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The Cottage Balmain

342 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
+61 2 8084 8185
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  • Average14%
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Pizza, Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
342 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
Neighbourhood: Balmain
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed one of the "Shared Feasts" at $55 per head. It was a great way to eat with a group of people as the food kept coming in nicely presented and sized portions. The lamb was particularly lovely as were the jumbo prawns.

Thank Sally H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived for a Sunday lunch. We knew the cottage was not fine dining, but more a relaxed atmosphere with a contemporary menu, which was perfect for us! The restaurant is really cute and cosy and our server was very attentive. However, the food was...More

Thank Steph T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came on a Saturday night when we were looking for a local casual feed. We always walk past this restaurant during the week and it generally looks busy, so we were curious to try it. But we left disappointed. The good parts: The fairy...More

Thank BJMU
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been back here a few times and had the pleasure of spending sunny afternoons in the courtyard listening to great musicians. Cocktails are of a high quality and always so many to choose from. The prawns and arancini are our favourite share plates. Highly...More

Thank Selina M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic spot with friendly staff and lovely food. Love the outdoor garden and they have happy hour specials!

Thank Dianne D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arancini was quite tasty however arrived lukewarm well before our drinks showed up. Charcuterie sounded great but was lack luster. The pizza was tough, with what felt like rubbery, cheap cheese. The staff seemed to all be backpackers more interested in chatting among themselves than...More

Thank Stafford W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking along Darling st we decided to try this restaurant for Friday dinner. The menu looked very varied and the outdoor seating in the garden was really nice. We chose a table outside close to the front. It felt cozy and quite intimate. The restaurant...More

Thank Fer W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dined here a few times now and have been very impressed with the consistency of product and service. Always a pleasure to dine here. Highly recommend the banquet menus for small groups. They represent great value and are a well thought out selection of share...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Awesome local with a great wine and cocktail list. Seating in the garden and inside, great place for dinner or just for drinks.

Thank Georgina R
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Booked a table inside but was lucky enough to score a table for 4 outside in the garden. Hadn't been to The Cottage before so I thought me and some girlfriends would try it out. We started with a round of espresso martinis (yum!!) and...More

Thank Bianca H
Take the ferry to the inner west suburb of Balmain and
be enchanted with this picturesque and eclectic
waterside area. A stroll down Darling Street will take
you on a tour of coffee shops, boutique delicatessens
and shops offering wholefood products and organic
cuisines. Yoga studios abound, and live music emanates
from the hotels at night. As the place where the
Australian Labor Party formed in 1891, Balmain has
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$22
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 342 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney  >  Balmain>  > Balmain
  • Neighbourhood: Balmain
  • Phone Number: +61 2 8084 8185
  • E-mail
Established in 2012, The Cottage Bar & Kitchen feels like grandma’s farmhouse, with a mismatch of kitsch and vintage furniture and a unique courtyard, the perfect urban oasis for a tipple.
2017 see’s Head Chef Adam McCaughey join the team, bringing with him a wealth of experience & culinary prowess. Having mastered his craft at venues such as Attica, Rockpool 1989 as well as Noma Australia, the menu Adam has designed at The Cottage brings a subtle Japanese twist to Modern Australian share plates.
As the venue approaches it’s 5th birthday, we’re excited to share our passion for good times to be enjoyed with friends.