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The best restaurants in Hamilton

Who doesn’t like a good night out at a restaurant with some amazing food and a glass of wine?

Here are some of the best restaurants in Hamilton that you must try out –

Madam Woo


If your palate fancies Asian food, Madam Woo is a great place to go for a nice quiet dinner. The restaurant takes inspiration from traditional Malaysian Hawker food, which mainly consists of nasi lemak (a rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf), roti bakar, noodle dishes, bread and kuih (bite sized snacks or dessert like dumplings, cakes, cookies, biscuits).

It’s a fun and a casual setting with decently priced meals that are rich in flavour.

If you do pick this place for your evening out in Hamilton, be sure to try their hawker rolls, that are absolutely delicious.

The brains behind the chain of restaurants are award winning Kiwi chef Josh Emett and restaurateur, Fluer Caulton.


As the name suggests, the restaurant serves authentic Turkish food and that includes Meze platters with authentic dips, kebabs, mousakka, iskender, tagine and much more.

Located on grey street in Hamilton, they have seating indoors and outdoors, with plenty of space of large groups of people.

Their portions are large, tasty and totally worth the money.

If you plan to go on a weekend, or a busy weekday, make sure to make a reservation as the restaurant gets quite full on most days.

Café Fresca

This lovely café is located right next to Hamilton’s largest garden centre and has really nice outdoor seating, perfect for a warm sunny afternoon.

For all you coffee lovers out there, this café serves some really good coffee. They also have breakfast, lunch buffets, children’s menus, nibbles and smorgasboard private dinner menus to choose from.

Great place to go as a couple, with family or a group of friends.

The River Kitchen

If you want to eat but healthy and delicious food, the river kitchen is perfect. They serve fresh contemporary food and have many awards for being one of the best cafés in New Zealand.

Located right in the city centre on Victoria street, it’s a nice place to spend your afternoon in the city.

They are best known for their fresh food, coffee and cakes. Most of their food is gluten and dairy free, with lots of vegan options.

They have plenty of space for large groups too.

One of the best cafes in Hamilton to check out.


The café restaurant is located by the Waikato river and is popular destination restaurant for locals and visitors in Hamilton.

Gothenburg is owned by a couple and is inspired by international influences from around the world.

They are best known for their innovative tapas.

It’s a nice place to go to for special events and some great food!


Competing against Gothenburg is another restaurant located right by the Waikato river, with a gorgeous view.

A fine dine restaurant with 7 course meals, amazing wine collections and express lunch menus, this place is a must try if you feel like enjoying a fine dining experience with well presented food.

Be sure to try the artichoke brulee for dessert – it is highly recommended by everyone.

Jaipur Indian Restaurant Hamilton

If you are in the mood to eat some flavourful food, Jaipur Indian Restaurant is a good choice. Based off of the royal city of India, the restaurant serves authentic North Indian food in a fine-dine setting.

They have a large variety of entrees, veggie options and banquets to choose from.

Make sure to make a reservation if you plan to go on a weekend, as the place gets quite crowded.

Mexico Food and Liquor

Feeling brave enough to try some super hot sauces?

The final one on the list – Mexico food and liquor for some yummy Mexican food. They speciality is their Mexican beers and sodas, accompanied by some delicious quesadillas, tacos or chef’s specials.

If you end up trying one their amazing hot sauces, you can balance it out with their baked white chocolate cheesecake or the churros.


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