Welcome to The Deck Cafe, Lovedale!

Serving Delicious Breakfasts and Tapas for Lunch, 7 days.


8:30am – 11:30am, Mon‑Fri
8:00am – 11:30am, Sat‑Sun


12pm – 2:30pm, Mon‑Fri
12pm – 2:30pm, Sat‑Sun


See Locals Nights



The Deck Cafe is a bustling and friendly cafe located on the beautiful grounds of Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale, nestled in the Hunter Valley.

The cafe is situated on the deck overlooking the dam in young forest bushland. It is an experience to remember with local chefs and staff cooking and serving cafe favourites with a Hunter Valley fine-dining twist.

Gartelmann Wines cellar door building shot through Autumn leaves


We make first-class food in a vibrant environment and make most of our ingredients on-site using locally-sourced produce.

We’re family owned and operated – lead by expert chef Matt Dillow.

  • Fresh bread made on site
  • Local produce
  • Fresh pasta made on site
  • Gartelmann Wines


The cafe provides a fantastic breakfast menu followed by diverse and delightful “Tapas” menu at Lunch, complimented by Gartelmann Wines and a generous range of beverages and Premium Vittoria Coffee.

Enjoy every


Cooking Classes

We also run cooking classes with Chef/Owner Matt Dillow.

Get hands-on experience in creating scrumptious dishes with the guidance of an expert chef.

Some classes also include ‘wine education’.


Food, wine, and Produce Tours

Experience the very best on offer with our tours lead by Chef/Owner Matt Dillow. Tasmania, South Australia, Margaret River, New Zealand, Tuscany, Italy and Barcelona, Spain.


Other events

In addition to Cooking Classes and Tours, we also run other events such as Locals Nights and High Teas.

Check the Events menu!

Matt’s Produce

We also sell many of the ingredients we make for our dishes!

Email us at info@mattsproduce.com.au to order!

Olive Tapenade
Rosemary & Parmesan Oil
Apple Balsamic Glaze
Wholegrain Mustard with Fresh Horseradish
Asian Basting Marinade
Smokey BBQ Sauce
Preserved Lemon
Summer Berry & Vanilla Scented Jam
Beetroot Relish
Capsicum, Tomato & Chilli Relish (Hot)
Quince Jam
Fig, Date, and Walnut Roll


We do off-site Hunter Valley Catering for group functions, parties and public events as well as tailored cooking classes.

Based on 2117 reviews
Georgia E
Georgia E
25 March 2024
Great location, amazing food and great, friendly service. Plus there is farm animals behind the cafe which is cute. Breakfast burrito was great and so was the pulled pork.
kailee standen
kailee standen
22 March 2024
We were initially making an online booking for this venue for breakfast when the option popped up for a ‘dog friendly’ table, we quickly took up this option and was so excited to have our pup join us. On arrival the staff were so friendly and welcoming and we even got seated right in the centre of the restaurant deck! Or dog enjoyed the treats that the staff gave her (on 5 separate occasions) and the pats and attention she got. She enjoyed her pup cup and hash brown and we couldn’t ask for better service - and the food was great! And fast! Such a stunning venue as well. We will definitely be back.
Jo-Ann Brittain
Jo-Ann Brittain
20 March 2024
Beautiful breakfast. The staff are so welcoming and also provided fantastic service. Totally recommend going to this awesome Cafe and winery
Sybil Li
Sybil Li
20 March 2024
The best restaurant I have ever had
Vic Robertson
Vic Robertson
19 March 2024
My wife and I enjoyed a very delicious meal, sparkling wine and Lisa Chardonay. Service was of a very high standard and extremely polite.
Get in touch

Feel free to contact us for any questions

Bookings are highly recommended for weekends and holiday periods.

10% surcharge applies on Sundays. 20% surcharge applies on all Public Holidays.