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The Cottage Balmain

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Pizza, Bar, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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342 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
+61 2 8084 8185
17:00 - 23:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 17:00 - 23:30
Thu - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was recently here with a group of friends for a Sunday lunch. The venue is a cleverly renovated old cottage that has an outstanding atmosphere and the live music kept our group in the front garden till the early evening. The staff were attentive and eager to serve. We were seated promptly and received great table service the entire time... More 

Thank Toobusyforreviews
Flinders, Australia
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped here on spec during a trip to Sydney. Balmain has plenty of dining options and we had experienced some of them previously, so this was a random selection. The outdoor dining was pretty attractive given the season and we were seated promptly upon arrival. The menu is an eclectic mix of Med style Share/Tapas dishes. We shared the... More 

Thank Davray-22
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I first went to the Cottage over five years ago when it first opened, and have been back a number of times since. It is set in an old house on Darling St and is decorated with an eclectic mix of old photos, tools, paintings and general bric-a-brac. The space is welcoming and the staff are young, friendly and attractive.... More 

Thank Greg V
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with a large family group on a very busy Saturday night. Great atmosphere, friendly staff but bit noisy if you just want to chat. Limited menu, but even had a dish or two for our vegan family member & price was what you would expect in Balmain. Enjoyed the delicious Eggplant, Feta & Pear pizza, $23. Ordering different dishes... More 

Thank armchairastronaut
Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sit outside in the fairy light filled courtyard overlooking Darling Street and enjoy some terrific bar food and wine. It's Sydney summertime perfection. Inside, The Cottage has a lot of character but the heat and noise make the courtyard the place to be for a relaxing time with lover and friends.

Thank Astonished P
Brisbane, Australia
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150 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we were exploring Sydney and not being locals ended up here by chance. It was fantastic and if you are in the area I would recommend it. It was just what we felt like at the time and was really nice food with great service. Probably more a local vent than somewhere to head to, but pretty good if you... More 

Thank Neil M
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

A really lovely setting here - I felt very relaxed on a beautiful Sydney weekend. However food was mediocre at best. I know that they explain that food is shared plates, but when one person is vegetarian and the other isn't its kind of not right. The pizza wasn't cooked properly and almost cold, the salad was very dry that... More 

Thank OrewaQueen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Service was great, food we ordered (spicy chicken/cauliflower salad) was excellent, asked for some extra spice options and got chilli flakes and tabasco straight away. Also what I liked was the ambience, not too many places we saw in Balmain where there was somewhere nice to sit down and a singing duo capped things off. Will be back for sure,... More 

Thank Greg N
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

It's so nice to be able to sit in a leafy surround right on the Main Street. At night it is particularly pretty with the fairy lights. (They could add more or even festoon lighting) By day, it is also lovely especially when they have acoustic music! Their cocktails are fantastic! The food is average. I have been a few... More 

1 Thank Samantha W
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We were 'drop ins' with no booking which although very busy was handled well. Great pizza with thin crispy base - yum. Sat in the courtyard under umbrella - lovely.

Thank IrainaH

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Pizza, Bar, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 00:00
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Balmain

Neighbourhood Profile
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 commonly been known for its “working class culture”. It has evolved into a health-conscious heaven with a laid back attitude, offering one of the most vibrant food and bar scenes in Sydney.
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