The Botanist

4.2
1269 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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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OB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The staff were very accommodating to our request for an extra chair for an unexpected guest. The restaurant was busy and , consequently the service was quite slow. We were not in a hurry but if we had been, the wait for food and drinks might have been annoying. The food was very good and there was a buzzy atmosphere.

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LT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Wasn't really what we expected. Looks lovely from outside, but its a bit dated on the inside. Portion size was small. Service was ok but nothing to write home about

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MG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Not as refined a I thought it would be and extremely noisy on a Thursday night. Food was decent but not amazing.

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D
London
34 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Relaxed restaurant atmosphere, good location and good food selection

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MS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We ordered several different dishes, and while the presentation was lovely, the food was just OK. Everything was edible. Nothing was horrifying. It was just, meh. Rather bland. Boring. It’s like they put all their effort on being cool and instagrammable and no effort into making the food taste good. The service was kind, though there were multiple mistakes. The restaurant really is lovely, but we won’t be back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

They didn’t have the booking

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

1st time at the Botanist restaurant and am very impressed , . Energetic staff gave us a feeling of being looked after. The food we chose very enjoyable, extreamly well presented, enough to satisfy. We had enough room at the table and did not feel crowded. No one pushing us to end a lovely experience .Thankyou to all staff

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OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Recommended by hotel. Pricey - food good but not very hot.

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KG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately my friends and I were left disappointed after our visit on Saturday - such a shame as we had been so looking forward to it after reading all the good reviews.

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

Met with friends here prior to a concert. Almost late for concert due to slow service, 25 minutes before we were offered a menu! Very noisy ground floor restaurant because of proximity of the bar. Conversation all but impossible. Food was wonderful! Bit costly but then this is Sloane Square! Will definitely come again but ask for table well away from bar.

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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter, Manda(?), very nice and helpful

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FB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Having been there before, I was looking forward to it. On this occasion, the food was poor, the service very slow, waiting staff seemed very subdued.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had theater menu. Chicken and créame Brûlée were good.

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E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First visit thoroughly enjoyed the experience.We were a party of 4 and all found the food and service excellent.

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N
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really lovely family brunch. The manager was extremely helpful and service was great. My only very slight criticism was the drinks orders were a bit slow. All drinks come from the bar and they seemed pretty busy. However all in all a extremely pleasurable experience and we will definitely return.

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j
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was okay... nothing particularly special. More pub grub than I was expecting...

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Our food came late and without one of the sides. The bill came with an extra £50 added for our glass of rom and coke. This was removed after we noticed it, but they were not very apologetic, we felt they thought we won't notice.

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SU
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like this place a lot, the food is really good (great value for money), the drinks are very good. The atmosphere is great! Sometimes it gets too crowded in the bar area but even then it's a nice place for different occasions like drinks with girls, dinner with friends or work lunches... Well done people!

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T
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Wine was warm and not much atmosphere..

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W
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The Botanist in its day was the place to go to on Sloane Square. It is now the place to avoid. The food is substandard, including running out of Sunday roast! How does that happen. Service is slow and they have packed in the tables complicating service and increasing the noise levels.

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V
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was fine but nothing spectacular (I was there for brunch and the eggs royale was very average). Having said that the atmosphere was great and so were the staff (they do very politely stick to the time allocation for your table though so be prepared to leave 1.5 hours in). It’s a good location and the restaurant area is a lovely place to sit, albeit quite tightly packed. Go and make your own mind up, but being honest you could probably do better.

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FP
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That Oak smoked salmon though! Delicious! I will definitely return and recommend to friends and family!

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EG
London
26 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very nice experience and would certainly return. The restaurant is quite crowded and noisy, but we were allocated a nice window table, as requested. Food was very good, as was the service. Not cheap, but then it is in Sloane Square and certainly not unreasonable.

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DC
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine and very friendly efficient service. One can’t ask for more.

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable dinner with a pre-theatre menu or a la carte. We've eaten at The Botanist on different nights of the week. Service is faster and easier earlier in the week, though it is always polite. The food is the same high quality. It is quite expensive for what you get, but the convenient location must merit a high rent bill in your food and drink! We'd certainly go back. Fish, fishcakes, and salads are all recommended.

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A
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Maybe just for the bar rather than the restaurant!

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The coconut pot is to die for!
The avocadotoast also highly recommended. We added poached eggs, perfect match!

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent all round but the acoustics are poor and the noise levels are high, particularly if there is a noisy party nearby.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

this did not live up to the reviews we read.
Our starters were wrong and we were left waiting for an hour for our main course .
Sadly we gave up , paid for our starters and left .
Will not be returning .

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Botanist is two venues in one. When we arrived early on a Friday evening it was rather daunting to be met with crowds of noisy people in the steeet and in the bar (both of us being over 65!). However, we were then shown through into the restaurant which was quieter. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was good. Would we go again, yes probably.

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KN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Ordered a bottle of wine, which took 20 minutes to come to the table, the bottle was then taking away and not refilled, we were sat with empty glasses with our food. Our starters and mains were brought to the wrong table. Did not deserve the £20 service charge that was added automatically in my opinion.

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LC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at The Botanist on Valentines evening. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the food was excellent and I would like to make a special note in regards to our waiter Maged (apologies if I have spelt it wrong) he was so attentive , friendly and helpful and really made us feel special.

Thanks again and we will be back soon

Lee & Caroline

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A
London
44 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Fabtastic location on sloane sq. lovely lighting comfortable but slightly lacking in buzz the night we went. Strange. Food was good but not fabulous. Service was very well-meaning but a bit amateur made a few mistakes. By bringing us the wrong courses meant for another table! But the staff was extremely nice and we had a great main waiter who is Egyptian.

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service and genuine interest in allergy issues

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LB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really beautiful food in a lively, buzzy setting

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to eat quickly before going to a concert. Perfect solution! Bar meal - a hamburger plus plus - a beer and a glass of wine. In at 6.15 out at 7.15. Set up for the evening.

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w
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very quiet on a Saturday evening which rang alarm bells. Food was nice but staff took no notice of 2 separate notifications of a food allergy. We were just finishing off when the bouncer -not the waiting staff- came over from the door to tell us they were closing in 10 minutes. When he was asked for the bill he just repeated "we're closing in 10 minutes". That was the first we had noticed the time. No one else had mentioned the time or offered the bill. There were so many other ways the waiting staff could have dealt with that situation but to send the bouncer over was just ridiculous and rude. Would definitely not recommend and won't be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a lovely meal at the Botanist, and they were extremely accommodating with one of our party's serious food allergy. Thank you, we will be back - Amy

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S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We have visited many times before
We had a 5.30pm table - the staff was nowhere to be seen at the start, then they were all trained by the duty manager? next to the tills visible to anybody sitting towards the back. Cutlery food-stained, bread took ages to arrive, and a large party who had drinks from the VERY noisy bar moved in the restaurant taking their table - instead of sitting down, they carried on drinking while standing and chatting, making a rather disturbing strong noise. NONE of the staff has asked them to take their seats and to behave like in a restaurant and not like by the bar.
Very disappointed. Plus the pre-theatre menu wasn`t offered, I had to ask for it specifically. it looked like they charged everybody else the full price for many dishes that were on the set menu. Clearly profit making at large scale

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Very mediocre food and terrible service!
Will not go back or recommend!

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