The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

4.7
220 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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

Featured special offers

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Group Feasting

Dine in

A$55.00 per order

Prepaid

Starting Nov 24, 2020·Fri-Sat 11:30-14:30

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.

Group Feasting

Dine in

A$55.00 per order

Prepaid

Starting Nov 24, 2020·Sun-Thu 11:30-21:30

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.

What 220 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bosley
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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MeganO
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food in a relaxing environment

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MaryA
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 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 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LorraineR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff with interesting menu. Food fresh and delicious.

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

Excellent service, lovely food

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KristineU
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 7 November 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 1 November 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such wonderful time, food and champagne, service was really friendly, had a great time

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Barro
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very ambient surroundings and the food was great and not overly priced. Good service and not to over the price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very friendly and kept us informed on the evening. Eg confirmed we knew the table was only for 2 hours, reminded us with half an hour to go, then when wanting us to move sourced another table downstairs for us to continue to remain. Food was tasty, music great and generally a good vibe. Cocktails particularly nice!

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AshG
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a wonderful lunch, garden setup is beautiful

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AshleighT
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really recommend, quaint and yet a hip and happening place. Food is great and so are the cocktails!

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Ralph
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My partner and I received our main meals a long time apart. My meal was overcooked and nearly cold when it arrived then I waited for several minutes until his arrived. Our salad didn’t turn up until we had nearly finished the main meal
The food is not particularly cheap or of a high standard and it’s not good value for money. Won’t go there again.

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TOLL
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Can't really recommend this place. The food was on the pricey side but it was pretty average. Service was a bit slow considering it was not super busy, staff said they would sit us at a certain table once it was clear but than gave it away, and it just seemed like we were forgotten about. Nice venue but our overall experience just wasn't that great.

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SophieS
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place - the food, the cocktails, the ambience! We were seated upstairs with only a few other tables so it felt extra COVID safe.

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IanD
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner and were able to hold a conversation staff attentive and food great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in Balmain

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laurac
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always had a fantastic time at the cottage. The food, drinks and service are outstanding.

Thank you for another great afternoon.

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Kaleido
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch, atmosphere and service. Fabulous baked goats cheese starter and Barramundi mains Highly recommended!

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vipEJO11
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service - great cocktails !

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Mez105
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service great food very relaxed atmosphere

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MaryseM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a lovely dinner here. The food was delicious and there was a great atmosphere. This will definitely not be our last visit.

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LucyW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food we're incredible and the venue itself was beautiful for a nice dinner.

It was busy enough for a Monday night as well.

Definitely sit outside if you can.

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CarolynC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch with great vino and service. Will definitely be revisiting. Carolyn C

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Shawk
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good experience on all levels, food, drink, service, ambience and company, would certainly recommend, have been here a few times and never fails to deliver.

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ScottyB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great food and service in a relaxed environment

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GordanaG
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious food, excellent service... what else can one ask for! Highly recommend!!!

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MattF
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious sharing plates. Lovely ambience, sitting in the shady garden. Friendly service. We'll be back.

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Kara
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service and wonderful atmosphere

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AnnieR
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cottage was amazing. So lovely for a beautiful meal. Great night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is the iconic Cottage, so rests on its laurels. Has amazing classics but tried some very ordinary meatballs as something more substantial and very under par as the meat didn’t taste like meat and the sauce didn’t have flavour...ouch. Arancini usual nice quality. Service lost a star as had to keep waving down the waitress to come over. Host wasn’t usual warm attitude a little on the aloof side. This place really comes alive on a nice day, and makes all the difference to your dining experience. Cocktails good, no issues and even when we asked for off menu was willing to make something that resembled what we asked for, so A effort.

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AlisonS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue love coming to The Cottage we will be back

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KathyS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great service and environment. Food was hit and miss! Mushroom pizza was to die for, vegetarian meat balls amazing, creamy polenta was tasteless and watery, pasta serve was small for cost. Lamb was nice but a bit grizzely. Sent the Apple crumble back as it tasted of cumin not cinnamon and was inedible. Replaced with warm brownie which was Devine.

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CocktailsBrownies
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received excellent serivce, cocktails were on point and food delicious. Brownie was insane.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely time sitting in the courtyard. Service was great and food and drinks also really good.

FAQs

The Cottage Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 220 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 bookings at the moment.