Aimee O'Keefe

13 Best Hunter Valley Restaurants | Man of Many

Muse is one of the best restaurants in the Hunter Valley if you’re looking to treat yourself to a touch of luxury and fine dining. Everything from the setting to the delicious menu is exquisitely refined with a focus on contemporary Australian cuisine. Located at the entrance of Pokolbin, Muse truly is a Hunter Valley gem.

1. Muse Restaurant

Offering some of the best of the Hunter Valley lifestyle, Margan Restaurant & Winery is leading the way when it comes to agri-dining. The menu is sourced locally and comes from whatever is available from the owner’s kitchen garden! This doesn’t mean a compromise on taste; however, Margan is renowned for its innovative and delicious dishes.

2. Margan Restaurant & Winery

Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley among the grapevines and gumtrees outside of Pokolbin at Spicers Vineyards Estate, Restaurant Botanica shines a light on what the stunning region has to offer. Using local produce and naturally sustainable practices, the team at Botanica know how to cook a feast and serve plenty of vegetarian options. We recommend the roasted baby eggplant, caponata, polenta, baba ganoush with puffed rice- it will have you coming back for more!

3. Restaurant Botanica

Emerson’s Restaurant provides the quintessential Hunter Valley experience. Located in Adina Vineyard with an onsite cellar door, spa, and accommodation all within reach, you’d be a fool not to visit. The food here is designed for sharing, and the laid-back atmosphere to match makes Emerson’s the perfect place to come for a relaxing meal with friends.

4. Emerson’s Restaurant

Are you looking for a luxe dining experience? Eremo Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in the Hunter Valley for quality Italian cuisine. The modern Italian restaurant connects with local producers and offers innovative, unique dishes. The wine list is also enough reason to visit in itself! Indulge in delicious food and some of the Hunter Valley’s best vintages, and a curated international selection from the rest of the world.

5. Eremo Restaurant

Fine dining with a view, Bistro Molines is a French-inspired restaurant loved by locals and travelers alike. The closest thing we’ll be getting to the South of France for a while, the Hunter Valley restaurant is run by a powerhouse husband and wife team who know everything there is to know about hospitality. Simply sit back, sip on champagne, and delight in the many tasty dishes on offer.

6. Bistro Molines

For one of the best restaurants in the Hunter Valley for a relaxed dining experience, head to Hunters Quarter. Located in the Cockfighters Ghost Vineyard of Pokolbin, the restaurant offers a picturesque setting for you to enjoy your meal and wine. Chef Brian Duncan combines first-class ingredients, bright, balanced flavors, and even a vegan menu. We recommend the Tasmanian salmon and scallop en Ccoute with rainbow chard, mussels, and citrus if you’re dining here for dinner.

7. Hunters Quarter

Leaves & Fishes offers a fresh approach to informal dining in the heart of the Hunter Valley. The menu follows a take-away style with a significant emphasis on seafood and a heavy Asian influence, which is innovative in the Hunter Valley dining scene and attracts plenty of crowds. Try their crisp-skinned ocean trout, miso and lime slaw, togarashi- it’s 10/10!

8. Leaves & Fishes – The Restaurant

Yellow Billy Restaurant loves all things fire when it comes to cooking. Their motto is ‘food over fire,’ which literally means their food is cooked over an open fire, everything from vegetables to meats. The menu is designed to share, so come here with your whole Hunter Valley weekend getaway gang, and you won’t be disappointed.

9. Yellow Billy Restaurant

EXP. Restaurant will give you a dining experience with a difference. The team at EXP. aim to create a delicious dining experience that celebrates Australian cuisine; with a seasonal menu sourced from the best local produce. The dining room is intimate and adorned with hand-crafted local furniture. The restaurant perfectly balances a casual yet sophisticated dining experience.

10. EXP. Restaurant

One of the best restaurants in Hunter Valley for picturesque views, Twine is a must-visit next time you find yourself in the stunning wine region. The menu showcases the finest modern Australian cuisine and works with the freshest local produce. We suggest coming for a long, boozy lunch – a smokey beef brisket or wild mushroom gnocchi on your plate and a wine in hand. What could be better?

11. Twine Restaurant

A winery restaurant like no other, Esca Bimbadgen manages to match wines with simple, elegant food that’s equally as enticing as the wines themselves. In fact, it may even be the food that keeps you coming back, or the views, or the wine- we can’t decide! Expect each meal and accompanied drop to be beautifully curated for you to enjoy.

12. Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant

The Gates Restaurant has everything you could ever imagine for the ultimate dining experience. There is both an a la carte offering and a premium degustation menu expertly curated with Leogate Estate award-winning wines to match each course. A long lunch will go down a treat in the stunning alfresco dining or opt for an intimate dining room for dinner.

13. The Gates Restaurant @ Leogate Estate Wines

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