PLEASE NOTE: The restaurant is currently closed for renovations. We look forward to welcoming you to our new and improved restaurant towards the end of October 2019.


After 3 years at Pokolbin, Owner/Head Chef Emerson Rodriguez has relocated his multi-award winning restaurant 'Emerson’s at Pokolbin' to the stunning Adina Vineyard.

Set in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, the newly named 'Emerson’s Café & Restaurant' on Lovedale Road is surrounded by acres of established vineyards & an impressive olive grove. The restaurant features an onsite cellar door, providores, spa and boutique accommodation.

Emerson’s Café & Restaurant is committed to producing elegant dishes using locally sourced, fresh produce. Emerson’s trusted suppliers include Gloria and her micro herbs from just around the corner, Jeff from Nulkaba Hatchery and Shane from Shane’s Seafood, friend and expert for 17 years.

The chef takes great pride in respecting his ingredients and the trip between paddock and plate is very short indeed.

Emerson’s Cafe and Restaurant is perfect for a relaxed weekend breakfast, late week lunches or intimate, contemporary modern Australian cuisine in the evenings. View the contact page for specific opening times. Emerson and his highly skilled staff also offer a popular eight course degustation menu during dinner service, matched with the finest Hunter Valley wines. Eat al fresco on the verandah, book a private function or watch the masters at work from the Chef’s Table, right on the kitchen tiles.

In a crowded fine dining marketplace, Emerson’s Café & Restaurant stands alone with beautiful local produce, world class Hunter wines, dedicated and attentive staff, a relaxed atmosphere and, most importantly, delicious food. Bookings are recommended and can be made on 0249  307 029.

ABOUT Emerson

Multi-award winning chef Emerson Rodriguez has launched Emerson's Café & Restaurant, an enjoyable and relaxed dining experience in the beautiful Adina vineyard.

Owner and head chef Emerson has had a career in the hospitality industry for nineteen years, gaining extensive experience in hotels, resorts and guest houses. Emerson has worked across a broad range of culinary arenas, running fine dining restaurants, catering concerts and providing intimate dining experiences for weddings and private functions.

Before opening his own venture in 2009, Emerson worked as the Executive Chef of Peppers Hunter Valley, managing three of the busiest venues in the region.

Emerson has a passion for flavour which he demonstrates through seasonal menus promoting locally sourced produce. 

Grateful for doing what he loves, Emerson is committed to producing consistently delicious dishes for his loyal customers. Married with Adina’s award winning wines, Emerson’s food showcases Hunter produce and his dedicated staff will make you feel welcome and relaxed.

Emerson’s Café & Restaurant aims to become a mandatory dining experience for those visiting the beautiful Hunter Valley.

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In addition to an intimate, relaxed dining experience, Emerson's Café & Restaurant offers a wealth of expertise in catering events both big and small. With years of experience as Executive Chef in one of the Hunter Valley’s busiest wedding destinations, Emerson knows the importance of planning your perfect wedding day.

Larger numbers are not a problem, with the chef having catered for concerts with crowds of over 19,000 for names such as Eric Clapton, Chris Isaak and The Who.

The beautiful Emerson's Café & Restaurant venue is available exclusively for in-house catering or Emerson and his team can work in a venue of your choice, creating a tailored package for your function. Simply email your requirements and our friendly staff will contact you.

Be it a boutique wedding or an exclusive party, Emerson's Café & Restaurant is flexible with menus and ideas and would love to work with you on your big day (or bigger evening). Call us and chat with our accommodating staff.

Emersons is located at

492 Lovedale Road, Lovedale NSW 2325

Reservations can be made on

0249 307 029 or via this Booking form


Opening Hours

The restaurant is currently closed for renovations until the end of October 2019.


If you would like to work with us, please send your cv to :



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