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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 Wines: Champagne Taittinger Brut NV
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
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