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“Beautiful”

Restaurant Botanica
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Ranked #3 of 73 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $42
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Sydney
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Stunning food, good value, great service. Every mouthful was amazing and all my friends agreed. Not to be missed

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank sydneysimpsons
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Hi Sydney Simpsons,

It is lovely to hear that you and your friends were able to enjoy our beautiful food and service. Thank you for sharing your review with us, we would love to invite you back to enjoy some more of our "stunning" food soon.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Hunter Valley, Australia
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Always great food and service. Definitely in the top 5 or 6 in the Hunter Valley. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank JWB300
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Hi JWB300,

Thank you for your "excellent" review. We are looking forward to your next visit and hopefully we can make that top 5, a top 3!

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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“Amazing food, wonderful service”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Loved ever meal we had, 2 breakfasts, 3 course dinner & an incredible 5 course degustation with matched wines - just perfect.

Visited August 2014
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Thank Wendy B
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Hi Wendy B,

Thank you for sharing your review with us. We're so glad to hear that you loved every meal you had at Restaurant Botanica. The 5 Course Signature Degustation is a lovely way to try many of our beautiful dishes and the matched wines are just perfection. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A restaurant NOT to miss !!”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

Ate at Botannica last Sunday evening. The last time I ate there was about 2 years ago and then the food was great but now Mark has ramped it up signbificantly. The presentation of the food was superb. I had Soft shell crab, Beef Fillet and Rocky Road - all were fabulous but I tasted some of the Pork Belly and WOW - I wish I had ordered it !!! The pork belly was not fatty - something that the wait ress said was a feature of their locally sourced pork. I cant wait to go back there again on my next trip and will make sure I order the Pork belly then !!

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank David G
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Hi,

Thank you for your review "A restaurant not to miss", we most certainly agree and it is lovely to hear that others do too! All of our meals are delicious, and you are not alone in thinking that the Pork Belly is amazing. We would love to invite you back to Restaurant Botanica so that you can order it all for yourself.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Sydney Australia
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374 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 521 helpful votes
“It is no wonder that this restaurant has been consistently voted the best in the Hunter!”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

What makes a restaurant number one in a region?
The ambience, the chef, the food, the staff, the management.
How does it stay number one?
Consistently maintaining the highest standards possible.
We dined at this restaurant in 2011 and at that time I gave it a five out of five.
It has won a number of awards since then but Botanica doesn't rest on it's laurels.
The evening we dined with a largish group, the staff were highly competent and friendly; service was excellent and the food top-class.
Besides the wide choice of dishes that our group selected, we were presented with a delightful amuse bouche before the entrée and coffee marshmellows to finish the evening - a great touch.
The Spicers Vineyard Estate is not around the corner from Pokolbin itself but the 15 minutes drive up Hermitage Road is well worth it.
If I could give the restaurant six out of five I would!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank WellTravelledAussie2
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Wow, 6 out of 5! That is a fantastic review, thank you very much. The whole team is extremely proud to receive such a great review. We are very fortunate to be situated in the Hunter Valley on Hermitage Rd, where we have a lovely outlook of the Brokenback range.
We are all looking forward to your next visit, so that we can deliver another 'top-class' evening for you and your guests.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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