Looking for award-winning restaurants in the Waikato?

Waikato diners looking for exceptional dining experiences should check out some of the award-winning venues - recognised at the 2021 Waikato Hospitality Awards.

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Hayes Common

Phone: 07 859 1041

A neighbourhood eatery offering creative robust food, craft beer and great coffee. It s a place to drop into for a bite or hang out for the evening.

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Palate Restaurant

Phone: 07 834 2921

Our ethos has always been to provide consistently excellent food paired with stunning New Zealand wine. Over the past ten years, our business has evolved, become multi dimensional in what we can offer. Adding to this, it has become easier for us to find like-minded producers who share the same passion for top of the range products and providing guests with the best not only the Waikato region can offer, but all over New Zealand. From Clevedon buffalo products, to Canterbury lamb and Raglan mushrooms we are constantly excited by emerging products.

Supporting local, often specialised producers creates a thriving food industry and inspiration for us when we change our seasonally inspired menus.

Cream Eatery

Cream Eatery


Coffee - lunch - cakes with views of Garden Place.

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The River Kitchen

Phone: 07 839 2906

The River Kitchen philosophy is simple, we believe that life is too short for generic eating experiences. Food should represent where you are, it should reflect the nature and flavours of the place it was grown, raised, cured, harvested, prepared, served and eaten.

We want our food to be a window into the honesty, hospitality and agricultural splendour of Waikato; and as a celebration of the river that gives it its name, its life and its flavours. That is why we are called The River Kitchen. As much as a reflection of who we are, it’s a promise from us to you.

We serve great coffee, and make sure locally sourced ingredients go into all our breakfast, mufins, scones, brioche, lunch, home made cakes and slices. We have fresh salads and a cabinet menu. The best cafe in Hamilton.



Phone: 07 949 7746

Designed to be a space of taste, Sisterfields takes pride in the simple elegance of exquisite food.

Our bright and open venue is the perfect central spot for a cafe breakfast, lunch, or coffee during the day or a delicious dinner and wine by night. The menu showcases well-sourced New Zealand produce, including some kiwi favourites that are a little bit exciting.

Experience Sisterfields flavour and flair. Whether you're in for a quiet dinner for two or celebrating a special day, we look forward to hosting you.

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Punnet Cafe

Phone: 07 838 1901

Take your time to relax and enjoy life in our friendly, rustic and stylish environment.

We've got great coffee, an exciting menu, and a range of healthy cabinet food. There's even a toy box and a fun playground to keep the kids busy, so you can really unwind.

Local Waikato-grown seasonal produce is the star of the show - freshly cooked, with a focus on simplicity and flavour.

Banh Mi Caphe

Banh Mi Caphe

Phone: 07 839 1141

The family-style Vietnamese food that Anh learned from her grandmother remains at the heart of the restaurant, which offers a mix of classic Vietnamese street food, noodle dishes and salads. There is banh mi (filled baguette), banh xeo (savoury pancake); goi cuon (summer rolls); goi (mint and cabbage salad); bun (noodle salad); pho (noodle soup), and more. There is a vegan menu as well, and desserts such as rice pudding and Vietnamese-inspired banana cake.

Restaurant Association of New Zealand
45 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
PO Box 8287, Symonds Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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