Take a mate on a date

Maybe it's a first date, or maybe you're celebrating a big old anniversary. Put on your best dress, grab your partner, and head on out to some of the neatest date spots in town.

Take a mate on a date


Eat & Drink

Don’t be fooled into thinking the gesture of taking a loved one out to dinner are for days gone past. Wining and dining is always more fun with two, and Hamilton Central and Hamilton East both host some of the best in the business when it comes to fancy food and exceptional service. Here are our top five of the top spots for taking your date.

Customers sharing a table outdoors.

Hayes Common

33 Jellicoe Drive, Hamilton East

Sometimes after a busy week at work, the last thing you feel like doing is facing the city again for an evening meal or afterhours drink. But the suburbs of East Hamilton now have a hub of their own- Hayes Common is bringing delicious, wholefood cuisine right to your neighbourhood with flair, style and uncommon good taste. Their menu is seasonally curated, with fresh produce and free-range meat, and a range of New Zealand and overseas wines and beer, all thoughtfully chosen to complement their delicious flavours. The aesthetic of the restaurant is bright and warm, and is sure to make the perfect backdrop for date number one or one hundred.

Interior shot of Gothenburg.


17 Grantham Street

Open 11am- late on Saturdays, make the most of your weekend evenings with a trip to this restaurant with dramatic interior and stunning views of the nearby river. Gothenburg’s menu of sharing dishes is large and diverse, and you may find yourself overwhelmed by the amazing range of dishes – don’t fear! The chefs are happy to put together a selection of their suggestions for the table. They cater to all sorts of dietary requirements, offering a range of vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free dishes. Though located right in the city centre, this riverside venue lets you escape the city. Head along with your favourite person and enjoy the best of Waikato cuisine.

Customer uses chopsticks on a meal.

Madam Woo

6 Sapper Moore-Jones Place

In true Madam Woo fashion, a visit to the Hamilton restaurant is another impeccable dining experience from the team who put the fun into authentic Malaysian cuisine. The brilliantly designed menu is all about sharing, so make sure your company is happy to divvy up the delicious fare as it’s sent your way. Steamed, fried, spicy or sweet, the flavours are unmistakably fresh. Big on staff that are energetic, knowledgeable and genuine, it’s no wonder a visit to Madam Woo feels right every time. Clink a specialised cocktail together with your date for the evening and soak up the smart scene that is one of Hamilton’s favourite restaurants.

Chim Choo Ree kitchen staff at work.

Chim Choo Ree

The Brewery Building 14 Anzac Parade

The creative geniuses at Chim Choo Ree have concocted a large menu of amazing meals, with unique, surprising dishes to treat your taste buds in ways you may not expect. Serving lunch and dinner with distinct style, there is a six course tasting menu available for those who want to try it all. With a high standard of service, their wait staff are professional, friendly and expertly trained. If you are looking for a chance to put on some swanky clothes and celebrate with your loved ones, then visit Chim Choo Ree for a delicious meal and drink conveniently located in the Brewery building between Hamilton central and east.

A chandelier over the front counter.

Victoria Street Bistro

153 Victoria Street South

For a top notch food experience, get dressed to impress and whisk your date away for a night of fine dining at this award winning bistro. The restaurant is true to its name and set right in the heart of Victoria Street, with a dark, intimate interior setting the mood for fine flavours. The menu is inspired by a range of international influences, developing sustainable methods of utilising the best of New Zealand produce to create a unique, authentic taste. Victoria Street Bistro itself was awarded best regional restaurant by Cuisine Magazine in 2013, and has established itself as a local standard of culinary excellence.