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“Delightful”

Restaurant Botanica
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Ranked #3 of 74 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$42
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Modern Australian yet regionally distinctive in style, the menu at Restaurant Botanica is focused on seasonality and freshness, perfectly complemented by an award-winning wine list and stunning views looking out across our private vineyard to the Brokenback Mountain Range. The restaurant's very own kitchen garden is the source of many of the herbs and vegetables that add a wholesome and healthy dimension to the dishes.
Sydney, Australia
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377 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Delightful”
Reviewed 1 May 2011

If you are spending a long weekend in the Hunter Valley and you are looking for a place where to have a very special delicious and gastro meal - look no further. Botanica is a beautiful space set in the heart of the charming Australian countryside, in the Pokolbin area. We made our way there on foot (we were staying nearby), in the pitch black under a star drenched sky.

Suddenly this vision appeared in front of our eyes: a candle lit intimate restaurant, which is classy but no stuffy. The service is friendly, professional and they really do go the extra mile (eg. they drove is back home at the end of the meal).

Importantly, the food is delicious and the menu well balanced. I had an incredible pork belly and scallops starter, amazing lamb as main course. The wine list, as expected, is fantastic and it will complement whichever choice you will make among the rich and opulent menu options. The dessert menu was not to my taste unfortunately- hence the 4 rather than 5 stars.

I went there with 10 people and we all loved it.

This place is ace and I will definitely be back.

  • Visited April 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best meal during our 3 weeks travelling round Australia”
Reviewed 29 April 2011

It was the last night of our holiday so we wanted a special evening. The Botanica was exactly that....the staff were delightful and the menu was a little bit different.
The chef sent out a lovely little amuse bouche, followed by a delicious dinner with the nicest wine we had tried in the Hunter Valley ( and we had certainly tried a lot!!) pudding was to die for!!
We can't wait to visit when we next return to Australia

  • Visited April 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Fantastic food while watching great sunsets over the vineyard”
Reviewed 12 February 2011

My husband and I had two dinners at Restaurant Botanica while staying onsite at the Vineyards Estate. We tried different dishes each meal and thoroughly enjoyed them all. We also did a bit of sharing and taste testing of each others dishes. The impressive wine list gave plenty of choice to suit our tastes. Chef - Mark and his team produced a delightful food experience each time. The restaurant is situated on a rise overlooking the venue vineyard and looking out across the valley to the hills in the distance. The sunsets while at dinner were fantastic. The staff could not be faulted for their attention to detail and unobtrusive friendly service.

  • Visited November 2010
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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“Best Meal in Australia”
Reviewed 14 January 2011

Just returned from a month trip to Australia and hands down the Restaurant Botanica was the best meal we had in travels all over the country. The entire dining experience could not have been better and would recommend on any trip to the Hunter Valley. Jeff R.

  • Visited January 2011
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sydney
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“Mouthwatering”
Reviewed 20 December 2010

Beautifully prepared meals, exciting, new, daring twists to familiar flavours...

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