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After 3 years in Pokolbin, Owner/Head Chef Emerson Rodriguez is excited to announce the re-location of their multi-award winning restaurant 'Emerson's at Pokolbin' to Adina Vineyard.Now appropriately renamed Emerson's Cafe & Restaurant, Emerson's is located within Adina Vineyard. Adina Vineyard is set in the heart of the Hunter Wine Region on Lovedale Road in Lovedale, surrounded by acres of established vineyards & an impressive olive grove. With newly renovated Cellar door on-site, Providore, Reflections Spa & Accommodation.
PRICE RANGE
AU$30 - AU$38
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Contemporary, Australian
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We lunched at the new, this year 2024, Emerson's at the Lake in the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto on Sunday. The restaurant is open to the view of eastern Lake Macquarie with Croudace and Belmont Bays and their moored yachts in view. Picture windows...enhance the views. Tables are set and spaced in the dining room to accommodate tables of guests from 12+ to two. The floor is carpeted and the ceiling has acoustic tiles do despite a full sitting with lots of talk it was muted and soft. The menu has enough variety and servings are generous. Drinks are purchased at the club bar and are very reasonable. Our crudo and squid entrees were almost enough for a main and our fish of the day and duck mains were excellent. No room for the enticing desserts. Full marks to the new management and chef. This will be the go to place for lunches and dinners to rival anything Newcastle has to offer. Loved it.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is not the correct TripAdvisor site for the new Emerson's on the Lake. It is an old site prior to the new chef and management. Pay no attention to it. Look for Emerson's Cafe & Restaurant that is now the actual Emerson's on the...Lake. The recently reopened restaurant has over 500 votes and is considered the best restaurant in Toronto.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Emerson on the Lake impresses with flavorful dishes and scenic views but falters in comfort and ambience. While the food was delicious, the decor feels more casual club bistro, and the laminated tables(no tablecloths) coupled with the extremely uncomfortable seating detract from the overall experience....Furthermore, having to fetch your drinks from the public bar disrupts the flow and adds inconvenience. Despite the culinary highs, the overall dining experience leaves something to be desired.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 9 April 2024 via mobile

Delicious meal, lovely view. The staff were amazing, the meal, next level delicious, the tempura scallops best ever! 100% recommend

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 25 March 2024

My husband I went here for a special occasion. We were very disappointed. The food was not to order (we ordered medium rare for our protein and it was well done) and there was no atmosphere. Will not be returning. It put a dampener on...a special night.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024

Lovely setting. Group of 12 for my birthday. Service extremely poor. Food size and price too expensive for a club. One had steak $46 for Porterhouse and sent it back as it was medium well done instead of medium rare. $14 for a very small...bowl of chips. Over $22 for flatbread with white bean . Small serving of fish meal and lamb dish. Live locally but prices for size of meals is a let down for us. Poor service staff still. Sorry, we won't be back.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024 via mobile

Well what a surprise Emerson’s on the lake was , I was taken there for my birthday ( good reason to try it ) Whilst the restaurant lacks ANY design or character , the friendly team members made up for it , Great friendly efficient...and professional service and happy to give advice on the menu , We shared a stunning Duck pate with plenty of crisp toasted bread to have with it , Next a bowl of mussels with white wine garlic and tomato . Great taste and must say plenty of mussels . Then a serve of Spaghetti Alle Vongole that again was a generous serve with plenty of Vongole , All the meals I saw being taken to other tables looked great . Unfortunately the alcohol is part of the club and so a very poor selection of wine etc , But maybe this will improve in time ( I hope so ) And maybe they will give the barn like room some design and character soon , it’s so DULL and old hat !!!!!!!!! All in all a good meal good service what more could you ask for .More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

Premature opening Look, the food has decidedly improved from the yacht club days of old. But that’s the only real visible change based on our visit last night. The facility needs a serious face-lift - the toilets are still smelly and moldy, the level of...service was woeful, and having to get up and buy your own drinks from the bar is not what you expect on a nice night out. Our table had fish of the day, spaghetti vongole and a vegetarian salad (which was forgotten initially). We ordered 10 minutes or so after being seated but were not brought our meals for over an hour later. Not impressed. Clearly someone needs to take bookings in a staggered fashion. That’s basic restauranting 101. We asked to look at the menus to share a couple desserts after, but the server never returned to take Our order so we left. Disappointing. The bar needs a better assort of spirits. When I asked what gins they had and was met with “Gordon’s”, I was gobsmacked. One average gin when there are hundreds of wonderful gins (and other Australian made spirits) is not a logical match for the quality and price of Emerson’s food. I felt like I was getting Uber Eats from a 5 star restaurant at a park picnic table with my box of wine. All the pieces aren’t fitting together. But the food is the shining star. Can they lift all the other elements?More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024

We were extremely pleased with all aspects of our Wedding Reception for 40 people at Emerson’s on the Lake at Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto (new location, new menu). We booked several big tables, and preordered 40 Main meals the week prior - listing guests...name/ dietary needs/ chosen dish - which we recommend (and really helped with kitchen planning). The kitchen and waitstaff were warm, polite, and EXTREMELY well organised. (The Yacht Club Staff and patrons were all very friendly and welcoming too). Our event flowed seamlessly and smoothly. They were professional in handling every guests meal, especially as half our guests had special dietary requirements - children’s meals, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free. (Thank you!!) The meals tasted REALLY good, portion sizes were filling, pricing was very good, and meal presentations were spot on. All guests were very happy with their meals, the service, the atmosphere and the incredible views. Emerson’s on the Lake is definitely “A Foodies Dream”. It has become our new favourite restaurant and we will definitely become regulars here. It is so precious to us that we can go back and eat at the place we had our wedding reception. We are recommending Emerson’s to everyone we know. A big thank you to Emerson, Kelly, Alex and all the staff for making our day special. We wish you great success in your new location. See you again soon.❤️More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 January 2024

Absolutely love Emersons! As a local we have been many times and it never disappoints. Having just been with a group of friends, I felt I had to post a review as we had such a fabulous evening! The food is beautifully prepared, full of...flavour and locally sourced. Emerson is very talented. Several dietary requirements were catered for and everyone loved their dishes. The staff were excellent, not easy to manage a large group outside and several individual tables inside, but they were so efficient and friendly. A must try!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

We had a fantastic night. Food variety and quality was excellent and service was outstanding. The relaxed casual atmosphere is perfect for a large group. The cauliflower is the best.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

Another great night with fantastic food and staff that can’t do enough for you. Food is well priced and sourced locally with lots of variety.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

I went to Emerson's with a group of friends in December and the experience was brilliant. As a vegetarian, it is often hard to find great food, Emerson created delicious options and my food was great. The non-vegetarians said their food was fantastic too. We...enjoyed the food, wine, and great service. We'll be back for sure!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

We recently had a large group dinner at Emersons & our rowdy group had the deck all to ourselves. We had the 5 course banquet & every single dish was amazing. OMG that Chicken Karaage is just soooo good as was the lamb koftas, Bangalow...Pork cutlet, mushroom risotto & don't miss the roasted cauliflower. Great value & there was so much food we couldn't finish it. The staff were just lovely - thanks Kelly :) Highly recommended, we will definitely be back!!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 31 December 2023

We have been going to Emersons for years now and happy to say this our "go to" place. Such a wonderful talented chef and awesome staff who never fail to deliver. Often, we call last minute to book and its never an issue to accommodate...us. The food is varied and super tasty and we always leave with full bellys and happy faces. As a local Lovedale family, we couldnt recommend Emersons more highly!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Response from 271judyl | Reviewed this property |
For some reason, your request came to me (I posted a review on Trip Advisor). The phone number of the restaurant is +61 2 4930 7029. They should be able to help you with a bus company that can transport your group.
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Some, but not a huge variety. Not being vegetarian myself I did not take much notice, but I am pretty sure there was only one in the entrees and one in mains.
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Emerson’s Café & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5