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Centrally located in the heart of Pokolbin, just a short stroll from the world class Hunter Valley Gardens and within easy access to wineries and golf clubs, The Cellar Restaurant offers modern contemporary inspired cuisine focusing on flavours and textures in elegant yet relaxed surroundings. Our wisteria surrounded courtyard is perfect for dining with large umbrellas for shade on the hotter days. Our sandstone and glass building features lush indoor gardens intermingled with a huge welcoming fireplace in the centre. The ambience is sophisticated yet relaxed with welcoming staff and friendly service. The restaurant is fully air conditioned during the warmer months and in winter, the cosy open
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USD 23 - USD 31
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 17 June 2021

When I booked we needed to include a credit card confirmation. When we arrived the restaurant was more than half empty. The service was ok certainly not exceptional. The food was also satisfactory but not worth the cost. The interior is tired and in serious...need of refurbishment. It felt like a tourist restaurant that would cater to groups rather than a leisurely lunch between cellar visits.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 15 June 2021 via mobile

Highly dissatisfied with The Cellar. Don’t waste your money! Our waitress was very friendly but she had no knowledge of the menu, didn’t know the ingredients and couldn’t tell us what was in the hapuka dish. There was also a very long wait between the entree...and mains and when it finally arrived, I’m sad to say it didn’t hit the mark. We had a dozen of poorly shucked stale natural oysters ($40). For mains my partner had the tasteless cold pork cutlet ($36) on a bed of soggy wombok with a weird texture cauliflower and raisin caper dressing. Meanwhile I had the driest roasted chicken ($36) served with an overpowering spiced pumpkin, mustard and tomato dressing. Weird flavours that didn’t work, cold uninspiring dishes. I expressed my concern with the staff but I doubt think anything was relayed back to the manager. Overall, just poor service and bad food — which is an absolute shame because the restaurant looks beautiful.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 26 May 2021 via mobile

Enjoyed a three course meal on on Monday night (which is why we booked here as everything else in the hunter valley seemed to not operate on a Monday night). Starters were impressive (lamb croquette for me, ocean trout for him) mains a little disappointing...(duck for him, steak for me), dessert redeeming (shared chocolate caramel creation). It’s fine dinning and priced accordingly, however it fell a little short of expectation and while the service was adequate and polite it wasn’t anything special. Also the space had a beautiful large fire place but if you were not seated next to it the room was a little brisk (we did t take out jackets off).More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 22 May 2021

Where do I start? The disappointment in the taste of the Kid’s meal was only matched by the size. The lamb came out cold which I don’t understand as the food all came out at different times. The $18 carrot cake was more like carrot...bread and less than a bite full. The coffee came out 10min after the adults’s dessert. The kid’s dessert came half an hour after that, after 3 reminders. Overall, the disappointing food and service did not match the price. We will not return.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 27 April 2021 via mobile

Very nice service and great food lamb with shiitake mushrooms for entree and duck breast. Waguy was good

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 25 April 2021 via mobile

We were a group of 4 touring the Hunter Valley for the day with a larger group where we all arrived by coach & had a couple of other stops wine tasting with cheese platters as our first stop then a second stop of tea/coffee...& morning tea. We then had a couple of hours to do our own thing & our group of 4 decided to book this restaurant at lunchtime thinking we'd better eat something for lunch. One of the group members was not that hungry due to the 2 visits prior but was happy to order an entree whilst the 3 other friends were happy to order just a main meal where a couple of glasses of wine would compliment our meals. However, the waitress informed the less hungry of our group that a main meal per person was their rule & requirement. She politely informed the waitress that we'd all been wine tasting with cheese, crackers, etc then had a morning tea & that she was not hungry enough for a main course & asked politely again if she could just order an entree. Again, the waitress informed her this could not be done but would go into the kitchen to check. She came back to inform us that it was not possible & walked away to attend to other incoming guests. Our friend nu now jad totally lost her appetite & was happy to not eat a meal but would be happy to sit & wait for us. We were not prepared to let that happen on our day out. We were left dumb founded at the waitresses rudeness & completely confused at such a rule & regulation of the restaurant given the events of Covid during 2020 where all hospitality had suffered enormously. When she finally came back to our table to see what we had decided, we were still quite confused & taken aback with the situation when she eventually informed us that there were other nice places to have lunch ! We all decided that we were a group & would stay a group to eat lunch together so we all decided to leave the restaurant & find another place to have lunch. This resulted only in a loss to the restaurant not only financially, but also in reputation. Had they accommodated our 1 x entree meal, 3 x main meals, possible dessert meals plus drinks, the bill may have been close to $200 but instead, opted to honour their ridiculous rule in favour of accommodating a group willing to pay a significant bill. I'm sure the meals would have been nice had we had the chance to actually order meals suitable to our appetite ! This beggars belief. Also, had they honoured our request for an entree, regardless of our waitress being rude & disconnected from offering a friendly smile, we may still have stayed for lunch but we lucked out on both counts & were not willing to let this situation spoil our day so we moved on & out of the restaurant to somewhere where we were accommodated fully with better service & a smile. This restaurant is not recommended to anyone wanting a light meal.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 20 April 2021

We really enjoyed the ambiance and the food was excellent in all respects. Desserts also. Staff need to smile a little, it’s a lovely world. Wines realistically priced and mainly local. We would return.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 28 February 2021 via mobile

Had a very bad experience this is far worse restaurant I ever have been. Service was OK but food was flavourless and bland $85 Lamb shoulder - a piece half-baked on the bone with a couple of cut pieces. they don’t even have a steak...cutting knife but you tear the meat off that piece with a butter knife. The four sides of the dishes look as sad as that piece of uncooked meat. This very unprofessional experience had us leaving the restaurant with embarrassment and disappointment. Will most certainly not be coming back.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 24 February 2021

On arrival we were not greeted and left waiting, considering we were the first guests to arrive that evening. We noticed dirty glasses on tables as were were escorted to our table. The waitress then returned to the back of the restaurant joining another staff...member at a table in full view where they continued chat for over 15 minutes before returning to ask if we were ready to order, she then returned to her friend to continue their conversation. Overall service sadly lacking as showed lack of experience and training from start to end. Decor is outdated and tired 70s. Chair upholstery worn and dirty. The pictures of the food in this restaurant's promotion look nothing like the meal we were served, it was not contemporary cuisine, The focaccia bread reminded us of supermarket bread heated in a microwave, the chicken 'scallop' entre was disappointing (3 20 cent size pieces of warm chicken pieces sitting on some sort of spongy cold disks of unknown substance. As for the main, we both selected the steak (mostly because of the 'duck fat' potatoes), the steak and jus was OK, the mushrooms unusual, the potatoes disgusting, thin layers of potato pushed into a terrine and soaked in duck fat, it tasted a week old and greasy. A hugely disappointing birthday dinner, a few weeks later I mentioned this restaurant to a friend who indicated they had the same experience (including the potatoes). Will never return!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 18 February 2021

We had heard of the slow-cooked lamb oyster (shoulder) for two and just had to try it. We were not certainly disappointed - it was cooked to perfection and plenty for two people. The thinly sliced beef cheek was a very tasty entree, The service...by Donna and Jess was very good as well - first time ever I have been asked if I wanted to taste before accepting my chosen glass (not bottle) of wine. No trouble with the Blueberry Hill Chardonnay of course. A very comfortable and satisfying night out.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5