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.
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.
Quality ambiance, service and food at a reasonable price reflecting the food and service.
Beautiful ambience, friendly & pleasant staff who were knoedgable about what they were serving. Top quality gourmet dining - great value for money. Old world charm. Well maintained building. Quality service. Will come back again!
Set menus, either 2, 3 or more elaborate 5 or 7 courses but no matter what you choose, the kitchen is turning out amazing dishes, usually with some items grown in the garden outside. Surprisingly for such a fine dining restaurant, some families had their very bored children, a few with headphones from the start. Why come here if that's the case? But for the rest of us, those whose parental IQ might be higher than single digit, it's an amazing meal. The front-of-house is not up to the kitchen's standards but it is the cuisine and presentation that wins the night.
Amazing food, amazing atmosphere, amazing service. Everything you are looking for in fine dining.
Atmosphere, service and food were fantastic. A great lunch.
Our experience at Circa 1876 was awesome! Such a unique experience in a restaurant with so much history! A must to do when visiting the Hunter! Service and food was 5 star!! Thankyou to Karen and the Chef for their attention and warmth! It was appreciated!! A very special experience!!
My boyfriend and I booked lunch on Sunday for our very first weekend getaway trip. The food is absolutely delicious at Circa 1876. My boyfriend and I enjoyed very much especially the Smoked Venison Fillet! The only downside from our lunch is the waiting time during the 3 courses. However, we understand and appreciate the delicious and creative food. Also, the big table next to us , the kids were jumping around us were a little unpleasant but again we were carried away by the delicious food. Overall, i must say I'll revisit again:)
Could not fault the service or the exceptional food, our waiter Brent was fabulous and an absolute asset to the restaurant. Would highly recommend, this was my third visit to the restaurant and I will be dining here every time I visit the Hunter Valley.
Great place for a degustation menu
The food and service was lovely however the portions of the food was tiny so when you spend $75 for a two course meal you shouldn’t expect to be hungry afterwards
Great meal, wonderful service and whoever is making desert needs a gold medal ??
Excellent evening, food was impeccable!
Very disappointing dining experience considering the favorable reviews. Overpriced and food was very very disappointing. Service was mediocre !
Food was delicious, well presented, staff were attentive and knowledgeable
Amazing location Amazing decor Great food and wine Overall my partner and I had a great night. We done the chefs 5 course tasting menu. The staff were very attentive and made sure to have a chat with us which we appreciate. Will return on my next trip to the hunter.
Amazing food service and atmosphere
A great place to celebrate a special occasion.
Excellent food and service
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
64 Halls Road, 2320, Pokolbin (NSW), Australia
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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