The Botanist

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Rep Onepu Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

A vegetarian restaurant serves clearly labeled organic vegan and vegetarian food. Has views of the sea and a north facing outdoor area. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Organic, European

17 Reviews

First Review by Wildevegan

Great food, atmosphere and service! - Edit

A nice range of vegan options, the food was delicious, filling and reasonably priced. The cafe is in a great location, looking out to Lyall Bay beach if you sit out front, and inside is also very nice with lots of hanging plants etc. The service was really good, friendly and there wasn’t a long wait for our food. Will definitely be going back to try out more off the menu.

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Tasty lunch, portions not big - Edit

We came here for lunch at peak hour and had no trouble getting a seat but there was a significant wait for our orders to arrive. We ordered the Royale with Cheese (burger, $22) and the Veganise Me (big breakfast, $21). Both were very tasty, although - particularly in the case of the burger - not huge. All items of the breakfast - vegan sausage, beans, mock meats, hash and sauces - had strong and satisfying flavours. I’d definitely come back to try more of the menu.

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Great Food - Edit

Went for dinner after arriving at Wellington Airport. It was great to have a well thought out menu that's so clearly labeled.
My vegetarian friend and I both ordered burgers and a kahlua chocolate pot. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and fast to arrive.
As a previous hospitality worker the service was a little rusty but staff were all attentive and friendly.

Pros: Delicious food , Great atmosphere , Beautiful location

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Vegan brunch at the seaside - Edit

The Botanist does fancy, cafe brunch food, without the meat. We love that they have some cheap options too - huge bowl of hand cut fries with vegan aioli ($7/8) and a lime soda ($2), yes please.

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friendly and tasty - Edit

Delish burgers and sides. We had the jalapeno poppers and the smoked brie. Both were yum. The waitstaff were very attentive and very friendly.

It wasn't a budget meal for my family of four but it was worth it. I'd definately recommend that you make a booking as it was crowded even on a monday evening.

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Incredible! - Edit

Great food, great cocktails, great view of the sunset.

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Good food, cozy ambiance, super friendly staff - Edit

Cozy and beautiful cafe/restaurant/ bar offering good options of foods and beverages (including local beers). The staff is super (I mean SUPER) friendly, food is good with a gourmet touch. I highly recommend this place, although a bit pricey.

Pros: Cozy place, Friendly staff, Labeled vegan options

Cons: Pricey

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Delicious Eats - Edit

Busy restaurant with friendly and efficient wait staff. All vegetarian options with many vegan dishes. Absolutely delish fritters and salad when I last went. Looking forward to the next visit.

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Great place by the beach! - Edit

This is a gem across from a beach. The staff was super helpful and friendly. Good variety of drinks to try and fantastic coffee. Really enjoyed the beet burger.

Pros: nice vegan options , fun drink menu, helpful staff

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A delight! - Edit

Such a rare pleasure to find such a choice of excellent, tasty and good looking vegan and vegetarian options in one menu! Pleasant service, good atmosphere, highly recommended.

Pros: All vegetarian, many vegan options

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Good Burgers!.... - Edit

We called in here after an early evening flight into Wellington. If you have a vehicle, it's very close & handy to the airport.
A supper of burgers & fries before we got on the road.

Good dinner menu options for Vegans and everything is clearly labelled. They offer variable sizes of meals with moderate pricing and great hours for a suburban cafe.
We had the Native Burger (loved the pineapple salsa!), and the BFC (Cheesy!). Both were good portions (not too big!) with tasty flavours and textures. Tasty burger buns too. The vegan aioli with the fries was one of the best we've had in a cafe.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff with good table service. We'll definitely return when we are back on Wellington's South Coast.

Pros: Friendly service. Meals served promptly., Good prices ~ Good Food., Handy location and hours for the nearby airport.

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Amazing food - Edit

Love it here. Great food and atmosphere . It's a must visit.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-25

Pros: Lots vegan options

Cons: None

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I'll keep going back - Edit

... until I've tried everything on the menu, but that's going to be hard because I also want to enjoy the same things again! Really delicious and inspired food with lots of choice on the menu. The decor is elegant. Overall I really love the place!

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amazing - Edit

Strongly recommend. The veganise me breakfast is delicious. The staff are always exceptionally lovely. And the dinner is amazing with heaps of vegan options.

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Absolutely Delightful - Edit

My mum and I went in for dinner and had the most fabulous meal. It was wonderful to find a place that catered to our challenging combination of intolerances and dietary requirements, and in such a divine way!

I will be recommending this place to all my friends, vegetarian and otherwise! :)

Pros: excellent choice, lots of GF options, lovely staff

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First time and not the last! - Edit

A great dining experience in a lovely spot. Had the 'veganise me' brunch. Every bite was a complete joy. I highly recommend.

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Great brunch vegan options - Edit

Sunday brunch outside it was a wild wet Wellington morning, inside it was warm welcoming and pumping. Great food super friendly attentive waitstaff who were up front about wait time for food. Food didn't disappoint it was well presented and delicious. All organic and vegan options check it out.

Updated from previous review on 2017-03-13

Pros: Great location

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