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Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

4.7
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388 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 388 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VictorH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Have loved going to Circa since 2003 when I proposed to my wife. This restaurant is special for us.

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Anat
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nothing short of amazing. The little treats in between the meals added a nice touch. The desserts were also on another level! Always love coming here for a beautiful fine dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Great food and friendly service

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely experience and were delightfully surprised with each dish.

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Karl
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa' hosted a stunning lunch in a great setting, and will be recommended to friends

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NatashaM
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, all the ingredients were so fresh and you could see the love that was put into the dishes. Definitely will be back :)

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Jimmy
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Beautiful venue and overall the food is very good - only complaint was all our steaks were overdone, disappointing given the price and the $30 surcharge for steak on the set menu.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was great. Food so flavourful & great pairing suggestions. Helpful and friendly service.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the most amazing lunch! The menu was creative and interesting, all four of us decided to try something we hadn't tried before and we weren't disappointed. Every plate of food was beautiful to look at and delightful to eat. We savored every mouthful, it was just perfect. Beautiful setting, great service, would highly recommend.

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Elena
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing food and location, attentive staff, great selection of wines

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GBoris
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Not as good as it used to be entree’s weren’t great mains were nice nothing to rave about (for the price) bright lighting didn’t make it particularly relaxing.. felt like waiters were reading from a script.

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RyanW
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food I have ever had. From top to bottom this was an amazing experience. Thanks team.

CP
ChristinaP
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly staff and overall lovely experience.

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Anniversary
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our meal very much. Of.course I always like a cheaper.meal but as yum lol. Maybe a $70 per head would bring it into a range more.affordable and wine per glass maybe a couple.of $$ cheaper if at possible. However you have to stay afloat and in the end in this current climate that is the most important thing. Thank you for a lovely evening

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JessK
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Food was average - truffle and beetroot risotto lacked any flavour of truffle and was incredibly bland. Beef was certainly something we could have made at home, however the desserts were quite good. Cocktails were advertised but not available. So grossly overpriced for an experience that was so very underwhelming. Wouldn’t recommend and won’t go back.

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JessicaL
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful, historic venue with attentive staff even on a busy weekend. Delicious and varied menu options

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ManitaS
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent! I l also love the plate of duck liver

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GeorgeH
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceed all reviews online, defiantly a must for dinner in the hunter valley

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, great venue, attentive staff. Had a great time here for a birthday weekend.

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GraemeT
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We were pretty much neglected. We had plenty of time to scrutinize the food, and it’s definitely not as impressive as the last time I was there (which was one year ago)

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NicMac
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Omg the food was amazing the atmosphere was perfect and the staff were excellent . We had an amazing night .

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PaulaO
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

The food was superb. Every course was a delight. Beautiful flavours.

Except for the sorbet which was odd flavours, when we commented on this no alternative was offered.

Some staff were trained but others weren't coming right into our space literally leaning over us to serve someone on the other side of the table instead of going around. Not explaining what each plate was except for the pallet cleansers etc which for that kind of restaurant you expect.

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JasminS
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10 most amazing lunch i have had in awhile!!!!!!!!!

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MelindaH
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal, all of my friends were very impressed with the food

SG
StephenG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice room and excellent service. The food was good to excellent.

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Rushed
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

The staff were like robots and were rushing us through our meal . We asked for a break between entree and main course to which they agreed but served the main immediately after we had finished our entree. There were no diners arriving after us so there was no need for the rush. They suggested that we take our cheese course with us even though we were less than 1and a half hours!
Our waiter left our wine on the table and never once served us any.
Our taxi driver asked that the staff call him half an hour before we would need him but they refused to do so.
We will never return

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AntoineR
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience5

Great food, very well presented, excellent fun of ingredients.
Really well presented food, chefs need to be complimented.
Ingredients very fresh
All items cooked well.
Waiting staff at usual Oz standard.
Great experience overall.

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TANIAM
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you - food was absolutely fabulous as was the wine. We will be back , couldn't fault Circa 1876 - perfect

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stevenm
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Saw great reviews about this place and it lived up to it, great food and ambeiance would definately go back.

BC
BrigC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting. Loved the tasty chef treats between courses.

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SophieC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is exceptional quality and every dish well balanced.

RB
RachelB
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not fault anything with our 3 course meal...simply wonderful and no hesitation to let us sample 3 wines to make a selection for a glass of local Shiraz...what an amazing place for an event...would love to have a fabulous dinner party here - maybe one day! Thank you

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EvelynX
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience! Will be back next time for sure

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LiseT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Expected more. Mains were cold and the waiter could not even recommend wine to math the food.

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BobL
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience4

Restaurant was disappointing overall.
Food was good, more presentation than taste but effort is there. Portions were definitely on the small end of the spectrum of fine dining.
90 minute covid dinner sitting took over 2 hours to serve. Almost an hour between entree and main.
Plenty of staff at front of restaurant, service was ok, but something clearly not working in the kitchen.
Better alternatives for the price in the hunter.

SB
SteveB
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a dark and stormy night...despite this the atmosphere created by the restaurant, the quality of the food, the attention of staff without intrusion, made for a really beautiful evening.

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BreannaC
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely beautiful. A very special evening for my Fiancé and I to celebrate our engagement.

MB
MB12
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The wait staff were very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We loved the ambience esp. seated next to the big fire place. The food was great but a little on the salty side. Overall, we really enjoyed our dining experience!

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AnitaE
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing. One of the best meals in the Hunter Valley

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Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley is rated 4.7 stars by 388 OpenTable diners.

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