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Circa 1876

9.3/10
225 reviews

Average price $125

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Excellent

9.3/10
based on 225 reviews
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Quality of food :9.4/10
Service :8.9/10
Setting :9.3/10
  1. Cristina B.
    Cristina B.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Amazing atmosphere and friendly staff delicious cuisine. Highly recommend we will definitely be back.

  2. Brad W.
    Brad W.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Amazing from the moment you arrive.

  3. Stephanie V.
    Stephanie V.
    • 11 reviews
    6.5/10

    Overprice food. The meat was cold and overcooked.

  4. Louise S.
    Louise S.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    Fabulous friendly staff, enjoyed our meal very much. Amazing deserts!! Wines were quite good also, and the location is very central for Pokolbin!

  5. Deborah B.
    Deborah B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fantastic service, the food was sensational, the atmosphere was incredible. We enjoyed every moment of our lunch. I highly recommend this restaurant. I had never eaten tooth fish and it’s melt in your mouth

  6. Daniel A.
    Daniel A.
    • one review
    3.5/10

    This is our 3rd visit to Circa 1876 and we came away incredibly disappointed yesterday. We booked a meal from 6 pm for a family of 4. We ordered 2 x 3 course meal and 2 x kids meal. Kids behaved impeccably aged 6 and 9 years. It was my birthday celebration. We've eaten all over the world and visited many expensive restaurants but never before have we been asked to have our dessert course in a waiting room to get the table ready for the next sitting!! We were left in the waiting room and joined by 2 male adults. When we paid the bill of $300, the table we left from was still unoccupied 30 min later. Shocking service and experience. The poor waiter was nearly in tears having to tell us to have dessert in the waiting room after being given instruction by his manager to move us along.  We waited 90 minutes before we got round to our dessert course. We understand they have 90 minutes/sitting but you can't expect a paying table to move on if the restaurant is running behind schedule. It's unacceptable and even worse being left to eat off a low table with strangers in an enclosed waiting room.

  7. Talia W.
    Talia W.
    • one review
    10/10

    Deliscious

  8. Cameron T.
    Cameron T.
    • one review
    8/10

    Unfortunately after 2 confirmation emails, no phone calls, or error emails, we arrived for our anniversary and where turned away, very disappointed.

  9. Dean M.
    Dean M.
    • one review
    10/10

    The restaurant was quite busy but we were served quickly. Although limited, the food was incredible and each course was better than the previous. Great value for such quality in the Hunter Valley.

  10. Wayne T.
    Wayne T.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Out first experience at Circa and was really impressed. The food was beautifully presented and full of flavour. Service was outstanding without being overly intrusive. Loved the old character of this restaurant. Highly recommend!

  11. Thomas H.
    Thomas H.
    • 5 reviews
    7/10

    The food was good but nothing special or inventive. The food was very fresh and tasty though. The setting was beautiful. We loved wondering through the different rooms. The fire place in the front room was lovely. On our arrival we were told quite rudely that our booking was at 6pm instead of 6:30pm and that we only had 1 hour to eat our 3 courses, instead of the agreed 90 minutes. This was incorrect and the timing mistake was the restaurant's fault. This left a very sour taste in my mouth and ruined the evening for me if I am being honest. Our orders were then not taken for about 15 minutes so I cannot understand their opening comments. After the hour had elapsed then they had not asked us to moved to other table, as earlier stated, and they allowed us to stay at our table for the 90 mins and then served us desert in another room in front of the fire place. This room change was actually very nice and more relaxed and a lovely way to end the meal. I was just not happy with the service and lack of communication from them.

  12. Jessica M.
    Jessica M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Such a beautiful restaurant. Loved the setting- so romantic with Dinner near fireplace. The food was delicious with many different elements on each plate. Love the paddock to plate . The waitresses were so knowledgable and very approchable. Worth every single dollar. Would def come again.

  13. Alison H.
    Alison H.
    • 15 reviews
    10/10

    Absolutely lovely food and delightful service. So nice to be able to support this beautiful restaurant in The Hunter.

  14. Brent M.
    Brent M.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    This is one of the best restaurants I've been to. The location is stunning, the service flawless, the food unbelievable and the atmosphere just lovely. It's kind of like an old hunting lodge, but without any of the grotesque connotations. The wood, leather and classic decor with log fireplace just create such a great feeling of a warm country retreat.

  15. Jaimie J.
    Jaimie J.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Great fine dining in the middle of wine country. The old house makes this restaurant something different. Good service and amazing ambience. We had the three course menu with a bottle of sparkling. I had the zucchini flowers which were rich but not over bearing and my girlfriend got the duck pate which she enjoyed. For mains I had the toothfish, it was well cooked but had a this Asian twist that I wasn’t overly impressed by. My partner had the beef tenderloin that was cooked to request perfectly. For desert I had sour dough ice cream that was not too sweet but definitely not savory. All up I’d give it 8/10. We left happy and satisfied.

  16. Stephanie O.
    Stephanie O.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Delicious Food and good service

  17. Ales V.
    Ales V.
    • 2 reviews
    5.5/10

    Made booking / received confirmation, however on arrival was told the booking was invalid. Drove 1hr each way. Understand the Covid19 restrictions but the situation should have not happened this way. There was no attempt in finding alternate solution or compensation.

  18. Tish T.
    Tish T.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    This is our fourth visit to Circa. Staff are always friendly who were very knowledgeable with each of the dishes. Food was amazing, thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Only negative was the chairs are really uncomfortable and dont encourage you to stay any longer than necessary.

  19. Brad M.
    Brad M.
    • one review
    6/10

    We had the 5 course meal with paired wines. 4 of the dishes were delicious but the other was not enjoyable and very much required an acquired taste. The pre-dessert cake tasted like a supermarket bought cake and filled us up completely. We felt it was unnecessary. Overall the food was well presented and enjoyable though. The paired wines were mostly well matched but the volume of wine was disappointing. I would suggest we only received 75ml of wine per dish. For the $60 per person cost it is way over priced and we felt we had to ration each sip. Finally the service from the waitress staff was enjoyable and made for an interactive experience. It was a shame the wine waiter was not of the same mindset as he did not offer any chat and didn’t smile once. Overall it is clear the chefs care a great deal about the food and it shows with quality ingredients that are well presented. Shame the experience was not consistent throughout and value for money for a $400 meal.

  20. Peter L.
    Peter L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Quality ambiance, service and food at a reasonable price reflecting the food and service.

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Opening time

Lunch: 12.00pm to 3.30pm Open 4 days a week . Tuesday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday Dinner: 5.30pm to 9.30pm Open 5 days a week. Friday-Tuesday

How to get to the restaurant

64 Halls Road, 2320, Pokolbin (NSW), Australia

Directions to get there

Onsite Parking available

Hunter Valley

About the restaurant

Aussie royalty

Circa 1876 is a spectacular regional restaurant that is serving premier cuisine in a five-star contemporary environment. If you’re a lover of fine food and wine then this is the venue for your. Dine under the whimsical luxury of old-world chandeliers in one of Australia’s most picturesque hinterlands, The Hunter Valley, and feast on adventurous dishes that have been sourced locally and organically. The magnificent mix of highly skilled chefs, under the watchful eye of executive chef Trent Barrett, each bring their own unique style and passion to the fore, creating incredibly intricate dishes that look almost too pretty to eat. The menu is rich and bold, and don’t be afraid by going all out by ordering entree, main and dessert. Take a Saturday drive, or go on a mini getaway and treat yourself to a meal at Circa 1876 - you won’t regret it.

Best dish: blue eye cod - scallop and prawn stuffed zucchini flower, watercress puree, sauteed zucchini and bearnaise sauce.

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