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“Fantastic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Botanica

Restaurant Botanica
555 Hermitage Road | Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 6574 7229
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Ranked #2 of 56 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $42
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Australian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, 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.
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We chose this restaurant for our special birthday night and we are so very glad we did. The food was amazing! They catered for my wife's gluten free needs with care. The staff were so helpful and friendly and made us feel so welcome. The atmosphere was warm and romantic. We would recommend Botanica to anyone. Thank you.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Hi Steven,

That was such a lovely review, thank you so much for sharing it with us. The chefs are very proud of their artisan breads, for which they only use organic and biodynamic stone ground flours from Demeter Farm Mill in Gunedah, NSW. It is great to hear that your wife was able to enjoy the gluten free option that we have available. Thank you again for the recommendation.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Sydney, Australia
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“Another amazing experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The opportunity to get out of Sydney for the weekend was again made oh so special with lunch at Restaurant Botanica.
My partner and i were taken care of from the booking phone call .
When we arrived at the restaurant the service was welcoming and again made me feel like i could sit back and be apart of another great dining experience.
My thanks to Christie for her great service and taking complete and very well chosen control of our wine selection . The Riesling and Pinot were perfectly suited to our meals and our tastes
I had the Chefs amazing Beef Cheeks - words leave alot out of the experience of these as it can be better described by noting the smile on my face throughout .
We shared the Vanilla donuts with ice cream to finish which only added to my smile.
This was a good steady lunch too and with a wedding in there Private dining room i was really impressed with the staffs smooth service .
Fabulous new wines , new dishes and same top service do ,make it hard to go elsewhere.
Thank you .

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Hi Cameron,

Thank you for writing a wonderful review. Christie is very pleased to know that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. The Wagyu Beef Cheek is absolutely delicious and I think you are right in saying that there are no words that can explain how good it is. We look forward to your next visit to the Hunter Valley, so that you can dine with us again, and unwind from the hustle and bustle of Sydney once more.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Canberra, Australia
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“A perfect meal in a beautiful setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We couldn't have asked for a better first night to our weekend in the Hunter.

The quality of food at Botanica is exceptional. The wait staff were attentive and the wine list extensive. We enjoyed the entrées of soft shell crab and lamb, and the mains and dessert were all class. The extra touches throughout the evening made it a special meal.

What we liked best about Botanica is that despite getting all of the ingredients right, it remains friendly and isn't pretentious at all. The relaxed atmosphere meant for a very enjoyable evening.

A perfect meal. Thanks to the team!

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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Hi Nick,

The Restaurant Botanica team are proud to hear that we have delivered wonderful service and we're very grateful to you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review. We too think our wine list is fabulous and we're glad you were able to sample some of the gorgeous wines we have on offer. Hopefully your next visit to the Hunter Valley is just around the corner and we can share with you some more of the amazing wine and fresh produce the area has to offer.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Brisbane Australia
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 86 cities Reviews in 86 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
“Magnificent food; lovely surrounds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

What a wonderful night we four women had at this restaurant on a recent girls' weekend away. Food was superb and service exceptional and friendly. Compliments to the chef for lovely, fresh produce which tasted superb. We order the seared scallops and crispy skinned ocean trout as our entrees and the Hunter Valley beef fillet and Prosciutto wrapped veal as mains accompanied by a side dish of exceptionally fresh garden salad. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was busy however the service was A1. The bathroom was clean and had a lovely fragrance and used top quality hand wash. I couldn't fault this restaurant and can well see why it deserves its top Trip Advisor rating in this area. I would definitely return should I be in the Hunter Valley again.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for such a lovely review. It sounds like you had a wonderful night out with the girls, we hope that we can entice you back to the Hunter Valley and Restaurant Botanica, so that we can spoil you and your girls once again. Our lovely fragrance has been specifically designed for us by the wonderful team at Anvil Creek & Co and is unique to our venue. See you again soon!

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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“Birthday Celebration!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

What a fabulous time my family had here for my birthday!
We dined here for lunch on a very busy weekend and dined in the private dinning room. It was perfect. We had two small children so it was great as they could be a little more relaxed and weren't disturbing other dinners. The service was brilliant! Our waitress Claire was fantastic very attentive and extremely professional. My favourite on the menu- the herbed, prawn gnocchi and defiantly the soft shell crab for those sea food lovers!
Bring your friends and your family, they won't be let down.
Thank you Restaurant Botanica Team. We will defiantly be back.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Hi Debbie,

Thank you for choosing Restaurant Botanica to celebrate your birthday. The Harvest Room is perfect for small gatherings, where you can relax with your friends and family in a private area. We are very happy to hear that we were able to spoil you and your guests on your special day.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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