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The Botanist
The Botanist

The Botanist Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thebotanistonsloanesquare.com
  • Email: reservations@thebotanistonsloanesquare.com
  • Phone: 0207 730 0077
  • Hours of Operation: Opening Times
    Mon-Fri: 8am-11.30pm Sat and Sun: 9am-11.30pm
    Food service times (Monday-Friday):
    Breakfast: 8am-11.30am Restaurant menu: midday-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, French
  • Executive Chef: Shannon Wilson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are happy to organise local canapés parties, cocktail parties and business lunch catering. Please call Jessica on 07900 677051 or email her on jessica@etmgroup.co.uk.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The Botanist is ideally located for public transport. The closest tube stations are Sloane Square and Victoria and local bus routes include the 11,19,22,137,170,211,319,360,452 and C1.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: MONDAY TO SATURDAY During the day meters are available in all surrounding streets at a cost of £3 - £4 an hour. Free parking is available on Sloane Square and on the surrounding streets from 6.30pm each night. SUNDAYS Parking is free all day in the surrounding streets.
A word from The Botanist
The Botanist is a stylish, contemporary restaurant and bar on Sloane Square, open all day every day. The venue has an elegant look as befits its chic Chelsea location: the light and airy dining space has floor to ceiling windows; a stunning stripped oak floor and a beautifully lit display of botanical images. The menus offer a selection of carefully sourced, seasonal dishes such as Soft-poached Gull’s Egg with Chorizo, Alsace Bacon and Fresh Peas and Rare Breed British Lop Pork Cutlet with Pommery Mustard Mash and Black Pudding Stuffed Granny Smith Apple. Delicious desserts are also on offer: best sellers are Knickerbockers Glory; Roast Honey Almond Figs, Apple and Blueberry Compote and Devonshire Clotted Cream and Baked Lemon Tart. The gleaming pewter bar also offers a fantastic space for drinks. The extensive wine list features 150 bins and the cocktail list offers all the classics plus a selection of original, bespoke cocktails using of seasonal British ingredientsContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Music far far too loud. Lighting so dim could not read tiny print on menu --- could use larger print or more light! Really, the thumping of the music in the bar spoiled an otherwise lovely evening."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Had a lovely meal with a friend on Saturday. We booked 2:00pm for late lunch and restaurant really busy but service was prompt and with a smile. Shared whitebait which was delicious and fish very fresh and lots of taste. I had the mussels from Shetland which were delicious. My friend had the burger which she said was really tasty. Will return and would highly recommend."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Delicious food, good service - resulting in a lunch which was enjoyed by both ourselves and our guests - so much so that we left in a rush as the afternoon had run away with us. Tables were far enough apart to have a sensible business discussion."
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "Nicely located next to Sloane Square station this restaurant has good food with a good service. Slightly over priced for the food that they serve however that is what to be expected for that part of London. If you want good food in a nice location go here."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Service was faultless. Our waiter was just fab. Helpful, friendly, generous and tactful. Food was great. Quick, easy and elegant. Do it again in a heartbeat."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Too noisy for dinner, but soem people might like that kind of thing. Food OK, but nothing special"
    dined on 25/04/2013
  • "Service was impeccable, lovely ambience and staff. Nothing was ever a chore."
    dined on 31/03/2014
  • "My finacee and I took our Mothers to the Botanist for Mother's Day. My parents had been there before and really liked it. It is also in the same group as the Gun, Isle of Dogs, which we love so we were all looking forward to it. Unfortunately the main courses weren't anything special and my main was the wrong choice. I had to stick with it as to get what I wanted would have taken an extra 25 minutes. I was given my dessert for free but felt that this was not as good an offer as it should have been. From requesting the bill to paying it, we had to wait 20 minutes. We didn't pay the entire service charge for this visit and probably won't be going back. It was expensive, fine for good food and service but this was not what we received."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Went to the Botanist for Mother's Day and had a great experience. It's has a lovely, relaxed setting in Sloane Square with the sun streaming through large windows. Service was attentive without being fussy. The King Scallops and Dorset Crab were both amazing starters. My rump of beef with pan fried foie gras was excellent. Mum's roast beef was very good, although the beef was a little undercooked for her liking."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "good location- buzzy bar but does mean it is a bit noisy- good food but would really only suggest to a friend due to location as the food is not amazing enough for me to go there just for that....smokers outside means if you sit by a window the smell seeps in a bit and that annoyed me"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Booked here for lunch time on a Sunday thinking I could have their famous sunday brunch, was told that they only do lunch on Sunday (or I have been mistaken as most people tried their delicious brunch before 11AM and counted as breakfast). Anyhow we settled down with sunday roast and was surprised with the quality of the food. The braised beef brisket was very succulent and slow-cooked, with good yorkshire pudding to go with. Though the food is not cheap I would recommend for a relaxing sunday lunch if you are around the area."
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "avoid if you dont like noise, salt or butter. The noise was so attrocious, the waiter could not hear my name as we arrived and we couldnt hear each other speak during the meal The starter was OK - salmon with a nice horseradish sauce. But the mains - schnizel - was cooked in butter and came with added butter and a sprinkling of salt on the top This was not good preparation for a nice concert at the nearby Cadogan Hall ."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Great service, very good food. Thanks for a lovely evening"
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Friendly service, no pressure. Food was a bit slow to come but we did not mind as it gave us a chance to chat and it was very busy. Reasonable prices for the area. Good quality food and wine. A bit cramped and noisy though. Will visit again."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "I and a friend needed a meal prior to going to the Cadogan Hall and chose this restaurant. The waiter was very helpful indeed and suggested that as we did not have a great deal of time to opt for the Pre theatre menu which we partook of.. The food was excellent and unlike some other restaurants the pre theatre menu did not arrive with lesser sized portions. The Artichoke soup was excellent as was the other food we ate. The ambience was reasonable but as with all busy restaurants the noise level was a little high due to the added noise from the bar area. Perhaps the interconnecting doors could be closed when the dining area is being used."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "I've enjoyed their wonderful breakfast menu with great service. Lunch menu was perfect, service a bit lacking, we had to ask when we would be served our food ... all things considered we will definitely return."
    dined on 18/03/2014
  • "Food was good but we were very unlucky with waitress she was not the sharpest tool in the toolbox and got many things wrong. Our Wiener Schnitzel was very good though and so the wine, (after the waitress slipped the cork inside the first bottle while opening)."
    dined on 17/03/2014
  • "In a perfect location, this fresh an vibrant restaurant made the perfect place for lunch with the girls, in our case. Attentive fantastic service without being too intrusive and mouthwatering food and drink. Make sure to leave room for the desserts too! If you're thinking to book somewhere with a good vibe and beautiful food, then book the Botanist - you won't be disappointed."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Great location opp sloane aquare on top of shops theatre and tube, nice feeling to restaurant very helpful pleasant staff"
    dined on 16/03/2014
  • "It was very noisy and difficult to hold conversations across the table , otherwise very good"
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "Slight confusion over how to use the computerised booking system on arrival being the only glitch says it all. Efficient service, good food in pleasant surroundings made it an enjoyable visit."
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "We were 4 friends, ordered 1 course for each, 2 deserts to share between us and drinks and yet the overall bill was 140 GBP. That is extremely expensive for what you get, food is actually good but go figure how this can add to 140 pounds???? Service is not the most efficient either."
    dined on 09/03/2014
  • "Lovely food, great atmosphere as always, but this recent visit reminded us how much the overall experience depends on the ability of the waiter to actually wait on you. Ours was so shy he never looked at us. Requests were difficult to make therefor. We would have ordered so much more if we had been able to. Coffees came late and the bill took a very long time to be brought."
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "It's a shame that so many 'hoorays' eat supper in the Botanist. They are loud and arrogant and it's impossible not to be bothered by their endless, loud bragging if you're sitting at the next table. That said, the food is always delicious - a special mention here for the schnitzel and most of the fresh fish dishes. Good wines by the glass, but puddings are a little bit boring and too obvious I'm afraid . Try a few experiments in the desserts department! Finally, I have to say that the crowd of smokers constantly hanging around outside are disgusting. To enter the restaurant you must walk through, sometimes PUSH through, a fog of smelly smoke."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Having found The Botanist about a year ago it has become very much a favourite restaurant particularly for pre-theatre dining. Whilst there are other restaurants within walking distance of Cadogan Hall the overall ambience, quality of food and excellent service keeps drawing us back. Between October 2013 and February 2014, we have visited 8 times. Need I say more?"
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "Being in a fabulous location does not mean they skimp on quality! Tasty, delicious and enjoyable food of great quality. The drinkies are divine and the price/quality is there. Highly recommend in friends, family or a partner. They even allow cute dogs at the bar!"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "one of the best places in Sloane square for breakfast/brunch/ drinks. good clientele, nice environment. close to shops and tube. very good for happy hours after work"
    dined on 09/01/2014
  • "We got there at 730 and already knew we would have a good evening as atmosphere was great-buzzing place. However, it was over £8 for one pint of Guinness in the bar that was attached!!! Wines v expensive. Starter came after 25min wait which was fine. We then had to wait 1hr 10mins for our main! They came to apologise and it wasn't the worst wait I have had as there was lots to watch and the place is vibrant, but I couldn't understand how it took so long to cook mussels for my husband and half lobster for me. we got offered free desserts and my husband had one, I had a coffee as was too full. Would have preferred 50% discount on our mains? Ended up marring the evening after a great start. Bill was over £109 as they add 12.5% service."
    dined on 26/02/2014
  • "Your pre-concert dinner menu was just right. Not too filling, (one does not want to fall asleep at the Cadogan Hall in the slow movement), and full of subtle taste surprises. The service was maturely perfect, and the timing just as one would expect. And that fishcake! A meal in itself. Mmm. The only thing to be improved: surrounding noise. The restaurant is noisier than others who have taken noise dampening seriously (rugs, curtains carefully placed...) This probably applies mostly to your more elderly clients, (like us), but concert goers at the Cadogen Hall tend to be over 50... A lovely meal. We look forward to next time."
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "A business lunch - needs to be quick, reasonable price but still good food. The Botanist hit the mark. I ordered the monkfish - a safe choice, but very well prepared. We were able to get on with the business without constant interruptions (a problem is some "up-market" restaurants). In fact the food was so good I'd like to come back, perhaps one evening, when I have more time to enjoy this excellent restaurant."
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "Unfortunately the delicious-sounding breakfast menu had finished by the time we arrived (12.15 on a Saturday) so the only brunch options were eggs benedict, eggs florentine and eggs royale. Unfortunately they had run out of muffins but I agreed to have toast for my eggs florentine instead. Instead of giving me a proper slice of toast they cut a small muffin-sized circle of toast. The eggs florentine itself was nice - good hollandaise, perfectly poached eggs - but you would hope so at £25 for two eggs florentine and a bottle of still water (tap was not offered). Nice location (right on Sloane Square) but quite pricey and I'd like to have had some more brunch options."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Food quite good (although my ribeye steak was far too grisly and fatty) but rather overpriced. Good attentive service. The main problem with this restaurant is the noise - was just about bearable until the table next to us became occupied and the guests started virtually screaming at each other to get heard above the noise! Very unpleasant. I had eaten here once before and it was also unbearably noisy on that occasion, but I thought that it was just a bad night..... clearly not the case. I won't be eating here again."
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "We have eaten at The Botanist on a number of occasions, this time we went for Monday Lunch, as usual service was exceptional, everyone is friendly and professional. We were not rushed which was good as it was my husbands birthday. The food was very good and plenty to choose from, it is a little expensive, but no more so than most good London Restaurants and worth every penny. Would definitely continue to recommend it to others."
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "Great location and food however, despite having a reservation we waited 10 min for our table - even though there were plenty available. We tried repeatedly to grab the staff's attention and were completely ignored - I eventually had to go to the desk and ask for someone to come and take our order. The restaurant was nowhere near full... The staff just seemed too busy chatting amongst themselves. When finally ordered, the food arrived promptly and was delicious if a tad pricy. We paid £55 for two admittedly huge and high-quality burgers and two glasses of house white. It seems that more and more London restaurants are now automatically adding a 12.5% service charge - if this is now the norm, they must provide good service to match."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Lovely food. Well-intentioned waiters/waitresses but also quite rude and dismissive when we told them that they got one of our food orders wrong. A simply apology would have been nice."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "I find it a friendlier place than it's square-mate Colbert- just more relaxed. Food is delicious whether it's lunch, breakfast or just a coffee or drink- a good spot to meet up before the post-work drinks crowd arrives."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "This attractive and smart restaurant is always full of lively and interesting people, from brunch to supper. The food and drink are excellent, with a wide choice available. The Staff are all lovely and have a good sense of humour! The decor is stylish and even the loos are fab. It definitely caters for the Sloane set."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "Superb service all round but notably the welcome from the bar staff as you enter even though you may not be having a drink at the bar. And again their direct eye contact as you leave and they thank you for coming to The Botanist."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "The food here is great. Well made, presented and a good selection. I go here fairly regularly, my only complaint is the acoustics. This is not a restaurant for the hard of hearing, you have to raise your voice even when it's not busy. Thus said, if your hearing is intact and you want somewhere which has atmosphere and quality food, then the Botanist has both."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "I dined alone from the pre-theatre menu on a Monday evening. The Jerusalem artichoke soup was excellent and the small loaf of bread which was served with it was warm and crunchy. The linguine, although initially pleasant, became slightly repetitive although the toasted pine nuts were lovely. I did not have a dessert due to a lack of time but the complimentary chocolate was a nice gesture at the end. The service was excellent throughout."
    dined on 10/02/2014