Home to sprawling vineyards, rustic towns, outdoor adventures and family-friendly fun, the Hunter Valley is the ultimate place to enjoy a weekend getaway from the city. Just 2-hours from Sydney CBD, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort is home to the Hunter Valley’s only water park, Water Dragons Kid’s Club, fairground rides, a games room and outdoor zones for the kids. Adults can make use of our scenic 18-hole championship golf course, luxury spa, and onsite bars, restaurants and brewery.

If you’re traveling with little ones and looking for the best kid-friendly restaurants around, look no further! We’ve rounded up some of the most family-friendly Hunter Valley restaurants, ideal for families with youngsters under 12. From casual cafes to more formal dining experiences, each of the options featured in this guide serves up an awesome kid’s menu or kid-friendly portions.

To kick things off, let’s start close to home with our Hunter Valley dining hotspots that welcome kids of all ages.

Lovedale Bar + Grill

When it comes to family-friendly dining in the Hunter Valley, there’s nowhere better than Lovedale Bar + Grill. Explore our new menus, serving up meals that are like a hug from within. Enjoy dinner and drinks in the beer garden or get cozy in the indoor restaurant area. For lunch and dinner, the kid’s menu features pizza, chicken schnitzel, sirloin steak, fish and chips and our ever-popular burger – all served with a soft drink and sweet treat. Feel like sharing? The sharing platters and delicious pizzas are ideal for splitting between the family.

For adults, the sangas and grill menu items are made to satiate the biggest of appetites. Sink your teeth into a wagyu beef patty, topped with bacon, burger cheese, lettuce, mustard aioli, tomato and pickles. Pasta, salads, serving platters and classic desserts and a full vegetarian and vegan menu await hungry families. If you’re visiting for the weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy live music and local acts with your meal and drinks. Kick back and relax with a cold glass of Sydney Brewery Beer, a bottle of local Hunter Valley wine, or a signature cocktail and dig into fantastic bistro-style meals sure to keep everyone happy. Adults looking to sample more of the local brews can do a tour of the Sydney Brewery, taking you behind the scenes and serving up a selection of beers and ciders.

Lovedale Bar + Grill welcomes all visitors to dine and drink with us including our hotel guests and the general public.

Open 7 days a week from 11am-9pm

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Vegan Menu

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Leaves & Fishes

Serving up a takeaway style menu that can be enjoyed in the restaurant or on the grounds, Leaves & Fishes has a focus on Asian-inspired seafood dishes. Fish-loving kids will love the lightly battered fish served with a side of chips. For little ones who don’t like seafood, the kids chicken and chips, with juice popper is a great choice.

For the grownups, options such as szechuan spiced chicken wings with pepper caramel and roasted peanuts or the crisp skinned ocean trout, miso and lime slaw with togarashi are popular choices. With plenty of gluten-free and dairy-free meals, all taste buds, stomach sizes and dietary requirements are catered for. No need to make a reservation. Simply arrive, order your food and enjoy.

Open Thurs – Mon – 11am-5pm

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Cafe Enzo

For more than 25 years, Cafe Enzo has been feeding locals and visitors alike with delicious homemade meals that use local and fresh ingredients. Whether you’re in need of a caffeine hit while exploring Pokolbin, to take five and recharge with light bites and a drink, or looking for somewhere to enjoy a family lunch, Cafe Enzo is a great option.

Located in the Tuscan-inspired Peppers Creek Village, dig into mouthwatering breakfast, lunch and dessert items. Whether it’s a seasonal fruit bowl or a hearty cooked breakfast, beer battered market fish, linguine with Tiger prawns, a poached apple and hazelnut custard tart, or one of many other delightful menu items – there’s something perfect for adults, kids and everyone in between.

Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm | Fri 9am- 5pm | Sat 8:30am-5pm | Sun 8am-4pm

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Oishii Japanese & Thai Restaurant

If you’re looking for a delicious and authentic Japanese or Thai meal in the Hunter Valley, Oishii Japanese & Thai Restaurant Pokolbin is the perfect spot. The restaurant has a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere, making it ideal for dining with young children. The menu features a wide variety of traditional dishes, such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, and curries.

With dishes from Japan and Thailand, Hearty appetites will be sated with chicken, beef and seafood entrées. Mains include favourites such as Pad Thai, Massaman Curry and Chicken Teriyaki. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s a selection of desserts on offer, such as green tea ice cream and sticky rice with mango – perfect even for the pickiest of kids.

Mon-Thurs 11:30am-3pm & 5:30pm- 9:30pm | Fri-Sun 11:30am-4pm & 5pm- 9:30pm

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The Deck Cafe

The Deck Cafe Lovedale is perfect for families with young children looking for a variety of kid-friendly meals, drinks and snacks. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, it’s the ideal place to stop for a bite to eat after a day of exploring the region. The Deck Cafe Lovedale is also a great option for couples and those traveling with teens thanks to its relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

The children’s menu features favourites such as chicken tenders with a side of chips, Ham and pineapple pizza with chips and salad, and Beer battered fish and chips. For the adults, Sauteed Mediterranean style octopus, Lamb backstrap and Smoked duck breast feature on the Tapas menu. There’s also a good selection of local wines, shakes, smoothies and soda, along with plenty of sweet treat desserts.

Breakfast Menu | Tapas Menu | Vegetarian Menu | Kids Menu

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Amanda’s on the Edge

For more than two decades, Amanda’s on the Edge has been serving up delectable dishes using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and produce. Pull up a chair on the verandah and soak up stunning vineyard and countryside views. During the cooler months, enjoy your meal by a crackling fire and relax in the cozy ambience.

Start with King prawns pan seared in garlic & parsley with crusty ciabatta bread, followed on with Linguine tossed with king prawns, basil, parsley, baby tomatoes, spinach , lemon & pine nuts. Finish your meal with a cappuccino meringue with Kahlua cream & hazelnut gelato or Hot baked banana baklava with a toffee sauce & malt gelato. With a fantastic selection of meats, seafood and vegetarian options, meals are made for both kids and adults.

Lunch – Fri 11:30am-3pm | Sat & Sun 12pm-3pm | Dinner – Wed – Sun 5:30pm-10pm

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Situated in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort is the ultimate destination for families, couples and professionals. Take advantage of world-class leisure facilities, award-winning resort accommodation, kids activities, wining and dining and access to the best things to see and do in the Hunter Valley.

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