Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

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Modern Australian
Our love of the botanicals used in Vermouth led to naming our restaurant after the first English botanist to hit Australian shores. Sir Joseph Banks became the leading English authority on Australia & the botanical names he left behind are his legacy. Our food philosophy is based around the abundant Mediterranean table, where family and friends gather to enjoy a shared style meal. We believe every great meal should start with some snacks & an aperitif and of course our beverage of choice is Vermouth!
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vipFormsguy
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambience. Noisy but fun.

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks for the 5-star review! We hope you'll pay us another visit soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wait staff and recommendations

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thanks for the great review!

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SB
SydneyBites
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m always impressed by the standard of service here as well as great food. Professional and friendly and relaxed - a trifecta of great service.

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thanks so much for the great review! We're so glad to hear you had such a wonderful experience and we hope to have you back at Banksii again soon.

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AnnaB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome lunch experience! Excellent service, great food! Had the tasting menu and thought it was extremely good value and totally delicious! Would recommend and revisit!

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on January 13, 2020

Hi Anna. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're happy to hear you enjoyed the tasting menu. We do hope to have you back soon at Banksii!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had guests from the States and they really enjoyed the cuisine and the atmosphere. Our hostess was fantastic and extremely accomodating!

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on November 20, 2019

Hi there! We're so pleased to hear you had a wonderful time at Banksii. We look forward to you dining with us again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making our anniversary lunch extra special. Really appreciated the great service from Di. Looking forward to dining again soon :)

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2019

That's wonderful to hear! Happy Anniversary once again. We hope to see you again at Banksii very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in Sydney

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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SkyeC
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite place!

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2019

Hi Skye! Thank you for such a fantastic review. We hope to see you again very soon!

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Emily
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious - great range of Vermouth and the mussels are succulent little pillows - yum

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2019

Hi Emily. Thank you for the great review. We hope you'll be back for another Vermouth! Also, don't forget to stay up to date with our current offers and specials: https://banksii.sydney/about-us

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DoJo
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience, the quality of food and service was superb.

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2019

Hi Dojo. Thank you for the great review! We hope you'll be back for a Vermouth or two soon. Don't forget to stay up-to-date with our current offers and events: https://banksii.sydney/whatson

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation. Loved the vegetarian menu.

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2019

We're so glad to hear you loved our vegetarian menu - we're a fan of it too. Don't forget to visit us next time you are in town!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Reviewed on May 23, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Banksii has to be my absolute favourite restaurant/bar in Sydney.

Every time I dine here the experience with food; wine; vermouth and staff is exceptional. I love taking my interstate and overseas visitors here and they also make it their favourite :)

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JackieP
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place for a celebratory dinner. Food was incredible and the service was first rate. We love this restaurant and will definitely be going back.

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2019

Thanks for the great review Jackie! We hope you'll be back again soon. Don't forget to stay up to date with our offers and events: https://banksii.sydney/whatson

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StephanieT
Sydney / NSW
17 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were lovely and made our birthday dinner very special. Thank you for the treats!

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WilmaS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasant afternoon, good food although small portions, great location

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ClareT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and location one of my favorite at Barangaroo

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Balmain Bug tortellini is a must have dish. It's the perfect bites of seafood and pasta.

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PatrishaH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On arrival our reception was lovely, staff were lovely, we were celebrating two birthdays and as we all were seated our lovely waiter Jeff bought over to the birthday boys a lovely box with a handwritten note saying happy birthday from the staff - inside were chocolates - very lovely

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Aidan
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Consistently good food and service with a great selection of vermouths to try out.

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CaroleM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have eaten here many times and recommended it to many people. The food is great and the service excellent. The staff really try to form a relationship with the diner. It is quite an unusual style of service that I enjoy

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PatriciaH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an evening dinner with friends. Everything was as it should be service was exceptional food delicious and of course the ambulance outstanding. I heartily recommend it for all occasions casual and formal!

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MarinaM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such fantastic service, wonderful food and incredible wine! Lovely location. Maitre d Micky made the day an exceptional experience by looking after us so well.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! Will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my friend Erick’s 50th birthday! We had a great time and sincerely apologize for The 50th balloons annoying other diners. It was windy and we hadn’t accounted for that. Sorry if we were a bit loud laughing and enjoying ourselves. We all hadn’t been together for a long time, so loads to catch up on and celebrate!! Hopefully it added to your atmosphere!!
Erick dines there a lot and travels a lot globally so is an international diner but always says he loves Banksii!
Thanks so much to the staff for being so accommodating. We all loved it and will definitely recommend to all our friends... in fact we already have!!
Thanks so much
Nicole

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LAlex
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the relaxed atmosphere, and the helpful, knowledgeable, and attentive staff. The food was delicious - stand outs being the chicken pate, green risotto, and brisket. The pipis were a little chewy and fishy but the sauce they were in made up for it. We explored the extensive vermouth menu, but the dirty martini was the best we’ve ever had. Will definitely be back!

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GraceL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food, drinks, service were all great! A little regret was the beef brisket which could have been better if the meat was more tender. The macadamia cream dip with toast was awesome! Great place by the waterfront, not difficult to get a table on a Friday night. Love the vermouth cocktails!

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AshleyH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was amazing but very slow service throughout the whole evening

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SZMZ
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Draconian for groups and it was 1/2 full. zzzzzxxxx

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CorinneJ
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time at Banksii, our first visit. It was for our anniversary, we received a card and gift of petit fours! The food is great, the share mains are a good size for two, even three people. The starters are quite simple but the quality of the ingredients is what makes for a standout meal. The variety of vermouths is mind blowing (check out the wine list online before you visit for the first time) or take the advice of your waiter. I have a dietary issues which was fully addressed. Highly recommended!

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marilyns
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

my friends and i have visited two to three times now we love to do the share plates they are not only delicious but great value as well

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NikB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, would eat here again for sure. Food, staff, everything was spot on.

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Eric
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue and amazing food. The vegan options were plentiful and beyond flavourful and filling. Will definitely make this our regular hang. Highly recommend!

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SL01
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time dining at Banksii and it was once again a very pleasant experience. We were looked after by the wonderful Julia, who was competent, efficient and always had a smile on her face - nothing was too much trouble. We actually had a few friends who cancelled on the dinner just before our reservation. We felt very sorry for the last minute change but Banksii was very understanding and made the adjustments straightaway. Thank you for a lovely evening; we'll definitely be recommending you!

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kc1989
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The professionalism by the staff at Banskii was beyond amazing, the team were attentive and graceful and the whole evening was a sophisticated, food was beautiful, well priced and cocktails were well made and presented with style. We will be back!

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DarrynF
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was fantastic. We really enjoyed the set menu as we could try a number of different meals on the menu. Thanks for a great night.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

good service ,great food, good atmosphere and vibe.

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Jackie
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome venue. Great food and wine menu

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

we got the course menu , i got the pork belly that was really tender and cooked just the way i lked it. The trifle is to die for! Love the over all experience!

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ArishaN
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan options, lovely service. The ambience was fantastic.

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Yummmmm
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all really enjoyed Banksii. Definitely be back!

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Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 527 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 reservations at the moment.