Australia
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87 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dined here a few times now and have been very impressed with the consistency of product and service. Always a pleasure to dine here. Highly recommend the banquet menus for small groups. They represent great value and are a well thought out selection of share plates.

Thank John S
Sydney, Australia
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Awesome local with a great wine and cocktail list. Seating in the garden and inside, great place for dinner or just for drinks.

Thank Georgina R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 22
Pizza, Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 342 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney  >  Balmain>  > Balmain
  • Neighbourhood: Balmain
  • Phone Number: +61 2 8084 8185
Established in 2012, The Cottage Bar & Kitchen feels like grandma’s farmhouse, with a mismatch of kitsch and vintage furniture and a unique courtyard, the perfect urban oasis for a tipple.
2017 see’s Head Chef Adam McCaughey join the team, bringing with him a wealth of experience & culinary prowess. Having mastered his craft at venues such as Attica, Rockpool 1989 as well as Noma Australia, the menu Adam has designed at The Cottage brings a subtle Japanese twist to Modern Australian share plates.
As the venue approaches it’s 5th birthday, we’re excited to share our passion for good times to be enjoyed with friends.

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Staying in Balmain

Neighbourhood Profile
Take the ferry to the inner west suburb of Balmain and be enchanted with this picturesque and eclectic waterside area. A stroll down Darling Street will take you on a tour of coffee shops, boutique delicatessens and shops offering wholefood products and organic cuisines. Yoga studios abound, and live music emanates from the hotels at night. As the place where the Australian Labor Party formed in 1891, Balmain has commonly been known for its “working class culture”. It has evolved into a health-conscious heaven with a laid back attitude, offering one of the most vibrant food and bar scenes in Sydney.
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