Botanical Hotel

South Yarra's local serving up sophisticated dining in a relaxed yet refined setting.
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Published on August 21, 2014
Updated on November 08, 2023


The Botanical Hotel on Domain Road is your one-stop shop for eating and drinking. The venue serves as a brasserie, bar, wine store and has private event spaces. It is equal parts post-run pit stop and a place to watch the footy on a Saturday night. The average South Yarra local can keep fed and watered without even having to venture to Chapel Street.

The local joint opens at 7am seven days a week, serving up grab-and-go meals for breakfast. You can choose between bircher muesli, banana bread, bacon, egg and cheese on an English muffin, Penny for Pound croissant, Wonder Pies and more.

Come lunch or dinnertime, punters can make their way to the brasserie for a modern Australian bar and grill. Highlights include 28-day aged (in-house) Aussie beef, local seafood platters, substantial sides (like lobster americane mac 'n cheese and beer battered onion rings) and unique desserts like deep fried coconut and passionfruit ice cream, pineapple tarte tatin and lemon bombe Alaska. All are paired with an award-winning wine list, a range of cocktails, craft beer, and local and imported spirits.

The main marble bar is in the heart of the venue, serving up a wide selection of drinks — there's also a Happy Hour from 4pm–7pm, Sunday to Thursday. During the warmer months, the leafy courtyard is heaving with punters. During the wintertime, they cosy up with a rum by the fireplace. The cocktails range from the classics to house versions, like the Southside Sunsets with Beefeater gin, Joseph Cartron apple, lime, cranberry and mint.

If you can't stay a while, the Botanical Winestore and Grocer offers a selection of pre-batched cocktails, wine, beer, spirits, coffee and even butchered meats. You can also order Grab and Go meals online for pick up, which is ideal for locals' quick lunch runs or post-work quick dinners.

Updated October 25, 2023


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