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The Circular at The Hotel Hershey
The Circular at The Hotel Hershey

The Circular at The Hotel Hershey Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecircular.com/
  • Phone: (717) 534-8800
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily, 7 - 10:30 AM

    Lunch: Friday & Saturday, 12 - 2 PM

    Dinner:
    • Monday - Wednesday, 5 - 9:30 PM
    • Thursday - Saturday, 5 - 10 PM
    • Sunday, 6 - 9:30 PM

    Sunday Brunch Seatings: 12 - 2:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ken Gladysz / Chef de Cuisine: Aaron Fowler
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact The Hotel Hershey Catering and Convention Department at (717) 533-2171.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Circular at The Hotel Hershey offers two private rooms available for up to 10 or 12 guests. $250 rental fee per room.

    Alcove - Seats 12
    Wine Room - Seats 10
  • Private Party Contact: Dining Reservations (717) 534-8800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hotel Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Hotel parking and complimentary valet parking in a lighted parking lot with walkways and steps.
A word from The Circular at The Hotel Hershey
The atmosphere, menu, and service of The Circular provide a versatility of dining experiences from small plates and drinks at the bar with friends, to an intimate meal for two overlooking our magnificent gardens.

Here, you’ll enjoy history with a twist of innovation. Try our signature cocktails, taste the new flavors of our menu, and enjoy the bustle of activity in our chocolate pastry gallery, where decadent desserts are created to order while you dine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "For a long period of time, one could depend on the food quality matching the ambience of the Circular Dining Room. Sadly, that is no longer the case as both the quality of the food ingredients and preparation are so poor. Don"t be deceived by the interesting menu selections, they just can't een get close to pulling any of them together."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our evening at the Circular at that Hotel Hershey was superb. Our table had a wonderful view of the grounds and was well spaced from other tables. Our server was phenomenal - she was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. The iPad with the wine list was something I've never seen before and was such a great idea. You could browse the different wines by type and price point, or by pairings by touching what you were having. Brilliant! The food was just as fantastic as I expected. The table had steak, shrimp and scallops, red snapper, loaded baked potatoes and baked beans. Everything was prepared to perfection. Chocolate fondue for desert with various dippers. Overall, the meal and service were impeccable."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The food was great. The salmon was perfectly done, so moist. My Mother-in-Law had the chocolate pie for dessert and she said it was the best chocolate pie she has ever tasted. She couldn't finish the whole piece of pie, so I finished it for her. It was the best chocolate pie I had ever tasted as well. It was truly a memorable dining experience. Nice touch with the sea salt caramel after the meal. Top notch!!!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My friend and I spent a "girl's night" at the Hotel Hershey and the Circular was a perfect way to relax and enjoy great food after our time in the spa. It was restaurant week and we were able to get a salad, entrée and dessert for only $30. The portions were not huge but they were perfect for us (my husband is a big eater and would have needed more). I am not sure if they are bigger if you order the regular menu items, but I am thinking they are. We had beet and arugula salad which was very tasty, followed by pecan encrusted tile fish...yum. The dessert was to die for. A sour cherry white chocolate cheese cake. And the views (even on a rainy evening) were spectacular."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had dinner during Hershey Restaurant Week and received an excellent three-course meal for a more than reasonable price. Servers were attentive, pleasant and knowledgeable. We were also seated by the window with a great view."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal from start to finish..... from the Oysters Rockefeller appetizer; shared Ceasar salad; Grilled Salmon entree and a Grouper entree; right to the Sorbet dessert... a very nice touch was the Happy Birthday platter, written in Chocolate sauce for my husband's birthday ! The service was top-notch..... Justin (or Jason??? -- sorry our memory isn't what it used to be.... LOL) was incredible !! Had a very special dining experience for my husband's birthday and would definitely make reservations for some time in the near future. Just a short 3 hr drive from our home... so it's great for a quick 2 night getaway.... Hotel Hershey NEVER disappoints!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We went to sample what Hershey Hotel had to offer for this week. To our horror found the menu consisted of veal cheek (actually old cow chewing years of cud!), Pork belly, tile fish ( tasteless), and chicken. The hotel management and the chef should be ashamed of serving such garbage as their sample for restaurant week. I recommend What If restaurant in Hershey as an example for Restaurant Week."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Love the drink menu on the IPads! Great to see descriptions and pictures of the drinks. Able to sort wine by type, price, etc. Tech savvy!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "walking into the hotel hershey/circular dining room always puts a smile on my face. our dinner was good, the service was excellent and the ambience was what brought us there in the first place. at the end of the meal, the waitress brought out a lovely birthday inscribed dessert plate accompanied by scrumptious caramels which were so cutely boxed. overall,a wonderful outing. thank you hershey!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything about this dining experience was totally satisfying and wonderful. You won't be disappointed if you go. The truffle mac 'n cheese is to die for!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We went during resuraunt week to see what the dining room was like. We enjoyed the visit and will return to try out the regular menu."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I enjoyed dinner in the renovated Circular. The service was exceptional, with attention to every detail. They honored my request to sit near the window, and made every effort to please us from the wine choice to the dessert. I'm not sure the ipad option for choosing wine pairings, etc. is necessary. With so much technology everywhere, I would suggest returning to simply enjoying a human interaction. Additionally, the restaurant week options were good, and we ordered from both menus, but the starters and desserts were the shining stars. The entrees were disappointing. It almost didn't matter, as everything else was excellent, but over-cooking a filet seems sub-standard for this level of fare. Overall, still fantastic."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "No complaints. Interesting drinks. I recommend the Blind Tiger. The food was what you would expect for the price. The Filet was like butter and melted in the mouth, and the Chester County mushrooms went well with the steak. The truffle mac and cheese was suprisingly amazing. Desserts were what you would expect from Hershey-fantastic."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Was a terrific way to experience the 'new' Circular. Food and service spot-on. One quibble is 300% wine mark-ups. What a shame as there are some interesting selections. 200% should be the maximum."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The Circular has kept the great food and ambiance but cut the prices a little bit and made the restaurant feel less stuffy. The dress code has been relaxed, welcoming younger folks and those on vacation who didn't bring a tie and jacket. Most of the food we had (on the Restaurant Week menu) was excellent, although my fish dish was rather bland. On the whole though the food was tasty, the waiter was very responsive, and the salted caramel they give you as a parting gift was the most delicious candy I've ever had."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is my absolute favorite dining experience. Milton Hershey's genius never fails to amaze. The revamped dining room has maintained its original charm and elegance. The food choices are often farm to table and served with panache. The original cocktail menu and focus on keeping chocolate choices on all courses never fails to impress. Any diner knows they are in for a feast for the senses upon entering the Circular."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The set up is easy to follow and not crowded. My friends loved the salad. The main dishes were varied but only the polenta was memorable for a good reason. The creme brulee was honestly the best part of the meal. The price, at $15 for lunch on a Saturday was a nice surprise. Our drinks were included. My friend was disappointed that there was not a dessert option that combined chocolate and peanut butter since it is Hershey PA. The atmosphere and the service (and my friends!) were the best part of the meal. I've had much better meals food wise in the Hotel's garden cafe, and it's beautiful as well."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We've enjoyed this restaurant several times and always with friends. It never disappoints. Just a fabulous place to enjoy."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I have always loved Hershey, PA and everything about the area. Milton Snavely Hershey was years ahead of his time! Building the Hotel Hershey, old museum, hockey rink-both of them (as he did not build the giant center), bakery under the old museum, school on the hill (Hershey Industrial School) for white male orphans, Hershey Park and Zoo, ballroom-gone, dairy bar-gone, swimmig pool-gone, Hershey Stadium, Hershey Theater, Hershey Inn-gone, Hershey Drug Store, Hershey Junior College-gone. Actually now Harrisburg Area Community College. (I taught at the Lebanon Campus for fourteen years) My wife and I also enjoy breakfast at Hershey Hotel. MSH was a visionary! Hershey a great place to visit. Love it!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went to the Sunday brunch at the Circular Dining room to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday. The food is amazing as you would expect. We felt welcome with 2 toddlers and the staff went above and beyond to make the children happy. Everyone had a great experience!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Has to be the best service my wife and I ever had at any restaurant. Was a special occasion for our son Chris who was just promoted to Executive Chef at Houlahans. This was the first time weve eaten there and will not be the last. Food was outstanding!! Waitress was the best Thank You all for a Great Time!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The Circular Dining Room and the Hotel are iconic. The menu selections for dinner were varied and elegant, and the service was excellent Chicken and salmon entrees were delicious. There were some downsides. If you have trouble walking long distances or doing stairs, gettting to and from the dining room from the hotel entrance is a nightmare. Ditto for going to a restroom. If your restroom is one with an interior foyer you may have trouble handling the inner door. The remodeled dining room maintains its classy feel because of the beautiful stained glass windows. The rest of the room is still lovely with a more modern feel. The tableware is a modern style too."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Tucked in the beautiful and historic Hotel Hershey, this is a can't miss experience! Wonderful food, attentive servers, lovely view! Save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Sunday Brunch is a nice treat and the food is always first class!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a great experience. The service was wonderful and inviting. They had a great selection on both menus and the food was amazing. They had a great selection of wine and cocktails. The chocolate fondue fir two was aromatic end to a great dinner."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My experience in the Circular dinning room was a very nice one. The food was prepared wonderfully and the presentation was great. I was with two other friends and they also enjoyed their meal as well. The only area that I was disappointed was the length of time I was in the restaurant. I was there from start to finish well over two hours. Other than the timing was a bit long my overall experience was great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food and service is and always was the best. The newly remodeled dinning room is beautiful and I am glad that they kept the windows with the scenes of the birds. I enjoy the way the staff treat you like you are old friends and make sure that your water or what ever the beverage you are drinking is always full."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Everything was absolutely amazing. We will definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed our special evening out. The changes made did not alter the dining experience."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We were extremely pleased with the selection of items at each of the serving tables - taste and quantity. Servers unobtrusively circulated removing used dishes and refilling glasses. We will be back again."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My sister, nephew (6 years old), husband and I enjoyed our 6th visit to Hotel Hershey in as many years and as usual, it was a pleasure. We enjoyed the new and modern set up of the dining room and of course, the food was wonderful. However, I did give the food 4 out of 5 stars for one reason and one reason only. We had been telling my nephew all weekend that there would be a chocolate fountain at brunch for him to dip strawberries, marshmallows, and more into and sadly, that appears to have left the menu."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The Circular at The Hotel Hershey is a great venue for a special night out, especially a birthday! The food was great, a delicious selection and easy way to surprise someone with a cake specially baked for the party!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The Circular at The Hotel Hershey was a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. The food was very good, especially the dessert. The service was outstanding; they follow the model of having employees dedicated to certain tasks (clearing, water, food delivery) that makes you feel well attended. The wine app on their table side iPad was fun to use and demonstrated a deep wine cellar. I had more than enough wines by the glass to choose from. The view as the sun was setting was stunning and the whole circular shaped room is fun. The Hotel Hershey was an excellent setting."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great food and the service was great. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "great all around-only 2 minor complaints:filet mignon was dry despite being ordered medium and fondue's candle never lit by waiter-the 151 rum kept it warm until halfway through.my wife enjoyed excellent rack of lamb and lobster/shrimp cocktail was unique and delicious.HOTEL HERSHEY was beautiful and we explored it after dinner"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The room itself is beautiful with its stained glass windows and lovely view. The food is all prepared with care, visually pleasing and flavorful, something to suit every palate. The waitress accommodated a request for a special birthday surprise. My favorite dessert was the little chocolate tart. The four of us enjoyed ourselves thoroughly."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Other than the wait for our table, this was a delightful experience."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Very enjoyable. A beautifu place, the food was great and the service was.excellent."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Although the "Circular" has changed its décor and has become a little less formal it remains one of the best dining spots in Hershey. Great history, fantastic views from all of the tables but most especially from the window tables. Cuisine is excellent but not outstanding and the service while adequate was less good than I would have expected from a restaurant of this caliber on a Tuesday night with only about 30% of the tables filled. Nonetheless, it is a mandatory dining experience for anyone visiting the Hershey area, or celebrating a special occasion and an experience that overall will not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Our waiter was excellent, attentive but not intrusive and extremely nice. The Circular was recently redecorated with a more contemporary classic flair - lots of wood tones now. I do miss the table cloths - takes it up a notch for me, but I'm sure the new decor is more comfortable for those who do not like more formal dining. We will return and will recommend The Circular."
    Dined on 3/4/2014