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EXP. restaurant

$$$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 4998 7264
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

EXP isn’t for the faint hearted. We had the tasting plates and it was very interesting food. I did pass on the duck tongues but my husband said they were delicious. The dessert was one of the best I have ever had ..... it’s pretty...More

Thank Lisa R
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed April 4, 2018

EXP was stunning. Great, inventive food that combines inventiveness with local ingredients, served with elegance and personality. The full menu is an epic journey through texture and flavour. An absolute must-visit if you're in the region and want a dining experience that challenges your view...More

2  Thank Jared W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What an incredible experience we had yesterday. We had the degustation with matched wines, we couldn’t fault anything. Service was incredible, the food delicious and the wines soo yummy. We will certainly be back xx

Thank KatharinaSoll
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

From the get go the staff were extremely friendly accompanied by a great sense of humour. My wife and I went for the set menu putting our trust into the chef's and what a great decision it was. From the introductory snacks to the final...More

1  Thank Adam M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Exceptional and outstanding degustation experience. Quality, flavour, textures and innovation. Noah did a great job presenting the various dishes that surprised us. Deliciousness is off the scale. I note some of the reviews say it's expensive, and yes it is a special occasion price tag...More

Thank Rosie P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ventured to the Hunter Valley to EXPerience this wonderful little restaurant. While the dining space was small, the flavours were large. We did the tasting menu, starting with tasty snacks. The "Zinger" fish wing with hot sauce was flavoursome, and the other snacks set...More

Thank rick l
Reviewed 1 week ago

With another couple visited and had the $100ph degustion menu. We opted to just choose individual wines instead of the wine accompanying each dish. Excellent, friendly and efficient service. A lot of time and effort has gone into staff training and it paid dividends. Small...More

Thank Vada
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just when we thought food couldn’t get any better! Absolutely beautiful, thank you for a wonderful Exp.perience!

Thank Candice B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Big thank you to Jane from Gundog winery who recommended EXP for lunch . Superb meal and wonderful service. Flavours that both excited and satisfied, well executed dishes.

Thank Claire W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

EXP restaurant was recommended to us by the hotel staff where we stayed at Hunter Valley. EXP was based on the concept of good food and dining experience. This upmarket restaurant was located in the Oakvale vineyard where we had to drive on a rocky...More

Thank maf s
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November 19, 2017|
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Response from craig b | Reviewed this property |
Hi fantilil, You will find closer accom, but personally, I’d go for Belford Block Eight in the north end of the Hunter...0 Best accom I’ve stayed at in the hunter.. Ask the boys for a private tasting in your room, stroll... More
November 19, 2017|
Response from Stacey H | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in Hunter Valley at the Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley. We used Hunter Hopper (hop on/off tour) and David (he was terrific) also drove us to dinner that night, for a bit less than other taxi companies were... More
Roger A
May 25, 2017|
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Response from Amitav05 | Reviewed this property |
No. I don't remember clearly but think it's Wednesday to Sunday lunches and Friday & Saturday dinner.you Can check their website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Cessnock  >  Pokolbin
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4998 7264
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At EXP. our focus is to create a dining EXP.erience that is delicious, entertaining and interactive. Food is at the heart of EXP. and the menu is driven by the seasons and produce. The team sources local produce as much as possible, with quality always being the key. With these ingredients the kitchen create dishes that are our EXP.ression of Australian cuisine.
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