Eat & Drink

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is sorted with our guide to Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is home to some of the state’s most renowned restaurants; from top-tier hatted restaurants to hidden gems pumping out some incredibly unique flavour experiences. But where to start?

To make your foodie journey throughout the valley as good as it can be, we’ve compiled a list of the best spots to dine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner across our incredible wine region.

Breakfast

Café Enzo

Since 1996 this enchanting sandstone building has been delivering the goods, not only with the coffee beans but with an incredible menu that seems to get better on every visit.
Where: Broke Rd & Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin
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Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery

Situated within Pokolbin Village in the heart of Wine Country, its location and onsite bakehouse make it easy to drop in whilst on your wine tasting travels, collect all of your sourdough, pastry, coffee, and garlic essentials or sit down for an early brunch.
Where: 2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
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Kawul Restaurant

Calling Calais Estate in Pokolbin home, Kawul Restaurant has created a stylish and inviting restaurant complete with fresh white walls, warm exposed bricks, wooden floors, and Aboriginal artwork adorning the walls.
Where: 151 Palmers Ln, Rothbury
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Mockingbird Hunter Valley

The Newcastle brunch fav has arrived in the Hunter Valley. Whilst the breakfast flavours are familiar, Mockingbird Hunter Valley has built its own identity with the new restaurant becoming a refreshing addition to the Hunter Valley dining scene.
Where: 477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale
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Muse Kitchen Lorn

The quaint and picturesque town of Lorn won the gastronomy lotto with the arrival of one of the Hunter Valley’s most loved restaurants, Muse Kitchen, having opened up its beautiful white French doors back in September 2020. Drop by the cosy dining venue for a rustic European brunch experience
Where: 1/27 Belmore Rd, Lorn
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Restaurant Cuvee at Peterson House

Head to Peterson House and start your Hunter Valley journey with bubbles, breakfast, and oysters on the balcony!
Where: Broke Rd, Pokolbin
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The Mill Restaurant

Located on the grounds of one of Pokolbin’s most delightful accommodation offerings, Estate Tuscany, sits The Mill Restaurant, a rustic foodie haven featuring good wine, good food, and good times.
Where: 28 Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin
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Lunch

Amanda’s on the Edge

This unique property has been offering an incredible dining experience to both locals and visitors alike for over 21 years. Join the team for a special set menu at $110 per person, including a bottle of wine to share between two.
Where: 1039 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
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Bistro Molines

If you’ve yet to experience Bistro Molines, you NEED to book your table sometime soon. A dining experience at Bistro Molines is truly unlike any other, featuring sophisticated yet rustic French provincial dining with expansive views across the valley.
Where: 749 Mount View Rd, Mount View
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Emerson’s

Brought to us by Chef Emerson Rodriguez, Emerson’s offers diners a truly unique and amazing, yet relaxed dining experience that will keep you returning time and time again. Featuring a flavoursome a-la-carte menu and being situated amongst a relaxed and welcoming setting, Emerson’s focuses on flavoursome dishes all of which have been lovingly curated by Chef Emerson himself.
Where: 492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale
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Esca at Bimbadgen

As you enter the restaurant, you can see that Esca at Bimbadgen has taken full advantage of its hilltop views. The restaurant has vast glass windows that open up in fine weather to invite the outside in. This pioneer of fine dining exemplifies the unique nature of a winery restaurant.
Where: 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
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Il Cacciatore

Drop into Il Cacciatore for honest, full-flavoured Northern Italian-inspired fare. His quiet achiever in the Hunter Valley has been serving the most delicious Italian cuisine for almost two decades. The venue provides a menu with an emphasis on quality produce and fresh ingredients; most of which are sourced from the on-site kitchen garden.
Where: 609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
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Leaves & Fishes

This absolutely iconic and beautiful location in the Hunter Valley is home to a selection of casual seafood eats with an Asian twist.
Where: 737 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale
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Legend’s Restaurant

Situated on-site at Chateau Elan, Legends Restaurant is set within a glass-house-style space that offers a South American sharing-style menu that’s truly unique to the Hunter Valley.
Where: Vintage Rd, Rothbury
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Margan Restaurant

Established in 2006 following the launch of Margan Wines in 1996, Margan Restaurant has been a pioneer of Agri-Dining in the Hunter Valley; the team is completely committed to their ‘estate frown, estate made’ ethos. The menus have been crafted around the harvest from the one-hectare kitchen garden. On-site, the restaurant also has its own olive trees, free-range chickens, and beehives, and raises all of its own lambs; all of which are incorporated into their menus.
Where: 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke
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Muse Kitchen Hunter Valley

Located at the picturesque Pokolbin-based courtyard, Keith Tulloch Wines on Hermitage Road in the Hunter Valley, Muse Kitchen has been serving the local food and wine community and intrigued visitors since its inception in 2012.
Where: Cnr Hermitage & Deasys Rd, Pokolbin
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Restaurant Botanica

Experience nothing short of 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 Deck Café

This picture-perfect café overlooking the dam at Gartelmann Wines is perfect for either a long breakfast or a diver and delightful tapas menu at lunch.
Where: 701 Lovedale Rd, Rothbury
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Yellow Billy

This hot venture in the Hunter Valley comes complete with a custom-built fire pit used daily to cook up the protein and vegetables, and even to add smoky flavour to the fruit that might end up on your plate.
Where: 697 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
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Dinner

Boydell’s Cellar Door & Restaurant

Tucked along Green St, Boydell’s is the newest venture of Daniel and Jan Maroulis, the incredibly hard-working couple who we first met back in 2018. Dining at Boydell’s offers a relaxed yet sophisticated experience with the interiors flowing seamlessly from cellar door to dining space.
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 that feeling that you might just be in for something a little bit special. Recently awarded One Chefs Hat for 2022 by the Australian Good Food Guide, Circa 1876 is the perfect example of the farm-to-fork ethos with its eclectic charm showcasing a delicate Modern Australian menu featuring fresh local seasonal produce, most of which is supplied from their onsite organic kitchen garden.
Where: 64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin
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EXP

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 was experimental and one, quite frankly, we couldn’t get enough of. Preferring to steer away from the typical entrée, main, and dessert formula, Frank has crafted 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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Hunters Quarter

Elegant and sophisticated with a simple touch, the food, service, and views are spectacular at Hunters Quarter. Having just won the 2022 Australia Prestige Award for Contemporary Restaurant of the Year, you know you’re in for a delightful treat.
Where: 576 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin
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Muse Restaurant

For a truly exquisite one-of-a-kind dining experience, you must book a table at Muse Restaurant in the Hunter Valley. 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 alike since its inception in 2009.
Where: 2450 Broke 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 5-course degustation menus offer a fine display of locally sourced ingredients and quality produce.
Where: 1693 Broke 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 simply breathtaking. This, paired with a mouth-watering Modern Australian menu makes for a delightful dining experience.
Where: 310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin
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