Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

4.5
398 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • 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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
7 days lunch and dinner
Monday to Saturday Lunch 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Monday to Saturday Dinner 5pm - 9:30pm
Sunday all day dining from 12pm until 8pm
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Phone number
(02) 8072 7037
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Hamish Ingham
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Private Party Facilities
We have semi private indoor space for up to 30 guests and areas available for exclusive use on our outdoor terrace. Minimum spends may apply.

CANAPE EVENTS
Our bar area can hold up to 20 guests for an after work client meeting or a small celebration with the option of either a grazing table or a selection of canapes.

ENTIRE VENUE
A stunning waterfront venue by day or night, perfect for sit down dinners of up to 120 guests. We can create the perfect event for you with our canape & set menu options & beverage packs available. Start with aperitifs and canapes as your guests gather & then enjoy a sit down shared styled meal.

Our minimum spend can change seasonally. Please email our reservations team for more information.
10% service charge is added to the final bill on all group bookings of 10 or more guests.
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Private Party Contact
hello@banksii.sydney: (02) 8072 7037
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Mercantile Walk
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Public Transit
Wynyard Train Station
Barangaroo Ferry Terminal
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 398 People Are Saying
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MP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The quality and flavour of the food was outstanding and everything tasted fresh. Service was very professional and welcoming. Highly recommend for any lunch/dinner in a vibrant new area of Sydney.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my birthday and they gave me a little gift and sung happy birthday it was very sweet and the vegetarian food sharing menu was amazing!!! Thank you

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KM
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The maître de made the lunch so much fun- absolutely loved it food was amazing

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C
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

This is a nice restaurant however I wouldn't hurry back here. The service was ok, they brought out our starters and mains together which wasn't ideal as the table was very small and the food went cold by the time we got to then main. This is a rather pricey restaurant and I felt as though the service and food quality was not up to standard.

Average dinner experience.

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D
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious, we had the set shared plates and didn't want the experience to end.
The staff were all lovely, very personable and gave great wine and vermouth recommendations, a lovely thought was the gift of chocolate truffles for our anniversary on arrival.
We'll definitely be back...

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LP
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the tasting menu, and it was fantastic their best dishes and the quality/freshness was impeccable! Also very high price/quality ratio. Highly suggested.
The staff was able to suggest very good vermouth according to our personal taste, and there is a vast array when it comes to the wine selection

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SH
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! Could not have asked for a better experience for my dad's birthday - the food was phenomenal, the staff were so attentive and knowledgeable and seemed to really care about the restaurant and the food that was being served. Fantastic atmosphere and great location. I cannot recommend highly enough and will be coming back as soon as possible.

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M
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning food,catered to all kinds of preferences and dietary needs. terrific service. Will go again.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, another great experience at Banksii. Love the food and service.

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DT
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The staff were awesome, we were there for a friend's birthday but didn't notify Banksii. The staff still came out with a small gift and cake for our birthday girl. That is real service

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RR
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for Sunday lunch and opted to sit inside. Very comfortable and accessible . Started with a scintillating Vermouth (of course) and worked our way through a wonderful variety of share plates - such a great concept. Indulged in Affogato for dessert. Enjoyable and relaxing, great staff too.

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AM
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The Vegetarian Banquat was not worth the price. A very simple menu. Out of the 6 dishes they also used currants for 3 dishes. Seemed a little lazy. The macadamia dip was pretty yum and the risotto but not worth $79pp.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My friends took me for lunch for my birthday on the 19th (I had been here before & selected the restaurant) & Banksii did not disappoint. They loved the food , very fresh , filling but didn’t leave you feeling heavy. We all shared our food ,4 dishes & garlic bread. Also ordered 2 desserts which we all shared , they were delicious!
Look forward to going back.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely place for lunch. The shared plates are generous and delicious. My friend didn’t love the risotto and we told our server and they took it off the bill! Was busy - midweek lunchtime. Great location.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The team at Banksii went over and beyond to make me feel special for my birthday! The choccies, candle and voucher all added to an incredible lunch experience. The $35 lunch deal is amazing value and something I can't recommend enough. We will be back :)

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TG
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely fabulous service from the time we arrived to the time we left. We were pampered. They ensured our glasses were always full and engaged in banter on the table when invited to. Superb Cocktails ( you have to try the Dry Martini)
As for the food, seriously the LAMB and the BEEF RIBS were fantastic, great as shared plates.

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HH
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and wine, interesting cocktails with good service and comfortable high chairs.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful experience, had never been before but read the reviews.
Fabulous service and great food and drinks selection, have already highly recommended to both work and friends.
Would definitely book again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great food, but the service wasn’t the best – the waiters were a bit pushy to finish our food and order more drinks.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

can't be better. convenient location, nice food, kind service

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KG
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a very relaxed Sunday lunch shared plates were delicious and standard of service wine list and drinks available were everything you would expect of a good restaurant in a very casual setting. Loved it, thanks for making our family get together a good time.

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A
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was outstanding all evening. Prompt service was provided with beverage and food orders. The wait staff are friendly, welcoming and fun to talk to. Our waiter presented excellent suggestions on which foods would suit our needs and preferences. We had two share plates including the pork belly and ribs. Both dishes revealed interesting flavours that ignited our taste buds! The drinks were paired very well with our meal by the manager Mike. We were sad to leave as we had a show to attend. We look forward to booking again soon with some friends. Thank you for being attentive and considerate all evening. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I recently enjoyed a great night out with friends at Banksii. We started with sensational cocktails, and with assistance from Sommelier Mikey, navigated the wine list and found some some tasty and interesting wines. All of the food was share plates and each dish was original and delicious. Highly recommended!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Celebrated anniversary here with a pre theatre meal and drinks. Staff were fantastic and made us feel very special. It was fun and fabulous. Great food to share and plentiful drinks list with new cocktails to try. Definitely recommend.

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CB
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific lunch special, wonderful service, next to the water with indoor and outdoor dining options

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LL
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and service. My friend is vegetarian and they had a separate vegetarian menu with lots of good options. Very good cocktails.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Dined with some girlfriends. There wasn’t anything particularly bad or good about the experience. It just didn’t wow me. For $100 a head I would have expected more. Very loud. The hens party behind us with woo girls didn’t help.

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PP
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The host on Friday night was an absolute champion. Can’t remember his name but his service and banter was second to none. You guys could have made 100 mistakes and me and my date wouldn’t have cared. The waitstaff were lovely as well. Food and drinks were very nice but for me, the staff stole the show. Credit to the Banksii. I will be back

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CA
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impressive food, mid week specials can make it much more affordable but it is worth the money regardless, the vermouths are excellent and the staff are able to give recommendations

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PB
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good quality food and service. Enjoyed the lunch time experience .

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

What a fantastic dinner.....had the tasting menu which is great value and delicious as! Can't fault anything. staff were attentive but not intrusive.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service was amazing. My friends loved it and we will definitely coming back.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and extremely well priced - best value around. You’ll be stuffed. Rose vermouth was beautiful- dabbed a bit behind the ears, it was that fragrant 😉

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DM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We chose Banksii because of the menu particularly the vegetarian options. Our expectations in that respect were exceeded. The service was excellent too.

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L
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Over hyped. Food was disappointing for the price paid

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JS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The chicken liver pâté entree was very tasty and a meal all on its own. Unfortunately the crab lasagne was burnt so that spoiled the experience. The service was effficient however not very attentive or friendly - the person who served us looked more interested in the people walking past than listening to our orders. Taking the carafe of wine away every time after pouring, and then pouring the wine without asking whether we wanted to have more, is just not good service and wasteful.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Accommodated a pram / baby with no issues. Lovely food and attentive waiter

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LD
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Fabulous fabulous restaurant with incredible food. I love it...

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PM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extraordinary dining experience!! Joyful service and food prepared with great care and flair - goosebumps experience. Bravo!

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LA
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We had the set menu for 6 people. While we did enjoy the food, it was sent out way too quickly and found ourselves having to eat fast to keep up. We warned the restaurant ahead of time about a crustacean allergy ahead of time and it was great they acknowledged it, but they replaced the prawn option for 2 pieces of carrots?! We expected something of equal value and the person she was sharing with unfortunately missed out on the prawn option even though she isn't allergic. Overall, just didn't get out what we were expecting but it is still a beautiful restaurant.

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