The Man


The Botanist encompasses a worldly mix of tastes and concepts. Situated in the heart of Kirribilli, the site pays homage to Gerard Fothergill, a well-travelled pioneer in the study of plants and spices and their medicinal qualities.

The Botanist has embraced Gerard’s legacy in the form of fine produce, exotic spices, the spirit of adventure and a thirst for knowledge, easily quenched with a well-poured Botanist gin, just as Gerard would have liked it.

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Gerard Fothergill was born in the small English village of Barrington in 1868. His early explorations, at the request of Queen Victoria herself, saw him travel through Southern India and the Western Coast of Africa.

He also spent many years in the Middle East, particularly Lebanon, where his research focused on the Gundelia thistle, a much-savoured ingredient in many of the regions traditional dishes. It was here that he wrote an article for the British Scientific Journal titled ‘Wondrous Desert Thistles: The fountain of youth.’

Gerard is said to have spent his final years at the current site of The Botanist Kirribilli.

To Eat

Lunch & Dinner


Classic beef, cheese, gherkin, relish

Chicken schnitzel, chipotle slaw, cranberry sauce

Pork & cider, blue cheese mayo

4 pieces for $20

Extra piece only $5


Steak, pineapple salsa, slaw

Chipotle chicken tomato salsa, white cabbage

Mixed bean, lettuce, cheese, smoky corn (V)

4 pieces for $20

Extra piece only $5


Margherita 18 (V)

Pepperoni, jalapeno, olives 20

Prawn, chorizo, chilli  22

Mixed mushroom, spinach, labna 18 (V)


Book in Wednesdays & Thursdays in September & October & receive a 20% discount off your total bill! Click here to book.


Pan-fried haloumi, chickpeas, grilled corn, basil & tabasco dressing 17 (V/GF)

Crisp calamari, bean sprouts, herbs, chilli dressing 18 (GF/DF)

Beef carpaccio, balsamic mushrooms, grissini, onion, goats cheese 20

Grain fed scotch fillet 300g, potato gratin, salsa verde 25 (GF)

Saffron risotto, king prawns, fennel, cherry tomatoes 22

Pork loin, crumbed belly, parsley, gribiche, crackling 22

Seared salmon, kohlrabi, apple, currant salad 20 (GF)

Venison stew, spiced couscous, sour cream 22

Pan fried barramundi fillet, curry roasted cauliflower, black olive, parsnip puree 24 (GF)


The Botanist Lunch

$30 pp

Dinner with a Bunch

$40 pp

The Banquet menus are designed by head chef Timo Vogel and are a hand-picked selection of his most popular share plates.

please see groups page for details


Slow roast lamb salad, capsicum, feta, mint yoghurt 20 (GF)

Pan fried brussel sprouts, bacon & hazelnut butter, kale, mint 16 (GF)

Chilli roasted pumpkin salad, shaved zucchini, pumpkin seeds, feta, basil yoghurt 17 (V/GF)

Rocket, honey roasted pear, parmesan, faro, lemon mustard dressing 19 (V)


Beer battered chips & aioli 8 (V/DF)

Corn & chorizo croquettes, chipotle mayo 12

Selection of cheeses, pear chutney, fruit bread, lavosh 10/18/24 (V)

Confit duck rillettes, figs, walnuts, orange, crostini, frisee, lime dressing 18 (DF)

Corn chips with guacamole & salsa 10 (V/GF/DF)

Marinated olives 8 (V/GF/DF)


4 for $20

Chicken Schnitzel, Pork or Beef

4 for $20

Chicken, Steak or Bean.


Pizza – various flavours $18-22


Slow cooked lamb / 20 (GF)

Brussel sprouts, bacon & hazelnut butter / 16 (DF)

Chilli pumpkin salad, zucchini / 17 (V/GF)

Rocket, honey roasted pear, lemon mustard dressing / 19 (V)


Pan-fried haloumi / 17 (V/GF)

Crisp calamari / 18 (GF/DF)

Beef carpaccio / 20

300g Scotch fillet / 25 (GF)

Prawn & saffron risotto / 22

Pork loin / 22

Seared salmon / 20 (GF)

Venison stew / 22

Pan fried barramundi / 24 (GF)


Beer battered chips / 8 (V)

Corn & chorizo croquettes / 13

Cheese board / 10/18/24

Confit duck rillettes / 18 (DF)

Corn chips / 10 (V/GF/DF)

Olives / 8 (V/GF/GF)

To Drink



Slider & Taco Bar


  • The famous Botanist slider & taco bar will be appearing at the Kirribilli Markets from 8:30am on the following dates:
  • Fashion Markets – Sun 11th October
    Fashion Markets – Sun 8th November
    General Markets – Sat 5th December
    Fashion Markets – Sun 13th December
    General Markets – Sat 19th December
    Click here to stay in the loop. 


  • House made grapefruit lemonade


Log Book

Gerards Journal

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  • 16/09/2015
  • Food
  • On Wednesdays & Thursdays throughout September & October 2015! *bookings essential
  • Date
  • Specimen
  • Notes
  • 24/11/2015
  • Press
  • The Urban List features us as a top place for where to go for a lunch with the girls
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  • Specimen
  • Notes
  • 18/12/2014
  • Press
  • Urban List features The Botanist in "Sydney's Best Espresso Martini's"
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  • Specimen
  • Notes
  • 02/10/2014
  • Press
  • Mosman Daily features The Botanist in its Small Bites - Weekly Round Up.
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  • Notes
  • 02/10/2014
  • Press
  • Mademoiselle Mange à Sydney attends the Spring Menu Launch
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  • 30/09/2014
  • Press
  • The Social Diary attends our exclusive Spring Menu Launch


Feasting & Beverage Packages

Group Feasting

Organising a group of friends or work colleagues for lunch or dinner?
The Botanist makes booking for groups easy. Just turn up and relax.  You and your friends will enjoy a selection of our best share plates…

The Botanist Lunch 30pp (Available until 4pm)

*Corn chips with guacamole & salsa (V/GF/DF) * Pan-fried haloumi, chickpeas, grilled corn, basil & tabasco dressing (V/GF) *Slow roast lamb salad, capsicum, feta & mint yoghurt (GF) *Grain fed scotch fillet 300g, potato gratin, salsa verde (GF) *Classic beef sliders, cheese, gherkin & relish

Banquet with a bunch 40pp (Available lunch & dinner)

*Marinated olives (V/GF/DF) *Corn chips with guacamole & salsa (V/GF/DF) * Pan-fried haloumi, chickpeas, grilled corn, basil & tabasco dressing (V/GF) *Slow roast lamb salad, capsicum, feta & mint yoghurt (GF) *Grain fed scotch fillet 300g, potato gratin, salsa verde (GF) *Classic beef sliders, cheese, gherkin & relish *Chipotle chicken tacos, tomato salsa & white cabbage 

Our banquet menus can be modified to suit dietary requirements.


Group Feasting


Orchid Drinks Package

Endeavour Pale Ale (NSW), Peroni (ITA), Pacifico Lager (MEX), two white wines, two red wines,Varichon et Clerc sparkling wine(FRA), soft drink, juice.

2 hours – 55pp


Bookings & Functions

To book a table online for 8 people or less, click on the above link to make a booking instantly online. For bookings of 9 people or more, please contact us directly on (02) 9954 4057 or email:

No reservation? No problem. We book half of the restaurant and allow the other half for walk-ins. If we can’t seat you when you arrive there is plenty of space at the bar and the waiting area where the full dinner menu is also available.

If you wish to learn about our function options please send through your details using our enquiry form to the right. We have various food and beverage packages available and can cater for dietary requirements.


Your booking will be held for 20mins after the reservation time. In relation to the banquet menu, The Botanist needs to be informed of any guest cancellations at least 24 hours in advance or full payment of that guest is required.




17 Willoughby Street
Kirribilli, Sydney
(Enter via Broughton Street.
Look for the light above the door)

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No. 02 9954 4057

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Monday & Tuesday for dinner
Wednesday to Friday for lunch & dinner
Saturday & Sunday for lunch & dinner

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