Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

4.6
531 reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Please note for Wednesday & Thursday or any other dates when Circa 1876 is not available, Restaurant 88 may be open for booking. Click here to check availability and reserve your table at Restaurant 88 today. A short stroll down the tree-lined driveway is Circa 1876, the Hunter Valley's most iconic restaurant, located in an historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate. Circa 1876 showcases some great Hunter Valley wines in an award-winning wine list. Circa 1876 quite literally brings the ‘farm to fork’ ethos to life as guests overlook the organic kitchen garden that their food came from just beyond their plate.

Experiences

  • Circa 1876 Group Booking

    A$28.50 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Bookings of 6 or more people will require a non-refundable deposit of 30%. This will be processed on the credit card supplied at the time of booking. The initial non-refundable deposit is forfeit for cancellations at any time up to and including 7 days prior to your reservation. Any cancellation within 7 days, will attract the full Cancellation Charge of $95pp. For any changes please contact us reservations@convent.com.au
  • Circa 1876 Group Booking Policy

    A$34.50 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Bookings of 6 or more people will require a non-refundable deposit of $34.50 pp. This will be processed on the credit card supplied at the time of booking. The initial non-refundable deposit is forfeit for cancellations at any time up to and including 7 days prior to your reservation. Any cancellation within 7 days, will attract the full Cancellation Charge of $115pp. For any changes please contact us reservations@convent.com.au
  • Mother's Day at Circa 1876

    A$135.00 per personPrepaid

    May 9, 2021 only

    Treat her with the luxury she deserves! Enjoy a decadent lunch this Mother's Day with the special ladies in your life. The culinary team have designed a celebratory menu bursting with colour and flavour, all to be enjoyed in the stunning and historic location in our gorgeous Circa homestead. 3 superb courses including a glass of sparkling! $135 per person. Children's menu available ( ages 4 - 12) For bookings with children or to add children please contact our Reservations team directly on 02 4998 4999

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 531 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LizB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Good service, average food for the price. The restaurant needs a good makeover.

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CharissaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most incredible experience! The food was exquisite, the best we have ever eaten! The wine was also delicious!
We will definitely be back!!

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JulienQ
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing experience. The salted caramel butter served with the sourdough was astonishingly good as a starter and the surprise appetizer really brought my expectation to the next level. The cod with eggplant and bok choy had an Asian twist with suit our tastes pretty good. The deserts are so well presented. In the strawberry ice cream served with both dry and fresh strawberries, which is a nice surprise. The portion is very generous as well. Will definitely come back.

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Henry
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Entree was pretty average, minimal options and not a fan of the dessert.

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CherylT
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was plentiful and delicious. The service team friendly and helpful. 1876 is a dining experience which I highly recommend.

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DidierS
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Food was nice, but some entrees lacked of seasoning
Service very good and friendly

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Suzie
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I were served by very helpful servers and the food was great. They even replaced my entree because I preferred another one. Absolutely 100% recommend this restaurant if you are in the area!! Excellent service and food!!

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Amyc
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a beautiful dinner for my husbands birthday and our meal was perfect and the restaurant had a great atmosphere. All the staff were very nice and welcoming and very attentive when needed.

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CraigK
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful dining room space.
Service was attentive
Food was sumptuous

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MattC
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Tonight was low level wedding food. Very disappointing given reputation. I understand the business has changed hands in the last 12 months. Steak and Quail both dry and chewy. Impression was that it was all about the beautiful setting and someone forgot to focus on the menu and execution.

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RenH
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great experience, fantastic food with great service. A really good experience overall!

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MarkO
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was exceptional and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was great too.

CK
CassK
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were very lovely and kinda, food was delicious

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MarieF
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely experience. The service was wonderful. I'm not a 3 course person. We would have preferred the option to select 2 course or 3 course.

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RichardB
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was on the whole really lovely and well presented. The waitress was a lovely lady but clearly overrun, so staffing was an issue, which you just can't do at a restaurant with this price point. We poured our own wine and food was brought out without knowing which table it belonged to. Not exactly a huge issue but disappointing for an anniversary dinner and when you are paying $300 for two.

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GRANTD
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Trent our waiter was excellent +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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MichaelC
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and a lovely ambience. Made our anniversary special

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PipJ
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved it. I can’t eat three courses so had to forgo the dessert. I would have preferred a cheaper two course menu. But the soft shell crab was amazing and the fish excellent and perfectly cooked.

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MikeL
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our second visit to Circa 1876, the food and service were outstanding, nothing was too much trouble.
The only downside was the background guitar/piano music, which became a bit monotonous.

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FelicityK
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Circa 1876 for our wedding anniversary.
The service we received from Brent was impeccable. He was fantastic with providing insight to wines and recommendations.
The food was delicious and presented so well!
Our whole experience at Circa was outstanding and we will definitely be going back as soon as we can.

Thank you Brent and all the chefs and staff for making our anniversary extra special!

KG
KimberleeG
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I came to dinner with a group last week to Circa 1876. I want to say a big thank you to your staff for creating such an enjoyable experience for our group. The food was phenomenal and the service was impeccable. We were late and the staff were so accommodating and were able to explain the menu and go above and beyond for our group.

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StephenS
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a standout experience. I enjoyed this with my wife and two friends. The food, service and atmosphere were standout. Loved it.

MB
vipMelissaB
7 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly a wonderful dining experience.

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Shaynetravel
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the venue. So unique and true to character. The service was impeccable but friendly, not stuffy.
And the food...sublime.
We will be back!

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Haroula
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second time at Circa and as always the food was amazing and the staff were too, particularly Karen who recommended a wine that my partner and I enjoyed a lot ! She was very nice and her service was outstanding. We definitely will make sure to come back every time we visit Hunter Valley.

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VandaC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with amazing food and service

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Telstar
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Our whole table (7 people) thought the food was fantastic

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TerriB
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just fantastic meals,plus a few extras treats 👍👍

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

If we new it was a set menu we would have not booked.

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow!

The restaurant from an aesthetic perspective is absolutely gorgeous and the food was some of the best I’ve eaten anywhere.

Highly recommended!

KM
KieranM
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, excellent quality, attentive service by very knowledgeable staff. Probably the best restaurant I've visited in the Hunter Valley.

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food amazing
Special night made more special with attentive staff, service and atmosphere.
Highly recommend

KW
KateW
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have visited twice in the last six months, and each visit has been very special. The restaurant is located inside a historic, lushly furnished, character-filled cottage. The service is exceptional, and the food is wonderful. Beautiful ingredients are carefully balanced and meticulously prepared and plated, and the wine list is wonderful. Can't wait to return!

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HTfood
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food presented and tasted incredible! Definitely would recommend to anyone.

JL
JLiu
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner, all courses were well presented and delicious.

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MarionG
France
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

We were very disappointed with the food quality.
Amuse bouche & entrées were not up to fine dining standards.
Prices were exorbitant for the quality of the food served.

Mains saved were above average.
We cannot recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was perfwction from start to finish

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LindsayK
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice restaurant at a wonderful .. been there a couple of times and thoroughly enjoy it

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BelindaB
Perth
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambience. My second time there and will be back. Highly recommend!!!

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ScottT
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing dinner, service and setting... we will definitely be back

FAQs

Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley is rated 4.6 stars by 531 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.