Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

4.5
488 reviews
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Modern Australian
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  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
Our love of the botanicals used in Vermouth led to naming our restaurant after the first English botanist to hit Australian shores. Sir Joseph Banks became the leading English authority on Australia & the botanical names he left behind are his legacy. Our food philosophy is based around the abundant Mediterranean table, where family and friends gather to enjoy a shared style meal. We believe every great meal should start with some snacks & an aperitif and of course our beverage of choice is Vermouth!
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all really enjoyed Banksii. Definitely be back!

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KH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great experience and service whilst we celebrated our Anniversary over lunch! Thank you !

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LR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was incredible, we dined for lunch and service was wonderful too. We will be back!

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SD
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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

A pleasant experience. Food was generous in portion size, and presented well. Wait staff could have provided a bit more suggestion on what to order.

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NM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Friday night dinner. Modern with warmth, fresh artisan style. Vermouth aperitifs were sensational. Very good helpful service. Really appreciate being moved to a pleasant seated bar area for dessert when our booking slot had finished. Barangaroo really has lived up to its promise. Only point to make is I'd love a tad more description with the menu, just because I like to know what goes in to make the dish work so well together.

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CK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

After we sat down, the wait staff were lacking in attention. We had to wait a bit to get their attention and order our food. After the initial hiccup, it was all good. The atmosphere were nice but can be noisy. The food were phenomenal and good value of money. We love all our dishes but my friend and I loved the chicken pate. Honourable mentioned goes to the trout. I do wish we could have the table longer than 2 hours. This is the second time, I have been to Banksii. Definitely will recommend it to friends and family.

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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was brilliant - service, food, ambience. Highly recommend this restaurant for a lovely evening.

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KL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch. Service and food excellent. We will be back

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TK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was amazing from the minute we arrived. That standard continued without falter for the entire night. The food was exquisite; absolutely beautiful. The seared Kingfish exceeded expectations. The vermouth selection was wide and the recommendations were perfectly fitting. The knowledge of product and service of the staff is commendable. It wasn't too much, or too little, and I left feeling more elated than I have ever felt from a restaurant experience. Five stars, and most certainly will be returning again.

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J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and exceptionally friendly and helpful staff! We were even given a sweet little surprise when I mentioned we were celebrating an anniversary to make a most memorable night.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious fresh food. Very accessible menu with something for everyone.
The trifle is amazing.

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PG
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very enjoyable, it was a beautiful summer evening and our request for an outside table was granted. Tasty fresh food and friendly service.

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TG
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

When a staff member is intuitive and engaging the restaurant shines. Di our waitress was phenomenal. She attended to all our needs, even those we hadn't recognised or verbalised. The rest of the staff could learn a lot from Di.
The beef was fantastic, as were the prawns.
Overall a wonderful evening.

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VC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We ordered drinks before the food and had to wait quite a while, and ask again. This was repeated the next time we ordered drinks as well. The food on the other hand comes so quickly we would have got food before drinks. Thats not ideal as we wanted to unwind and have a drink before eating.

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DT
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great ambience and service. I think the food lest it down somewhat - not that interesting or flavoursome.

It also came out incrediblky quick once ordered.

Would come back for drinks and nibbles ... but prob not a full meal.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great sharing-style plates which are ideal for groups, and the service was really good.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of the best restaurants in Barangaroo. Consistently good food and top rank service.

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MD
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were both amazing. Thank you for a great night.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, service and water side location.
Although food choices appear relatively good value, portions are small, and as result you need to order more.
I have to say my bill at the end, although accurate, was quite a shock!

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LS
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great and so was ambiance as I was told. I booked this for my husband and his friend and they loved it.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A great place to dine at Barangaroo, food is delicious, staff are friendly and helpful, great outdoor dining experience !

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SS
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was impeccable. We went with a big group and they dealt with it beautifully, recommending the right amount of food so we weren’t wanting more and we didn’t over order.

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a
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service - and we were surprised to learn that we like vermouth!

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VS
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fine dining at its best. Enjoyed all our sharing meals.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

We bought a huge amount of food and at no point did the waiter tell us the size of portions and that we might be over ordering. Two of us ordered enough for 5-6 people and as a ‘large main’ is not defined on the menu, he should have at least asked if we had been before and if not explained. Instead he asked if we wanted some sides, so we ordered some sides too thinking we didn’t have enough!
Very disappointing service! ...oh and the wine came wrong!

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PS
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, interesting ingredients, good vegetarian options and not too expensive.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, fantastic drinks and the most lovely staff.

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F
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely venue and divine food - hard to go past the sampling menu.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good food, you pay a bit of a premium being in Barangaroo and on the water, but we had a great meal and good service.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The gentleman who sat us was divine. Chatty, funny, charming. Our waitresses were less than desirable. Barely any smiles, not really listening, getting annoyed if we didnt do things on time etc. That was actually the only thing that pulled the evening down a notch. You're out on an evening where you've gotten dressed up, eating at a beautiful restaurant and decided to choose Banskii over other possible options and you get a sour puss waitress. Turns me off. I'm out to enjoy myself. Not to feel like I'm annoying someone. So as delicious as the food was - and it was, delicious - it's marred by someone who is meant to be in the service industry having a shot day and you literally pay for it. Not cool guys. I was going to say something and I thought just enjoy your evening, then leave.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Service was slow initially. Then all our food, entree and main course, came at the same time. Food quality was much poorer than on previous occasions. Disappointing as previous lunches have been excellent. Not this dinner !

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LS
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing and delightful. We had the macadamia starter which is devine, the sticky beef ribs, pork belly and the trifle dessert is a must

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m
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience. Colourful and creative food and who knew how interesting Vermouth can be!

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CF
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A very enjoyable location and experience for a Sunday afternoon brunch.

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MC
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Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service at Banksii is excellent . From the time you are seated the staff are exceptional, are attentive without being pushy and the meals are well spaced. As expected, on a busy Saturday night the noise level was a little high but was not to the point where conversation was difficult. The food is excellent and the shared plates were more than enough for three adults. The deserts are divine with the cherry trifle being highly recommended. On a warm summer evening, this restaurant should not be missed and appears to be ideal for smaller groups or couples.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is close to our work so its a fav but this was the first time Ive been for a 'long' lunch. We had the vegetarian menu and then added some ribs. The food was terrific and the flavours excellent. Probably had a few too many drinks but the service was so good we just didn't want to leave!

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B
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, a wonderful venue for a long lunch!

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PW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always sublime the pork belly, scotch fillet and kingfish were excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Overall excellent.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We went to Banksii for a birthday Saturday lunch. The food, drinks, atmosphere, staff were all great and we had a lovely afternoon. Have been to Banksii a number of times just for a drink too and always enjoy myself.

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