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“Leave the bistros behind!”

Restaurant Botanica
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Ranked #3 of 74 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $42
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
1 review
“Leave the bistros behind!”
Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We visited Restaurant Botanica with a large group for lunch. We'd spent the previous two days in Polkobin on a short stay getaway and had found the dining up till then overpriced and sub standard. A steak main at Harrigan's is comparable in price of the mains here! My friends had asked me to book us into somewhere that we could have our last meal of the trip. I did my research and made the booking at Restaurant Botanica. In one word, it is exceptional! From start to finish the food, service and wine were faultless. Our group was caught unawares to the quality of the experience having been exposed to the cafeteria style dining in the main tourist area but this is something far more memorable: the menu is obviously designed with expert knowledge and pride in produce, executed with finesse and delivered to your table by the most hospitable waitstaff I have encountered for a long time. Do yourself a favour, leave the bistros behind and spend your money here. You won't be disappointed!

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Thank Tracy L
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Hi Tracy,

We love a good recommendation, and we're glad in this case we were able to leave you and your guests with a wonderful lasting memory of the Hunter Valley. It would be our pleasure to invite you and your friends back to Restaurant Botanica so we can spoil you once again.

Kind regards,

Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Sydney, Australia
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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“9 out of 10”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

We ate here 2 nights ago and had a very enjoyable time. The ambience is perfect with a great decor, dim lights and fire burning brightly.

We started with a complementary and beautiful active sour dough bread and butter - which was very moreish, followed by a complementary kingfish appetiser which was delicious.

The scallops for starter were refreshing and tortellini with yamba prawns was nice.
The beef was delicious and very tender and the lamb had great flavours but was a little chewy.
The sides and accompanying vegetables were fresh and tasty and love that they were grown in their very own garden.

For dessert being chocolate fans we had the rocky road dessert which was good but not chocolately enough! The chocolate sauce wasn't rich enough!

Overall the experience of Botanica we rate as a 9 out of 10.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank stevemaximus
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Hi stevemaximus,

It is wonderful to hear you had such a lovely time at Restaurant Botanica. We also think our garden fresh produce is really special, and it is always a pleasure to see our guests enjoying it.
Hopefully we will see you again soon.

Kind regards,

Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A relaxed evening, fantastic food”
Reviewed July 3, 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.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank PGoricha85
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, July 21, 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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Sydney, Australia
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“Fantastic way to finish a Hunter weekend escape”
Reviewed July 1, 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.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Kat_p10
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, July 21, 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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Sydney, Australia
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429 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“top class resturant”
Reviewed June 30, 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

Visited June 2014
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, July 21, 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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