The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

4.3
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97 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Established in 2012, The Cottage Bar and Kitchen has become a Balmain institution. The expansive courtyard is the perfect urban oasis to enjoy a tipple while the beautiful heritage facade hides one of the best cocktail bars in the inner west and a plethora of cosy spaces to settle in and relax.
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.2
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4.5
Ambience
4.0
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m
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We really enjoyed The Cottage Bar and Restaurant .Its a great place to sit and talk in the sun . Lovely areas inside also. The food was very nice with generous servings. Loved my Nourish salad with crispy chicken breast.Will be returning soon!

N
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Wanted the love this place, menu online seemed great.
Arrived 7.30pm, everything was great. Waitress arrived, greeted us, etc provided us with menus and took drinks order. Drinks arrived quickly, which was great, but we were then hounded to order within minutes. We asked for more time, but she was back and wanting orders within minutes. We tried to order more cocktails, she took half of the tables order, then back wanting food order. We ordered food, to be told 2 dishes we wanted were not available and that we couldn’t order per person and that whatever we ordered would come out at the chefs discretion. We were fine with that, but then waited considerable time for 2 bowls of fries & 2 grilled (but not actually grilled octopus).
Then half the mains plates arrived, then 15 mins after that soggy pizzas arrived.
Frankly, we should of had dessert and coffee and more drinks but the table was frustrated and felt bullied so we left.
Should/could be great experience, drinks are great but staff are too pushy and timing of food delivery is ad hoc and not of the greatest quality.

GP
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service I have already recommended The Cottage to friends

J
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Service was terrible. We didn’t get our food at the same time so some of us were eating and the others were waiting an extra 30 mins extra. TThey had to share our meals because they were waiting for pizza and salad. Terrible salad for $12 just leaves with 1/4 apple and 4 pecans . Not worth it. Ribs were small serving for friend they felt ripped off. The girls could only have 2 glasses of mulled wine as u ran out. We had to stay longer than expected because of meals taking so long it made us late to another birthday drinks at another bar. My friends were really disappointed that I chose this Restuarant

LG
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Very enjoyable lunch - service was a bit slow, food was very nice-staff very pleasant
had a very enjoyable lunch

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a really nice setting. Lots of drinks and great service

ES
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the restaurant as a whole. Well decorated and friendly staff. We had a group of 6 and were given the private room behind the kitchen and it was fantastic.

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely venue, had a great time catching up here. A great menu, delicious cocktails and friendly waitstaff. Couldn’t fault it, will definitely be back.

C
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant was very romantic with the garden out front, fairy lights and lovely music to give it atmosphere. The food was delicious, generous servings and there was also plenty of drinks to choose from.

EU
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed lunch with friends. Great menu and ambience

k
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of Balmain's bests and we had such a wonderful time and Rob continues to run such a wonderful local gem!

KS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Ambience was great, nice comfy feel, courtyard area looked very inviting at night. Food was tasty, drinks especially wine selection was plentiful. Big spiel about share plates being served staggered which was a perfect idea, but in the end, they all came out within 5 mins of each other. As we were 3 females sitting at a small high table, we could not eat that fast or even fit all dishes on the table. The last dish (pizza) was kept under the heat lamp so was not the best by the time we got to it.

Otherwise, a good night was had!

NT
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a wonderful, character filled place with great service , fresh cocktails & amazing food. Nice, relaxed atmosphere with chilled live music & interesting rooms. Would highly recommend!!

m
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

i waited quite a bit for my meal after my friends had already eaten theres. but overall its really nice and would recommend it.

NC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Had dinner with my husband and two children (ages 8 and 10) on Saturday night at Cottage Bar & Kitchen - food, service and ambience divine. We ate at a high-top table in the front garden, if weather permits this is ideal spot. Great wine list!

CH
Sydney / NSW
18 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

An absolute favourite, always great way to have a casual night out with one or many friends.
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JB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great location in Balmain, we had a lovely friends' lunch there, wish all our meals could have been brought out at the same time (only complaint!)

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Disappointed to say the least. Booked table outdoors, got one indoors and it was hot, no aircon. Ordered oysters as part of our meal, didn’t get them even though we were charged for them.
Had enjoyed previous visits in the past. Won’t go back again

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, food & atmosphere/ambience. Perfect for a date night or dinner with a few friends.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

I had been here previously with friends & really enjoyed it. I went back with my husband to celebrate my birthday. It was extremely disappointing as the service was terrible. Aside from asking for our drinks order when we first arrived we were virtually ignored the rest of the night even when the waitresses came right next to our table to serve another table. We pretty much had to extract service out of the 2 waitresses who were in our area the whole night and it really spoilt the experience.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Love the cocktails option and field , lovely ambience for outdoor tapas

CR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Really great place and food but the music is sooooo loud inside that you can’t talk.

IF
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was very helpful and friendly.
Food was delicious 😋

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a conversation with friends, colleagues or family. The front garden looks onto lively Darling St but you don’t feel like you’re a part of the busy-ness whilst you sit amongst the leaves and have a drink/ something tasty to nibble. Quite a unique bar/kitchen and a great place to meet.

JS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Food is great, but the menu is limited. The place is small and fills up pretty quickly. Best to make a booking.
I found it smelled a bit unpleasant when we were there, but I seemed to be the only one noticing it (I do have a sensitive nose...). They have an open kitchen which allows the cooking & baking smell to roam through the restaurant.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice ambience, the food was very tasty. We went for Sunday Lunch with Friends and it was lovely, live music was an added bonus. A great place to spend a lazy Sunday Afternoon with friends.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a wonderful evening at the Cottage, selecting the Group Menu (1). We were thrilled with the quality and amount of the fantastic food. The service was also attentive and friendly.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to catch up with friends, eat shared plates, drink delicious rose and sing along to a fabulously talented live duo! Sundays at The Cottage are recommended.

RL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Really nice food as always. Waitstaff were friendly but disorganised - particularly with the drinks.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The first time we've been to The Cottage and we weren't disappointed. The cocktail menu is on point, the oysters and pork belly delicious and service was second to none. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a local gem!

J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute winner. Went for the live Sunday afternoon music and ended up enjoying one of the best meals. Great vibe! Great service! Fantastic food! First class cocktails!

The music as just OK on the afternoon. My guess is that it's hit or miss based on who's performing. Regardless, the live acoustic added to our experience.

Highly recommend...
Roasted Cauliflower w/ Baba Ghanoush
Warm Goats Cheese Dip w/ sukkah

Enjoyed the Arancini but would choose another option next time.

Pomegranate & Lychee Martini
Margareta w/ Cointreau

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

recommended by a friend and it didn't disappoint. The service was quick and friendly. The atmosphere was cosy and we loved the food.

RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The music is a tad loud for my taste and we would prefer regular chairs and tables inside rather than bar tables and chairs, but they are minor concerns. The food is absolutely amazing and the staff are very friendly and welcoming.

D
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere with live music and the lamb was spectacular !

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

The food was delicious but everything came out at the wrong time and all the courses were mixed up. The staff had no idea what they were doing. Overall, a disappointing experience for my partner's bday.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good range of share plates and flexible with the menu so we got our favourite cauliflower dish included. Recommend for groups.

i
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab place for a Sunday arvo in the sun - with live music from 1pm which was great (albeit a little loud at times). Food and wine was spot on! Loved it

G
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great location for a girly get together and nice vino.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

our group enjoyed the experience, good service, tasty food, drinks good, good atmosphere, comments were the lamb dish a bit salty, not enough vegetarian options, cocktail nice, sponge dessert nice, smoky salad good.

SU
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

5 of us enjoyed lunch. We shared 3 pizzas and 2 bottles of wine. Service was attentive and friendly. The Hoi Sin Duck Pizza is delicious!