A List of Delectable Hunter Valley Restaurants

by Dylan Wells


Hunter Valley is a fertile region in the northeast of New South Wales, Australia. The valley is known for its wine production and has a rich cultural heritage. There are many restaurants in the Hunter Valley that offer a wide variety of food and flavours. A welcoming mantra greets most that inhabit the region, which, in effect, is extended to all tourists and passers-by. 

Read on for our conclusive list of Hunter Valley Restaurants. 

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Muse Kitchen

Muse Kitchen, a modern bistro, exudes beauty in simplicity, from a freshly grilled lamb rack to a piece of fish cooked in brown butter (beurre noisette). Muse uses the highest quality produce from local farmers and producers.

Outside, you’ll find the Keith Tulloch Wines Cellar Door and Cocoa Nib Artisan Chocolates in Hamptons style. Muse Kitchen Hunter Valley is located in the courtyard. It’s as if you’ve walked into a friend’s beautiful country home.

You’ll be reminded of Grandma’s cooking, seasoned with flavour, heart, and passion at the restaurant’s produce-driven menu. The chef’s ever-changing cuisine features the best produce and ingredients from the season.

Muse Kitchen provides a tranquil atmosphere with expert assistance for any event or outing.

Opening Times: Due to Covid Please visit the website

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Address: Keith Tulloch Winery Cnr. Hermitage &, Deasys Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Price: $$$


4.4 ⭐️ Google Review from 305 reviews

4.5 ⭐️ Trip Advisor from 573 reviews

Hunter’s Quarters

The Hunter’s Quarter (HQ) is a calm and elegant dining destination in the historic Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, at the Cockfighters Ghost Vineyard. This Hunter Valley restaurant is a modern fine-dining experience with attentive service in an attractive setting that caters to all tastes and occasions. 

It’s the ideal spot to spend some time with family, friends, and share some fantastic dishes whilst perusing the vineyards. Head to Hunter’s Quarter and relax in the restaurant with a new seasonal dish or two for any occasion. Additional to Restaurant Reservations, HQ handles group reservations and private gatherings when requested.

Brian Duncan, a chef from Australia who has travelled the world and studied at culinary schools in France and Spain, serves up internationally inspired cuisine that blends first-rate ingredients, vibrant, well-balanced flavours, and expert technique. They strive to make your stay an unforgettable experience every time. The creative food at HQ is prepared with regionally sourced fresh produce, which is the absolute cherry on top of this well-rounded culinary experience.

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Address: Hunters Quarter, 576 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
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4.7 ⭐️ Google Review from 295 reviews

5.0 ⭐️ Trip Advisor from 735 reviews

Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant

Esca Bimbadgen serves up Bimbadgen wines with delectable cuisine in a breathtaking setting. As one of the best restaurants in the Hunter Valley, Esca Bimbadgen is recognised for pioneering fine dining. The spectacular entrance suspended above the winery is only second to the vista from your table.

Esca Bimbadgen has won the NSW and National Restaurant in a Winery prize at the 2019 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence.

The new menu was created by Executive Chef Mark Marshall and his team at Esca Bimbadgen, showcasing their enthusiasm for the Hunter Valley and the region’s rich produce.

Some desirable items on the menu include:

New season figs with watercress, pistachios, and smoked mozzarella

Grilled octopus with smoked eggplants, chorizo, and harissa 

Bangalow pork with parsnip, apple, bacon, and vanilla

Opening Times: Due to Covid Please visit the website

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Address: Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant, 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Price: $$


4.2 ⭐️ Google Review from 435 reviews

4.0 ⭐️ Trip Advisor from 708 reviews

Goldfish Hunter Valley Restaurant

The award-winning bar and renowned restaurant, which is adjacent to Tempus Two at Roche Estate, serves up a variety of creative cocktails while offering delicious food. It’s ideal for lengthy lunches, team dinners, and late nights.

Designed to share, Gold Fish has created a sense of community in every aspect of their cuisine, and most consider them an integral contributor to the region.

Whether you’re dining on the deck with breathtaking country views or listening to live music and drinking beverages, enjoy a warm and pleasant atmosphere, regardless of where you begin on the wine list.

Opening Times: Due to Covid Please visit the website

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Address: 2144 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Price: $$$


4.1 ⭐️ Google Review from 823 reviews

4.0 ⭐️ Trip Advisor from 805 reviews

Amanda’s on the Edge Restaurant

This lovely restaurant is on the hill of Windsor’s Edge Vineyard, with spectacular views from every table. While taking in the beautiful scenery and eating delectable foods, you may relax and appreciate flavorful tastes while looking over the picturesque vines and surrounding country land.

In the warmer months, sit in the gardens or relax by sunset on the verandah, or warm up by the fireplace in winter. Every season has a view at Amanda’s!

Amanda’s On The Edge is fully licensed and has a wide selection of the Hunter Valley’s finest wines. The pleasant and attentive staff will make your visit a pleasure by suggesting wine pairings when you order your meal.

Amanda’s on the Edge is a unique dining experience that features an excellent variety of food at reasonable prices. The dedicated team of well-trained and passionate chefs takes great pleasure in providing top-quality cuisine. You’ll enjoy the charm and delights of Amanda’s on the Edge, thanks to a menu that combines fresh, high-quality ingredients in a combination that is equally easy on the eyes.

Amanda’s certainly makes it to our list of delectable restaurants in the Hunter Valley!

Opening Times: Due to Covid Please visit the website

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Address: 1039 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Price: $$


4.5 ⭐️ Google Review from 1094 reviews

4.0 ⭐️ Trip Advisor from 1141 reviews

EXP. Restaurant 

Exprestaurant creates a mood that reflects both the city and country, with the crisp fresh instance of ‘out the back garden ingredients’ to the modern style of dining often encountered in a city setting. 

The belching hibachi grill envelopes and greets patrons with a salivating waft of the chef’s latest concoctions. Executive Chef and owner Frank Fawkner has done well to construct a menu that transcends everything that Hunter Valley restaurants ‘should’ stand for. And it’s obvious that little to no integrity is ever sacrificed at this establishment.

Some samples of menu eye-candy that stood out for us:

Koshihikari XO Risotto

Redgate Farm Duck Breast, king oyster mushroom 

Hiramasa Kingfish 

Crumpet & Caviar

Opening Times: Due to Covid Please visit the website

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Address: 2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Price: $$$


4.8 ⭐️ Google Review from 570 reviews

5.0 ⭐️ Trip Advisor from 632 reviews

Circa 1876 Restaurant, The Convent – Hunter Valley 

Dine in the grounds of one of Australia’s most picturesque wineries beneath the charming luxury of classic chandeliers. Circa 1876 is a peaceful culinary delight for foodies and wine enthusiasts alike, set in The Convent Hunter Valley’s vast acreage and surrounded by lush vegetable-filled kitchen gardens.

This Hunter Valley Restaurant caresses the ‘farm to fork’ concept to life as guests overlook the organic vegetable garden from which their meals originate just beyond their plate. The delicate fresh quail eggs are also collected from the ethically raised Japanese quails. 

Some attractive menu highlights include:

Angus Tenderloin

Carrot & Confit Garlic Puree, Charred

Pencil Leek, Asparagus, Heirloom Carrot,

Port Jus 

Pink Roasted Duck Breast

Confit Leg & Foie Gras Tempura, Braised

Celery, Morel Mushroom Ragu, Radicchio

Puree, Charred Fig, Seasonal Berry Jus 

Jamon & Black Pepper, Blistered Broccolini

Opening Times: Due to Covid Please visit the website

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Address: 64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Price: $$$


4.5 ⭐️ Google Review from 542 reviews

4.5 ⭐️ Trip Advisor from 859 reviews

Hunter Valley Restaurants

The best way to find out which restaurants in the Hunter Valley are the best, is to get out there, order a banquet and trust the Som to pair it with a few local wines. A general rule of green thumb, drink where things are grown. A natural connection between soils and nutrients is going to lift the flavours of both the food and wine. We say this within the confines of general pairing parameters. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of Hunter Valley Restaurants! Happy trails!