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The Cottage Balmain

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Neighbourhood:
Balmain
Pizza, Bar, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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342 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
+61 2 8084 8185
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Today
12:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 17:00 - 23:30
Thu - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Kiama, Australia
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77 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came in on Tuesday evening with a few friends. It's a perfect little setting for drinks and sharing some delicious food. We were delighted to discover it was happy hour and took advantage of the $10 aperol spirits and $5 beers on offer. We soon graduated to some delicious share plates of wood fired prawns, seared scallops, and a roasted... More 

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Thank John S
Sydney
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98 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the sort of menu that on reflection you keep seeing more things you could happily order. We went for the Hoisin Duck Pizza and Cauliflower Salad to share finishing with White Chocolate Parfait. Service is friendly and the food was yummy. Happy hour was a nice surprise as well.

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Thank Culinarykids
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place for a beer and some tapas style food. Rob and Oz the owners are amazing and we had a fantastic time!

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Thank Louis B
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! We got the ferry over from circular quay and walked up darling st. from the fairy lit frangipani tree out the front to the beautifully decorated interiors the ambience at the cottage was perfect. We ordered the Remember me in the morning cocktail, the sloe Cuban and mount mai tai. They arrived promptly by a well presented waiter who... More 

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Thank Selina M
Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely location for a cocktail, wine and cheese with the girls. They are dog friendly so you can bring your pet with you while having a drink. Definitely try the salted caramel espresso martini, it is amazing!

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Thank Lisa D
Manly, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here early on Saturday afternoon. The live music really added to the ambience of this quaint cottage set right on darling st in Balmain. My wife and I shared the wood fired prawns, Seared Scallops, and the lamb shoulder. The flavours were delicious. Staff were very attentive and efficient. A high level of service on offer at this restaurant.... More 

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Thank fmotti52
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The duck and lamb shoulder are amazing. I'm against taking photos of food but regret not showing you the empty plates. The food is 5* and the atmosphere is cosy and casual. We will definitely be back

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Thank Jeanette P
Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed a pleasant trip on the ferry planning to explore Balmain. The Cottage had been recommended to us by a friend and after the walk from the ferry we were ready for a cold drinks. We were greeted by a friendly lady and seated in the garden. We had some delicious cocktails and enjoyed a few... More 

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Thank jamesbennet1942iowa
Flinders, Australia
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped here on spec during a trip to Sydney. Balmain has plenty of dining options and we had experienced some of them previously, so this was a random selection. The outdoor dining was pretty attractive given the season and we were seated promptly upon arrival. The menu is an eclectic mix of Med style Share/Tapas dishes. We shared the... More 

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Thank Davray-22
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

I first went to the Cottage over five years ago when it first opened, and have been back a number of times since. It is set in an old house on Darling St and is decorated with an eclectic mix of old photos, tools, paintings and general bric-a-brac. The space is welcoming and the staff are young, friendly and attractive.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 9 - US$ 23
Cuisine
Pizza, Bar, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:30
Thursday
12:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Balmain

Neighbourhood Profile
Balmain
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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