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The Botanist

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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17 Willoughby St, Kirribilli, North Sydney, New South Wales 2061, Australia
+61 2 9954 4057
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00:00 - 12:00
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Mon 16:00 - 12:00
Tue - Sun 00:00 - 12:00
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Clinton
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Loved the food, the cozy atmosphere and history of the Botanist. A true neighborhood bar/restaurant that has a nice selection of appetizers and mains. Only negative aspect for me was the acoustics. A little loud so difficult to hear the conversation at your table.

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Thank Robin B
London
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80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Botanist was lovely, but a little over rated. The Excellent: service is outstanding. The decor and atmosphere perfect. The Good: drinks, comfort and majority of the food. The Poor: the pizza is disappointing. I would go back.

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Thank L M
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Botanist is a solid neighborhood restaurant for us. We usually go for the pepperoni pizza and beer. Cocktails are a specialty that we still need to try out. PROS: 1. Good food and service at a reasonable price. 2. Fun atmosphere (even the if the plants are fake). CONS: 1. Can get really loud. Go early if you want... More 

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Thank Tammy C
Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this little gem on a Sunday lunchtime after shopping with a girlfriend at Kirribilli Markets. We went to a shared table and order some share plates to die for.....prawn crackers and avocado salsa...haloumi with chickpeas and smokey eggplant and moroccan lamb ribs. All so delish....just lovely. Staff were fun and helpful, friendly +++. We had amazing gin cocktails and... More 

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Thank EKM62
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on a Friday night for birthday drinks and dinner. The menu is based on share plates, and they were really good. We had the guacamole dip, the beer battered fries were amazing, and we also shared the beef fillet plate, some chicken tacos, and the lamb ribs. The lamb ribs were not that great, and we didn't really enjoy... More 

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Thank Sanazzy
NYC
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213 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pros: Very good pizza in comfortable hip surroundings in tony Sydney neighborhood; good value in an expensive city; a bit off the main drag Cons: A bit off the main drag

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Thank mclpcm
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Having often walked past this restaurant and thought it looked lovely, we were delighted to have dinner with a small group of friends there on the weekend. From the moment we walked in, the service and ambience were fantastic. Staff were attentive and friendly, and the barmen whipped up some beautiful cocktails. As there were 6 of us, we chose... More 

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Thank henritan
Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We frequent he botanist often and have never been let down... until tonight. Me and my husband have never been so disgusted with service in any restaurant or eating establishment in our lives. We were seated at a communal table, and asked to be moved to a private table which had become vacant next to us - only to our... More 

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Thank ChocChipDean
Sydney
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Off to The Ensemble Theatre to see Odd Man Out (excellent) so booked at 6pm and let them know we had to be out by 7pm. Which was done without any bother! In addition the food was excellent - the shared plates came out in the right order - octopus then mullaway (very good) and finally the coup de grace... More 

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Thank Dropkick59
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

As ever the food and ambience was absolutely first class...my wife and I love this place and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy a great night out. However what really impressed me on this visit was the manager response to a concern we raised about one staff member who didn't exhibit the same level of service and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
00:00 - 12:00
Monday
16:00 - 12:00
Tuesday
00:00 - 12:00
Wednesday
00:00 - 12:00
Thursday
00:00 - 12:00
Friday
00:00 - 12:00
Saturday
00:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Willoughby St, Kirribilli, North Sydney, New South Wales 2061, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  North Sydney  >  Kirribilli
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9954 4057

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?