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“A relaxed evening, fantastic food”

Restaurant Botanica
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: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, 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.
Reviewed 3 July 2014

My partner and I had a very pleasant meal at Restaurant Botanica a few weeks ago. We were staying at the Chateau Elan and were worried about the drive out as we were told it was a fair distance. To our surprise the taxi only took 10mins. We had a warm welcome by the staff and a complementary glass of sparkling wine, courtesy of our hotel. The menu was fantastic and throughout the evening the staff were friendly and diligent. We were particularly amazed by the quality of fresh produce which we have struggled to find elsewhere in Australia. The beef we had for mains was beautifully cooked, the mushrooms were sourced locally and tasted fantastic. The cheese board included some of the best cheeses we have had in the country. The chef had obviously taken a lot of time to produce such stunning flavours through using a lot of their own grown produce. We have travelled through Australia over 2 years now and this is one of our top rated restaurants. We would definitely recommend Restaurant Botanica if you are staying in the Hunter Valley.

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Thank PGoricha85
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Wow, PGoricha85, what a wonderful review, thank you. It is so fantastic to hear that Restaurant Botanica is one of your top restaurants in Australia. Our focus is on fresh and organic produce (mostly from our own garden) lovingly prepared to showcase the freshness of the product. We would love to welcome you back to the Hunter valley and Restaurant Botanica so we can spoil you once again.

Warm regards,

Clare Bremerkamp,
Restaurant Supervisor

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

It's our second visit and it continues to exceed all expectations. The food, service, staff knowledge of the wine and menu has been amazing on both occasions. Timing and delivery of the food and beverages has been flawless. It has become our favorite in the Hunter. It's on our list for our next visit.

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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Hi Kat_p10,

Thank you for your wonderful review, It brings a big smile to the faces of everyone in the restaurant to hear that you enjoyed your experience so much. We hope the Hunter Valley can entice you back for another visit and that we may be able to welcome you back to Restaurant Botanica and our stunning wine region.

Kind regards,

Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We stayed here in 2003 for our honeymoon & returned to the restaurant. The food was exceptional and not badly priced, for the serving size. Any less it would have been expensive. Like all restaurants, the wine prices are over the top & people would dink more is it wasn't double or triple what you buy direct

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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Hello SimonSandra N,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are very proud of our food and glad to hear you thought it was exceptional. Look forward to spoiling you again soon.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp

Restaurant Supervisor

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

I went here for dinner with work friends and was met by wonderful friendly staff who not only provided excellent service throughout our evening but had a fabulous understanding of the menu and wine list and matched wines to our dishes and our preferred styles of wine. The portion sizes were perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed the stuffed zucchini flowers however the venison for mains was definitely the show stealer- DIVINE! The wines matched to these were definitely perfect and all of us remarked how prefect our dishes were- we had to have a mini try of each others! From the homemade artisan breads and amuse bouche at the start to the marshmallows with the bill- thought, care and passion has gone into this restaurant and dining experience, all that is left to say is- I certainly recommend this restaurant!!

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Thank HelenBarbour33
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Hi Helen,

Thank you for sharing your experience and for choosing to dine at Restaurant Botanica. We place a lot of emphasis on showcasing produce from our own extensive garden and promoting an organic and green country experience, and we're delighted to hear you were able to experience that. Hopefully we will see you again soon.

Clare Bremerkamp,
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Absolutely outstanding in every way, from the delightful staff to the fabulous food. We will probably be back tomorrow night. Thank you to all who made our evening so memorable.

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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Dear LittleHamlet, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. So glad to hear that you enjoyed the night of your birthday with us. It was our absolute pleasure to spoil you and your guests on your special day. We hope to see you again soon.

Clare Bremerkamp,
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