Locals and weekenders are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining – an ever-growing list of trendy new eateries swing open their doors across the Hunter Valley. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite, or dinner spent amongst the vines, we’ve whittled down the best restaurants in the Hunter Valley that are guaranteed to impress.
Located at the entrance to Pokolbin, Muse Kitchen is an award-winning European-style restaurant, situated in the picturesque Keith Tulloch Wines courtyard. Showcasing the very best of Hunter Valley’s local produce, with an emphasis on seasonality and quality, the restaurant’s crisp-white exterior is complemented by views of the nearby mountain ranges.
Keith Tulloch Winery, Hermitage Road & Deasys Road, Pokolbin
Located at Spicers Retreat, Restaurant Botanica is a warm and inviting space, thanks to the interior’s cosy fireplace, smooth, earthy tones, and ambient light fittings. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu delivers produce picked fresh that morning with seasonal dishes perfectly matched with local Hunter Valley wines.
555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
Margan Wines & Restaurant
Located within a tranquil and rural setting of Broke, foodies flock to Margan Wines & Restaurant to enjoy a complete food and wine experience. Serving seasonally-inspired cuisines, everything on the menu is sourced from local and mostly organic producers, as well as picked fresh from the restaurant’s onsite Margan Kitchen Garden. What’s more, the estate’s very own range of award-winning wines can be matched with your meals — so there’s really no going wrong with a visit to Margan Wines & Restaurant.
1238 Milbrodale Road, Broke
Hunters Quarter is an elegant yet relaxed restaurant, located in the Cockfighters Ghost Vineyard. Every seat is spoilt with sweeping vineyard views, thanks to the restaurant’s fishbowl-like panorama, and an outdoor deck provides the perfect spot to soak up some sun while enjoying a couple of drinks.
576 De Beyers Road, Pokolbin
Leaves & Fishes Restaurant
Perched over a pond of friendly fish, overlooking luscious lily pads, Leaves & Fishes Restaurant provides a truly unique dining experience within the Hunter Valley. The restaurant’s seafood-focused menu with an Asian twist is a winner, served inside its carefully curated space, where antique details and modern makes are blended beautifully.
737 Lovedale Road, Lovedale
Vines at Hollydene
Located on picturesque grounds and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Vines Restaurant provides the perfect dining destination for your next trip to the Hunter. Offering a well-rounded menu of modern Australian dishes, the restaurant has a farm to fork ethos, and champions local producers.
3483 Golden Highway, Jerry Plains
Lovedale Smokehouse Café
Famous for their share-style charcuterie platters, Lovedale Smokehouse is a popular artisan smokehouse local, with both a cafe and a gourmet pantry. Not only do their platters offer a taste of their smoked and cured cold cut meats, cheeses and chutneys, but their menu also features low ‘n slow USA barbecue smoked meats.
64 Majors Lane, Lovedale
The Gates Restaurant
Fine dining at its finest, The Gates Restaurant sits pretty on the award-winning Leogate Estate vineyard. Here you can sample the estate’s signature range of wines — all while enjoying views of the vines and taking in a healthy dose of country air. To make the most of their hospitality, start with a wine tasting at the cellar door, before indulging in the restaurant’s sumptuous degustation experience
Leogate Estate Wines, 1693 Broke Road, Pokolbin
Perched on the foothills of Mount View, just a ten-minute drive from Cessnock, Bistro Molines is a renowned European-inspired restaurant. Serving French Provincial dishes from an always evolving menu, guests can enjoy dining out on the alfresco terrace, while taking in sweeping views of the nearby vineyards.
749 Mount View Road, Mount View
At Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s signature restaurant Redsalt you can expect seasonal produce to take centre-stage. At this hatted eatery you can dine from breakfast to dinner, with the warm and friendly service making the dining experience all the more worth it. If you’re looking for something a bit special, we suggest opting in for the five-course degustation, perfectly paired with the Hunter Valley’s best drops.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale
Located at the iconic Hungerford Hill Winery, this fine dining restaurant is the ultimate date night spot. It serves local produce in the most deliciously, beautiful way. After dining here, you’ll find yourself booking your next trip to the Hunter just to enjoy their fare, one more time.
2450 Broke Road, Pokolbin
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