The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

4.7
248 Reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Established in 2012, The Cottage Bar and Kitchen has become a Balmain institution. The expansive courtyard is the perfect urban oasis to enjoy a tipple while the beautiful heritage facade hides one of the best cocktail bars in the inner west and a plethora of cosy spaces to settle in and relax.

Experiences

  • Valentines Day Prepayment

    A$50.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14 - Feb 15, 2021

    This Valentines Day, a minimum spend of $50 per guest is required, prepaid at the time of booking. You are welcome to order off our ala carte menus and the prepayment will be applied to your food & beverage bill on the day. 72hrs notice is required for cancellations. For those after 'just drinks' our outdoor garden tables will remain unreserved and will be seated on a first-come first-seated basis. If you have any questions please contact the venue. getintouch@thecottagebalmain.com.au
  • Group Feasting

    A$55.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Groups of 11 - 18 guests can enjoy our Group Feasting menus starting at $55pp. Minimum prepayment of $55pp is payable at the time of booking. This will be deducted from the final bill on the day. Final guest numbers are required 72hrs prior to your reservation. Menus are available on our website & can be customised for dietary requirements. Bookings are for a table in 'The Loft' . Contact the venue for more information.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 248 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GaraR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place. The service, the ambience and the food were all excellent. Best aranchini balls ever, the barramundi was super yummy and the cocktails too. The staff were super attentive and friendly and as soon as there was a an outdoir table available they let us move. What a great evening. Thank you so much.

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GailleW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed dining very much. Love the new tables inside.

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KarenP
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$1 oysters every Friday!! To die for!! Good choice of food and drinks. Reasonable prices! Only draw back if you need an outside table because you have a pet. You can’t book one. First in best dressed. Apart from that, it’s a great little find.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cocktails and service as always. A fave

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DebraS
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This restaurant has become one of our favourites in Balmain.
Really lovely atmosphere when sitting outside. The food is well presented & fresh.
Great cocktails delivered by professional, friendly staff.

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PatriciaW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent service. We only had a cheese platter and that was very delicious

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BriannaB
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the start of my communications with The Cottage until the very last moment, the staff were so lovely and nothing was an issue.
Thank you to all the staff for making my birthday dinner so enjoyable.

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Oceanturtle1
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing local place with good food and great cocktails.

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VickiO
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Tasty food. The Cottage is a place I go to often.

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BrookeL
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I decided to celebrate my 30th birthday at The Cottage with a small number of friends. The cocktails were nice, but unfortunately our food arrived cold or barely warm. My friends who ordered the pasta were very disappointed at both the cool temperature and the small portion size (especially for what you pay for!). My pizza wasn't very warm, it was okay, but for the price and the venue I expected more. The service was very poor. Twice when ordering drinks, our waiter had to come back to double check what we ordered. Another time we asked for the waiter to come back in 1 minute, after we had finished deciding on the next round of drinks, and 20 minutes later we were still waiting. We found it very hard to get the waiters attention. This was all such a shame, because I had much fonder memories of this restaurant in previous years.

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Yumyuminmytum
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here for snacks and drinks. Was lovely food, drinks and outdoor courtyard.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Barramundi and the Baked Goats Cheese! First time visiting.

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Rockychick2506
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with beautiful food. Loved the little cottage setting with a lot of character. The service was great and very attentive. The barrumundi was delicious along with the brussel sprouts and cauliflower. I had the lemon meringue tart which was also delicious. Will be back in the very near future, this time for dinner !

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DavidK
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The foods & service always consistent.

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RobertS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice space in the garden but service was slow and not attentive at all. Seemed all waitstaff were trainees. Disappointing

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Windy
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall a really pleasant evening. The food was delicious. The barramundi was yummy and the cauliflower and Brussel sprouts very tasty. There was a couple of things that could have been done better. A long wait between starter and mains. A couple of items forgotten. Very small portion of kids ice cream for price. That aside we really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go again.

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Katrina
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, service was great - staff were attentive but left us in peace to enjoy our meal.
Loved the location out the back on our own, quiet & didn’t disrupt other customers with our group

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Jess
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fell in love with this charming venue on our first visit so we decided to come back for our 5 year anniversary. Amazing spot for a date night. Yummy cocktails and the food was absolutely outstanding!

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AnthonyH
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food and drinks in the heart of Balmain. The Brussel sprouts were outstanding and a great accompaniment to both the steak and pork cutlet.

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NicoleA
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what a lovely venue. The atmosphere is magical, all the fairy lights, sitting in the garden on a balmy night was just what the doctor ordered. We felt relaxed after a long week. The staff are efficient without being pushy, and they are friendly. The food is superb, great menu and great wine list. Ill definitely be back, thankyou

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AshN
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience & food was delicious as usual. All of us had a great time, very relaxing.

MD
MikeD
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great sharing plate menu and excellently cooked and presented food that can be eaten at tables in the beautiful garden or inside in comfortable heritage-style surrounds. The Barramundi main was memorable as were the goats cheese (with herbs and honey) and the calamari frito.
Service efficient and charming.

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sanch
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening and the service was fantastic . Great food and great wine.

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KathrynW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty vegetarian food and yummy mocktails.

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JazG
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely dining at The Cottage! The service is perfect, the food delicious, and wines galore. I love the garden area as so relaxing. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The perfect place for a long lunch

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good people, good surroundings, good food, good bar.

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Tracey
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I came here on a first date and moved my chair to sit right next to my date but was asked politely to move my chair back to sit opposite due to covid restrictions. This didn't make sense to me as every other table had patrons sitting right next to each other. This tarnished the night for us even though the food was very good.

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Bosley
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Kale and pumpkin salad was all kale and no pumpkin. One meal came a long while after the other three. Small portions.
Love the outside setting

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kazibear
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super cute restaurant, fabulous food and cocktails 🍹
We enjoyed all of the share plates on the Menu with the Brussel sprouts a stand out!

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SusieQ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Pizza not as nice as it used to be. Rather doughy.
Great place

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MeganO
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food in a relaxing environment

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MaryA
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Drinks are good. Food a bit disappointing, except for dessert

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed The Cottage atmosphere, plus the food was great and the service superb

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SophiaS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was perfect - could't have been nicer. Thanks!

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LorraineR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff with interesting menu. Food fresh and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, lovely food

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KristineU
Sydney / NSW
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great wine and great company....that’s a lot of greats isn’t it? But I stand by them🍸
The margarita was an inspired start to the proceedings and the Brussel sprouts are my favourite dish.

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great place , very nice customer service . Beautiful lighting decoration .
Food could be improved .

CC
ChrisC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some great cocktails and tasty share plates for a comfy casual meal.

FAQs

The Cottage Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 248 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.