Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

4.6
612 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 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
  • Christmas at Circa 1876

    A$249.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 24 - Dec 26, 2021

    An intimate culinary experience awaits you this Christmas at Circa 1876. Indulge in a finely crafted 5 course menu surrounded by the beautiful Circa restaurant decorated in festive style. Our award winning team will take exceptional care of you this festive season- no rush is necessary and unforgettable memories guaranteed! Adults $249 including glass of sparkling and 5 course menu. Teens $229 including softdrinks (13 - 17yrs) and Children $79 ( ages 4 - 12) 3 courses including softdrinks. For bookings with Teens and Children please contact our Reservations team.
  • NY Eve at Circa 1876!

    A$249.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    A time to celebrate and reflect with friends and family. Enjoy a sumptuous 5 course specially prepared celebration degustation menu. The award winning team at Circa 1876 promises an exceptional dining experience this holiday season. Adults $249 includes glass of sparkling, tea & coffee Children 3 course $79 includes softdrinks (4 - 12yrs). Teen (13 - 17yrs) same menu as adults $229 with softdrinks- please request to book with teens and children directly with reservations.
  • A Taste of Christmas

    A$199.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 22 - Dec 23, 2021

    Enjoy an intimate culinary experience in the lead up to Christmas with a festive season inspired special 5 course degustation menu, including glass of sparkling, soft drinks and tea and coffee. Feel the magic of Christmas all around you at Circa 1876. Adults $199 including 5 courses and a glass of sparkling. Teens $179 including soft drinks (13 - 17 yrs), Children $79 (4 - 12 yrs) 3 courses including soft drinks.

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 612 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
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Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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RebeccaV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa 1876 has been on my list of places to dine at in the Hunter Valley for years and it certainly did not dissapoint. The attention to detail is truly amazing and everything I hoped for. My husband and I went here for our 5 year wedding anniversary and was made to feel as if it was our wedding day all over again. From the wonderful service to the exquisite food this place is a must when visiting the Hunter Valley.

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SamanthaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten at! Food and service was incredible.

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AlexD
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food with plenty of complimentary samples from the chef which gave you a real taste for something you may not have order but would like to next time.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal
Normally can’t get in but because of COVID lockdown it made it easy

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JessM
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing along with incredible food. The duck is to die for. Will definitely return.

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AniqueD
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

I must say I am disappointed with our last visit. We are locals and have been celebrating special occasions at Circa since 2019. We love fine dining and there are not many opportunities to do that in Rutherford where we live.
I found the food beautifully prepared, yet everything had sugar/sweetness to it. I wanted good, robust, authentic taste as well as innovation. I appreciate that the Chef was trying some kind of Asian/Mediterranean fusion, yet the food TASTE suffered for it.
I ordered the steak medium-to-well, and it was very well done. You did the right thing and gave us desert free, and I deeply appreciate that.
I would love to come and eat cauliflower puree with plenty of garlic and onion and SALT, no sugar; I would like to eat parsnip strips well caramelized and with SALT and pepper and a rich creamy sauce, or as chips; I would like to eat sauces that deep and rich and savory - not sweet. I think you get my point.
Anyway, I would love to know what the chef thinks. And if the flavours change, please let us know and we will return.

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RRAUS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa 1876 has it all. Great ambience, beautiful surroundings and good food. The buildings and property are amazing. Staff were great.

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SamH
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very lucky to be able to get in on short notice as lockdowns had meant a bunch of cancellations. We had the last meal of our honeymoon here and it was fantastic.
Definitely would go back again. Food was excellent, they were very flexible with dietary needs.

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, wine, service and ambiance were all exceptional. Surprise treats from the chef made the experience more special and we would highly recommend visiting Circa for dinner.

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JaredM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful rustic venue with well portioned meals that taste delicious

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SimoneB
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful ambience, delicious food.

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular venue, excellent food with outstanding service!

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ChrisB55
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

A beautiful setting, the service was very good, however, the menu was very limited and the dishes offered were a little uninspiring for a restaurant if this caliber. I understand it may be difficult under the current circumstances so we will return.

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Mariann
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place, the food is exceptional friendly staff.

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BarryH
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved the lunch. We had a later booking and felt a little rushed. We were looking for a longer slower lunch with the late booking

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TedE
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The restaurant is like walking into the most fantastic country museum taking you back to the 1800’s as you glimps into the windows set to the era but once inside the entry passing the cellar and brass bull on your left you are greeted by the most lovely and friendly staff. The fixed price menus is perfect especially with a quality menu. Additionally between courses my tastebuds were excited with the fruit flavoured butter with the bread and the pallet cleansing sorbet between entre and mains. This restaurant is a must visit especially with the fire and ambience of the evening.

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LeinaL
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa 1876 is a whole package experience. Starting with the setting in bucolic gardens surrounding the convent. The ambience inside the restaurant strikes a wonderful balance of old world charm, rustic farmhouse and modern touches. The food was excellent; we ordered Quail and Duck Parfait as entrees. Both were presented with flair and very subtle but complex flavours. Mains were Wagyu sirloin and Duck which were the standout highlights here. The elegant and nuanced flavours of each dish were gently coaxed out with their very carefully curated accompaniments. Rather than relying heavily on seasonings, the chef chose to bring out the natural savoury and umami qualities of each ingredient with well balanced natural sweetness and caramelisation from accompanying sauces and vegetables. The Duck in particular had a sophisticated approach to not only flavour but also texture with the use of unctuous duck liver mousse piped into an airy tempura battered zucchini flower. Desserts were equally inspired and creative with again subtle sweetness which was brought out well with a combination of both contrasting textures and tartness. Our sommelier Nathan helped us with recommendations and we selected a Les Jamelles 2018 Malbec from Pays d'Oc which really came alive with the food.

Overall a wonderful and enchanted experience!

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lisaB
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our dining experience was excellent. Well done on every level.

We will be back.

Thanks for having us.

Lisa

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AdamC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The food was not exceptional. Main courses were alright but nothing special. We were warned off the duck so went for the fish and Wagyu strip. Fish was fine as was Wagyu but these were not especially restaurant dishes.Desserts were tasty and interesting. Our main concern was the wine prices. Local wines that were marked up 300%. Really!

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Stew
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting, amazing staff and the food was just brilliant!

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Lellyb
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic ambiance, delicious food, wonderful wine range. Very much look forward to our next meal at Circa 1876 and possibly our wedding.

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KylieS
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our set menu was a delight, even for our teenage sons. One guest had allergy restrictions and staff went above and beyond to check each dish. Excellent ambience and attention to detail. Our dining experience was outstanding. Presentation of each dish surprised us each time, well done Circa 1876.

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KateL
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was mostly good. Some details were not great eg laminated menus for a fine dining experience. Wine list very limited - not aligning with the region or fine dining. Wait staff were attentive but need a bit more polish.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely night , the food was delicious, the service was great aswell everyone was very friendly, il definitely go back again

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GrahamR
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous service and food - the extra touches including aperitifs (the mango butter was amazing!) and sorbet palate cleanser were so delicious as were our mains. Highly recommended 😊

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MonicaS
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and service was fantastic. Waiters were trained particularly well.

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Yanna
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it so much! We had an early dinner booked by the fireplace and we felt so relaxed. Such a gorgeous venue, and very generous portions. Appreciate the service and loved the food.

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Mellared
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely place to dine. The food was amazing and the ambiance was welcoming.

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Scottie
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Had a great evening, food was amazing, we received a few unexpected extras.
Wait staff were experienced and knowledgeable.
I would highly recommend.

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GrantM
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, and absolutely delicious food! Much more than just a 3 course meal…the cultured rose butter and sourdough was to die for, not to mention the appetisers and palette cleanser before dessert. Would absolutely eat at Circa 1876 again 😊

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing staff, food was amazing the bread and butter were the best we’ve ever had anywhere

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ChandraD
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food was great, so was service.
Wish there were more options on the menu though.

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KatrinaB
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, ambience and service was amazing!!! So glad we chose to have dinner here!

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BrandonL
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, lovely staff and service. Great place to enjoy a meal

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KristinD
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food , with a lovely selection of wines in a unique and relaxing atmosphere. I will recommend it to my friends.

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JonathanR
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Will come again next time I’m in the Hunter Valley.

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SSBF
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Third visit to Circa 1876 and the experience gets better every time. Last night we stayed at The Convent and that made the dining experience more enjoyable as we could all share the wine together..Many thanks to all the Staff :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Food is below average , staff are friendly.

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vipAshleigh
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service. So very impressed

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Darren
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. If i had to pick one fault; the duck skin was not rendered out sufficiently and was meat was slightly under.

I don't want to complain though because the staff and service were exceptional.

It all made the day very special. The bonus "tasting" dishes are a very nice touch.

FAQs

Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley is rated 4.6 stars by 612 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.