Botanic Gardens Restaurant - Sydney

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75 reviews
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Modern Australian
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  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating
Nestled in the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, the picturesque Botanic Gardens Restaurant is an enchanting venue offering open-air dining in exquisite garden surroundings.
Boasting wide wisteria-draped verandahs and spectacular leafy views, the restaurant doubles as one of Sydney’s most prized wedding and function locations.

The original 19th Century building facade is paired with sleek modern interiors, making Botanic Gardens Restaurant an unforgettable venue for any special event.
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Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Needs competition

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Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Gardens were just beautiful, the food was good and wine selection adequate

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Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely Fantastic. My wife and I went to the Botanic for lunch today to celebrate our 32nd Wedding Anniversary. We were greeted nicely at the door, the Manager had our details already on her computer. We were seated overlooking the pond.

We made our selection , and after a short wait the meals were served. OMG🤩 Divine heavenly food. , followed by a desert you would kill for.

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Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A spur of the moment to dine here and did not regret it for one moment. The staff were there but unobtrusive and very efficient. Would not hesitate to return, have already recommended to friends.

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Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Perfect location, great food & wine, friendly service, what more could you ask for ?

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Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Service was quite poor except for one person who seemed to be looking after everything. Entree was so small it was almost laughable. Main was good. Service too slow for drinks. Will not go again.

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Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I've visited a few times recently after maybe a gap of 10 years and it's back to what I experienced before - a very relaxing place.

The food is better than good, the wines well selected and the wait staff actually seem to enjoy their work which contributes to the relaxing atmosphere.

Besides, a walk through the gardens is in itself a brilliant experience.

I think it's quite a special place away from the "busyness" of today's Sydney

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Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The location is delightful, looking onto the Botanic Gardens and ponds below. The layout of the restaurant and its open air aspect make sure it ideal for a hot summer day. Food was good, although not exceptional, and service was reliable and friendly.

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Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We really enjoyed the setting and the pleasant stroll through the gardens to get there. It was a hot day yet it was refreshingly cool inside.

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Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a nice relaxed lunch after a stroll through the gardens.

Service was very friendly and attentive.

Food & drinks were very good and I thought reasonably priced.

I must go there more often.

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Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious, well-presented dishes served by friendly efficient staff. The barramundi was excellent and the desserts, with their botanic ingredients looked and tasted superb.

The wine list should include more by the glass choices, including champagne and pinot noir. And more Australian, (Tasmanian and Mornington Peninsula especially) rather than Marlborough New Zealand, wines.

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Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It was the 4th or 5th time we’d booked this restaurant - generally when overseas or interstate visitors are in town, so we had high expectations. Whilst the menu looked appealing the food didn’t match it, and we left slightly hungry (we ordered entrees, mains and sides) but mostly disappointed.

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Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The food and coffee were average. I ordered a very expensive Eggs Benedicts and left the restaurant hungry, because the plate was so small.
My mum had a Acai Bowl, which was good.
The overall experience was fine, but we paid too much for what we got. Would recommend to just take to-go coffe from the Cafe and walk through the botanical gardens.

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Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I had an excellent lunch on 27/12 and the service was excellent. The girl (can't remember her name)who served us was very good - even offered to get us an ice bucket for our shiraz!

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Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings - botanic gardens are exceptionally lovely
Tasty food, well presented

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Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Interesting menu with a good blend of standards and some innovative options. Wine list is reasonable in range and price. Service was slow to start - I think we fell between two waiters zones. Once we ordered service was prompt and friendly. Great outlook, smart interior made experience great overall. Our 4th visit, no duds so far - recommended.

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Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely Christmas Eve lunch here. The food was excellent, service so so (considering it was after the Christmas rush- they did fine). A few meals were late but this was quickly solved.
The duck pate was excellent, the prawn curry also and of course the Zucchini flowers.

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Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very small servings. Things tastes great, but value is very poor.

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Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was nice, the service was horrible. We were the only ones there and we didn't even get as much as a smile let alone service.

The manager or owner (couldn't quite tell what his position was) was rude. I saw a poor women who must have had some disability just walk in and his response wasn't very nice.

Shame because the restaurant is beautiful in a beautiful area.

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Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place but more variety in the offer available in the menu (brunch in particular) would be appreciated. The eggs were not fantastic and you pay more for the view than for what you actually get on your plate. The atmosphere was quiet and pleasant and the service was OK. It is not bad but you would expect better.

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JH
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Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful spot to take OS guests for lunch.
Excellent service, and a good choice of Australian fare including kangaroo and Barramundi.

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Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good and a nice space between each table gave the feeling of some privacy.

A couple of letdowns:

1. The service was very slow, there was simply not enough staff on at lunchtime

2. There was lipstick on my water glass

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Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All good - window table, attentive staff, short but adequate wine list, imaginative and brilliant food.
No rush, guests all full and happy, then a gentle stroll through the gardens for the train home. A delightful afternoon.

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Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a wonderful leisurely lunch at Botanic Gardens Restaurant. The food was magnificent, classic with unusual twists. The views were lovely, lush green lawns, tranquil lake features & tree tops from every angle. The ambience was formal yet relaxing. The service could probably have been a little more attentive. I have already recommended the restaurant to family & friends & plan to return with my husband for a Sunday lunch soon. Overall - wonderful!

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Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Our attempt to brunch at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant with a group of 8 people was a disaster. On arrival, we were told that our booking had been cancelled because the restaurant had been booked for a private function. Staff said that someone would have attempted to advise of the cancellation -- however, we did not receive any prior advice. It appears that this restaurant has "form" in this regard. I have found an online review that says the same thing happened on August 18. Avoid this place.

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Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

I used to admire the fine dining , but was quite disappointed this time with the food. Just wondering If they have got different chefs ?
Also they put us 3 diners into a 2-people seating table even the restaurant was not packed.

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Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

We were seated at 1.00pm . Our meals came at 2.30pm after we complained that 5 tables arrived after us and had been fed before. The manager informed us the kitchen overlooked our order. I could tell the kitchen had thrown our meals together any old how because the manager got annoyed with them. I could not get a bill. The manager followed me to the toilet threatening to call the police unless I paid the bill. He threatened to call the police as I raised my voice to complain. A total disaster!!!!

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Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had lunch here on the most perfect Spring day so the ambience was delightful. My companion and I both had the lamb for the main - it was absolutely delicious. We finished off our meal with the Sweet Addiction dessert, beautiful. Noise level was the only distraction - a couple with a child was seated next to us and the child circled the table throughout the meal.

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Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Unfortunately we had been previously during the week and the service and food was exceptional- yesterday was a total disappointment! It was for a special occasion and whilst the venue was lovely we had untold issues- hair in the main course which we waited 1 and 3/4 hours for and then cold coffee!
Whilst they replaced the coffeee unfortunately it was 3 strikes!

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Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

looks like it is as understaffed , staff was struggling to take orders and appeared to be stressed

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Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious meal, attentive service, beautiful setting. It made for an enjoyable Sunday brunch.

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Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Brunch was very ordinary. Sauce on the eggs Benedict was oily and not freshly made.$24 for a bought muffin, 2 eggs, bacon and that sauce. No fresh juice available. $4.50 for juice poured straight from a bottle. Partners
Shakshuka was not baked eggs, just sauce with poached eggs thrown on top. We were served by 3 different staff. After they took our plates away no one came near us to offer coffee or anything further. I also had to get the bill myself. Very disappointing!

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Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The setting and the food were wonderful. Set amongst the scenic Botanic Gardens it is an absolute gem. The food was delicious and fairly priced. Looking forward to returning soon.

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Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, menu choices and friendly, efficient staff. Wine and food served in a timely manner. Excellent desserts.

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Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food with a beautiful view. The lamb rump was superb. The service was excellent too, friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back!

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LS
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Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Very disappointed , we had to keep asking for service , to order etc. Meals came out separately so we were all eating at different times very annoying, no apology given. Eggs Benedict and cheese n tomatoe croissant very basic and small portion for the price.?” It was my husbands birthday , restaurant was not busy at 11am ... spoilt our day actually. We were Not asked about how our meal was when I paid ...therefore no tip! Will not recommend your restaurant to friends

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Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely superb experience, great atmosphere, food and service. Highly recommended. We'll definitely come back.

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Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Service not overly friendly, everything feels like an effort when asked for assistance.
Menu could be more variety rather than just mainly fish on the menu.
Nice looking venue just lacked soul and passion with food.

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Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Special occasion lunch that met expectations. Mains are smallish for the price but everyone enjoyed them. The lamb serving was particularly small for the price but tender and flavoursome. The tomato entre I had for mains was sufficient in size and beautifully presented.The oysters, charged per item were fresh. Octopus a bit tough but prawns tender. Desserts are a highlight and didn't disappoint. I would recommend the Botanic for food and the beautiful setting.

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Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful service, great views over the Botanic Gardens, great value. Will definitely return. Mentioned a special occasion on the reservation request and received a complementary glass of Bubbly on arrival👍

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