We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
169 Domain Rd | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
+61 3 9820 7888
08:00 - 01:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 08:00 - 23:30
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

254 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 251: English reviews
Level Contributor
119 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW via mobile

The Botanical was a great favourite of our family back in the days when owned by Chris Lucas. Then it slowly faded. We never really enjoyed the re-arranged front section and disappeared bottle shop. But this night we decided to book the restaurant and we were very pleasantly surprised. Food was to a very good standard and service was above... More 

Thank VedoGlobo
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Varied menu...good food... a little pricey but then it's probably one up on standard pub food and the service is fast and good. Suitable for all ages, a little nosy but a cosy welcoming atmosphere.

Thank JG3149
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is AMAZING. HANDS DOWN the best service I have received in Australia (and I live here) STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

Thank Ellandra L
Greater Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Firstly, I could not believe how dark it was. So hard to read the menu!! Next it is noisy but many places are these days. The staff were great but the food...OMG. My fancy worded entree was lumps of cantelope with a big round ball of cheese. The red wine reduction, was decoration only along with 2, break your teeth,... More 

1 Thank Kerri H
Bendigo, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Nice venue, excellent service, however expensive & THE worst steak (sirloin) I've had for years!! ...several others in our group commented same! ...won't be back!!

1 Thank Rodney S
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this review

Hi Rodney, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback, and we are glad that you enjoyed the service despite the disappoint with your food. Please rest assured that we have passed your comments on to our kitchen team and will endeavour to rectify the situation. We hope to see you back at The Botanical once... More 

Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We took my mother in law on a Saturday afternoon. The restaurant section was pretty quiet as I think most people were in the cafe bit at the front. The food was good. I had a nice steak. Premium pricing, but just about reasonable. The wine list was excellent with a good selection of interesting international wines by the glass... More 

Thank MarkG78_12
Greater Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The atmosphere looks good but the restaurant was incredibly noisy. The fish we had was good but very small, same for the chowder, the steak had no taste and both came with nothing else so you had to order all your sides separately. A food allergy was taken into account but although a separate sauce was promised, it never arrived.... More 

Thank cloche2015
Mornington, Australia
Level Contributor
159 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Eating available on the street or main bistro just inside the entrance. This is normally quite busy so if you find it is full you may keep pushing through in to the bowels of the hotel where you will find a much quieter back bar (before you get to the function room) where you can also order food without the... More 

Thank johnnoshungry
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

I am terribly disappointed in this establishment. As a customer I was accused of being belligerent because I asked in a jokingly manner if I could please have the other drink I'd ordered. Furthermore I discovered that people who were not associated with me but had ordered a similar drink were refused service. This is disgraceful. The bar staff were... More 

Thank Caroline Y
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
89 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is a nice location. The table sizes are not really big enough to a meal but better suited for refreshments only. If you have a bigger group it would only work if you got a separate room booked.

Thank Maria F

Travellers who viewed The Botanical also viewed

Melbourne, Victoria
Melbourne, Victoria
Melbourne, Victoria
Yarra, Greater Melbourne

Been to The Botanical? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$22 - US$87
Australian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 Domain Rd | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9820 7888
The Botanical is a sophisticated drinking and dining destination, perfectly situated on the edge of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Our Bistro is perfect for casual dining - with the doors opened to views of the neighbouring Royal Botanic Gardens you can sit back, relax and enjoy the South Yarra atmosphere. Our dining room celebrates provincial French and Mediterranean cuisine and incorporates only the highest quality, sustainable produce, paired with an award-winning wine list.For more serious drinkers, our extensive bar and lounge offers experienced cocktail bartenders and a step up in sophistication. Each of our five function spaces can cater for events of all kinds including private cocktail functions, product or media launches, dinner and corporate functions. With our close proximity to the Royal Botanic Gardens we are an ideal venue for wedding receptions.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Botanical staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?