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Top 10 Restaurants in the Hunter Valley



From fine dining experiences to local pubs and steakhouses, the Hunter Valley offers an amazing range of dining options. Whether you’re coming to the region to visit some wineries, for a wedding or just on a weekender, you’re going to want to find somewhere great to have lunch or dinner.

Here is our list of the Top 10 restaurants in the Valley, put together by the knowledgeable Cellar Door staff at Mount Pleasant, in no particular order. We’ve also included which of our wines you can purchase at each restaurant. And remember, Elizabeth’s Restaurant at Mount Pleasant offers an amazing dining experience for breakfast and lunch, though we’ve diplomatically not included it in this list!


1) Robert’s Circa 1876


Robert's, Hunter Valley

Set in the shadow of the beautiful Pepper’s Convent in the heart of Pokolbin, Robert’s offers an amazing meal in some truly spectacular surroundings.  The exceptional food provided by Executive Chef George Francisco centres around Modern Australian Cuisine with a French influence. This is the place to come if your celebrating something special.

Our Wines: All Taittinger Cuvees, Lovedale Semillon by the glass and Rosehill Shiraz by the glass.


2) Redsalt at Crowne Plaza 

With views across the scenic 18-hole golf course, swimming pool and vineyard surrounds, Redsalt is Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s signature restaurant. It is renowned for its fresh, local produce, fine wines and innovative cuisine.

Our Wines: Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon 


3) Infuzion at Sebel Kirkton Park  


Mount Pleasant Wines - Infuzion

If you’re eating here, make sure you have a drink in the lounge area before you dine! The menu at Infuzion restaurant emphasises simplicity of ingredients and presentation. The latest seasonal menus showcases the natural quality of the region presented simply yet dramatically to offer a gastronomic experience.

Our Wines: Philip Shiraz and Elizabeth Semillon


4) Harrigan’s Pub


Harrigan's Pub, Hunter Valley

This is a great place to go when you want a casual pub meal that won’t break the bank, while still offering quality food The venue has plenty of indoor and outdoor dining spaces for any weather. As an added bonus they also have a playground to keep the kids busy!

Our Wines: Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus,  Rosehill Shiraz 


5) The Legends Grill


Photo from Vintage Club House, one of the top Ten Things to do in the Hunter Valley as named by Mount Pleasant Wines.


An a la Carte restaurant focusing on succulent grilled meats. At The Legend’s Grill you will surround yourself with breathtaking views over the Greg Norman designed golf course, whilst sampling the Hunter Valley’s finest wines.

Our Wines: Rosehill Shiraz, High Paddock Shiraz, Elizabeth Semillon 


6) Potter’s Brewery

To be fair, the emphasis at Potter’s Brewery is, predictably, on the beer. However they do great steaks and sausages and mash! There is also plenty of room for kids to run around on the grass.



7) Bodega Restaurant and Bar at Cypress Lakes



The recently renovated Bodega Restaurant and Bar is a great place for lunch. Open for guests and visitors, at Bodega you’ll enjoy relaxed all day dining with spectacular views overlooking the lake and golf course.

Our Wines: Rosehill Shiraz


8) Bistro Molines


Bistro Molines, Hunter Valley

An old favourite, chef Robert Molines produces some of the best food in the Hunter. His food is classical French fare in a casual dining setting that boasts some really outstanding views.

Our WinesChampagne Taittinger Brut NV


9) Hunter Valley Steakhouse at Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens


Mercure Resort, Hunter Valley

Executive Chef Jean Marc Pollet has created a menu that features the highest quality local grain and pasture fed beef, along with many other dishes that use the best quality local ingredients. Open 7 nights for dinner and lunches Saturday and Sunday, the relaxed atmosphere and friendly service make the Hunter Valley Steakhouse house a must on the Hunter Valley Culinary “to do” list!

And during lunch on Saturday and Sunday throughout Autumn, the Hunter Valley Steakhouse allow guests to BYO a bottle of Mount Pleasant or McWilliam’s wine!

Our Wines: Philip Shiraz, Elizabeth Semillon 



10) Muse Restaurant

A young restaurant set in one of the Hunter’s Valley’s most unusual buildings, Muse is really making waves, Chef Troy Rhoades Brown earned a chef’s hat with his innovative and satisfying menu.

Our Wines: Champagne Taittinger, Lovedale Semillon, Old Paddock and Old Hill Shiraz


If you’re coming to the Hunter Valley, you might be interest to read more about visiting the region here. We also didn’t count our own amazing restaurant in the Top 10 List, but Elizabeth’s Restaurant at Mount Pleasant Estate offers an amazing breakfast and lunch menu every day, set among some of the oldest vines in the Hunter Valley.
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  • Garry Wrench says:

    The staff at McWilliams need to start eating at real Restaurants Try somewhere like Emerson’s or Blaxland’s do agree with a couple but come on be fair dinkum

    • Robert O'Reilly says:

      Hi Garry, thanks for taking the time to comment! Obviously picking a Top 10 is always hard and there is guaranteed to be a difference of opinion over which ones get included, especially in a place like the Hunter, where there are so many great places to dine. The list was chosen by the staff at the Mount Pleasant Cellar Door who all live and work in the Hunter Valley and they did comment that it was a tough decision. But they thought their list represented a good cross range of the best restaurants in the region, from fine dining to pubs! However I’m sure everyone reading this article will take note of your recommendations!

  • Adrian Rees says:

    Yes a Top 10 is difficult but some of the choices are hard to justify for food quality. And you left out places such as Botanica.

  • These places just look amazing, can’t wait to eat.

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