Our flagship restaurant features the fresh, new flavors of an iconic American dining experience, reimagined. The menu and ambiance provide a versatility of dining experiences, from small plates and drinks at the bar with friends to an intimate meal for two overlooking the beautiful formal gardens. Make your time in Chocolate Town® U.S.A. even more memorable with a visit to The Circular® restaurant.Take a Tour
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Breakfast: Daily, 7 - 10:30 AM
Dinner: Thursday, 5 - 9 PM
Friday & Saturday, 5 - 9:30 PM
Breakfast reservations are not accepted.
Dinner reservations are accepted by calling 717-534-8800 or online.
The dress code for The Circular is resort casual. Denim and dress shorts are permitted and jackets and ties are optional. Please wear appropriate footwear and be advised that children over the age of 11 must adhere to the dress code.
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Celebrate elegantly at The Circular, book a unique space for your special event. There are two private dining spaces, the Alcove seats 12 guests and the Wine Room seats 10 guests. Rental is $250 per room.
Inquiries and reservations, please call 717-534-8800.
Milton Hershey was a man of reinvention and ingenuity, whose vision for the future serves as his greatest success and his lasting legacy. In this spirit, The Circular at The Hotel Hershey features the fresh, new flavors of an iconic American dining experience, reimagined.
Nicholas Arnold was named executive chef of The Hotel Hershey in September 2019. In this role, Arnold oversees the culinary operation of the entire Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond property, including its three full-service restaurants, coffee shop, room service, banquet and event space, spa restaurant and seasonal poolside café.
Arnold, a certified executive chef (CEC), joined The Hotel Hershey culinary team from Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., where he worked as executive chef for two years. He earned his CEC designation from American Culinary Federation in 2010.
Arnold is a Wisconsin native and holds an honors culinary arts degree from Moraine Park Technical College (Fond du Lac, Wis.). He boasts more than 20 years of culinary experience at resorts and country clubs throughout the U.S. and U.S. Virgin Islands, including Caneel Bay Resort (St. John), New Albany Country Club (New Albany, Ohio), Garden of the Gods Resort (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Boulder Country Club (Boulder, Colo.), The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and The American Club (Kohler, Wis.).
Named Pastry Chef in February 2021, Van French oversees a team of dedicated pastry professionals at The Hotel Hershey that provide unique desserts and chocolate creations to hotel outlets, including the award-winning flagship restaurant The Circular. The pastry team's desserts are also featured throughout all banquets spaces, Trevi 5, Harvest and Chef’s Market.
Specializing in high-end wedding cakes and gourmet desserts, French brings 30 years of professional culinary arts experience to his role, sharing his passion for form and flavor in everything he creates. Prior to joining The Hotel Hershey team as Assistant Pastry Chef in 2019, French was co-founder and owner of Van Earl’s Cakes, a premier cake art and dessert boutique in Bucks County, Pa. After graduating from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, he also held culinary positions at resorts and restaurants, including The Ritz-Carlton (Philadelphia, Pa.), The Ritz-Carlton (Key Biscayne, Fla.), Fiorello’s Restaurant (New York, N.Y.), Aureole Restaurant (New York, N.Y.) and Trump Taj Mahal (Atlantic City, N.J.).
French’s love for cakes, art and design is evident in his work. He is a three-time Food Network competitor, appearing on “Cake Wars” in 2016 as well as “Wedding Cake Championship” and “Holiday Gingerbread Showdown” in 2018. His creative cake designs have also been featured in regional publications, including Philadelphia Wedding magazine, Modern Luxury Weddings Philadelphia magazine, and Philadelphia Style magazine.