The Botanist

4.2
1315 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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 and delicious desserts are also on offer.

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 ingredients.
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NM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mussels I’ve ever had! Service was excellent!

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K
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I’m at Botanist most weekends but this weekend I really left disappointed. One of us has not finished her breakfast and the waitress was pulling the plate already. Was too late to ask if she had finished while taking the plate... obviously she hasn’t but didn’t feel eating after such a rude behaviour. We would have probably forgotten and I wouldn’t not mention it but same thing happened when we were having our coffees at the end. The waitress tried to take my friend’s cup before she had finished her coffee so this time my friend got quite upset and pointed out that she has not finished the coffee. The restaurant wasn’t completely full or anything as such to have explanation for being rushed the whole time.
I hope it doesn’t happen again. Thank you

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AS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We got some pre-theatre supper. Hadn't been to Sloane Square for a while. The staff knew what they were doing. I would go back.

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PS
Norfolk
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

A great location and a perfectly pleasant restaurant with an attractive menu but the neighbouring bar is very noisy and the cooking was poorly executed. Starters were acceptable if unexciting but the main courses were tepid and the oil in the deep fryer used was clearly not hot enough as the dishes were greasy. The chips in particular were dreadful. Soggy and lukewarm. At the price charged the level of cooking was unacceptable. The service however was good.

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FP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Botanist at Sloane Sq continues to please, with reliable menu and discreet service. [This time, the two young waiting staff who served us were novices and unsure of which menus were available but they quickly learned and were very polite and friendly.]

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EM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and best ever service

The Botanist
Responded on 4 July 2019

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you back soon

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London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We have been to this restaurant several times. We have seen it change over the years.
The food is still OK but the ambiance changed from a restaurant with a bar to a bar with a restaurant on the side. Ok if you like a lot of noise while dining. Think this will now be the last time we eat here.

The Botanist
Responded on 4 July 2019

Hi, thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your dining experience with us this time. If you wished to discuss your review in any further detail, please do not hesitate to contact me. Best wishes Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I went to the Botanist for a breakfast meeting and while it was a good place to have a business conversation, unfortunately they did not have a couple of items that me and my colleague wanted - jasmine tea (they only had jasmine green tea) and pain au chocolate (they only had plain croissants, which they served on their own, without jam) .

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J
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We went to the Botanist on a Saturday evening before a Cadogan Hall performance. We had a reservation and were seated right away. The wine and food were good, pasta and the vegetarian black bean option. Service was not particular responsive, though the food came quickly once our orders were taken.

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t
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We. had a really, really bad experienced. We arrived at 5.15pm for 5.30pm booking. Only 3 or 4 tables were occupied but it took ages to get a drink at the table, it took 45 mins for our starters to appear... and then with items listed on the menu missing. Then the remains of the bottle of wine that we had bought and which had been place in an ice bucket by the dumbwaiter was served to another diner and we were "recommended" to have a couple of glasses of the cheapest rose (inferior to what we had bought) that they had on the bar! Mains had not appeared one and a quarter hours after we had sat down. Chap in "charge" promised they would be with us in one minute... it was 5 minutes but they were good. Eventually we left after one and three quarter hours, without dessert, without coffee but with the service charge of 12.5% deducted and a 50% discount on the food. We've had great meals at the Botanist in the past will brilliant service... but we will now use one of their competitors next time we are at the Cadogan Halls or the Royal Court.

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c
London
23 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great food, good wines, buzzy atmosphere, lovely service.

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V
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was excellent just wished the smoke from the smokers outside didn’t invade the restaurant - it was a bit nauseating to have to eat a meal with the smell of cigarettes surrounding our table ... but it is what it is.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The avocado on toast with poached eggs was freezing. The avocado obviously came straight out of the fridge which made the whole dish very cold. The extra bacon was the smallest portion I have seen. My friends all had eggs benedict which showed up on a white plate with no garnish what so ever. It just looked insipid and very unappetising. All in all very disappointing.

The Botanist
Responded on 17 June 2019

Hi Chantal, thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit. I am so sorry the food was disappointing. Please could you get in touch to discuss your experience so we can understand what happened. Many thanks Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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V
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and great portion size. Good service and a lovely place to catch up with a friend.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Bit noisy but lovely meal

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p
London
19 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

I was kept waiting at the "desk" for over five minutes. The barman saw me waiting and did nothing .
The crab linguine was not nearly as good as usual and the fishcake was burnt on the outside.

The Botanist
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi Purdey I am so sorry that your experience wasnt a fantastic one. Please could you get in touch for us to discuss this further and try and make this up to you. Best wishes Gemma gemma@Etmgroup.co.uk

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and great service. The restaurant is an attractive eating venue and the staff were all friendly and solicitous.

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t
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

had to wait ages for round of drinks, then main course tofu salads arrived with half the ingredients missing. manager replaced them and didn't charge us but even so...was pretty rubbish that dishes could leave the kitchen half-made.

The Botanist
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi Tracy I am so sorry to read your feedback. We work hard to design and create seasonal dishes with quality produce and to able to deliver these to a high standard and so there is no excuse for this. I am so sorry for the poor standards and missing ingredients. We will be addressing with the kitchen team today. Please could you get in touch as we would like to make this up to you. Best wishes Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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EM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great location and the place has a buzz about it. Menu was ok but not that inspiring but food was nice enough so I would happily return another time.

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Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. The crispy duck and watermelon is amazing. Definitely also try their drink I Sage Mojito! We will be back.

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KA
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food but really disappointing service in particular due to a very arrogant waiter

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

One dish arrived cold. The veal was inedible. Service disappeared after main course and we had to speak to the manager. This was a Sunday evening and it was not busy.

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BA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We had to send our food back as it was barely warm and it took a long time to be brought back to the table. The best thing in the meal was the crime brûlée.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food, fast service and will always return with my family and friends.

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BC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Noisy, hot and underwhelming food. Tables packed far too tightly.

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KW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always visit the Botanist on Sloane Square after visiting Chelsea flower show. Great meal, lovely staff, fabulous location

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GH
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Extremely noisy in Bar area. Conversation difficult. Expensive drinks. G&T served in lager glass. Fishcakes only luke warm. Missed shabby chic horticultural decor as in Chester branch. Also missed quirky serving of food ie hanging kebabs. Sorry but nothing special or memorable. However, table available promptly and waitress service efficient, friendly and professional.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy due to flower show but food and service remained good. Varied and interesting menu choice. Noise level a little on the high side due mainly to bar, but remained acceptable.

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S
London
19 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and so too was the service it was very popular as it was during the Chelsea Flower Show. We sat indoors but at the large open window where people either tried to sit, place their coats or drinks so not very private, felt at times like our space was being invaded but over all an enjoyable experience and extremely handy location for a concert we were attending at Cadogan Hall

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DD
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is about my 10th visit here. I have been going ever since it opened after I visit the Chelsea flower show. I enjoy my meal then visit Chelsea in Bloom.
I always enjoy my time here...

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food delicious as always but service was poor. Slow & coffee was cold.

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, delivered in a timely manner. Helpful and friendly staff. Can't wait to visit again.

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TL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

After Chelsea flower show - food was awful. Dietary requirements ignored. Wine selection unavailable twice. 4 people spent over £250 and all were disappointed.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good drink, good service.... nuff said!

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice bar and food but check in hostess was rude and ‘couldn’t find’ our booking (even though they had rung me the day before to confirm) and demanded to see my booking confirmation, then just led us through to restaurant without an apology. The other staff were very good.

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DT
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Botanist. Great breakfast. Quick friendly service.

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T
London
22 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very tasty and delicious.
Staff very professional, attentive, warm and discreet

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FS
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Had many pleasant visits here until recently, we were not offered to have our coats taken upon arrival..we settled in at a free table in the bar area...we were quickly turfed to another table and they put reserved signs on the table we were just on for some people that came in like ten mins after....expected a la carte menu for a Sunday....we got given a brunch menu even though our booking was for 1:15pm, was told no other menu available, the mains had no roast, no steak, no nothing! This was meant to be a special occasion for my mother which I specified upon booking and had below average service throughout. We ended up eating elsewhere as my mother was so disappointed with the menu and service. Such a shame!

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WL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I was there for Saturday brunch with my friend. The food was good although my friend’s pancakes were not fresh (mouldy fruits) so we sent them back.

I’d go for evening drinks or a get together with friends.

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MH
London
52 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had booked the table on line and initially was told booking could not be found. However booking was found and we were quickly seated. The food was nicely prepared and tasted good. When we came to pay the bill a 15% service charge had been automatically added but waiter suggested we might like to increase the service charge. I found this presumptions and rude.

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