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The Cottage Balmain

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Pizza, Bar, Australian, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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342 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
+61 2 8084 8185
17:00 - 23:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 17:00 - 23:30
Thu - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to this restaurant so many times now with both my friends and family. The food and cocktails are of a very high standard and the service is always excellent. I especially recommend the gin cured salmon and the fun guy truffle mushroom pizza. So delicious! My favourite cocktail is the "remember me in the morning." Looking forward... More 

Thank Emily M
Auckland, New Zealand
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221 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We've been to The Cottage twice now and sat inside and outside. On both occasions I don't think I could have thought of a better place to sit for an hour or two. It really does beat every other bar/restaurant in Balmain for that. For that reason alone we will continue to go back. The food itself is pretty good... More 

Thank CarlEdinburgh
Balmain, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

What a great night! My partner and I arrived at The Cottage last night to be welcomed and shown to our table inside. The place was buzzing and there was an energetic atmosphere. Espresso martinis were flowing and we enjoyed sipping on them as we looked over the creative menu. We settled on three dishes to share, starting with the... More 

1 Thank gemcollett
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

In a house/cottage on darling st. Love this courtyard at front. Not noisy. Good date night. Food average. Good for nibbles. Great wine list. Nice place to meet friends, not a party atmosphere. More laid back. Friendly staff.

Thank cinmaree
Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The venue is wonderful ... Sit in the front garden in a warmer night and it's lovely .. The service is attentive without being overbearing or impressive. The menu is limited , and perhaps a little aspirational when comparing the venue , and possibly the capability of the kitchen talent ... That being said it's pleasant , and a great... More 

Thank Stu H
Sydney, Australia
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72 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Spent last night at the Cottage and had a brilliant night with friends. Quite a romantic setting but very uber city with its fairy lights and soft lighting. Reasonable wine list and superb cocktails although our wine bill ended up huge - try the speyside sour! Sit outside and relish the world going by as you eat your way through... More 

1 Thank caruthers2016
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner with some girlfriends and had a great time. The roasted cauliflower is yummy. The desserts are also really nice like the lime cheesecake. Very expensive though.

Thank GKapz
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Came here two nights in a row we were so thrilled with the food while we were staying in Sydney. It's a great spot with a wonderful ambience, friendly quick staff, and delicious food. The cauliflower salad is amazing. We also tried the mushroom pizza and the one below that on the menu. The deconstructed apple pie was also good,... More 

1 Thank akpeterson
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Great place to chill out on the patio on a warm evening. They have a really tasty cider on tap that goes great with their pizzas.

Thank Mrsheephead1986
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I have dietary requirements and the staff were lovely. Everything tastes amazing and no doubt would I go back again! Definitely try the baba ghanush and roasted cauliflower salad! Amazing

Thank Simone L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Pizza, Bar, Australian, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 342 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney  >  Balmain>  > Balmain
  • Neighbourhood: Balmain
  • Phone Number: +61 2 8084 8185

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Balmain

Neighbourhood Profile
Take the ferry to the inner west suburb of Balmain and be enchanted with this picturesque and eclectic waterside area. A stroll down Darling Street will take you on a tour of coffee shops, boutique delicatessens and shops offering wholefood products and organic cuisines. Yoga studios abound, and live music emanates from the hotels at night. As the place where the Australian Labor Party formed in 1891, Balmain has commonly been known for its “working class culture”. It has evolved into a health-conscious heaven with a laid back attitude, offering one of the most vibrant food and bar scenes in Sydney.
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