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

The Circular at The Hotel Hershey

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecircular.com/
  • Phone: 7175348800
  • 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 7175348800

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Circular at The Hotel Hershey reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (163)scenic view (149)romantic (97)fit for foodies (85)great for brunch (84)notable wine list (73)good for groups (40)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (22)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)Show More
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was my first visit to the Hershey Hotel this weekend and we really enjoyed eating at the Circular. Nicely designed, we had a small wait at the "greet and seat" box for some reason, and a small wait to be seated once we did arrive. When we were seated we were seated beside a large group - including kids. They were not too loud initially but then the kids started running around and it got crazy for a while - however I would imagine this was an exception. Service was good - not overbearing or too familiar - just about right. Food was good. We had a couple of seafood appetizers - then for main course my wife had lobster and I enjoyed a rack of lamb. There was a nice treat with the lamb - they included a nice filo parcel of lamb shank too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Still don't really understand the need for the Hotel Hershey to go to casual in the Circular Dining Room to attract dining guests, especially since there are already two other similar dining rooms (casual) in the hotel facility. Miss the linen table cloths, and the exceptional service, and hate having the focal point be a bar. Service has gone down a notch, not as attentive, and I miss the waitstaff I knew and remember from the old days. Food is always excellent, and the value for Saturday buffet also most acceptable. That being said nothing was "WOW" or exceptionally memorable. Still top notch, just 4 stars, rather than overwhelming 5 star experience. Long time patron for decades, first time back since the change.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must've been an off night....
    2hilliardfoodies
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was delicious but we thought somewhat overpriced considering the very small portion sizes. Service (maybe a kitchen issue...?) was a bit slow and waiter was rushed at our table but restaurant did not appear to be too busy. Our impression was that there were "regulars" that were given more attention but we could have been mistaken. The food was great so we would give it another try assuming they were just having an off night....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The "rate the dining experience" says it all. Everything from placing the reservation to desert was outstanding. Have been with you many times and will return many more in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service Disappoints!
    outtodinner
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Poor service disappoints & made a special occasion $200 meal for 3 tedious! Birthday cake ordered from Hershey kitchen was brought to the table, with no silver, plates, or knife, waiter left & goes to another table. Rich 10 onion soup & cocoa dusted scallops were delicious, but we waited in between every course with no attention from our waiter!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect anniversary dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My hubby took me to the Circular 9/14/14 for our 1 year anniversary. Neither of us had ever been there. The restaurant is so elegant. The view outside from our table was gorgeous. The staff was so friendly and attentive. Our server made our experience so enjoyable. She even brought out a plate with the words 'Happy anniversary' in chocolate with chocolate covered strawberries at the end of our meal. I have recommended The Circular to everyone I know.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Riggs
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My daughter, wife and I celebrated a birthday event and had a wonderful experience from the time we entered the Hotel until we left 3 hours later. Service was as outstanding as you would expect from such a perfect venue. The little extra touches that we received were thoughtfully appreciated. We can not wait to return and explore a different restaurant within the Hotel.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it
    Professionaleater
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Missed the chocolate soup and the peach soup. I ate all the raw oysters. No one wanted any after I told them they were Swatara Creek oysters
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was the first time we had brunch at The Circular. The food was excellent. Now we know why the reservations fill quickly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak
    Foodexplorer
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The steak is always amazing and always cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience, but . . .
    MrPaiste
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had celebrated or anniversary here. The dining room is nice, and the view of the fountains and garden are beautiful. Our wait staff were helpful and perfectly attentive. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing. For my appetizer, I had the Pretzel Crusted Shrimp (sounded interesting). It ended up being fried shrimp with some crushed pretzel in the batter. Not a fine dine appetizer in my opinion. My entrée was the Butter Poached Lobster. The presentation was nice, and the sauce delicious. However, the lobster was very chewy - claws like rubber, and tail very tough. My wife's Filet Mignon was tender and juicy, but unremarkable. We'd probably go back, but with other fine dine options available, it wouldn't be our first choice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dineoutoften
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    While the venue is of course special, and the view excellent. the service was average. Although attentive, our meal was served before the prior course dishes were removed. My wife was asked to pass her finished salad plate to the server. For the price I expect more. The food was good but not exceptional. I would think twice before returning.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    p63shaffer
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had a wonderful meal. The service was great as soon as someone came to take care of us. We were seated for 15 minutes before anyone even came to give us water. Then it was another 5 minutes before our server came to take drink orders. At a restaurant of this caliber, I find that unacceptable. Food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a wonderful experience
    Ryans
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Hotel Hershey and one of it's gem of a restaurant! My husband is in the food industry. We were there for a 2 night stay and dined at Circular our first evening with my brother. Each of us sample different starters and entrees and of course shared. We were all very impressed and pleased with the ambiance, presentation, service and of course tasted. Fresh, different and good portions. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great variety
    cry65
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We enjoyed our Sunday brunch at the Circular dining room. The variety was very good and everything tasted wonderful. The food could have been a little bit warmer and the room, which was cool, a bit warmer. Our server was helpful and attendant. The two of us sampled a portion of every dessert, so it was a fun time. The view was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best in the region!
    Memphis
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service was super, food was unique and excellent. Plus, you have the history and opulence of the Hershey Hotel and grounds. Wonderful view, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the Same
    circulardisappointment
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant has changed dramatically from what used to be a romantic restaurant where men had to wear jackets to casual with placemats & children. We come here every year on our anniversary and always request a window table which after 9 years did not receive a window seat this year. Not only did we not get a window table we were three tables away from a window. The restaurant was filled with young children. We will not be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent evening
    diningout
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was a 50th wedding anniversary dinner. The atmosphere, the setting, the food and the service was all and more than anyone could have asked. It was a fitting environment for our memorable moment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Favorite
    Chocolatepidgeon
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our niece was here for a visit from Federal Way, Washington. She had driven by the hotel many times and voiced a desire to eat there. Her father was a graduate of Milton Hershey School so her ties to the area are strong. We surprised her on her last day with the lunch buffet. Two hours later with full stomachs and ear to ear smiles we walked on the patio and looked over Hershey and all its beauty. She told us it was the highlight of her visit. We use the Circular for many family occasions and look forward to eating there next month to celebrate my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • epdevinedine
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Excellent salmon , could have had more lobster in soup, Great wine. Would like to see A small salad added to the dinner with a special house dressing exclusive for Hotel included in the price of dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellant
    wewillreturn
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We enjoyed the restaurant so much we are returning today 9/3/14. John our waiter was excellent and knowledgeable and made our dinning experience very pleasurable. The view of the gardens adds to the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Refill glasses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I ordered water with lemon. I never received my lemon. I asked for a refill and never received my refill.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dave
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Phenomenal brunch. There was a wide variety of entrees to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    7 girlfriends I haven't seen I several years met me for lunch buffet as I was in town from Arizona. We had an amazing time and the food was superb. And our server very attentive .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Is the quality slipping?
    abbycadabby
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Saturday lunch at the Circular Dining Room is a bit of a guilty pleasure for my Mom, sister and me. We go at least once a quarter, if not more. Lately, I've been thinking that the quality of the food is going down. I love the lunch buffet because I could always count on Hershey to provide unique selections and give me something new to try. The last couple of times we've been there the selections were not only average but at least one or more selections was just not good. This last time was the absolute worst. I can honestly say nothing on the menu was notable. Sad to say, I'm wondering if we need to find another guilty pleasure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First class all the way
    PhillyTalk
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food and experience live up to all expectations. Dress is "resort casual" but given it was a special occasion for us I was in a suit and tie and clearly overdressed, not for the room but in comparison to the crowd. Friendly and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Circular dining room rocks!
    Exquisitexperiences
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had the breakfast brunch buffet there on Sunday to celebrate my sister and her husband's birthdays. All four of us agreed that the food was THE best you can get in Central Pa..service was excellent and our seating was Devine. We all thoroughly enjoyed our experience there. Also, three years ago my husband and I had our wedding reception there with an equally successful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great service with waiter Robert. Wonderful prepared menu with hot plates . Excellent wine list , helpful sommelier too . Desserts made for sharing . Order a Sazerac! They were made beautiful ! Love eating and drinking at the Circular!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, great service
    JhW705
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Chocolate soufflé is delicious! Service is superb with stunning views. My husband didn't like what he got but kids loved their food and I liked mine. I had shrimp and scallops, lobster bisque and broccoli and truffles Mac and cheese!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Painterswife
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our server was very attentive however the food was just ok. The hostess was completely clueless. We arrived 30 mins earlier than our reservation, she said she could seat us in about 5 mins. 30 minutes later we were still waiting. When we went up to question her, she seemed to have completely forgotten about us. It wasn't even busy! Very noisy restaurant and not worth the expense.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Circular Dining Room
    Libby
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    1st visit since the remodel . . . elegantly done. Outstanding in every regard: food, staff, atmosphere. If you haven't been here . . . you must!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunchgoer
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Memorable for quality and variety of brunch items. Reccommend you go 'hungry'. My only caveat is that I was told my credit card was declined. Paid w debit card. Found next day that credit card charge was still pending. Hershey staff was pleasant and understanding, but it was sort of an unnessary bit of tracking and time I would have rather not had to spend keeping tabs on my $161 brunch for three!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, sub-par service
    NJBeachFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was delicious, not the best I've ever had, but tasty & inventive. We were not promptly seated even though no one was ahead of us & there were plenty of empty tables. Our server was not at all knowledgeable about the menu or wine or beer list. Anytime a dish was dropped off, the server immediately walked away without asking if we were satisfied or if we needed anything else. For a restaurant of this caliber I expected better service. We also thought the restaurant was too bright for a nighttime service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • finedining
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have enjoyed the Circular Dining room for many years. We prefer the previous ambiance and dress code prior to the renovation but understand the changing clientele environment. Missed the mural. The food was great as always and the service was very attentive and knowledgeable. We will return soon for another great meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring back the tablecloths
    classylady
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Circular Dining Room at the Hotel Hershey has been the epitome of excellence, elegance and fine dining for decades. We were dismayed to find that this elegant dining room has been transformed into a casual dining area. The food remains very good to outstanding. The poached lobster entrée with its unusual slightly smoky sauce was delicious! We chose chocolate desserts. The lava cake was the perfect finish to a wonderful meal. The presentation of the food was lovely. Servings were in line with fine dining establishments (quality not quantity). Although the food was excellent, the dining experience was disappointing because it did not meet our expectations for an elegant, intimate, quiet and special evening together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very memorable and positive dining
    ahasselVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday at Hotel Hershey and wanted it to be really special. Everything was excellent. We were warmly greeted, shown to a lovely table (the grounds are gorgeous), ordered a bottle of nice wine, had wonderful service (John), shared a nice appetizer (crab cakes), I had the lobster which was exquisite, and my husband had an ahi tuna special (although his was overcooked--he ordered rare and it was past rare). They brought a plate with Happy Birthday written on it, because we were too full to ordered a dessert. It was just lovely and a special memory.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • gwen
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The ambience was really nice. I did not think the dish I had(pork tenderloin) lived up to my expectations. Maybe try something else next time. Service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs updates and better chef.
    FOODIE
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    As much as our waitress was sweet and attentive, the food was tasteless and expensive. The room looked like it had seen better times, the menu was limited. I ordered a nice cut of steak, but it was over tenderized and without seasoning. If you are staying at the hotel, the breakfast is fine, but skip dinner at this spot.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Excellent food, pleasant setting, and excellent wait staff. Very nice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible food!
    Coco
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    What an awesome venue to celebrate milestone birthdays with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic