Top ChoiceFrench in Hunter Valley

Bistro Molines

Set in Carillion's Tallavera Grove winery, this French restaurant run by the Hunter Valley's most storied chef (Robert Molines) has a carefully crafted, seasonally driven menu that is nearly as impressive as the...

Top ChoiceModern Australian in Hunter Valley

Muse Restaurant

Inside the Hungerford Hill winery complex is the area's highest-rated restaurant, offering assured contemporary fare and stellar service in an attractive glass-walled, high-ceilinged space. Presentation is...

Top ChoiceModern Australian in Hunter Valley

EXP.

Local lad Frank Fawkner's compact space tucked into a corner of Oakvale winery makes you feel you are all – chefs, waiters, diners – on a convivial shared mission. There are some impressive bravura touches...

Cafe in Hunter Valley

Fawk Foods

Pokolbin needed an open-daily breakfast option and this stellar bakery and cafe lays down perfect foundations for a day of tasting. Dishes like beetroot hummus or smoked ocean trout are absolutely beautifully...

European in Hunter Valley

Muse Kitchen

For a fabulous lunch, head to this relaxed younger-sibling incarnation of the Hunter's top restaurant, Muse. Dine outside on a seasonal menu of European bistro food inspired by the vegetables, fruit and herbs...

Cafe in Hunter Valley

Enzo

Claim a table by the fireside in winter or in the garden in summer to enjoy the rustic dishes served at this deservedly popular Italian-inflected cafe in a picturebook setting. The food is reliably excellent...

Mediterranean in Hunter Valley

Baumé

If you need a solid feed to prep for an afternoon's wine tasting, this casual winery spot fits the bill. Food is designed for sharing, which is just as well, as anything larger than an starter will defeat one...

Modern Australian in Hunter Valley

Botanica

Enjoy a meal in fine country comfort overlooking the paddocks and gum trees in this inviting dining room at Spicers Vineyards Estate. The food is sumptuously presented, with glorious colours and textures making...

Deli in Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

Along with the great range of stinky desirables filling the cheese counter and gloriously whiffy fromagerie fridge, there are deli platters, pizzas, burgers and baguettes to take away or eat on the deck, as well...

Modern Australian in Hunter Valley

Hunters Quarter

With a lovely outlook over the vines from the array of floor-to-ceiling windows, this place is bustling but intimate. Flavoursome dishes are produced from high-quality ingredients; a good range of wines by the...

Italian in Hunter Valley

Lillino's

It's a romantic, dreamy outlook over vines and hills from the outdoor tables here at sunset. Pleasantly removed from the busy heart of things, this Sardinian-leaning restaurant is an enticing spot for delicious...

Modern Australian in Hunter Valley

Margan

There's a tempting array of dishes at this Broke restaurant, where much of the produce is sourced from the kitchen garden and farm; the rest comes from local provedores whenever possible. The luscious food is...

Modern Australian in Hunter Valley

Emerson's Cafe & Restaurant

Set in Adina winery, this is run by a chef who has had a notable Hunter trajectory and offers hearty weekend breakfast choices to set you up for a day of tasting, and exquisitely presented lunch and dinner...

Cypriot in Hunter Valley

Ridgeview

In a lovely end-of-the-road location, this winery has appealing tasting and accommodation options. The restaurant is also worth the trip and one of the few to be open all day. Dishes are Cypriot-inspired and...