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The Botanical

169 Domain Rd | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
+61 3 9820 7888
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good40%
  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
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“hanger steak” (6 reviews)
“confit” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
Australian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
169 Domain Rd | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
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1 - 10 of 257 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

In planning our first visit to Melbourne, I had gotten several recommendations for “the restaurant at the Botanical Garden,” which turned out to be Botanical, 169 Domain Rd, Melbourne. The restaurant has a lovely little “shop-like” entrance, and sidewalk seating for its “bistro,” but that...More

Thank The_Loup_Garou
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A colleague invited me to The Botanical for an early dinner. It has a smart bistro feel and an enticing menu. Had the hanger steak special - excellent. A nice IPA before dinner and a Vic Shiraz with the steak - very happy. Service was...More

Thank richmet
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your kind words! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us, and we hope to see you back again soon. Cheers, Lucy

Reviewed July 14, 2017

We had just spent 2 glorious hours wandering around the Botanical Gardens on an unexpectedly mild Melbourne April afternoon and were looking for a beer and a snack. Exiting the South Gate, drawn by cooking aromas & relaxed conversation, we were spoilt for choice with...More

Thank Rob468
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Rob, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your Sunday meal and we do hope that you give us another chance one day. Thank you, Lucy

Reviewed June 17, 2017

A Saturday night out with friends so we decided to go back to an old favourite. My wife & I hadn't been here for years and were really looking forward to it. Although busy certainly not full, and we were quickly seated. This is still...More

Thank 3644jv
Reviewed June 10, 2017 via mobile

There was no pig on the menu but that was made up by the waiters attitude ..rude and arrogant . Appalling service . Food was ok .. tuna loin entree .. not sure I have ever seen a loin of tuna before ...award winning no...More

Thank DownunderBob
Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

We visited The Botanical on a warm afternoon and were greeted with lovely balcony seating and great service. Had a great time, enjoyed the food, but found the wine list was over the top pricey!

Thank guinan15
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. It's great to hear you loved your time with us, and we will endeavour to take your suggestions regarding our wine-list on board. Thank you, Lucy

Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

The Botanical was a great favourite of our family back in the days when owned by Chris Lucas. Then it slowly faded. We never really enjoyed the re-arranged front section and disappeared bottle shop. But this night we decided to book the restaurant and we...More

Thank VedoGlobo
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. It is great to hear that we have exceeded your expectations! We hope to see you back again soon. Thank you, Lucy

Reviewed May 20, 2017

Varied menu...good food... a little pricey but then it's probably one up on standard pub food and the service is fast and good. Suitable for all ages, a little nosy but a cosy welcoming atmosphere.

Thank JG3149
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. It's a pleasure to see that you enjoyed our food offering and service. We hope to see you back at The Botanical soon. Thank you, Lucy

Reviewed May 12, 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is AMAZING. HANDS DOWN the best service I have received in Australia (and I live here) STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

Thank Ellandra L
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2017

Hi Ellandra, Thank you so much for your kind words, it really is a pleasure to hear such great feedback about our staff and service. Hope to see you back at The Botanical shortly! Thank you, Lucy

Reviewed April 20, 2017

Firstly, I could not believe how dark it was. So hard to read the menu!! Next it is noisy but many places are these days. The staff were great but the food...OMG. My fancy worded entree was lumps of cantelope with a big round ball...More

1  Thank Kerri H
Lucy M, Public Relations Manager at The Botanical, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2017

Hi Kerri, We're very sorry to hear you did not enjoy your meal here with us. However, I am happy to note that we have just welcomed a new head chef to our team, who has resdesigned our dining menu. We hope this hasn't put...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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    Atmosphere
Average prices
$22 - $87
Meals
Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 Domain Rd | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9820 7888
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Description
The Botanical is a sophisticated drinking and dining destination, perfectly situated on the edge of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Our Bistro is perfect for casual dining - with the doors opened to views of the neighbouring Royal Botanic Gardens you can sit back, relax and enjoy the South Yarra atmosphere. Our dining room celebrates provincial French and Mediterranean cuisine and incorporates only the highest quality, sustainable produce, paired with an award-winning wine list.For more serious drinkers, our extensive bar and lounge offers experienced cocktail bartenders and a step up in sophistication. Each of our five function spaces can cater for events of all kinds including private cocktail functions, product or media launches, dinner and corporate functions. With our close proximity to the Royal Botanic Gardens we are an ideal venue for wedding receptions.
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