Eat & Drink

The Hunter Valley's best restaurants

The Hunter Valley is home to some of the state’s most renowned restaurants, from top-tier hatted restaurants to hidden gems.

To make your food journey throughout the valley as good as it can be, we’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants to dine at the Hunter Valley.

Amanda’s on the Edge

This unique property has been offering an incredible restaurant experience to both locals and visitors alike for over 21 years. Amanda's on the Edge feels like a country home where everyone is welcome. The food spans flavour influences from around the globe, and there's plenty of choice for your $120 per person dining experience, which includes an entree, main, and a bottle of wine to share between two.
Where: 1039 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

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Bistro Molines

A Hunter Valley institution, Bistro Molines is brought to you by the husband and wife team of Robert and Sally Molines. Bistro Molines is French-inspired, rustic yet sophisticated, and boasts not only one of the best menus in the Hunter Valley but enviable views of the Mount View region. It's also racked up plenty of chef hats as part of the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide over the years, so you know you can expect an elegant dining experience.
Where: 749 Mount View Rd, Mount View

Boydell’s Cellar Door & Restaurant

Dining at Boydell’s offers a relaxed yet sophisticated experience, with the interiors flowing seamlessly from cellar door to dining space. Start off with a wine tasting in the cellar door, then eat lunch or dinner in the restaurant. Located in a historic slab hut in Morpeth, it's an atmospheric spot to enjoy locally-sourced, seasonal produce that's handled with care by Boydell's talented team.
Where: 2 Green St, Morpeth

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Circa 1876

Before you even set foot into the cottage that is Circa 1876, you get the feeling that you're in for something a little bit special. Circa 1876 is the perfect example of the farm-to-fork ethos, with its menu featuring fresh local seasonal produce, most of which is from the onsite organic kitchen garden. Expect modern Australian cuisine presented in one of the most stunning buildings in wine country.
Where: 64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

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éRemo Restaurant

The luxurious Spicers Guesthouse in Pokolbin is where you’ll find the equally luxe dining experience that is éRemo Restaurant. A destination in itself, éRemo Restaurant showcases modern Italian cuisine that connects diners with some of the region's best local producers. The menu is complemented by a very extensive and well-travelled wine list, including some of the Hunter Valley’s best vintages and a selection of those from further afield.
Where: 57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin

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Esca Bimbadgen

As you enter Esca at Bimbadgen, you can see that the restaurant has taken full advantage of its hilltop views, which makes for lovely vistas while you dine. Enjoy a seasonal menu separated into the sections From the Garden, From the Land, From the Sea, and Cheese & Dessert. You can choose from three to five courses, and even add on a wine-matched experience featuring six premium Bimbadgen wines.
Where: 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

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EXP. Restaurant

This Hunter Valley restaurant is bringing something a little different to the table. EXP. Restaurant has introduced us to a new way of dining that is experimental (gaining one chef hat along the way) and we can't get enough. Preferring to steer away from the typical entrée, main, and dessert formula, EXP. offers a Tasting Menu, allowing guests to experience a wide range of stunning flavours all in one sitting.
Where: 2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

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Fratelli Roma

Traditional Italian cuisine meets modern flair at Fratelli Roma. From fresh antipasto to handmade pasta, this family-owned restaurant offers a taste of Italy in the heart of Maitland. Fratelli Roma also has a fantastic wine list – chat to restaurant manager Nathan about your selection if you’re feeling overwhelmed by choice! Keep an eye out for the weekly specials which are a great way to experience the creativity in Fratelli Roma's kitchen.
Where: 305 High St, Maitland

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Hunters Quarter

Elegant and sophisticated, the food, service, and views are all spectacular at Hunters Quarter. Located at Pooles Rock Vineyard, Hunters Quarter is a Hunter Valley must-visit. With an a la carte menu, a five-course degustation, and even a vegan three-course menu, everyone is catered for at Hunters Quarter. All of its dishes are so artfully-presented too that they look too good to eat – but we don't think it will take too long for you to dive in!
Where: 576 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin

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Margan Restaurant

The menus at Margan Restaurant have been crafted around the harvest from the onsite one-hectare kitchen garden. The property also has its own olive trees, free-range chickens, and beehives, and raises all of its own lambs – all of which are incorporated into the menus. It's farm to table dining at its very best, consistently recognised with one chef hat by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.
Where: 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

Muse Restaurant

For a truly exquisite one-of-a-kind dining experience, you must book a table at Muse Restaurant. The brainchild of the ever-so-humble kitchen mastermind, Troy Rhoades-Brown, this iconic dining institution has been the go-to for special occasions for both locals and visitors since its inception in 2009. Awarded two chef hats for the 10th year in a row in the 2024 Good Food Guide Awards, Muse Restaurant focuses on cooking that is technical yet restrained, and delicately presented.
Where: 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

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Oak and Vine Restaurant

Oak and Vine Restaurant is a surprising gem in the Hunter Valley. Located at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, it isn't necessarily the first place you might think of to dine in wine country, but Oak and Vine Restaurant is totally unique to the region. Expect Sri Lankan fine dining led by chef Vinura de Silva (with a full vegetarian menu so no one has to miss out) paired with a small but hyper-local wine list. All the dishes are bursting with flavour, often in unexpected ways, making for an exciting dining meal.
Where: 15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

Restaurant Botanica

Experience warm, approachable, and regional dining at Restaurant Botanica at Spicer’s Retreats. With Head Chef Chris Rhoney at the helm, Restaurant Botanica has been broadening the appeal of its dining experience to casual diners who are keen to discover delectable cuisine, a superb wine list, and impeccable service.
Where: 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

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The Gates Restaurant

Take a seat at one of the Hunter Valley’s most spectacular dining experiences – The Gates Restaurant at Leogate Estate. The a la carte and five-course degustation menus offer a fine display of locally-sourced ingredients and quality produce. Plus, you can taste Leogate Estate's award-winning wines while you're at it, which makes for an indulgent and very special experience. Don't miss the dry-aged steaks, which are a specialty of the restaurant.
Where: 1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

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The Wood Restaurant

Situated at Brokenwood Wines in Pokolbin, The Wood Restaurant serves contemporary Australian cuisine with a strong focus on using local produce. Led by Head Chef Sean Townsend, The Wood Restaurant offers an a la carte menu as well as a Feed Me menu, so you don't need to worry about choosing which delicious dishes to devour. Don't miss the Raw Bar, featuring a range of raw seafood like oysters and Ulladulla tuna, and local charcuterie by Hungerford Meat Co. Pair your meal with Brokenwood wines for a memorable dining experience. 
Where: Brokenwood Wines, 401-427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

Tower Lodge Restaurant

Formerly known as Sebastian, Tower Lodge’s restaurant has been reinvigorated with the appointment of renowned chef Anthony Fullerton. Anthony has held onto the restaurant's fine dining ethos and focus on hyper-local produce. The menu takes advantage of the Hunter's plentiful local growers and suppliers, including Tower Lodge’s kitchen garden. The result? Modern European fare that is all about letting these premium ingredients speak for themselves.
Where: 6 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

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Twine Restaurant

Discover the ultimate combination of breathtaking views and delicious food at Twine Restaurant. Sitting atop a picturesque valley, the view at Twine Restaurant is stunning: pair the vistas with a mouth-watering modern Australian menu and you've got yourself a delightful dining experience.
Where: 310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

Yellow Billy Restaurant

Yellow Billy Restaurant is named for a local gentleman bushranger in the 1800s named William White, AKA Yellow Billy. Having cooked over fire and foraged for food, this bushranger inspired the ethos of Yellow Billy Restaurant, where a custom-built fire pit is used to cook its outstanding food, imparting each dish with the unique flavour of cooking over flames. The restaurant has one chef hat and has been consistently awarded for its excellent wine list, so you can expect a pretty special experience at Yellow Billy Restaurant.
Where: 697 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

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