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Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant

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Australian, Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
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737 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia
+61 2 4930 7400
12:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 18:30 - 22:00
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Newcastle, Australia
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97 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had previously been to this restaurant and loved it, so decided that it was a good place to go with the girls who hadn't been to too many hunter valley restaurants. The decor was fabulous, the company was fabulous and the wait staff were excellent. Unfortunately that is where it ended. The wine list was short and expensive. We... More 

Thank JamieJustine
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We had a girls lunch here on a very windy hot day. All tables are undercover and looking out onto the water. Great food and service, wine list nice and short and simple to chose from, although a few more reds on the menu wold have been helpful (perhaps something like Pinot Noir). Good range of food, we didn't get... More 

Thank Lara_sydney_1
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Went there on Sat night. Was pleasantly surprised. Food was really good. Prawn pasta for entree was very nice. Beef short rib and ocean trout were perfectly cooked. Beware of the fries ....hugely addictive. All round great restaurant and very attentive staff. Will be back !

Thank davedeutsch
Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

After just arriving into the Hunter we decided to stop for lunch. This restaurant was lovely - beautiful setting and impeccable food. A must go everything we feasted on we loved. Started with the warm nuts and olives followed by the scallops and pineapple salad for main. Service, setting and food was an 11/10.

Thank Katrina B
Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This was a bit of a surprise as a random walk-up choice for lunch on a Saturday. Food very good quality, reasonably priced, own label wine well priced and lovely views/atmosphere (almost tropical). We would definitely return.

1 Thank Peterag54
Wallerawang, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The baked hervey bay half-shell scallops, chili, shallot, fresh lime for Entree set the bar very high. Absolutely loved it, rated 11 from 10. After this, the rest was a let down. This does not mean it's not good, just not as good as the Entree. The only negative would be the lighting needed to be a little bit brighter... More 

Thank Smiley_BH
Brisbane, Australia
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363 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The setting of this restaurant is very peaceful; overlooking a lake filled with fish. We were provided a basket of bread crumbs to feed them which was delightful. Having checked out the dessert menu first, we decided to order entree and mains for lunch. I chose the scallops which came in a tamarind chilli sauce which was complex, zingy and... More 

Thank MarjofromBrissie
Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Had lunch with friends on Saturday and was lucky enough to get a corner table for 7 overlooking the pond. Beautiful surrounds in a lovely location over their pond.

Thank alex j
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162 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

A bit more expensive but the quality of the food was very good. Setting is very pretty. Service was excellent. Worth a visit.

Thank Terry K
Hunter Valley, Australia
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Great food and great service. Booked for a group of locals and the staff really looked after us. Thanks Sharon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 69
Australian, Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 16:00
18:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 737 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Cessnock  >  Lovedale
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4930 7400
Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant offers fresh, smart and simple dining to its guests within its inviting boathouse atmosphere perched over the water with views of the Brokenback ranges. A range of Asian-fusion and Australian meals are complimented by a Hunter-focused wine list to reward guests with a great Hunter dining experience. With more than 10 years experience, Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant is a favourite with locals and tourists alike - a must-see!

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?