Botanist

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Contemporary Canadian
Botanist celebrates harmony with nature, in an environment that is as rich and diverse as the terroir it represents. The experience reflects a new Pacific Northwest, one that has always been here, just waiting to be discovered.

Helmed by Botanist Executive Chef Hector Laguna, the menu represents the abundant botany of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, where ingredients sourced from their natural landscape are coupled with contemporary techniques; designed to showcase the best version of themselves.

Located in the heart of Coal Harbour inside Fairmont Pacific Rim, the inviting space offers four distinct areas with their own robust personalities; a bar, garden, dining room and lounge – all inspired by the principals of botany.
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TT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Such a beautiful setting! We were celebrating a baby shower and wanted to bring in some balloons, but were informed when we got there that they have a no-balloon policy (just an FYI for if you’re planning on celebrating here and bringing decor in)

Botanist
Responded 3 hours ago

Dear Tisah, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the restaurant decor. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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SC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Decided to try this restaurant for my boyfriend's birthday - don't regret this at all! The setting of the restaurant was business casual with great botanical decor throughout. There was a live pianist that was quite enjoyable during our dinner. We went with the tasting menu and was extremely delighted with the salmon - it was cooked to perfection. Extremely moist and soft, however the dijon mustard "sauce" was a bit overpowering for the fish.
They were very accommodating in switching out the escargots for me to the scallops (The scallops are already on the menu and I can see why! It was my favourite dish from the whole evening!). Our server Chris was very informative and checked on us throughout the night to make sure everything was good. My boyfriend even received a card that was signed by everyone at the restaurant! Talk about going above and beyond!
Their cocktails were the best I've ever had. I am not a regular drinker (super light-weight in fact) and don't normally like ordering drinks at restaurants as there's usually no consistency in how much alcohol is actually in the drink, but these cocktails were amazing. Super smooth, mixed in extremely well (so well I didn't taste much alcohol - they're probably using the really good stuff) but still managed to get a good buzz. Thank you for an unforgettable evening here - we will definitely be returning customers! :)

Botanist
Responded 3 hours ago

Dear Sarah, It was very fulfilling to hear about your recent Botanist experience and learn that you enjoyed the food offerings, restaurant decor and live music entertainment. We are thrilled that you especially enjoyed the cocktails. We will share your feedback with regards to the salmon with our Chef. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fly on salad plate, expected with al the plants, but otherwise an amazing lunch.

OT
Singapore
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both chose the chef’s choice menu with wine pairing. Excellent food as always, but the wait staff and sommelier were outstanding in terms of knowledge, pace and advice.

Botanist
Responded 3 hours ago

Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our "We'll take it from here" menu offerings, as well as the service provided by our sommeliers. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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C
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Usually I really enjoy Botanist but this time it was quite average. Now this is my first time going there for lunch so it could be that the lunch experience is far below dinner quality food and service.

Either way I will go back. Probably for dinner.

J
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a wonderful time! The service was excellent, the food delicious and the ambiance was wonderful.

Botanist
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Jenny, Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are so glad that you were impressed by the level of customer service offered by our team, and especially enjoyed the menu offerings and ambience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

My boyfriend and I were visiting Vancouver city for my birthday. we chose to dine at Botanist because we had read the reviews and it seemed like a relaxing and beautiful place. Unfortunately, the service we got was less than welcoming. our server, a medium build brunette, had seemed to be in a big hurry the entire time. we dismissed her behavior, because we were aware that it was a busy night and she must have had other clients. However, we had expected some kind of etiquette regardless of how busy the night was. She seldom smiled, and never for once asked if we needed something else. The most disappointing part was when we mentioned that it was my birthday, and we would like to get a cake to celebrate. her response and reaction is not what you would expect from a server at a high-end restaurant, after having just mentioned that it is your birthday. I of course can't expect for a total stranger to enthusiastically scream "Happy birthday" at me, but I was expecting a cheerful and pleasant attitude. We decided to rush through our supper, in order to go somewhere else for dessert.

PA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambience with creative menu. Staff was superb. Slight mix up with timing of our order. Some parts came out very early and rest much later. Quite a wait for all of it. But quality and presentation were excellent.

Botanist
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Paul, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our menu offerings and the food presentation. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back for a truly memorable experience! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, the ambience and the cocktails. It was the first restaurant we have known that creates an experience around the cocktails and this was amazing! We loved it!

Botanist
Responded 4 days ago

We are thrilled to read that you really enjoyed your experience at Botanist restaurant. We are glad that you enjoyed our food offerings, the cocktails and the ambience. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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K
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It is a beautiful restaurant with decent service the food was okay.

J
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my wife’s birthday dinner and the experience was phenomenal! We had the chef’s menu with wine pairings and the entire thing was off-menu, a wonderful treat. The sommelier was incredible and the service stupendous. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back as Id like to try their cocktails and other menu items.

Botanist
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Jason, We are glad to hear about your recent Botanist experience and thrilled that you enjoyed the “We’ll take it from here” menu. It is also very rewarding to learn that you were impressed by the customer service offered by our team, and we will certainly share your kind compliments with them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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A
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and presentations of it. Very good services. It's pricy but worth it.

Botanist
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the menu offerings and presentation. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Second time dining at Bontanist. The menu was the same, so I had thr Sable fish, which is good. The dessert (apricot sorbet with sponge cake) was the most amazing. High recommend it for those who love dessert but dont like them too sweet.

Botanist
Responded on September 9, 2019

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We are glad that you were pleased with the Sablefish and especially enjoyed the Esmeralda Creméux for dessert. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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PB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining room, excellent service, delectable cuisine that was fresh and interesting.

Botanist
Responded on September 5, 2019

Dear Pam, Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are so glad that you were pleased with our customer service offered by our team, and especially enjoyed the menu offerings. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Good service but forgot our main courses. Waited an hour for the food, however, brought out some dessert to compensate.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Flavors are amazing...like tasting food for the first time.

Botanist
Responded on September 5, 2019

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We are so glad that you were pleased with our restaurant ambiance, and especially enjoyed the menu offerings. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing time like always. Between two people, ordered four appetizers and two mains - nothing disappointed and many dishes delighted. Cocktail menu has stayed relatively the same over the years but is still delightful. Also enjoyed two signature cocktails at the bar. Desserts could use more variety, but were enjoyable.

Botanist
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for your comment and feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your recent experience with us and we certainly look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was really nice! Our server took a little long to get to us and take our order but overall good experience

Botanist
Responded on September 5, 2019

We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We will do our best to make sure your next visit is flawless. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening, wonderful food and atmosphere.

Botanist
Responded 6 days ago

We are thrilled to read that you really enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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M
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and unique. Have the Lobster basted in butter on the mole verde shishito sauce, it was amazing.

Botanist
Responded on August 29, 2019

We are thrilled to read that you really enjoyed your experience at Botanist and especially enjoyed the Butter Poached Lobster. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was outstanding. Cocktail lounge and deck were fabulous. In dining room, Our server literally disappeared. After twenty minutes we asked another server for our check. Our server seemed flustered with other tables but it was disappointing service. Bright lights from kitchen led to sterile ambiance. Next time would eat in the lounge.

JL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambience! We weren’t seated till well after 8 despite a 7:45 reservation but enjoyed the lounge cocktails while we waited. Would definitely recommend!

Botanist
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback on OpenTable; we really appreciate it. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the variety of food offerings on our menu and especially our cocktail menu. We are very sorry about the waiting time for your table, and we will do our best to make sure your next visit is flawless. We are excited to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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HF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

My partner had the halibut which was excellent. I had sable fish which was too salty; would not recommend it. The service was great. I did not like the ambiance; I felt I was in a hotel atmosphere not a restaurant with some special ambiance.
I would not recommend it because it offered not enough goods for the price.

NF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the cocktails - especially the electric daisies

Botanist
Responded on September 5, 2019

Dear Nicole, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Botanist. We are glad to hear that you loved the cocktails, and especially enjoyed our What The Flower, made with electric daisies. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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S
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I had the opportunity to visit your restaurant (reservation 12:30, Name: You) because it was recommended by another kitchen (Nightingale) and we had high hopes because the reviews were amazing as well. When walking in the host (sorry forgot her name) greeted us very pleasantly and friendly. This was amazing until we were given our menus from Wendy. Wendy was maybe having an off day or was not in the talking mood but she said less words to us than the waitress that served us our food (she explained the dishes we ordered in detail). This was a very unpleasant experience because we felt ignored and unwanted. Also we were there for my birthday because my girlfriend wanted to spoil me. Going to a restaurant on a birthday is a big deal and we only hoped for the best. But obviously this was not matched to what we expected Botanist would be like.

Finally to make the whole experience worse is the fact Wendy punched in the wrong numbers when using the machine. We only realized once we got home because we looked at the receipt and the amount on the bill and amount on the machine receipt we’re off (can provide proof if wanted). The amount was only $1 but the amount is not the important part but I can’t remember the last time a restaurant got the amount wrong on the machine. Again I realize that Wendy could have been having an off day but the expectation was defiantly not met and is was rather a very disappointing experience.

Thought that the team should know of how unpleasant an experience was and it sucks for the 2 other people that engaged with us because they were fabulous but Wendy’s attitude ruined the whole experience.

d
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Style over substance. Service was mediocre. Serve lacked enthusiasm. When told we were vegetarians she's like well we "just have these few options. That's all." Like sorry you decided to come here. Vegetarian options were good but nothing stunning, lacked originality and flavor for such a lauded restaurant. Bread was dry and overcooked. Mains were small portions. No sides are offered. Desserts were subpar for a restaurant of this quality. Wine service was poor. Would have expected more knowledge and the sommelier to have more of a presence on the floor. All in all, a disappointment. Beautiful dining room though.

EF
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A n excellent food and wine experience. Left a great impression on an out of town guest.

Botanist
Responded on August 19, 2019

It was very fulfilling to hear about your recent Botanist experience and learn that you enjoyed both the food offerings and wine. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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G
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Botanist was the best dining experience during our three weeks in Canada. We had the 6 course surprise menu with wine pairing. All courses were beautifully presented and offered innovative yet well balanced combination of tastes. Wine pairing was excellent, as was the service and the hone baked bread. On a par with European Michelin starred restaurants, The Botanist offers great value for money. Oh, and don’t forget to try one of their cocktails!

Botanist
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience; we really appreciate it. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the “We’ll take it from here” menu with the wine pairing. It is also very rewarding to learn that you were impressed by the customer service offered by our team, and we will certainly share your kind compliments with them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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CK
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great servers and front house staff - wish the menu was a bit larger but food was yummy

Botanist
Responded on August 19, 2019

Dear Christine, We are glad to hear about your recent Botanist experience and thrilled that you enjoyed the food offerings. We are excited to learn that you enjoyed the customer service offered by our Botanist team and we will certainly share your kind compliments with them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there celebrating my birthday. They were very sweet, they prepared a birthday card for me signed by all the staff! Overall, the service was superb and the food was amazing! Between the two of us, we shared an appetizer, we each got a main course, and even though we were totally stuffed, we went on and shared a dessert! The plating was beautiful for all dishes. I loved eating tasty food that’s also beautiful.

Botanist
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thank you for choosing Botanist as the venue to celebrate your special birthday celebration! We are glad to hear about your experience and thrilled that you enjoyed the food offerings. We are excited to learn that you enjoyed the customer service offered by our team and we will certainly share your kind compliments with them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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F
Phoenix
53 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!!

This is my third time having lunch here.

The service is so welcoming and friendly

Although it was busy, we had a great server.
Attentive and knowledgeable.

The lamb shank was the very best that my friend had ever tasted.
My favourite lobster risotto did not disappoint.

It was creamy and so flavourful.

This is a perfect place for a nice lunch. The decor is really nice.

As you walk out the front door, the valet and other fellows are so friendly and helpful.

Nice way to end a perfect meal

Botanist
Responded on August 16, 2019

It was very fulfilling to hear about your most recent Botanist experience and learn that you enjoyed both the food offerings and customer service offered by our team. We will share your feedback with regards to the Lamb Shank and the Lobster Risotto with our Chef. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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r
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Botanist was good, not great. The biggest issue was that both the apps and entrees were under seasoned. Presentation was good. Service was excellent.

M
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully relaxing dining experience after a hectic walking day throughout the city of Vancouver. Shared a lovely large salad with mild bleu cheese, hazelnuts & pears. Halibut dish was tender & tasty though not as described on the menu. Duck was luscious & full of tasty mushrooms. Beef was nicely done even with change of accompaniments due to bell pepper aversion. Save room for dessert: pumpkin spice desert w chai ice cream was delish as was the apricot sorbet dessert. Staff was attentive & our being seated in a quiet alcove covered in hanging plants was lovely.

Botanist
Responded on August 19, 2019

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at Botanist. We are so glad that you were pleased with our customer service offered by our team, and especially enjoyed the menu offerings. We will definitely share your feedback in regard to the Halibut with our Chef. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved this great experience!
One of our favorite restaurants in Canada
Has a classy old time feeling with amazing dishes!
The lemon dessert is a don’t miss recommendation

Botanist
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled to hear that you consider us one of your favourite restaurants in Canada. We are also glad that enjoyed our food offerings, especially the Meyer Lemon Cake. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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C
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service I could ask for. The Sommelier was very friendly, and very passionate about wine. Overall, a perfect dinner.

Botanist
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the service provided by our sommeliers. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

I had the poached lobster and it wss terribly tough and over cooked. I only had 1 bite the server did not even ask if everything was ok.

DG
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic choice for my wife's birthday dinner - we had our almost 1 year old baby with us, and that's enough to strike fear into the heart of some restaurants, but they rolled with it just fine and gave us a highchair (baby was on her best behaviour, so aside from capturing the hearts of everyone who walked by, no problem). Starters were very tasty (foie gras and crab salad), and duck and wagyu steak were very nice indeed.

Botanist
Responded on August 16, 2019

Dear Dave, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments on your recent Botanist experience. We are pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed the menu offerings you selected this time around, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I celebrate our 100 days anniversary there, they gave me a happy anniversary card and a very nice plate of deserts(so surprised me). The taste of the food was divine. I recommend lobster risotto(super delicious). The waiters are very dedicated. We'll definitely come back to this restaurant.

Botanist
Responded on August 8, 2019

Happy anniversary! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We are so glad that you were pleased with our customer service offered by our team, and especially enjoyed our Lobster Risotto. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately, we did not enjoy our anniversary lunch at the Botanist. We booked the day not knowing it would be the holiday brunch menu. When asked if they could check if the foie gras was available we were laughed at by the server. It just seemed like none of the servers were on their most professional behavior. The fish and chips we received we're under cooked. It's such a shame as we booked to go this second time because we enjoyed it so much the first time. We won't be visiting again.

J
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Gabrielle went above and beyond. He was very polite, explained everything to us. Very good service. We will definitely be back! Thank you for serving us

Botanist
Responded on August 8, 2019

Dear Jaisika, We are glad to hear about your recent Botanist experience and thrilled that you enjoyed our food offerings. We are excited to learn that you enjoyed the customer service offered by Gabriel and we will certainly share your kind compliments with him. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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