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Inspired by Northern Italy

Hermitage Lodge’s award-winning Hunter Valley restaurant ‘Il Cacciatore’ specialises in Northern Italian inspired cuisine. Il Cacciatore has long been a favourite with visitors and locals alike. The ambience is relaxed and casual and the service is professional, friendly and attentive.

The key to good Italian food is freshness, simplicity and generosity. The seasonal menu takes advantage of fresh local produce, authentic Italian ingredients and house-made pasta. Il Cacciatore is fully licensed, with full bar service, and a wine list showcasing some of the Hunter’s best wines.

Il Cacciatore is open seven nights a week from 6pm for dinner. We offer weekend lunch with reservations from noon – 2pm. Our children’s menu is offered at 6pm and 6.30pm reservations. Take Out is available from noon featuring pizzas, pastas, garlic bread, salad and our delicious tiramisu.

Make a Reservation

Call us or book online using the form below.

02 4998 7639


Dinner every night

Il Cacciatore is open for dinner nightly from 6pm.
Reservations are required during the COVID-19 period. The restaurant is fully licenced – BYO is not available. Il Cacciatore has a children’s menu, which is available for 6pm and 6.30pm reservations only.

Special Menus

Weekend lunch

Join us for an alfresco dining style lunch on Saturdays and
Sundays from noon until 3pm.

Takeaway Pizza and Pasta

Our takeaway menu is popular with locals, guests of other
accommodation in the area and as an alternative dining for Hermitage Lodge guests.  Our take out menu is ‘pick up’ only, no delivery. 

Gift Vouchers

An Il Cacciatore Gift Voucher makes a perfectly delicious gift. Purchase is simple and instant.

Dine & Discover NSW

You can enjoy up to $25 off your next meal at Il Cacciatore thanks to the NSW Dine & Discover program. From March 2021, NSW residents aged 18 and over will be eligible for 4 x $25 vouchers designed to help NSW recover. Two of your four vouchers can be used at Il Cacciatore. Vouchers must be redeemed in person and can only be used once per booking. To find out how you can secure your Dine & Discover NSW vouchers click here.

COVID-19 Arrangements

The first priority of Hermitage Lodge and Il Cacciatore is to the safety of our guests and team. During the COVID-19 period we are strictly following the guidelines provided by NSW Health.

Our COVID-19 safe practices include the following and are a condition of entry:

• Mandatory guest registration with QR Code
• Management of the stipulated social distancing requirement of one person per two square metres
• Maximum group bookings of 10 people
• All guests must be seated
• Ready availability of hand sanitiser
• We are required to refuse entry to people who are unwell

We keep our staff informed on the latest COVID-19 safe practices and requirements.

Reviews and awards

Everything we do at Il Cacciatore is to create a great dining experience for our guests. We like to think of the awards and
accolades we receive validate that aim and the work of our team. Some of our most recent awards include:

• 2018 Savour Australia™ Awards for Excellence – Italian Restaurant GOLD – NSW Regional
• 2018 Savour Australia™ Awards for Excellence – Italian Restaurant (informal) SILVER – National
• 2019 Savour Australia™ Awards for Excellence – Italian Restaurant (informal) SILVER – National

  • 4 star ratingVery enjoyable evening. Great Italian cuisine and friendly, professional service and a good space with a great atmosphere.


    5 star ratingMy husband and I are staying at the Hermitage Lodge next door and decided to dine at Il Cacciatore as... read more


    5 star ratingGreat food and service. Staff, ambiance wine list and menu are world class . Enjoyed a bottle of there own... read more

  • 5 star ratingFantastic great entre aranchi balls main seafood desert lime pie all really good quality. Covid safe tables spaced temperature taken... read more


    5 star ratingReally wonderful food. Not cheap, but very authentic Italian with delicious fresh tasting ingredients and great service. Limited vegetarian options,... read more


    5 star ratingWhat a great Italian beautiful handmade pasta and gnocci loved this place authentic Italian food and great service...bookings recommended..10/10