The Hunter Valley Wine Region Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Hunter Valley Wine Region - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Bistro Molines

    $$$

    Local French-born celebrity chef Robert Molines, who used to run Roberts Restaurant, has a restaurant on the grounds of the lovely Tallavera vineyard, which has...

    Local French-born celebrity chef Robert Molines, who used to run Roberts Restaurant, has a restaurant on the grounds of the lovely Tallavera vineyard, which has one of the best views in the valley. Make sure you nab a table on or near the veranda. Food isn't overly complicated or styled, which fits nicely with the relaxed (but professional) service. The twice-roasted Hunter duckling on braised cabbage is delicious, while seafood fans love the Jewfish with jamon consomme. It's a two-course minimum at A$85. Those who want a nap after a long lunch, or don't want to drive home, might want to book into the two-bedroom cottage (operated by Robert and his wife Sally) that's just a stroll from the restaurant.

    749 Mount View Rd.
    - 02 - 4990–9553

    Known For

    • Incredible views
    • Overnight accommodation if needed
    • Must-visit cellar door

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed. No dinner Mon. and Thurs., Reservations essential
  • 2. Cafe Enzo

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    This breakfast and lunch café is at Peppers Creek Village, a charming little shopping and dining enclave in Pokolbin with a village green atmosphere. Housed...

    This breakfast and lunch café is at Peppers Creek Village, a charming little shopping and dining enclave in Pokolbin with a village green atmosphere. Housed in a sandstone building, with a lovely attached sun-drenched courtyard overlooking a fountain, this is a great spot for a hearty lunch after a visit to neighboring David Hooks winery and the clothing and antiques shops. Meals are substantial and may include handmade linguine with tiger prawns and fresh chili or zucchini. It's a popular place in the warmer months, and even breakfast can be booked out on weekends.

    Broke Rd. at Ekerts Rd.
    - 02 - 4998–7233

    Known For

    • Rustic fare
    • Seafood specials
    • Very busy

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 3. Circa 1876

    $$$$

    This restaurant in grapevine-covered, 1876-built Pepper Tree Cottage wins the ambience award hands down. The seasonal Mod Oz menu draws inspiration from regional recipes of...

    This restaurant in grapevine-covered, 1876-built Pepper Tree Cottage wins the ambience award hands down. The seasonal Mod Oz menu draws inspiration from regional recipes of France and Italy and applies it to local game, seafood, beef, and lamb. A good choice is the chef specialty cherry glazed duck breast or the curry myrtle smoke emu fillet. Lunch is set at a three courses costing A$110. The cozy fireside lounge is perfect for enjoying after-dinner liqueurs, or another wine from the extensive wine list.

    64 Halls Rd.
    - 02 - 4998–4999

    Known For

    • European vineyard feel
    • Special occasion
    • Stunning interiors

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 4. Il Cacciatore

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    Serving up a vast selection of northern Italian specialties, the outdoor terrace at Il Cacciatore is the perfect place for a leisurely weekend lunch. The...

    Serving up a vast selection of northern Italian specialties, the outdoor terrace at Il Cacciatore is the perfect place for a leisurely weekend lunch. The exterior is classic Australian, with a veranda overlooking the vineyards. Once you step inside, your senses will be overwhelmed by the wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchen. Italian favorites crowd this menu, with pasta and gnochi the staple. Make sure you leave plenty of room for the long list of desserts, too. An extensive list of local and imported wines complements the menu. One of the few restaurants in the area also open every night for dinner. 

    609 McDonalds Rd., at Gillard Rd.
    - 02 - 4998–7639

    Known For

    • Vineyard setting
    • Northern Italian menu
    • Boutique hotel on-site

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays
  • 5. Leaves & Fishes

    $$$$

    A rustic boathouse-style café with a deck that projects over a fish-stocked dam and a lovely garden, this is the place to savor delicious seafood...

    A rustic boathouse-style café with a deck that projects over a fish-stocked dam and a lovely garden, this is the place to savor delicious seafood with an Asian twist, and share antipasto dishes. Fish comes straight from farm to plate, and wines are from local vineyards. You could start with the roasted Harvery Bay scallops or the soft shell crap with Singaporean chilli. Those who are not fans of seafood can tuck into the crispy chicken cutlets roasted in harissa. Desserts from the specials board might include steamed fig and ginger pudding. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends, and it's a two-course minimum (A$68) at both lunch and dinner. There is also boathouse-style accommodation on the property, ideal for couples.

    737 Lovedale Rd.
    - 02 - 4930–7400

    Known For

    • <PRO>idyllic surroundings</PRO>
    • <PRO>popular spot</PRO>
    • <PRO>great seafood</PRO>

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Wed. No dinner Thurs. and Sun., Credit cards accepted
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  • 6. Muse Kitchen

    $$$$

    Located at the entrance to Pokolbin, this award-winning European-style restaurant is found in the picturesque Keith Tulloch Wines courtyard. The menu is focused on Hunter...

    Located at the entrance to Pokolbin, this award-winning European-style restaurant is found in the picturesque Keith Tulloch Wines courtyard. The menu is focused on Hunter Valley’s finest local produce. The restaurant’s crisp-white exterior is complemented by views of the nearby mountain ranges. Three course minimum for lunch.

    989 Hermitage Rd.
    - 02 - 4998--7899

    Known For

    • Expansive views
    • Fine-dining menu
    • Farm-to-table dining

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch Sat.
  • 7. Sabor Dessert Bar

    $ | Coffee

    During peak season in the Hunter Valley, the queue here snakes around the building. That's all down to the extensive array of desserts available. Each...

    During peak season in the Hunter Valley, the queue here snakes around the building. That's all down to the extensive array of desserts available. Each day, there's over 30 different cakes to choose from. And each are made on-site daily. And you can grab a coffee but there's also dessert wines to choose from. Dine in or takeaway.

    2342 Broke Rd.
    - 1300 - 958--939

    Known For

    • Great service
    • Delicious desserts
    • Takeaway options

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