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Circa 1876


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based on 239 reviews
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Quality of food :9.2/10
Service :8.9/10
Setting :9.3/10
  1. Jody  W.
    Jody W.
    • 2 reviews

    Fabulous food, fabulous service, cannot recommend this restaurant enough. It’s a must to dine at if you are out Pokolbin way...... most enjoyable & we will be back.

  2. Nicole D.
    Nicole D.
    • 3 reviews

    Had a lovely lunch here with my sister and nephew. The food was superb and service top notch! They also cater well to young children.

  3. Lynette S.
    Lynette S.
    • one review

    The staff really were wonderful and the little delicacies between courses were superb! The setting is idyllic!! Good wine list and nice food. A lovely afternoon.

  4. Sharon B.
    Sharon B.
    • 3 reviews

    Lovely location, great desserts.

  5. Tharani D.
    Tharani D.
    • 4 reviews

    A great meal as usual! A favourite at the Hunter!

  6. Jarrod V.
    Jarrod V.
    • one review

    Absolutely outstanding beautiful food great service and a wonderful venue

  7. Ian C.
    Ian C.
    • 2 reviews

    Excellent three course Father’s Day lunch.

  8. John O.
    John O.
    • 29 reviews

    After reading the reviews we decided to give Circa another try after a couple of years and boy were we disappointed. This is a new record for us for three courses 50mins even after asking staff to slow the kitchen down. The food was good enough but when you’re not given the choice to digest it it becomes more of a stomach ache which was a pity. I’m sure if you arrive for the first sitting you might be ok but don’t go after 2pm as staff seemed to be in a rush to empty the restaurant. As a local there are a lot of better restaurants in the Hunter for this kind of charge.

  9. Nichole C.
    Nichole C.
    • one review

    Omg that was the best meal we've had for a long time. From the welcome, the atmosphere, the staff, the food I couldn't fault any thing. Absolutely amazing we will definitely be back

  10. Maria C.
    Maria C.
    • 3 reviews

    Celebrating a belated 50th birthday absolutely wonderful night. Food was delicious. Staff were very friendly and helpful and the dessert was delicious... with a wonderful lavender honey surprise.

  11. Cristina B.
    Cristina B.
    • one review

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

  12. Brad W.
    Brad W.
    • 2 reviews

    Amazing from the moment you arrive.

  13. Stephanie V.
    Stephanie V.
    • 12 reviews

    Overprice food. The meat was cold and overcooked.

  14. Louise S.
    Louise S.
    • 4 reviews

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

  15. Deborah B.
    Deborah B.
    • one review

    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

  16. Daniel A.
    Daniel A.
    • one review

    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.

  17. Talia W.
    Talia W.
    • one review


  18. Cameron T.
    Cameron T.
    • one review

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

  19. Dean M.
    Dean M.
    • one review

    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.

  20. Wayne T.
    Wayne T.
    • 6 reviews

    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!

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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, RestaurantAddress

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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