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: (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 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 Service
The Circular at The Hotel Hershey reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (158)scenic view (132)romantic (93)fit for foodies (86)notable wine list (74)great for brunch (64)good for groups (43)great for lunch (25)neighborhood gem (21)kid-friendly (16)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • I was very disappointed that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2008
    I was very disappointed that the birthday cake that I ordered for my sister's 60th birthday was not delivered. I checked at 2:00 pm to make sure everthing was in order and told everything is good to go. Wrong! We were given strawberries instead . We are upset and disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The new painted ceiling was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2008
    The new painted ceiling was beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch, as always, and will visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    Stepher
    Dined on 6/7/2008
    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening in the Circular Dining Room. The only "complaint" we had was how long it took to get our entrees- we found out that the chef held our meals because he knew part of our party went to the other room to watch the horse race, but that only took a few short minutes. We didn't ask to have our food held, and would have preferred to have received our meals earlier, as we had a 3 1/2 year old to entertain (for what ended up being a total of 3 hours!). Luckily, everyone behaved themselves! Thank you for a wonderful evening- great view and service!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very class, old school type
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    Very class, old school type of restaurant. I felt like we had stepped back in time. A lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always dining in the Circular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    As always dining in the Circular Dining Room at The Hershey Hotel is very memorable. The food was outstanding as well as the service. The host of people that waited on us could not do enough. It is highly recommended in our book. The only issue that I did have is that we did receive an email from the Hershey 'Sweetmail' program which we belong to. It was for a Birthday Gift from Hershey, the Sweetest Place on Earth. It was for one free entree from Hershey as a member of their 'Sweetmail' program. Unfortunately we did not have a copy of the email with us and the person at the reservation desk had no idea what we were talking about. Neither did her manager. I doubt that this has anything to do with you but thought I'd mention it. THX
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They originally seated us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/4/2008
    They originally seated us - all the way at the end of the windows on one side...... After we spilled water & the waitress suggested moving, we found one of the more center tables actually had a better view - even if it was not right by a window. So...... Some of those middle tables may actually be better than going strictly by proximity to windows. I was then GLAD my hubby had spilt the water. Our view was then better! :D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I believe the variety of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    I believe the variety of food was ok. I believe you should add more entrees choices on the menu. May be include some international food, such as French etc......But overall the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The atmosphere was romantic,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    The atmosphere was romantic, the food was delicious. My husband's lobster bisque was savory and delicious, my asparagus salad was excellent! Our entrees were perfect (salmon and chicken). Dessert, of couse was delectable. The service was absolutely perfect - friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and personable. Our waiter Kirk (I think that was his name...) was outstanding, as was the woman who was helping him in his station... (can't remember her name). A wonderful evening, at truly reasonable prices for the service, atmosphere and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu should have a chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    The menu should have a chicken dish offered instead of items like duck and lamb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been customers at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    We have been customers at the Hershey Hotel for years and always liked it. They used to have a menu selection which we miss, but the buffet is still ok.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You really can't get better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2008
    You really can't get better service than this. The staff was welcoming and wonderful. The ambiance is wonderful and the view of the gardens and landscape made for a memorable dining experience. It was perfect for a special romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I am not impressed. I used
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2008
    I am not impressed. I used to enjoy this place---not anymore. I think the menu concentrates too much on "haute cuisine" and too little on providing a good meal. The prices are outrageous. If you would take two or three people out of the serving team, perhaps you would be able to provide a better value. And, by the way, a "better value" is not something of interest only to those of us in the lower tax bracket. Do you think the rich got that way by ignoring value in favor of pretense?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We especially enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/28/2008
    We especially enjoyed our dining experience and felt it was exceptional because of the great attention to detail and service by the staff. We appreciated being called by name, and being checked upon often in a non-interruptive way. Both our evening meal and morning buffet were as fine as we have had in any hotel or resort. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Circular Dining Room has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/28/2008
    The Circular Dining Room has always been the place we go for special occasions. It is beautiful and the food is great. Service this time could've been better, we personally appreciate having our water glasses refilled as well as our coffee without having to ask.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I made my reservation online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    I made my reservation online and received a confirmation number. Then I received two regarding the reservation and the dress code. Then I received a phone call from the restaurant asking me to call and confirm that I was coming? Do they trouble with online reservations being made and not honored? The food was fantastic - no shortages even for the final seating at 2:30. I did however have to ask for refills on the coffee several times, with two waitpersons assigned to a table in a buffet setting - that should not be necessary. My guest asked about the Stain Glass windows only to be redirected twice to someone else for an answer - no one mentioned that a description and explanation was on the wall outside of the dining room.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was a little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    I was a little disappointed in the food selection for brunch. I remember several years ago that the amount and types of food served was different and memorable. This time the food was still delicious but in lesser varieties and quantities. We still had a wonderful brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We enjoyed our special evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    We enjoyed our special evening at the Circular Dining Room. We usually only plan a special occasion to schedule an evening there and therefore it is memorable. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Although we were very well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    Although we were very well attended to our party felt a little rushed due to the quick and efficent service. If the resturant had been full I would have thought that we were being moved along to seat the next party. I do not think that was our waiters intention, he was just super efficent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We celebrated my Grandmother's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    We celebrated my Grandmother's 90th Birthday at a table for 3, and I can say, having eaten in some of the "fancier" restaurants in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York, this restaurant, with its delicious well executed food and impeccable service, is right up there at the top of the list of restaurants I plan to return to soon. An exquisite atmosphere and outstanding attention to detail made my Grandmother feel, in her words, "absolutely regal." Thank you Hotel Hershey, Chef Ruiz, Cara, and all of the staff who made our evening so memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful service in a beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    Wonderful service in a beautiful room with a great view. The food was excellent, no knife was needed to cut the meat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful meal, service, beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    Wonderful meal, service, beautiful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had heard glowing, "world-class"
    Mobes
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    We had heard glowing, "world-class" comments about this restaurant but were slightly disappointed with the quality of the food. For the prices we paid, it should have been a meal to brag about, but it wasn't.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was hoping to get more food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/22/2008
    I was hoping to get more food for the price. A dinner salad should be included with all entrees. It was hard to get a refill when drinking soda as opposed to drinking alcohol. Nice to visit once, but probably won't be back as we have had better food/experiences at other high quality restaurants. I ordered my steak med. well, and the outside was burnt. The peanut butter pie was very good, but we had hoped to see a chocolate cake of some kind on the dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely a wonderful experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    Absolutely a wonderful experience. Food was succulent and kept within the "Hershey" theme, using chocolate and unique presentations for each course. We went there for my husband's birthday and were surpised by a simple yet elegant dessert they presented to him. Managers and service team genuinely care about the guests and take time to be present in the dining room and unobtrusively check in with each table. Very proficient service and ambience was fabulous. Definitely a recommend for a romantic dinner, special event or a night to indulge in a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was probably the most
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    This was probably the most amazing dining experience we have ever had. My wife and I were just in awe of the food, the service, the atmosphere, and the experience. This is not just Sunday brunch, this is a dining DREAM.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service at the Circular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    The service at the Circular Dining Room is absolutly OUTSTANDING, second to none. The staff could not be more accomidating and gracious. For a romatic, special occasion I could not think of a better location. It seemed a bit loud and noisy at times but I would highly recommend the Circular Dining Room to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion. - Bruce Weaver
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were very pleased with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    We were very pleased with everything from food to service. We are looking forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Circular Dining Room makes
    Kevin
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    The Circular Dining Room makes every meal there a special occasion. The food is meticulously prepared and always delicious. The wait-staff are pleasant, courteous, and always non-obtrusive. If you have a special occasion to celebrate, I think of no better place to do it. If you want to make a special occasion simply by going out, the Circular Dining Room fits that bill as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was great until
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    Everything was great until they put all of the food away after being there only 15 mins. They did apoligize for that and made up for it. On that note they did make it better, ut had we not said anyhting who knows how it would have been.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed to find that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    disappointed to find that only buffet was served at lunch, but experience was great regardless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I go to Hershey annually for
    SDVandJAVVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    I go to Hershey annually for a conference and make a point to dine at the Circular Dining Room each year. It is simply one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. Service is outstanding...almost TOO good; they probably could have inquired if everything was OK a time or two less....but I'm picking nits. Food was exceptional as always. Cocktails were only average tasting and I felt our Apple Martini and Singapore Sling were a bit too strong. As a tea with milk drinker, I'd suggest a stacked tea service; it keeps the milk warm. The restaurant, and the whole hotel, are beautiful. I always feel spoiled at the Circular Dining Room; the staff always make me feel like royalty! Thanks to Brett, John, and Cara for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An outsdtanding evening!
    Jeff
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    An outsdtanding evening! Just a bit dissappointed that we did not have a table a bit more private for our anniversary. My husband and I both appreciated the personal touches - calling us by name, anniversary wishes. We will most definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very special place to enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2008
    A very special place to enjoy fine dining - the food is good but very expensive for what you get
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we had the best time. i had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    we had the best time. i had taken my mother there 10 years ago for mothers day and it was just as good as we had remembered. we wont wait so long to go back this time. john our waitor was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Although the food was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Although the food was excellent, very small portions for the price of the food. Excellent service. I don't remember the name of our waitress but she was superb. I hope you know who waited on us because she was excellent and I would love for her to get this recommendation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent meal and the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    excellent meal and the service was impeccable. can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We brought my father to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    We brought my father to the restuarant for his 80th b'day. My father ended up sitting with the sun shining in his eyes. We constantly had to move him to make him comfortable. My brother removed his jacket because he was sweating from sitting in the sun and was told to put it back on. Service started off very good, but then declined. Coffee was served with no cream or sugar. My husband had to get up from the table to find someone to bring it to us. However, the birthday cake was fantastic. PS - need more vegetarian options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was truly great food for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    It was truly great food for a buffet brunch! And the wait staff is very attentive and friendly. I would definitly like to eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waitress was terrible.
    JAEM
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Our waitress was terrible. Two couples were seated and finished their meals before we were able to eat our dinners.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service and ambiance were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    The service and ambiance were outstanding and the food was excellent. My husband said that the Rhubarb Crostata was possibly the best dessert that he ever had in his life! We went to celebrate my birthday and the entire staff could not have been more welcoming or accomodating. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet