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 Service
The Circular at The Hotel Hershey reviews from OpenTable diners
220 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (168)scenic view (150)romantic (104)great for brunch (89)fit for foodies (75)notable wine list (69)good for groups (38)kid-friendly (31)great for lunch (27)neighborhood gem (21)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • First class all the way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kiki
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The ambience was enjoyable, but there were several menu items that were empty when I wanted to get a few particular items. That was also true for the desserts. I would not recommend this to anyone looking for a place to go for brunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional
    love2eatout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very classy restaurant with exceptional service, delicious food and extra friendly staff. Was a wonderful evening for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoping for a little more
    DesignerPA
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food choices were limited and I was hoping to find more creative chocolate choices. However, our waiter was wonderful. I felt the prices were a little too high while the choices were a little limited.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good, but....
    MandM
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Circular has gone "resort casual" and has truly lost a lot of the magic. Food is still good, but not great. The menu is limited, especially if you are looking other than steak. We did order the steak, but we've had much better at other fine restaurants. The menu should be redone. Prices are still expensive, but service and ambiance were still very good. We miss the old Circular Dining Room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Allergies
    HersheyandFoodAllergies
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Servers had very limited knowledge about food allergies. We told the server we had a dairy allergy and she kept forgetting. She even put a cream sauce on the side of my son's meal--luckily he didn't eat it. Then she put the carmel at the end in front of him and realized it--so then she took it away--he was so sad. Need to have more choices on the dessert menu for people with food allergies--there was nothing to choose from with a dairy allergy. Chocolate Sorbet would have been nice. Need to improve food allergy awareness. We never got the sense we were safe eating at Hershey. We love Hershey are are the biggest fans. But wish Food Allergies were taken with more education and attention (more choices too).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy, Comfy Saturday Lunch Buffet
    DottieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    With guests in town, I made reservations at The Circular for six. It worked perfectly after a visit to Hershey Gardens and before The Hershey Story. The buffet was sumptuous with multiple hot and cold entrees, a carving station (honeyed ham), an expansive selection of breads, artfully arranged salad items, and a dessert array to blow anyone's diet. The food and service were wonderful. The restarurant was crowded, but the expert staff helped to make the flow of people move smoothly. Because of the relaxed dress code at The Circular, we all felt comfortable in casual clothing as those around us were dressed more formally, especially the smalll wedding party in three tables nearby. The Saturday buffet was classy and comfortable for all of us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    DennyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The lunch buffet was disappointing, as a large group came in. The foods weren't all replenished (they ran out of items), and service wasn't at its usual level. Not what I expect at the Circular.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Titanic experience.
    Denden
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    One could feel like an old movie star approaching the Valet to park one's car for the evening. As did our Irish lass who we brought here for a special dinner for her one time visit to the area. She was blown away. The room always has been a favorite over the years and this night was off the charts. One felt like they were aboard the Titanic for a first class dining experience. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relax and relish the experience
    CaptureSpirit
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Attentive service by wonderful Terry, smiles, knowledgeable and so pleasant and gracious. What a way to start a lovely evening. Wine list notable, food served and garnished with flair.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable and special
    greatdinners
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had not been to the Circular for several years, but remembered it fondly. The update has made the atmosphere less 'stuffy' and more comfortable. The bar selections ranged from regional summer new experiences to all the stand-by drinks. A good beer to the fancy drink. It was all represented and the bartender was friendly and knowledgeable. The appetizer and dinner were great. They had an excellent range of choices. Our appetizer was very tasty with the cocoa dusted scallops and both dinners were excellent. The desserts were fabulous and for us - chocolate. It was a great evening. Our server was friendly and really knew the menu. We appreciated the personal touches of polite conversation and recommendations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Kathid
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The Hershey Hotel is situated on the most beautiful grounds in south central PA. This is the first time we have been to the Circular Dining Room for brunch since it has been remodeled. Although beautiful and elegant before, it had to move ahead with the times. The food and service is SUPERB; so much to choose from and for people with a chocolate addiction, it's a chocoholic heaven. Don't forget to stop in all of the gift shops located in the Hotel, from knick knacks, clothing, chocolates and beautiful jewelry!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience
    Kerri
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We came for a special occassion and just had a lovely time. Our server was very well acquainted with the menu and wine list. This was definitely an evening of rememberance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing remodel
    DeMC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went for our anniversary for a great food with a quiet and romantic feel meal. This is gone. This looks like an upscale Houlihan's with extremely ridiculous prices and still very loud. Gone is the excellent service, ballroom and quiet feel. We were okay paying the expensive price with all of that (someone used to come and dust off your table crumbs throughout courses of your meal). The food is still great, service was not nearly as attentive (we waited 25 min for our appetizer to come out) but a chain restaurant feel to it. Even though the food was great, everything else about it has made my decision to never go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experince.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Only complaint would be that when I changed my party size from two to three I was forced to take a time 30 minutes earlier than I wished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy and accomodating
    Yummi
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was great and the vegan meal they made me was thoughtful and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice venue, but disappointing for $
    Chetov
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    As the premier restaurant at the Hotel Hershey I think we expected somewhat better food. My husband ordered the rack of lamb and as the server placed on the table they were careful to say, '....Your half rack of lamb.' I guess that was their way of saying please don't complain about the dismal size of this serving! The presentations were lovely but minimal. On a positive note: the staff was very accommodating to our granddaughter's needs and wishes. The breakfast buffet was very good with many choices and another professional group of servers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Restaurant
    StIves
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Beautiful Hotel, Beautiful Restaurant, Awesome Ambiance,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food at the Circular was superb. I thought the portions were small and the prices were high, but overall this is a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mish1026
    Lovestoeatout26
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were there for a special event. Was surprised by the number of young kids and people dressed in shorts. The man beside us was in jeans and a sweatshirt. Not the restaurant it used to be. The food was just okay.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    Bdrck
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Fantastic service. The food was outstanding. Staff was superb. Absolutely wonderful all around. Had a three course meal and it was PERFECT! Best scallops I ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    kareno31
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    from the moment we stepped into the circular the service was amazing, staff friendly and polite, My husbands dietary requirements ie Gluten Free (no wheat flour) was not a problem in fact he got his own bread upon arrival and the chef cooked his meal from the main menu but gluten free. We loved it, food was amazing and the wine list had an extremely good selection.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    memorymaker
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We enjoyed a fabulous breakfast, brunch and dinner! Each meal was delicious! The restaurant service in general was overly accommodating. The staff is friendly and eager to make your dining experience memorable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    thebeantrees
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had a gift card I wanted to use, so I went to dinner at the Circular. The food was delicious, and the restaurant was lovely inside. It was a little louder and had more children than I would have preferred for a romantic dinner, but it was a good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthdays' Brunch
    Charlie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My wife and I went to the Circular to celebrate our birthdays, which are ten days apart. We had been there in November for our anniversary and had a fabulous time and we wanted to have a special day again. After being seated and introduced to our waitress,Stephanie, the waitress we had in November, Julia, came over to us to say hello and to welcome us back. We were totally in awe that she remembered us. The food was outstanding as always and the waitstaff so very friendly and nice. We mentioned to Julia that we were celebrating our birthsays and she forwarded this to Stephanie,who at the end of our meal. brought us a dish with two small cupcakes and kisses as agift for us. This day turned out to be a fantastic adventure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at the circular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The service was very good but the food was average. If you want to spend money on a nice dinner out, go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate