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$49 - $142
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Contemporary, Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I am not one for degustation but now that hardline principle is shredded to bits. One of the best meals I have had anywhere. Even foods you might predict are not your favourite are transformed to delight you. Every single presentation was beautiful, artistic and...supremely tasty. Artisan and home-cooked dining experiences seldom marry, but at Muse, it’s a masterful outcome and a pleasure to pay. And, to top it off, beautiful staff who seamlessly represent the boss as a proud and welcoming teamMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each of our courses was absolutely delicious, the restaurant also complementary light tasting dishes. Our waiter explained the food very in detail & provided great service. The sommelier knew all about the Usher Tinkler wine we ordered. Nice to have the tables far enough to...apart to enable us to not hear the next tables conversation. The room was lovely & warm & looked stunning with the fire going & flowers throughout the room. My expresso was slightly cold, our waiter immediately apologised & told me it wouldn’t be on the bill. A thoroughly enjoyable evening in a professional well organised restaurant with delicious food. Thank you.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dining experience at Muse Restaurant. Everything was to a high standard - ambience, food, staff service. The food was excellent and we absolutely enjoyed our sommeliers and the wine pairing. It’s a pity we don’t live closer and visit more often.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 14, 2022 via mobile

The service, food and wine are superb. All the dishes that we had were interesting and full of flavour. There were four main courses with small dishes at intervals. We had the option to choose paired wines but decided to buy by the glass, as...the selection available was very good and staff were very helpful in their suggestions. It was a very special and memorable meal. Well worth the trip to the hunter valley in itself.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 27, 2022 via mobile

Dinner at Muse was a total experience. On entering the building you realise this meal experience was going to be special. The stunning building, the decor of the dining room, and the roaring open fire set the scene . The sommelier introduced themselves to us,...followed by the waiter looking after our dining needs. We were explained the degustation dining menu and then offered drinks. The wine list as expected was extensive, and there was a small selection of cocktails and non alcoholic beverages. The degustation meal was in a word brilliant. Each course was divine in taste, highlighting seasonal produce, and the presentation was exceptional. We had high expectations of our dinning experience here, and it did not disappoint.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed May 20, 2022 via mobile

Unfortunately, for us, the food did not live up to our expectations. Although being impeccably presented, we found it to be very bland and quite forgettable. The positives were the dining room, which was beautiful, with stunning central fireplace making for a cozy ambiance. The...wait staff and sommelier were all fantastic.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022

We visited on a Friday night. The atmosphere is beautiful and service excellent from start to finish. But, what is the fuss with the food. We found it bland and flavourless. We tried both dishes for each course and, really found nothing that screamed thoughtful...and imaginative flavour. Neither dessert was delicious. I’m all for supporting our restaurants, particularly after such hard times but, when you charge the price, the food has to be great not just okay. Having dined across the Hunter these last few days, I’d revisit Botanica and the Mill for their exceptional service as well as food. And yes, they both are a little more familiar to the palette, but overriding was flavour.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 28, 2022

Firstly what was good. The service and ambiance were definitely first class. However when you pay almost $500 for dinner for two you would expect the food to be excellent also. The menu was quite limited for all courses, with very little choice. The portions...were minuscule, for example the main dish of kangaroo comprised two inch square portions of kangaroo. I personally left feeling hungry. As a general comment the food is overly complex and rich and not enjoyable at all. The low point for us was the desserts, which were quite horrible, the worse desserts I’ve ever experienced at any restaurant anywhere in the world for my entire life! Left feeling slightly nauseous and hungry..More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022

Muse is a fantastic restaurant with an interesting choice on the set menu. The Hunter Valley Albarino on the wine list by the glass is a real surprise and worth trying. Dessert was heaven.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 15, 2022

The lighting was very poor - couldn’t see what I was eating. The food was underwhelming. There was a hot pepper on my fish dish that burnt and blistered my mouth. The waitress when I first told her with tears in my eyes said one...in ten are hot- ( I was unlucky) they took the mineral water I used to extinguish my mouth off the bill and a side dish. None of the wines on the food match are Hunter valley wines . I would not go back. Very disappointingMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 12, 2022 via mobile

Excellent food and service. It was a degustation menu and all dishes had visuals and tastes like nothing I've eaten before.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 2, 2022

Set in vineyard, small cozy ambience, wonderful food, helpful staff , excellent wine ( top quality and prices)

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 28, 2022

I would love to give this restaurant 5 stars, but for us it missed the mark ever so slightly. Don't get me wrong, we still enjoyed our experience. The wait staff are outstanding in their roles, friendly, professional and knowledgeable, perhaps the best we have...encountered. Our water glasses & wine were never empty and each meal was described to us as it was served. For me the smoked tomato and koshihikari risotto was sublime. Both main meals - Cornish game hen & heritage pork were superb. Then we opted for the cheese course - Truffled pecorino custard on the waitresses recommendation of the two choices. This was not to our liking or palate. The taste was just awful & no amount of wine deterred the flavour until our palate cleaner arrived, which we were extremely grateful for. Although we were not charged for this course, unfortunately for our dining experience this let the whole meal down. Next course was the deserts and not being huge coconut lovers, we still had to try the renowned Muse Coconut based on the reviews. Happy to say absolute perfection and finished the meal perfectly. Our other chocolate dessert was a little heavy, but still delicious. We truly enjoyed our night and thank you for a pleasant evening.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 20, 2022

Having dined at numerous fine dining establishments around the world, Muse is certainly a standout. From the finest selection of oysters we have had through to the deservedly renowned Muse coconut dessert, the entire menu provided a dining experience which left us planning on when...we could next return. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive with special mention to Melinda, the sommelier who's recommendation was the ultimate accompaniment to the evenings meal. The prices were also surprisingly reasonable for a fine dining establishment . We will certainly be back!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 19, 2022

Second experience here and this time with friends. Tables were well spaced, staff were all masked and QR coding all checked. Lovely service and did not have to signal a single staff throughout the evening. Our wine glasses were topped up in timely fashion and...the sommelier ensured a wine menu as soon as we finished the first bottle. Food was creative and simply superb as before. We felt truly spoilt and had an awesome evening.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Taz. Hi it all comes down to your budget> If you can afford the expense Chateau Elan/The Vintage is exceptional. so is Splicers or Peppers. Moderate accommodation there are some boutique estates like nearby on broke rd are... More
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Muse Restaraunt is located at 2450 broke Rd pokolbin ( Hunter valley ) NSW
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Muse Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5