The Circular at The Hotel Hershey

4.7
3736 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The atmosphere, menu, and service of The Circular provide a versatility of dining experiences from small plates and drinks at the bar with friends, to an intimate meal for two overlooking our magnificent gardens.

Here, you’ll enjoy history with a twist of innovation. Try our signature cocktails, taste the new flavors of our menu, and enjoy the bustle of activity in our chocolate pastry gallery, where decadent desserts are created to order while you dine.
What 3736 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Robc
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

The service was flat out terrible...

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GT007
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday was my wife’s birthday. She received special attention by staff including a complimentary Happy Birthday treat - chocolate dipped strawberries. Food was delicious and prepared to perfection.

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CharlesW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fine evening with Covid precautions in place.
The food was outstanding as was our server and assistant.

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vipMaryAnne
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. With the pandemic, we chose to stay within Pennsylvania, and stayed at the Hotel Hershey.
The food and service were excellent, although a bit pricey. Overall, we had an excellent experience.

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vipElizabeth
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We appreciate the details of fine dining and The Circular never fails to deliver. The amuse bouche was outstanding; creative and delicious! Our dinners of Chateaubriand and the Ribeye were both prepared perfectly. As a couple we both enjoy cooking and my husband raved that this was the best ribeye he has had in a long time. Nate delivered great service and he was attentive, but not intrusive. All the staff were pleasant and professional. The exceptional ambiance at The Circular lends itself to a memorable experience and keeps us coming back! More than ample social distance between tables.

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Debbie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, our wait staff was attentive and polite. Can’t wait to go back!

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GlennW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

First time taking the whole family to The Circular; we were all very excited. The food took quite a while to arrive, for some reason; and my steak was to be medium but came out fully rare. Not to be deterred, the staff comped the steak and gave some other perks for the wait. Very surprised by their generosity. Food is always impeccable when we come, as is the service. It is nice they remedied the situation for us; obviously they weren't happy with it and they made it right. I'll be back for sure!
Oh, by the way, our kids LOVED the whole experience! Especially dessert!!

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Cliffy
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I come to the Circular Dining Room every Nov (her birthday), Dec (my birthday) and January (our anniversary). Over the years, our experience has varied. That said, this year made up for all the bad memories. The service was beyond EXCELLENT. Michael, our waiter, was superb. We had him two years ago and loved his relaxed, funny, and entertaining mannerisms. Our seating was intimate. We were seated away from others but still had a fabulous view of the outdoors. And the food - Crab Legs for her and Chateaubriand for me - were to 'die for'. We both highly recommend The Circular.

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Zonaras
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not much to say. It is The Circular at Hotel Hershey. Server went to another eatery in the hotel to get me a Yuengling Chocolate draft. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

We typically love the circular but this time although our server was great and very attentive the food was lackluster and bland. I had King Crab Tagliatelle which was fishy and the texture of the crab meat my rubbery. My husband had the pork which was basically flavorless. We were very disappointed with this visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall1Food3Service4Ambience3

The blonde female manager was at the door. She really wasn't friendly from the start. I ordered a $46 crab pasta which was very small and over priced. It did not come with salad or bread. I just asked for one piece and the mgr said no I had to buy a loaf for $6. I did not feel like a valued customer. Love the chef. He stopped over. The dessert was very good.

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PrincessLGR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food! Great birthday service every year! We look forward to celebrating there!

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vipNancyI
Malta
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Was told by server the Lobster Pot Pie was 1.5 pounds of lobster for $55, which is reasonable for the restaurant. It turned out to be one claw and half a tail with peas and mashed potatoes served room temperature. Very deceiving.

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Shannon
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Salted caramel bites at the end of dinner are the best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

John was a great waiter. Excellent service

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Anniversary
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Because of Covid protocols, table orientation was a bit strange but under the circumstances, okay. Service was excellent as was the food. Celebrated our anniversary here. Since it was the last day of Hershey food week, there was a reasonably priced prix fixe menu.

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BruceM
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We were there for Hershey Restaurant week. The service was wonderful. We missed not having bread. Presentation was outstanding. We have enjoyed our visits to the circular.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at the Circular and will be back. Great surroundings, attentive wait staff, outstanding food.

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mikem
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

The ambience was the highlight. Everything else was average based on the price, which we thought was high ($38 prix fixe - each) for the Dining in Hershey Week. The waiter was very good but the other staff seemed like they were new to the industry. Almost like some of them were interns?

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BenU
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience was absolutely perfect for our engagement dinner. So pleased with everything and treated really well. Highly recommend.

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Cmtink
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and wonderful food even during the pandemic! Well done!

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DaveS
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been to the Circular many times and this was just as fantastic. Took our Daughter and her new husband and was quite the experience. Would recommend highly

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vipLoveacat
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So missed dinner at the Circular during the pandemic. We attended during Hershey restaurant week. Everything was perfect from start to finish. I especially enjoyed the pear and warm brie salad as a starter. Love the signature chocolate martini.

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KathyS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They did a great job with COVID social distancing the tables
We love Heather and Anna

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Ldydy
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience during Restaurant week. Food was great and customer service was above the norm of what you would expect. I had the hanger steak with pome frites and my friends had the scallops. Both entrees were great! We also had the lobster bisque and peanut butter pie for dessert which was out of this world. 3 courses for $38 which is a great deal. Hershey Hotel is gorgeous.

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Hambone
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

We are lifelong Hershey residents and remember The Circular when it was special. It's not as special anymore. The last two times we've been disappointed. Before Covid I ordered a filet that came out completely burned or scorched. They made another one that wasn't much better. I had to cut all of the outside off to be able to eat it. The food was better this last time but when I asked for bread it had to be ordered and there was a charge.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to The Circular after learning about Restaurant week in Hershey. We chose this restaurant because of the menu options that were offered and we were not disappointed. We were provided excellent service and the servers were very mindful regarding Covid regulations. The food was absolutely amazing and we enjoyed every last bite. We ordered all 3 options from each course because we couldn’t decide on just 2. We will definitely go back!

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

The dinner was very good. The desert was not. When this was mentioned to the server his comment was sometimes the deserts are better then others. It should have been taken off the bill.

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vipHbgcouple
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful evening out.... circular never disappoints... I had the lamb which was cooked perfectly ....husband enjoyed the hanger steak as it was restaurant week! Always a special experience!

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Jorge
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, our favorite place for a romantic dinner.

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AuntWho
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for restaurant week, and the prices and portions were very good. The food is always wonderful, and their Lobster Bisque is a wonder

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GeorgeS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

We have dined at Circular for 20 years, and gone thru their many changes in that time. It was once considered very upscale (for Hershey), in every restaurant aspect: service, price, ambience, dress code, extra touches, etc. Today, although the food is still excellent, I would rate Circular as just a nice restaurant, but overpriced. Our server was friendly and willing, but perhaps had too many tables to take care of, because service was slow —and his “helpers” seemed bored and disinterested . No doubt the current health crisis has had a negative effect on Circular’s operation. Too bad!

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NickyDee
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An overall excellent dining experience. The food, atmosphere, and service were incredible.

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RobertN
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and atmosphere. Food was ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was excellent

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vipKZSPA
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, presentation and food. Don’t forget the chocolate martini

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vipBabavic
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The meal was outstanding. Chateaubriand was perfect and the Veal stew the same. Arugula and beet salad provided a nice side dish.
Service was superb ! The servers work together providing a fine dining experience. We will be back.

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vipleewa
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience2

Other than the food it was not an outstanding experience. It had just reopened due to Covid restrictions. However they were out of many spirits and beers. So drinks on the menu were not available. Also desserts on the menu were not available. Our server said they were using inventory left from when they closed for the pandemic and no new inventory was purchased . So they should not list on the menu things that are not available. Also very bleak with no tablecloths just bare wood tables. One would think a 5 star restaurant would at least have tablecloths. Even in pandemic one would think tablecloths would be safer than bare wood tables because they can be washed in hot water. Wiping down a table top doesn’t guarantee no virus. But the meals all were fabulous which saved the evening to a degree.

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Tigereye907
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Prices have increased due to covid capacity limitations which may make you think portions should be larger, but quality and flavors are fantastic.

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Daniel
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

The chicken breast was dry. They changed the type of chocolate soufflé they have. It was very bitter. We liked the old version much better. The waitress was fine but very unenthusiastic. Not up to its usual high quality.

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The Circular at The Hotel Hershey is rated 4.7 stars by 3736 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.