The Cottage Bar & Kitchen
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!
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.
Great food and excellent service I have already recommended The Cottage to friends
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
Very enjoyable lunch - service was a bit slow, food was very nice-staff very pleasant
had a very enjoyable lunch
It was a really nice setting. Lots of drinks and great service
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.
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.
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.
Really enjoyed lunch with friends. Great menu and ambience
One of Balmain's bests and we had such a wonderful time and Rob continues to run such a wonderful local gem!
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!
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!!
i waited quite a bit for my meal after my friends had already eaten theres. but overall its really nice and would recommend it.
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!
An absolute favourite, always great way to have a casual night out with one or many friends.
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!)
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
Great service, food & atmosphere/ambience. Perfect for a date night or dinner with a few friends.
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.
Love the cocktails option and field , lovely ambience for outdoor tapas
Really great place and food but the music is sooooo loud inside that you can’t talk.
Staff was very helpful and friendly.
Food was delicious 😋
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Really nice food as always. Waitstaff were friendly but disorganised - particularly with the drinks.
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!
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.
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
recommended by a friend and it didn't disappoint. The service was quick and friendly. The atmosphere was cosy and we loved the food.
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.
Great atmosphere with live music and the lamb was spectacular !
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.
Good range of share plates and flexible with the menu so we got our favourite cauliflower dish included. Recommend for groups.
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
Great location for a girly get together and nice vino.
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.
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!