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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

    • 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
  • "My wife and I went to the Circular and had an awesome time. The staff were VERY friendly and helpful. The food was awesome and priced reasonably. We had a great time!!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was outstanding !!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My daughter and two grand girls went on a short girl vacation at the Hershey park hotel. The server was amazing. Extremely friendly. We arrived at 9:15pm after a long day at the Hershey activities. Food was very good,including the kids menu. We returned for breakfast the next day."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We've been coming here for years and miss the more formal atmosphere. No more table cloths, no more live piano. Sadly missed. But the food as always, is superb."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My Child (2 1/2), wife and I ate at the Circular 4 times over the July 4th weekend. The service was nice, although slow some times. The food was above average but not "the best". The hostess seemed lost every day, but we were always seated. The view of the garden is nice."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife, 10 year old daughter and I dined here after spending the day at Hershey Park on the Fourth of July. My wife and daughter had ordered medium-rare filet mignon: they showed up well-done. The server agreed that these were not prepared as ordered, and sent them back. I had the Pan Roasted Alaskan Salmon which was very good. I also had the Broccoli & Truffle Mac & Cheese which was also very good. My wife ordered the Salt Roasted Twice Baked Potatoes which were very good. It took a while (it was quite busy being the 4th of July) but once received the filets were excellent. Since dinner took longer than expected we skipped dessert so that we could see the fireworks from the opposite side of the hotel. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had eaten here about 2 years ago and absolutely loved everything about it. Was so excited to take our daughter and son-in-law there who were visiting from Texas. 20 minutes to get a glass of water! Bread came out 15 minutes after that! With two small children it was difficult. We saw families being served before us that came after us. The food was extremely over priced and not up to the standard we had here before. Also you had to pay extra for something to eat with your meat. So for over 100.00 we had meat and bread with a glass of water. So sad as before this was a classic restaurant with delicious gourmet food and now it's just an overpriced mediocre one. Sad to say we won't ever go back!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The Circular is not the first place one thinks of for a great hamburger, but that needs to change. With a huge pickle and lots of tasty hand-cut fries on a large brioche roll, The Circular burger is spectacular. The beef is aged and cooked to perfection and served with lettuce and tomato, a special burger spread, and Circular-made ketchup. By arriving around 5 p.m. for a leisurely dinner with GingerPeach Vodka Tea and dessert (Reese's Peanut Butter Pie, of course!), we had only a few hours to people watch and enjoy The Veranda band before the fireworks. We watched most of the fireworks before escaping the traffic jams by leaving early. That didn't really matter as our dinner burger fireworks were the spectacular of the evening anyway."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was cooked to order, service was great! Can't ask for much more."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The Circular at the Hotel Hershry continues to please. Spectacular food, great service and an ambience like no other in Central PA! Well worth the trip and the price!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Circular. We ate right before the Hershey fireworks began. The service was great and delicious selections."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Starting with my Blackberry Mojito, our dinner for 5 was excellent. The Circular makes diners feel welcome and comfortable while presenting a 5-star menu from apps to desserts. The salmon and swordfish were perfectly prepared. Their version of creamed spinach is superb with lots of spinach wilted in a smooth, tasty sauce. A signature Circular dessert, peanut butter pie is the best I have ever tasted -- anywhere. Our birthday and anniversary celebrants were treated to complementary, succulent chocolate-covered strawberries on decorated dessert plates as a finale. However, the meal was not over yet. All diners received a complementary salted caramel, an homage to Mr. Hershey's first candy venture before his chocolate empire was created."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "You must expect a higher noise level during the summer vacation months, as many families visit Hershey Park. Nice that the dining room does have a dress code to be followed. ( children as well ) I would suggest a seating toward the end of the evening, for a couple or foursome wishing to enjoy a meal and each other. Menu is vey nice, the side dishes are worth trying along with a good steak. My wife and I shared the 19oz Cowboy Steak, thick grilled just medium and very good, plenty for both of us. The Salt Roasted Carrots were different but tasty, as well as the Root Beer Roasted Onions. For a great desert, go for the Chocolate Soufflé, vanilla cream was good, but ask for warm chocolate sauce and go all the way."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The buffet was excellent as buffets go. the crab claws, oysters, and shrimp and other cold seafood table was excellent, delicious and well stocked. the rest of the food was very good and the desserts super. OUr only complaint about the food was that the iced tea was dreadfully weak -- I did not, however, ask for another, and did not complain about it (another glass might have been better) as I was finishing my wine and the coffee was quite good."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My friend & I went to brunch this past Sunday at the Circular dinning room. The food was delicious & the presentation was beautiful. Our server was very helpful. We especially enjoyed the crab claws. The desserts are to die for. We will be returning. The view is spectacular. I am handicap & they made everything very easy for me."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "An amazing experience overall! OUTSTANDING service, great food, yummy drinks, and amazing views! Doesn't get much better than that!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went here for mother's 80th birthday with relatives. Great lunch! Have celebrated birthdays of other relatives here also in the past."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My dining experience at Circular was one of the best I've ever had. The food was excellent, and the best part was, of course, dessert. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. The extra little gift of the sea salt caramel at the end was also a nice surprise and a great way to finish off our truly superb dining experience."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was terrific. Our waitress Yvonne was more than wonderful. Loved the $20 3 wine offer, and the wines were wonderful."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at this classically wonderful place."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a perfectly lovely evening. They were accomodating to my request for a table by a window and the special nature of the occasion including chocolate covered strawberries on a plate with drizzled chocolate words, "Happy Anniversary" at the end of our evening. A very nice wine list and ambience which was conducive to our celebration!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Although few diners are bedecked in their Sunday best for brunch in the new, more casual Circular Dining Room as in previous years, the sumptuous buffet there is still a treat. From the raw/cooked seafood bar to the numerous salad and main dish offerings to the prime rib carving station, there's something delicious for everyone. Of course, there is still an abundance of delectable desserts, several of which feature all of Hershey's chocolates. While the white chocolate dried cherry bread pudding is yummy, I was sorry to see that the Circular's wonderful warm chocolate bread pudding has disappeared. I'd love to welcome its return! Service is unobtrusive and attentive, and the view into the rose garden is simply gorgeous."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "scenic location and impressive appearance. Comfortable feel to the restaurant. Quality of food was not that impressive, with our choices of filet mignon and sea bass. Filet was overdone and the sea bass was bland. The ante room is a nice place for a cocktail."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Wonderful, prompt and attentive service by Noreen. The worst seating ever! The two of us were seated backing up to a main serving station. The only other seating offered was equally unsatisfactory, since it backed up to the carving station. There were too many tables crowded together with little space between. The food was adequate, although most dishes for the lunch portion had a creamy base. The cold seafood station is always a favorite, especially the crab claws. The dessert station has been a disappointment since the most recent renovation. It used to be really phenomenal and, in my opinion, any restaurant with Hershey in the name should have outstanding dessert selections."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is our first return since the rebranding of "The Circular". Service was top notch as expected with attention to detail however the food quality was average to below average . Signature soup was over cooked with poor quality. Onion appetizer was poor. Swordfish was not thoroughly cooked. We told the wait staff and she was suppose to send a manager who never showed. However, the desert was awesome."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The beef was tough and cold! The pork loin dried out! But the biggest gripe is the (once again) running out of food and having to wait and wait for the staff to replenish the serving dishes. Now let me note, that it was NOT crowded on the day we were there. But this is an ongoing problem, our table literally waited for one of our guest to return to our table before we could eat (out of politeness) and the wait was long. They ran out of shrimp, and she stood waiting for it, so I estimated that for the time we waited, almost 10 minutes they were probably grilling the shrimp! Also, we had to flag down our server for coffee ...twice. This was a special occasion and I really feel we made a mistake choosing this establishment."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "A wonderful experience from start to finish. Great food and service!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Always love coming back to The Circular at the Hotel Hershey. Beautiful hotel with a picturesque dining room. Excellent food, well presented. Unfortunately the servers were a little off their game. They were personable and enthusiastic but somewhat discombobulated in terms of anticipating diner needs such as clearing plates, refilling drinks and checking back to make sure all was well. Food station staff weren't on top of replenishing food quickly. So we found ourselves waiting around while a line formed and then didn't know whether to back up and grab food before it ran out again or just get on back of the line and hope for the best. None of this will keep us from returning but just meant as suggestions for fine tuning. Had a great time!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our family never tires of celebrating at the Circular Dining Room. We usually get up at least twice a year and always enjoy the menu."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "High end atmosphere, excellent food choices, everything that we ordered was great tasting, entrée was cooked as ordered and very well presented, very attentive service. Excellent choice for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent Sunday brunch! Food was excellent and service top notch."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We visited here to Celebrate our 42 wedding Anniversary! Everything was superb and we will be back :-)"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was wonderful! Air conditioning far TOO cold!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Everything was excellent, nothing negative to say. We will definately go back again. We were there for the Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "After the 'revision' to the Circular Dining Room, I was skeptical about going back without the old ambiance. Noticed the ceiling mural was gone :(, but my party of 5 was very comfortable with the new seating arrangement and the overall look of the new room. Not sure how I feel about the 'dress-down' attire, but everyone looked nice and less stuffy in their resort casual. I still like to dress up and saw some of that to. Don't break too many "Traditions" Hershey! Of course, the food was exceptional, the service and wait staff were wonderfully professional and the overall experience was superb! Will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great for special occasions. Good value compared to. Other hotel /,motel brunches. - dinner "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were looking forward to dining at The Circular at The Hershey Hotel and, sad to say, were quite disappointed. The venue is beautiful, the service (server) was quite nice, but the food did not deliver the quality we expected. Two of the four meals at our table were acceptable, the other two were not really edible - the pork loin was tough and the shrimp was overcooked and quite salty. A manager stopped at the table and we told him we were not satisfied - but he did nothing. Two of the four plates were cleared with most of the food still on them and it went unnoticed. We were only passing through, but would definitely not return should the opportunity again arise."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Lunching in the Hotel Hershey Circular Dining Room is like a cruise vacation with a delicious presentation of food. With the view and friendly service, you are treated like a VIP every time. We plan to return for another two-hour dining vacation "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We're looking forward to returning soon. Could make a meal of the cheese table."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "First, I really enjoy the Hotel Hershey!! I have been there for several conferences, private dinners, lunches, etc. over many years. However, my wife and I were really disappointed with our dinner (34th wedding anniversary celebration) at the Circular Dining Room on May 22. The service and ambience were good, but the food was very disappointing. We both had filets for our entrées which were nothing very special. The signature steak sauce was slightly drizzled over our plate, instead of put into some kind of cup--obviously, we did not receive enough. The salads were small (Caesar and Iceberg Wedge), the twice baked potato was dry and the root beer braised cippolini onions were mushy. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014